Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship awarded to study multisound

The funding totals €191,330. The project starts on November 2015 and lasts for two years.

This Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship was awarded to studying the critical spatial sound parameters for the best video experience.

The MULTISSOUND project by Dr. Catarina Hiipakka, from the Department of Signal Processing and Acoustics,has the user as the starting point. A lot is known about spatial audio, but current spatial audio technologies do not account for audiovisual interactions. There is a large body of research showing that visual stimuli can affect how auditory stimuli are processed and interpreted, and vice-versa. Professor Ville Pulkki hosts the project in his research group.

‘In this case, my particular concern is that video reproduction is usually presented only in a narrow field, while nowadays sound reproduction completely surrounds the user. I argue that this can lead to distraction, rather than better content perception. This project intends to analyze these effects and propose a novel way to design spatial sound for multimedia‘ says Hiipakka.

The funding is intended to support the mobility of researchers in particular.

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowships are awarded to post-doctoral researchers that move to a new country to complement their research skills. In my case, I am from Portugal, and was living in Germany before moving to Finland. However, I was already working in Aalto when I applied for this funding, says Hiipakka.

The MSC Fellowship is a part of the Horizon 2020 framework programme.

See also: The Department of Signal Processing and Acoustics (

Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) fund cross-border and cross-sectoral researcher mobility. The MSCA belong to the Excellent Science pillar of the three pillars of H2020. Funding is granted for all stages of a research career and to all fields of research. In the H2020 programme, Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions will be the most important EU programme funding doctoral training. The central requirement of Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions is mobility between countries.

Horizon 2020 is the EU's Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for 2014–2020. Horizon is the successor to the EU's seventh framework programme, and it will be providing nearly €80 billion of funding for European research and innovation projects between 2014 and 2020. 

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