4th Board Meeting

For the second time the Board Meeting took place virtually. 17 members of the consortium and the coordinator’s team discussed topics like the upcoming mid-term meeting, the planning of the secondments and outreach & dissemination activities. 

Team Building with all VRACE Researchers

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, it was not possible to meet at Facebook Labs in Seattle in April.  So the MDW organized a virtual team building to get to know each other better and discuss synergies among the students. Additionally, it is important to meet virtually as most of the students do their research from home.

Virtual Meeting with all VRACE Researchers

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the MDW organized two virtual meetings with all 15 Early-Stage-Researchers (ESRs) and their supervisors on June 18th and 25th, 2020.

All students prepared a presentation including their current research work and collaboration possibilities within the network. In the Q&A sessions there was time to connect and to discuss research challenges.

Right after the meeting, a virtual team building event followed to get to know each other better and to discuss synergies.

2nd Technical Workshop

Facebook Reality Labs
Facebook Reality Labs

To be rescheduled due to the COVID-19 outbreak!

The second VRACE Technical workshop will take place at Redmond, WA, organised by Facebook Reality Labs. Dates to be rescheduled!

Provisional Agenda:

  • 2:00pm: Arrival and check-in
  • 2:15pm: Introductory Presentation
  • 2:30pm ESR presentations 15 mins each; ESRs 1,2,3,12 (WP1)
  • 3:30pm Coffee break
  • 4:00pm ESR presentations 15 mins each; ESRs 7,8,13,14 (WP2)
  • 5:00pm: Casual Mixer onsite (catered: drinks & appetizers)
  • 8:00am: Breakfast
  • 9:30am: ESR presentations 15 mins each; ESRs 4,9,11,15 (WP3)
  • 10:30am Coffee break
  • 11:00am: ESR presentations 15 mins each; ESRs 5,6,10 (WP4)
  • 12:00pm: Lunch
  • 1:00pm: FRL Presentations (30 min each)
    • Pablo F. Hoffmann: Binaural technology, dynamic headphone EQ, hearthru
    • Paul Calamia: Room acoustics overview
    • Carl Schissler: Dynamic sound propagation
  • 2:30pm Break
  • 3:00pm FRL Presentations (30 min each)
    • Owen Brimijoin: HRTF feature weighting
    • Vladimir Tourbabin: Mic array processing
    • Vamsi Krishna Ithapu: ML and CV for Audio technologies
    • Sebastià V. Amengual Garí: ITN → Employment. Soft skills, Career development
  • 5:00pm: Offsite Dinner
  • 8:00am: Breakfast
  • 9:30am: Morning tours/demos/brainstorming session – *General assembly*
    • Origin/Cones of Silence
    • Quest demo
    • Anechoic Chamber Tour – Samuel Clapp
  • 12:00pm: Lunch
  • 1:30pm: Offsite tours: Microsoft Research
  • 5:00pm: Offsite Dinner 
  • Additional visits to content production studios, Boeing, UW Reality Labs (to be arranged)
  • Team building workshop for ESRs

1st Technical Workshop

November 18-20, 2019:

The first VRACE Technical workshop will take place at Hannover and Detmold on November 18th to 20th, organised by Sennheiser, Leibniz University Hannover and The University of Music Detmold.

Provisional Agenda (to be finalised in November):

  • 18:00 Arrival at Hannover
  • 19:00 Food and Drinks
  • 9:00 Presentation of ESRs (15 x 3 min, Moderation Foudhaili)
  • 10:00 Lecture: Electroacoustic transducers (Peissig)
  • 12:00 Uni-Mensa (lunch)
  • 13:00 Presentation of the Immersive Media Labs of IKT (Peissig, Preihs)
  • 14:30 Lecture: Acoustic Measurement Techniques (Peissig)
  • 16:00 Coffee Break
  • 16:30 Lecture: Spatial playback methods, room impulse response, headphones and loudspeakers (Peissig)
  • 18:00 End -> Hotel
  • 19:00 Restaurant (tbd)
  • 08:30 Arrival with S-Bahn from Hannover
  • 09:30 Gathering at the Innovation Campus & attendance check (Foudhaili)
  • 10:00 Welcome and company presentation by Sennheiser (Foudhaili/Peissig)
  • 11:00 Tour: EVO Line (automatic capsule production with hints to the lecture of the previous day) (Peissig)
  • 11:30 Tour through Manufacture – Production High End Headphones, Vintage and VR Microphones / Wireless Microphones (Peissig)
  • 13:00 Canteen (lunch)
  • 14:00 EMV Room (Olaf Langeloh, Arno Dannenberg, et al.)
  • 14:30 Anechoic Room (Peissig/Foudhaili)
  • 15:00 Demo Sennheiser AudioBeam Parametriosche Wandler and Sennheiser Soundbar (Foudhaili)
  • 16:00 Flagship Store Demo Auro 3D and Orpheus
  • 17:00 End -> onward journey to Detmold (tbd)
  • 9:00-12:00 Lecture and Exercise: Music Informatics (Telis Hadjakos)
  • 12-13:30 Lunch (Mensa)
  • 13:30-15:00 Seminar: Introduction to Scientific methods (Malte Kob)
  • 15:00-15:30: Break
  • 15:30-17:00: Lecture: Fundamentals of Musician-Room-Listener Interaction (Malte Kob)
  • 17:00-18:30: Spare time
  • 18:30-19:30: Preparation of WFS demonstration (Malte Kob, Detmold concert house)
  • from 19:30: WFS demonstration (Malte Kob, Detmold concert house)

2nd Consortium Meeting

September 10, 2019:

The second VRACE Consortium Meeting will take place during the ICA in Aachen, on Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in room Luxemburg in Quellenhof at the ICA Conference, Eurogress Aachen, Monheimsallee 48.

EAA Summer School in Leuven

September 6 to 8, 2019:

VRACE ESRs will attend the three-day Summer School for Young Acousticians in Leuven.

The main objective is to get an overview of acoustics as well as to get to know each other since they will work together for the duration of the project.

Kick Off Meeting

The VRACE kick-off meeting took place at the mdw, the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

All 17 partners started their activities and prepared one important milestone, the recruiting of 15 early stage researchers for the project.