S3A launch – April 2014

The S3A: Future Spatial Audio for Immersive Listener Experience at Home project launched on 1 April 2014.

This major new five-year research project brings together internationally leading experts in immersive audio, visual processing, and UK industry. The project is led by the University of Surrey and its a collaboration with the Universities of  Southampton and Salford and the BBC R&D.

S3A’s goal is to enable listeners to experience the sense of “being there” at a live event, such as a concert or football match, from the comfort of their living room through delivery of immersive 3D sound to the home using object-based content delivery.

The partnership aims to unlock the creative potential of 3D sound to provide immersive experiences to the general public at home or on the move. S3A will pioneer a radical new listener centred approach to 3D sound production that can dynamically adapt to the listeners’ environment and location to create a sense of immersion. Current 3D sound systems rely upon fixed loudspeaker arrangements and acoustically treated rooms that are not practical for home use. S3A will change the way audio is produced and delivered to enable practical high-quality 3D sound reproduction based on listener perception.

Funding
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Programme Grant Scheme – Grant Ref: EP/L000539/1
Duration:  2013-18; Grant Award: £5.4M; Industry Support: £0.6M

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