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Acoustic Reflection Localization from Room Impulse Responses

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The localization of acoustic reflections, i.e., the image-sources, is of interest when analyzing the acoustics of concert halls and auditoriums. The location is needed, for example, in room acoustic studies, auralization, inference of room geometry, or when estimating the acoustic properties of surfaces. This article studies the localization of acoustic reflections from spatial impulse responses. The contribution of this article is threefold. First, the article proposes a new method for localization that takes advantage of the time of arrival (TOA) estimation. Secondly, it is proposed that TOA and time diff erence of arrival (TDOA) information, present in the spatial room impulse responses, are combined in two novel ways. Thirdly, the performance of the proposed localization methods is compared to the existing state-of-the-art localization methods in the acoustic reflection localization task. Theoretical performance is investigated and experiments using real and simulated data are conducted. The TOA-based methods are found to achieve reasonably good performance in the reflection localization task. When TOA and TDOA information is combined the performance clearly improves.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2012-05-01

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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