Measuring and understanding spatial hearing is a fundamental step to create effective virtual auditory displays (VADs). The evaluation of such auralization systems often requires psychoacoustic experiments. This process can be time consuming and error prone, resulting in a bottleneck for the evaluation complexity. In this work we evaluated VAD’s abilities to provide static sound-localization cues to listeners by means of a probabilistic auditory model for sound localization. The outcome of the model, compared with actual results of psychoacoustic experiment shows the advantages and limitations of this systematic evaluation.
Authors: Roberto Barumerli (Information Engineering Department, University of Padova), Piotr Majdak (Austrian Academy of Sciences Acoustics Research Institute), Jonas Reijniers (University of Antwerp), Robert Baumgartner (Austrian Academy of Sciences Acoustics Research Institute), Michele Geronazzo (Dept. of Architecture, Design, and Media Technology, Aalborg University) and Federico Avanzini (University of Milan)