AES invites top industry talent to its fourth AES International Conference on Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality – rAVe [PUBS]

AES welcomes top talent from the virtual and augmented reality industry to the DigiPen Institute in Redmond, WA, August 15-17, for the final episode of the premier gathering of researchers, product developers and content creators in the mixed reality space.

This fourth AES International Conference on Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality (AVAR), organized in partnership with pioneering brands such as Meta’s Reality Labs Research, Brandenburg Labs, HEAD acoustics, Audioscenic and Microsoft, will inform attendees about the latest technologies of industry warping and techniques addressing hot topics such as Head Related Transfer Function (HRTF) protocols, AR/VR/XR production workflows, and the latest immersive content implementations for convenience and entertainment . Full program and registration information is available online, including significant discounts for AES Members and AES Student Members.

One of the more complex facets of virtual and augmented reality examined at the AVAR conference is the inclusion of the listener in the audio soundscape, often achieved through the measurement and implementation of HRTF. A closer look and listen to creating an even more impactful experience will be offered through sessions on ear morphology-based HRTF customization, XR-based HRTF measurements and a research paper presentation by Embody’s Nikhil Javeri on custom head machine learning-based prediction. Related transfer functions based on video capture.

Bringing these new and improved realities into the tangible world in a practical and entertaining way is also a popular topic at this year’s AVAR conference. Examples include a workshop on audio production for virtual concerts and the metaverse, research presentations on sound design for augmented reality and virtual reality in learning environments, and the workshop “Using Audio 3D to Augment the Museum Experience,” led by Kyla McMullen, Chenshen Lu, and Armisha Roberts of the University of Florida, which will look at some of the interactive and educational aspects of immersive audio experiences.

Another favorite element of attendees at AES events is the technology showcases and demos from leading audio industry brands and innovators, providing information and hands-on opportunities to learn about the latest hardware and software offerings. The AVAR 2022 conference will feature demo rooms from sponsors Audioscenic, Brandenburg Labs, HEAD acoustics and Meta’s Reality Lab Research.

Registration, accommodation and venue information can be found on the AES International Conference on Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality event page.

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