The consortium consists of four participants:
- IRCAM, Perception and Sound Design team, Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique, Paris, France.
- UNIVERONA, Vision, Image Processing and Sound lab., Dip. di Informatica, University of Verona, Verona, Italy.
- ZHdK, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste / Zurich University of the Arts, Department of Design and Institute for Cultural Studies in Art, Media and Design, Zurich, Switzerland.
- NIPG, Neural Information Processing Group, Berlin Institute of Technology, Berlin, Germany.
Perception and Sound Design, Ircam, France
Perception and Sound Design team, Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique, Paris, France.
The Perception and Sound Design team at IRCAM was founded in 1999. Its basic research activities include the experimental study and modelling of perceptual and cognitive mechanisms in audition: auditory memory, musical timbre perception, sound source perception and recognition, music cognition. Recently research activities of the team have concerned the development of sound design methodologies applied to the identity of soundscapes in railway stations and to the function of electronic automotive sounds. The team participates in several applied projects with industry, concerning the characterisation and modelling of the sound quality of vehicle interiors, of indoor air-conditioning units and transport noises, as well as in the characterization and the development of real-time, continuous, subjective evaluation techniques and advanced multidimensional, multivariate data analysis techniques.
VIPS, Univerona, Italy
The Vision, Image Processing, and Sound laboratory (VIPS) of the Dipartimento di Informatica (DI) of the Università di Verona
The DI of the Università di Verona orients its research focus towards those aspects of computer science showing the greatest potential for scientific growth and for cooperation with academic and industrial partners. In this context, the Vision, Image Processing, and Sound (VIPS) Laboratory was established in 1999 with the goal of doing theoretical and applied research in the fields of Computer Vision, Image Processing and Sound Processing. The VIPS laboratory is the place where people with different skills in sound and image processing, multimedia, and human-computer interaction work together and exchange their knowledge. Within the laboratory, Professor Davide Rocchesso leads a research group specialized in sound synthesis by physical modelling, auditory display, and sound processing in general. He was also the coordinator of the IST-FET project SOb - the Sounding Object, part of the Disappearing Computer initiative of the Fifth framework.
ZHdK, Zurich, Switzerland
The Institute for Cultural Studies in Art, Media, and Design of Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)
Zurich University of the Arts is the institution with the most extensive research activities in the domain of art and design in Switzerland. The Institute for Cultural Studies in Art, Media and Design (ICS), host for the CLOSED project at the HGKZ, is an interdisciplinary centre devoted to cultural analysis in relation to art and design research. The Sensory Interaction Group (SIG) at the HGKZ works between the ICS and the Department of Design's Interaction Design Area, and maintains strong interests in the technology, phenomenology, and cultural consequences of new interaction modalities, placing particular emphasis on enactive models of interaction design and upon the social contexts for such designs. Researchers Karmen Franinovic and Yon Visell established the SIG at the HGKZ, having initially participated in the CLOSED project proposal from the art + design research organization they direct, Zero-Th Association, based in Croatia. Their research has included broad a range of projects in interaction design, interactive and sonic technology, and interactive architecture.
NIPG, Berlin, Germany
The Neural Information Processing Group at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the Berlin Institute of Technology and the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Berlin
The group was founded in 1995, and has since then pursued research in the areas of computational neuroscience and machine learning. The group aims to combine mathematically principled methods from the machine learning domain with different insights gained from investigations into sensory processing in neural systems, and therefore cooperates with neurobiologists and clinical partners as well as with partners from the application domains. The group further aims to develop novel machine learning techniques, and apply them to several application domains like image processing, sound and music, and the analysis of biomedical data. Past and present works, which are relevant to the CLOSED project, include the compression and denoising of speech signals, prototype-based classifiers for phoneme recognition, investigations into source separation techniques
for extracting speech from background noise, extraction of music theoretically and / or perceptually relevant structure from music, and some preliminary psychoacoustic works on the perception of sound.