Toward objective measures of auditory co-immersion in virtual and augmented reality

G. Christopher Stecker, Travis M. Moore, Monica Folkerts, Dmitry Zotkin, Ramani Duraiswami

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Abstract

"Co-immersion" refers to the perception of real or virtual objects as contained within or belonging to a shared multisensory scene. Environmental features such as lighting and reverberation contribute to the experience of coimmersion even when awareness of those features is not explicit. Objective measures of co-immersion are needed to validate user experience and accessibility in augmented-reality applications, particularly those that aim for "face-toface" quality. Here, we describe an approach that combines psychophysical measurement with virtual-reality games to assess users' sensitivity to room-acoustic differences across concurrent talkers in a simulated complex scene. Eliminating the need for explicit judgments, Odd-one-out tasks allow psychophysical thresholds to be measured and compared directly across devices, algorithms, and user populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAES International Conference on Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality 2018
Subtitle of host publicationScience, Technology, Design, and Implementation
PublisherAudio Engineering Society
Pages44-49
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781510870390
StatePublished - 2018
EventAES International Conference on Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality: Science, Technology, Design, and Implementation, AVAR 2018 - Redmond, United States
Duration: Aug 20 2018Aug 22 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of the AES International Conference
Volume2018-August

Conference

ConferenceAES International Conference on Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality: Science, Technology, Design, and Implementation, AVAR 2018
CountryUnited States
CityRedmond
Period8/20/188/22/18

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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    Stecker, G. C., Moore, T. M., Folkerts, M., Zotkin, D., & Duraiswami, R. (2018). Toward objective measures of auditory co-immersion in virtual and augmented reality. In AES International Conference on Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality 2018: Science, Technology, Design, and Implementation (pp. 44-49). (Proceedings of the AES International Conference; Vol. 2018-August). Audio Engineering Society.