Imaging room acoustics with the audio camera.

TitleImaging room acoustics with the audio camera.
Publication TypeJournal Articles
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsO'donovan A, Duraiswami R, Gumerov NA, Zotkin DN
JournalThe Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Pagination2544 - 2544
Date Published2009///

Using a spherical microphone array and real time signal processing using a graphical processing unit (GPU), an audio camera has been developed. This device provides images of the intensity of the sound field arriving at a point from a specified direction to the spherical array. Real‐time performance is achieved via use of GPUs. The intensity can be displayed integrated over the whole frequency band of the array, or in false color, with different frequency bands mapped to different color bands. The resulting audio camera may be combined with video cameras to achieve multimodal scene capture and analysis. A theory of registration of audio camera images with video camera images is developed, and joint analysis of audio and video images performed. An interesting application of the audio camera is the imaging of concert hall acoustics. The individual reflections that constitute the impulse response measured at a particular seat may be imaged, and their spatial origin determined. Other applications of the audio camera to people tracking, noise suppression, and camera pointing are also presented. [Work partially supported by NVIDIA and the VA.]