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The Technology of Binaural Understanding

  • Jens Blauert
  • Jonas Braasch
  • Offers a computational framework for modeling active exploratory listening that assigns meaning to auditory scenes

  • Presents a model that incorporates both signal-driven (bottom-up), and hypothesis-driven (top-down) processing

  • Helps to understand auditory perception and cognitive processes involved with our interaction with the world


Part of the Modern Acoustics and Signal Processing book series (MASP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Forming and Interpreting Aural Objects: Effects and Models

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jens Blauert, Guy J. Brown
      Pages 3-31
    3. Sarinah Sutojo, Joachim Thiemann, Armin Kohlrausch, Steven van de Par
      Pages 33-59
    4. Janina Fels, Josefa Oberem, Iring Koch
      Pages 61-89
    5. Christopher Schymura, Dorothea Kolossa
      Pages 91-111
  3. Configuring and Understanding Aural-Space

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Piotr Majdak, Robert Baumgartner, Claudia Jenny
      Pages 115-149
    3. Michael Pecka, Christian Leibold, Benedikt Grothe
      Pages 151-171
    4. Tapio Lokki, Jukka Pätynen
      Pages 173-202
    5. Bernhard U. Seeber, Samuel Clapp
      Pages 203-222
    6. Malte Kob, Sebastià V. Amengual Garí, Zora Schärer Kalkandjiev
      Pages 223-249
  4. Processing Cross-Modal Inference

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 287-287
    2. M. Torben Pastore, Yi Zhou, William A. Yost
      Pages 315-350
    3. Michael Cohen, William L. Martens
      Pages 351-390
  5. Evaluating Aural-Scene Quality and Speech Understanding

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 391-391
    2. Alexander Raake, Hagen Wierstorf
      Pages 393-434
    3. Stefan Weinzierl, Steffen Lepa, Martin Thiering
      Pages 435-454

About this book


This book offers a computational framework for modeling active exploratory listening that assigns meaning to auditory scenes. Understanding auditory perception and cognitive processes involved with our interaction with the world are of high relevance for a vast variety of ICT systems and applications. Human beings do not react according to what they perceive, but rather, they react on the grounds of what the percepts mean to them in their current action-specific, emotional and cognitive situation. Thus, while many models that mimic the signal processing involved in human visual and auditory processing have been proposed, these models cannot predict the experience and reactions of human users. This book presents a model that incorporates both signal-driven (bottom-up), and hypothesis-driven (top-down) processing.


Aural Objects perceptual space binaural sounds Binaural speech intelligibility Dynamic sound-source localization psychoacoustics

Editors and affiliations

  • Jens Blauert
    • 1
  • Jonas Braasch
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für KommunikationsakustikRuhr-Universität BochumBochumGermany
  2. 2.School of ArchitectureRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyUSA

About the editors

Jens Peter Blauert (born 20 June 1938 in Hamburg) is a German scientist specializing in psycho-acoustics and an emeritus professor at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, where he founded the Institute of Communication Acoustics. His major scientific fields of interest are spatial hearing, binaural technology, aural architecture, perceptual quality, speech technology, virtual environments and tele-presence.

Jonas Braasch is Associate Professor at the School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he teaches in the Graduate Program in Architectural Acoustics. His research interests span binaural hearing, auditory modeling, multimodal integration, sensory substitution devices, aural architecture and creative processes in music improvisation. At RPI, he directs the Communication Acoustics and Aural Architecture Research Laboratory (CA^3 RL). He obtained a master’s degree from Dortmund University (Germany, 1998) in Physics and two PhD degrees from Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany (2001, 2004) in Electrical Engineering/Information Science and Musicology. His research interests include Binaural Hearing, Multi-channel Audio Technology, Telematic Music Systems, Perceptual Audio/Visual Integration, Intelligent Systems, and Musical Acoustics. For his work, he has received funding from NSF, NSERC, DFG (German Science Foundation), and NYSCA. As a soprano saxophonist and sound artist, he has worked with Curtis Bahn, Chris Chafe, Michael Century, Mark Dresser, Francisco Lopez, Pauline Oliveros, and Doug van Nort – among others. Jonas Braasch is an affiliated faculty member of RPI’s Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) and Board Member of the Deep Listening Institute (Kingston, NY).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Technology of Binaural Understanding
  • Editors Jens Blauert
    Jonas Braasch
  • Series Title Modern Acoustics and Signal Processing
  • Series Abbreviated Title Modern Acoustics,Signal Processing (AIP)
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-00385-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-00386-9
  • Series ISSN 2364-4915
  • Series E-ISSN 2364-4923
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 815
  • Number of Illustrations 61 b/w illustrations, 152 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Acoustics
    Engineering Acoustics
    Signal, Image and Speech Processing
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“Thought-provoking, encyclopedic in its literature review, and deeply enjoyable. … The Technology of Binaural Understanding is a great physical representation of blackboard architecture: numerous experts coming together to contribute their collective experience. … The Technology of Binaural Understanding will certainly inspire current and future generations of acousticians.” (Brandon Cudequest, Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, Vol. 69 (5), 2021)