Instrumental Analysis and Synthesis of Auditory Scenes: Communication Acoustics
We propose in the following and provide reason for it to use the cover label "Communication Acoustics" for those branches of acoustics which are closely related to the Information Technologies and Computer Sciences. Following a short review of the relevant research fields of the Institute of Communication Acoustics at Bochum, Germany, two areas are dealt with in more detail, namely, instrumental analysis and instrumental synthesis of auditory scenes. In both areas it shows up that cognitive and multi-modal phenomena have to be taken into account. Thus, future communication-acoustical systems shall most probably increasingly contain knowledge-based and multi-modal components - and, further, future communication-acoustical system will be imbedded as subsystems into more complex systems. This technological development trend will coin the future of Communication Acoustics in the context of the information technologies.
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