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Fully-funded PhD studentship in collaboration with BBC R&D: Object-based audio rendering

[Apologies for cross-posting]

The Institute of Sound Recording at the University of Surrey is currently advertising a fully-funded PhD studentship, in collaboration with BBC R&D, on object-based audio rendering.

Closing date for applications: 31st May 2016


The project aims to develop new methods to render object-based audio for a range of domestic reproduction systems in order to create novel listening experiences.

Interest in object-based audio is currently increasing, due in part to the advent of commercial and standardised systems (e.g. Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, MPEG-H). This project will investigate optimum methods to render object-based audio in a domestic environment, taking into account limitations in the number and position of loudspeakers available in common domestic scenarios.

The research will involve creating example programme items, determining methods to render these to a wide range of loudspeaker layouts, and evaluating the resulting perceived audio quality and quality of experience. The main body of the research will involve the development of novel rendering methods; this will be achieved through a systematic study of the physical and perceptual properties, and will be used to implement a advanced object-based audio renderer. It is envisaged that the research will involve a large amount of practical experimentation.

The researcher will be able to make use of the professional-quality studios and wide range of over 100 microphones at the Institute of Sound Recording, as well as its multichannel reproduction systems and ITU-R BS 1116 standard listening room. The project will also involve the researcher spending significant amounts of time at BBC R&D’s North Lab in Salford, where the researcher will be able to take advantage of the BBC’s spatial audio listening room as well as links with its production studios and the audio research team. The researcher will benefit from being involved in the EPSRC-funded S3A project (http://www.s3a-spatialaudio.org), both contributing to this project’s wider aims as well as gaining from working in a large collaborative project.


The successful candidate will need to meet the EPSRC nationality criteriato be eligible for the funding. Applicants should have a first or 2:1 honours degree, Masters degree, or equivalent in a subject that includes sound recording, audio engineering, and/or psychoacoustics. Applicants should be able to demonstrate excellent skills in one or more of the following areas: basic psychoacoustics, psychophysics, statistical planning and analysis of explorative experiments, audio signal processing, sound recording.

Further details can be found here:


Note that the successful candidate must meet the EPSRC eligibility criteria:



Dr Christopher Hummersone
Lecturer in Audio
Music & Sound Recording (Tonmeister) Admissions Officer
Institute of Sound Recording
University of Surrey
Twitter: @IoSR_Surrey, @Dr_Chris_H
Tel.: 01483 686167