How a Maryland company uses math to create fully immersive soundscapes

More than a decade ago, Ramani Duraiswami started doing research at the University of Maryland on “how people perceive the world using their ears.”

When the average person hears a noise — a dog barking, a person laughing, leaves rustling, a car driving by — they can tell if it’s near or far; if it’s coming from behind or in front; if it’s moving from one direction to another.

Duraiswami, an associate chair for computer science at the University of Maryland, found that recreating these sounds is a lot more complex than just sticking an earbud into each ear and recording noises in stereo. But what if a three-dimensional, immersive soundscape could be recreated?  Read more


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