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USC Demonstrates Immersive Technology

Chris Kyriakakis, USC associate professor of electrical engineering and director of the IMSC Immersive Audio Laboratory, is part of the USC team that will demonstrate the first live Internet immersive environment Sept. 28. The event will feature a performance by the renowned Mir� Quartet, streamed over the Web using multichannel audio and high-definition video imagery.

Researchers from the Integrated Media Systems Center at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering will demonstrate the first live Internet immersive environment at the annual meeting of the Internet 2 organization at the University of Texas, Austin, on Sept. 28.

The demonstration will feature a performance by the Mir� Quartet � a renowned chamber music group � that will be streamed over the Internet using multichannel immersive audio and high-definition video imagery.

“We are tremendously excited to work with the Internet 2 organization and the Mir� Quartet to demonstrate some of IMSC’s latest technologies,” said IMSC director Ulrich Neumann, a USC professor of electrical engineering who noted that IMSC has pioneered award-winning applications in pre-recorded and streamed immersive environments.

While the quartet performs for one audience, researchers will transmit their performance in real time to a second audience in another auditorium, using advanced video and audio technologies to create an unprecedented sense of immersion.

The images of the performers will be projected on four high-definition screens (one for each performer), and the audio will be captured and rendered using IMSC’s 10.2-channel immersive audio technology, which is a generation beyond today’s 5.1-channel surround sound.

During the intermission, the two audiences will switch places, and at the end of the show, they will participate in a survey � developed by IMSC and the UT Institute for Social Research � to measure the efficacy of immersive environments.

IMSC researchers include Chris Kyriakakis, USC associate professor of electrical engineering and director of the IMSC Immersive Audio Laboratory; Tomlinson Holman, key investigator at the Immersive Audio Lab and professor of film sound at the USC School of Cinema-Television, and principal with TMH Corp.; Roger Zimmermann, IMSC streaming media technology specialist and USC research assistant professor; Christos Papadopoulos, assistant professor of computer science; Alexander A. Sawchuk, IMSC deputy director and USC professor of electrical engineering; Elaine Chew, USC assistant professor in the Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering; James Donahue, consultant to IMSC and principal recording engineer, WGBH-TV, Boston; Beomjoo Seo, IMSC graduate research assistant; and Moses Pawar, IMSC graduate research assistant.

Internet 2 is a consortium that includes 207 universities working in a partnership with industry and government to develop and deploy advanced network applications and technologies, accelerating the creation of tomorrow’s Internet.

More information on the IMSC&UT/Mir� Quartet event can be found here.

More information on the Sept. 27-30 conference can be found here.

More information on the Mir� Quartet can be found here.

More information on IMSC can be found here.

USC Demonstrates Immersive Technology

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