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.
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