Lecture: Virtual Acoustics, Summer Term 2023

  • Instructor: Dr. Albert Prinn
  • Teaching Assistant: TBA
  • Time: Summer Term 2023, Wednesday's 10:15-11:45
  • First Lecture: Wednesday, April 19th, 10:15-11:45
  • Place: Am Wolfsmantel 33, Erlangen-Tennenlohe, Room 3R4.04
  • Format: Lecture
  • Credits: 2,5 ECTS
  • Exam (graded): Oral examination at the end of the term
  • Flyer: PDF


  • The lecture will be offered in person only.
  • The required material will be made available to the course participants in the following way:
    • All FAU students can get an electronic copy of the required reading material.
    • The slides used in the lecture are made available as PDF.

For further information, please contact Dr. Albert Prinn.


Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR) are on the rise. While in the 1980s, VR was more science-fiction than actual reality, recent advances in hardware and software technology are enabling VR/AR. Today, VR and AR have matured and are beginning to influence our lives, paving the way to novel concepts in entertainment, engineering, education and science. Sound has a very important role in making these simulations authentic.

This course provides an introduction to the simulation of sound in VR and AR, covering topics from multiple disciplines, including: physics, signal processing, mathematics and computer science. A general overview of the relevant acoustical phenomena and underlying theory is given; auditory perception is considered, particularly the localization of sound; the established simulation algorithms are reviewed, and real-time implementations using efficient signal processing algorithms are discussed.

The course is an ideal start for researchers, engineers, and graduate students who would like to dive deeper into the field of virtual acoustics.

Course Material

The lecture slides can be downloaded on StudOn.


Further audio-related courses offered by the AudioLabs can be found at: