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Sat, 22 Mar 1997 16:01:54 -0800
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The following is a flier announcing the 1997 Summer Workshop in Haptics
and Psycho-acoustics for V.R which will be held at CCRMA (the Center for
Computer Research in Music and Acoustics), Stanford University.  More
information about CCRMA and other CCRMA workshops can be found at


Introduction to Psychoacoustics and Psychophysics: Audio and Haptic Components
of Virtual Reality Design

     * June 16 - June 27, 1997
     * Individual fee: $800, Affiliate fee: $1000,
     * Corporate Non-Affiliate fee: $1200
     * Two weeks instruction and laboratory.
     * Limited to 15 participants.
     * Instructors:
          + Sile O'Modhrain
          + Craig Sapp

   Guest lecturers: Perry Cook, Chris Hasser (Immersion Corp.), Bill
   Verplank (Interval Research), Malcolm Slaney (Interval Research).

   This course will introduce concepts and apply tools from cognitive
   psychology to the composition of virtual audio and haptic
   environments. In particular, the salience of various auditory and
   haptic phenomena to the perception and performance of music will be

   Just as visual artists spend time learning perspective to provoke 3D
   effects, composers and virtual object designers must study the
   perceptual sciences to create virtual environments which are
   convincing upon hearing and touch. We will study relevant topics from
   acoustics, psychology, physics and physiology. We will apply these to
   the design and rendering of virtual objects not for the eyes, but for
   the haptic and audio senses. Principles of speech, timbre, melody,
   pitch, texture, force, and motion perception will be addressed.
   Various audio and haptic effects and illusions will be demonstrated.

   Morning lectures will cover these topics and also feature talks by
   eminent researchers and entrepreneurs working in the fields of
   psychoacoustics and haptics. Afternoon labs will provide practical
   experience in psychophysics experiment design and execution. In
   addition to sound synthesis tools, haptic interfaces will be
   made available for experiment designs.


  Additional Information

   Housing costs are not included in the course fee. Campus housing is
      available for the summer workshops through the Stanford University
   Conference Office. No academic credit is offered for participation in
   the workshops.


   CCRMA Summer Workshops
   Department of Music
   Stanford University
   Stanford, CA 94305-8180, USA.
   Phone: (415) 723-4971
   Fax: (415) 723-8468
   E-mail: [log in to unmask]