DFG priority program AUDICTIVE
Within the framework of the priority program AUDICTIVE of the DFG (German Research Foundation) three projects with the participation of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Janina Fels were approved. On the one hand, the coordination project, which focuses on interdisciplinary exchange and research data management, was approved. On the other hand, the project "Listening to, and remembering conversations between two talkers: Cognitive research using embodied conversational agents in audiovisual virtual environments", which is a joint proposal with Prof. Dr. Torsten W. Kuhlen and Prof. Dr. Sabine J. Schlittmeier, will be funded. Furthermore, the project "Evaluating cognitive performance in classroom scenarios using audiovisual virtual reality - ECoClass-VR", which is a joint proposal with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alexander Raake, TU Ilmenau and apl. Prof. Dr. Maria Klatte, TU Kaiserslautern, will be funded.
The priority program "Auditory Cognition in Interactive Virtual Environments - AUDICTIVE" is intended to make it possible, by linking the three disciplines - acoustics, cognitive psychology and virtual reality/computer science - to significantly expand the knowledge about hearing-related cognitive performance in real scenes and thus to realize the development of an "auditory-cognitive-validated" VR technology. By applying interactive VR technology, it should be possible to understand auditory perception in complex audiovisual scenes that are close to real life. Situations such as classrooms, open-plan offices, multi-party communication or outdoor scenarios with multiple (and moving) sound sources should be better understood with the help of the results.