March 27th-29th saw the 2019 Audio Engineering Society International Conference on Immersive and Interactive Audio take over the Music Research Centre at the University of York, hosted by the AudioLab and the Music Department. The conference was a packed 3-day event full of technical papers, immersive audio demos, an industry fair, workshops, tutorials and panel discussions. Keynote speakers were Owen Brimijoin from Facebook Reality Labs, Agnieszka Roginska from New York University and Anastasia Devana from Magic Leap. The conference was sponsored by Genelec, YouTube, Magic Leap, Izotope, Nugen Audio, KP Acoustics, Hill Pro Audio and Facebook.
The Audiolab had the chance to show off plenty of our own research, including demonstrations of interactive virtual singing environments, the 50 channel spherical loudspeaker system, our fast binaural measurement system, our VR work with Abbey Road and our immersive audio work for children with autism spectrum disorder. We also had a decent spread of publications from across the lab, with presentations, posters and workshops from Tom, Tomasz, Alejandro, Kat, Cal, Dan, Joe, Duncan, and one of our undergraduate interns Harry!
For more details on what went on in the programme go to aes.org/conferences/2019/immersive/
For an (almost live) recap, Kat was very busy live-tweeting the conference over on @aes_iia