The AudioLab has a newly-live MSc by Research open for applications in ‘Lag-free audio communication in a multi-user virtual reality environment’ under the supervision of Helena Daffern and Gavin Kearney, in collaboration with New Moon Studios & XR Stories:
Lag-free audio communication is a pressing issue for developers of multiplayer environments. Audio plays a vital role in contributing to the sense of immersion within a virtual reality (VR) environment, and the use of interactive audio systems now allow the voice of a user to be heard as part of the virtual environment. A robust specifically designed approach is clearly needed for the context of vocal interaction for virtual reality, not only to define the latency thresholds but also to ascertain what is feasible with current and emerging technologies.
This project will explore the margin of error, i.e. the maximum audio delay that can be implemented within a multi-user virtual audio system whereby the vocal interaction is still natural and allows for a perceived synchronous voice production. Working with New Moon Studios, the student will implement and test multi-user networked versions of an existing system designed in the AudioLab which allows a single user to sing as part of a pre-recorded choir, interacting with the acoustic as though they were in the original performance venue.