SIM CDT PhD Student
- Signal processing
- Quality of Experience
- Immersive Audio
- Deep learning
- Dialogue enhancement
- Objective audio quality metrics
Luca holds a BSc in Engineering of Computing Systems from Politecnico di Milano, Italy and an MSc in Information and Communications Engineering from the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.
After graduating, he worked as a research associate for one year in the Conversational AI Research group at the Fraunhofer Institute of Integrated Circuits (IIS) in Erlangen, Germany under the supervision of Prof. Emanuël Habets. At Fraunhofer, he contributed to the development and integration of AI-powered dialogue enhancement technology into the MPEG-H next-generation audio codec and investigated how speech-to-background loudness differences can be predicted and manipulated to improve quality of experience in the context of TV audio.
Luca is currently pursuing his PhD at the AudioLab as part of the Sound Interactions in the Metaverse Center for Doctoral Training (SIM CDT).
His research explores how acoustic quality of experience could be quantified and measured in VR applications. In this context, traditional metrics and methods used for estimating audio quality fall short, as they were not designed to account for the interactive and non-linear elements that characterize VR applications. The goal is to better understand the interacton between audio and interactive elements in order to develop multimodal approaches that can accurately quantify and potentially predict quality of experience in VR applications.
His PhD project is being conducted in collaboration with Electronic Arts: Search for Extraordinary Experiences Division (EA SEED).