Communication Acoustics

Course Description

The course will offer knowledge on the following topics: Hearing process and hearing physiology. Sound source localization methods, Precedence effect, interaural time and intensity differences. Sound source localization precision. Binaural hearing and head related transfer functions. Masking and perceptual coding. Psychoacoustical parameters. Roughness, sharpness, fluctuation strength. Loudness and pitch perception. Sound quality. Listening tests. Sound evaluation methods, measurements of sound perception. Auditory scene analysis. Speech intelligibility. Influence of spaces on hearing sensation. Auralization. Auditory virtual environments.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze functional elements of the hearing process
  2. Breakdown of methods used by the hearing system for sound source localization and identification
  3. Create a system for binaural recording and binaural sound synthesis
  4. Evaluate the sound quality based on psychoacoustic parameters
  5. Prepare speech intelligibility measurements in a communication system
  6. Use of different methods for speech transmission quality evaluation in a channel
  7. Assemble elements of sound auralisation in virtual reality system

Forms of Teaching


The theory of communication acoustics and psychoacoustics is explained. These phenomena are also explained through demonstrations, where applicable.

Seminars and workshops

Work on a selected topic from the field covered in the course through a joint project.

Independent assignments

Individual work on a selected topic from the field covered in the course


The students will evaluate psychoacoustic parameters of hearing and communication acoustics through exercises in small groups.

Week by Week Schedule

  1. Sound source localization; Localization precision
  2. Sound source localization; Localization precision
  3. Head related transfer functions (HRTF)
  4. Roughness; Sharpness; Fluctuation strength
  5. Roughness; Sharpness; Fluctuation strength
  6. Perception of loudness
  7. Perception of pitch
  8. Midterm exam
  9. Psychoacoustic parameters for determination of sound quality
  10. Psychoacoustic parameters for determination of sound quality
  11. Auditory scene analysis
  12. Auditory scene analysis
  13. Speech intelligibility
  14. Speech intelligibility
  15. Final exam

Study Programmes

University graduate
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David M. Howard, Jamie Angus (2017.), Acoustics and Psychoacoustics, Taylor & Francis
Hrvoje Domitrović, Kristian Jambrošić, Antonio Petošić (2015.), Prijenos zvuka, Element
Ville Pulkki, Matti Karjalainen (2015.), Communication Acoustics, John Wiley & Sons
Jens Blauert (2005.), Communication Acoustics, Springer Science & Business Media

For students


ID 222624
  Winter semester
L3 English Level
L1 e-Learning
30 Lectures
12 Laboratory exercises

Grading System

Very Good