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Acoustics, Information, and Communication

Memorial Volume in Honor of Manfred R. Schroeder

Xiang, Ning, Sessler, Gerhard M. (Eds.)

2015, XVIII, 461 p. 226 illus., 91 illus. in color.

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  • Reflects on the life, work and legacy of one of the greatest acousticians of the 20th century
  • Features articles by leading researchers on the implications of Schroeder’s research today
  • Covers a wide range of topics, from room acoustics, noise reduction, physical acoustics, and underwater acoustics to transducers, speech signal processing, and number-theory applications
This book explores the life and scientific legacy of Manfred Schroeder through personal reflections, scientific essays, and Schroeder’s own memoirs. Reflecting the wide range of Schroeder’s activities, the first part of the book contains thirteen articles written by his colleagues and former students. Topics discussed include his early, pioneering contributions to the understanding of statistical room acoustics and to the measurement of reverberation time; his introduction of digital signal processing methods into acoustics; his use of ray tracing methods to study sound decay in rooms; and his achievements in echo and feedback suppression and in noise reduction. Other chapters cover his seminal research in speech processing including the use of predictive coding to reduce audio bandwidth which led to various code-excited linear prediction schemes, today used extensively for speech coding. Several chapters discuss Schroeder’s work in low-peak factor signals, number theory, and maximum-length sequences with key applications in hearing research, diffraction gratings, artificial reverberators, and de-correlation techniques for enhancing subjective envelopment in surround sound. In style, the articles range from truly scientific to conversationally personal. In all contributions, the relationship between the current research presented and Manfred Schroeder’s own fields of interest is, in general, evident. The second part of the book consists of Schroeder’s own memoirs, written over the final decade of his life. These recollections shed light on many aspects not only of Schroeder’s life but also on that of many of his colleagues, friends, and contemporaries. They portray political, social, and scientific events over a period that extends from pre-war to the present. These memoirs, written in an inimitable and witty style, are full of information, entertaining, and fun to read, providing key insight into the life and work of one of the greatest acousticians of the 20th century.
  • Reflects on the life, work, and legacy of one of the greatest acousticians of the 20th century
  • Features articles by leading researchers on the implications of Schroeder’s research today
  • Covers a wide range of topics, from room acoustics, noise reduction, physical acoustics, and underwater acoustics to transducers, speech signal processing, and number-theory applications

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Acoustical Impedance, Advanced Measurements - Acoustics Number Theory Applications, Schroeder - Impulse Responses and Gaussian Noises - Low Peak Factor Signals - Low Peak Factor Signals, Hearing Research - Manfred Schroeder - Manfred Schroeder Legacy - Manfred Schroeder Memorial Volume - Maximum-length-sequence-related Signals - Neurally-based Acoustic Design - Ray Tracing in Acoustics, Early History - Reflection Phase Grating Optimization - Room Acoustics Decay Analysis - Room Acoustics Schroeder - Room-acoustic Cross-over Time - Schroeder Acoustics - Schroeder Information and Communication - Schroeder and Underwater Acoustics - Spatial Audio and Room Acoustics - Transducer research, Bell Labs, Schroeder

Related subjects » Applications - Classical Continuum Physics - Engineering - Otorhinolaryngology - Pollution and Remediation - Signals & Communication

Table of contents 


Part I: Scientific Chapters
Chapter 1: Spatial Audio and Room Acoustics by Joshua Atkins and James West
Chapter 2: The Early History of Ray Tracing in Acoustics by Asbjørn Krokstad, U. Peter Svensson, and Svein Strøm
Chapter 3: Advanced Room-Acoustics Decay Analysis by Ning Xiang
Chapter 4: Estimating the cross-over time within room impulse responses by Guillaume Defrance and Jean-Dominique Polack
Chapter 5: Are impulse responses Gaussian noises? by Jean-Dominique Polack
Chapter 6: Recent applications of number-theoretic sequences in audio and acoustics by Ning Xiang, Bosun Xie and Trevor J. Cox
Chapter 7: Where mathematics and hearing science meet: Low peak factor signals and their role in hearing research by Armin Kohlrausch and Steven van de Par
Chapter 8: Neurally-based acoustic and visual design by Yoichi Ando and Peter Cariani
Chapter 9: Manfred R. Schroeder: A personal memoir, Optimizing the reflection phase grating by Peter D’Antonio
Chapter 10: Manfred R. Schroeder: Challenge the present and there is a better way by Bishnu S. Atal
Chapter 11: Transducer Research at Bell Laboratories under Manfred Schroeder by Gerhard M. Sessler

Chapter 12: Manfred Schroeder and Acoustical Impedance by Roland Kruse and Volker Mellert
Chapter 13: Research on Underwater Acoustics in Göttingen by Dieter Guicking

Part II: The Memoirs of Manfred R. Schroeder
Chapter 14: Right Turns
Chapter 15: School Years
Chapter 16: July 1943
Chapter 17: Radar
Chapter 18: Lucky Breaks
Chapter 19: The University of Göttingen
Chapter 20: Bell Laboratories
Chapter 21: The KGB
Chapter 22: Professor of Physics
Chapter 23: The German Language
Chapter 24: Retirement and Beyond
Chapter 25: The Year 2006 

Appendix: Bibliography of Manfred R. Schroeder’s Publications


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