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MOOC "Communication Acoustics"
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Jens Ahrens
2017-09-24 20:49:56 UTC
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Dear Sursounders,

We would like to draw your attention to the re-run of our MOOC on the topic of communication acoustics. We actually chose to divide it into two courses this time in order for the durations to be closer to what is common for MOOCs:

https://www.edx.org/course/fundamentals-communication-acoustics-rwthx-tumx-ca101-1x
https://www.edx.org/course/applications-communication-acoustics-rwthx-tumx-ca101-2x ​

The course is a collaboration of several academics based in Germany as well as myself. The "Fundamentals" course is going to start on Oct. 23. The courses take place back-to-back, which means that the "Applications" course is going to start on Dec. 04.

There are chapters on (amongst other topics):

- Fundamentals of acoustics
- Room acoustics
- Anatomy and physiology of the human hearing system
- Psychoacoustics
- Speech acoustics
- A lot on spatial audio capture and presentation
- Psychoacoustics in product sound design
- Perceptual audio coding

The course is in English (please don’t mind our accents...). It is more of an introduction to the topic. We would therefore think that it is not so interesting for most of you but it might be so for your students. The course is actually part of the curriculum at most of the participating universities, and we’re having onsite written exams at 4 locations.

Best regards,
Jens

P.S. The term "communication acoustics" was coined by Jens Blauert (https://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/ika/mitarbeiter/blauert.htm). It comprises all subdomains of acoustics that are relevant for the communication between humans and between humans and machines. This is of course not an exclusive definition. You may choose yourself what acoustic signals are those that convey information to you.
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Jens Ahrens
Associate Professor
Division of Applied Acoustics
Chalmers University of Technology
41296 Gothenburg
Sweden
+46 (0)31 772 2210
http://www.ta.chalmers.se/people/jens-ahrens/
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