Sydney-York Morphological and Recording of Ears database (SYMARE)

  • Craig Jin (Creator)
  • Pierre Guillon (Creator)
  • Reza Zolfaghari (Creator)
  • Nicholas Epain (Creator)
  • Andre van Schaik (Creator)
  • Anthony I Tew (Creator)
  • Carl T. Hetherington (Creator)
  • Jonathan Thorpe (Creator)



The result of collaboration between the Universities of York and Sydney for over ten years, the SYMARE database supports research exploring the relationship between the morphology of human outer ears and their acoustic filtering properties - a relationship that is viewed by many as holding the key to human spatial hearing and the future of 3D personal audio.

The SYMARE database comprises acoustically measured head-related impulse responses (HRIRs) for 61 listeners (48 male/13 female), multiple high-resolution surface mesh models (upper torso, head and ears) for these listeners obtained from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data, and the corresponding simulated HRIR data generated using the Fast-Multipole Boundary Element Method (FM-BEM).

Ten of the 61 subjects are open access at the link in this record. For access to the full dataset, contact Craig Jin, University of Sydney (a charge may be made for this).
Date made available1 Jul 2012
PublisherUniversity of Sydney
Date of data production1 Jul 2012

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