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Creating the Sydney York morphological and acoustic recordings of ears database

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  • C. T. Jin
  • P. Guillon
  • N. Epain
  • R. Zolfaghari
  • A. van Schaik
  • A. I. Tew
  • C. Hetherington
  • J. Thorpe


Publication details

JournalIEEE Transactions on Multimedia
DatePublished - Jan 2014
Issue number1
Number of pages10
Pages (from-to)37-46
Original languageEnglish


This paper introduces the process for creating the Sydney York Morphological and Acoustic Recordings of Ears (SYMARE) database. 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 is comprised of acoustically measured head-related impulse responses 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 for these listeners generated using the Fast Multipole Boundary Element Method (FM-BEM). In this work, we compare acoustically measured HRIR data for 61 listeners with the listeners’ corresponding simulated HRIR data generated using the FM-BEM.

    Research areas

  • Head-related transfer function, 3D audio, morphological data, fast multipole boundary element method, 3D mesh models, virtual auditory space

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