Acoustics and Audio

Audio and Acoustics

Acoustics and audio play vital roles in our lives. Our research focuses on spatial audio and acoustics for real-world applications in telecommunications, telepresence, entertainment, hearing aids, assisted hearing, noise cancellation over large areas, ultrasound imaging and localisation of acoustic sources. Sound spatialisation requires thinking about sound in three dimensions, including its orientation, directivity, trajectories, and spatial characteristics of the environment such as reverberation.

Our work ranges from theoretical research, to implementation challenges and experimental investigations. With the support of an ANU Major Equipment Committee Grant, we have established a cutting-edge spatial audio laboratory to conduct this research. We develop theory on sound field modelling for different kinds of sound sources in complex acoustic environments. This leads to work in design and analysis of microphone arrays, speaker arrays for spatial sound synthesis, estimation and equalisation of room acoustics, and sound source localisation and separation.

We have strong track records with competitive grants, including ARC Discovery and DECRA, and publication in high-impact peer-reviewed journals and refereed conferences in the field. We also collaborate with international academics and industry partners, such as Dolby Australia, on research projects.

Explore our available student research projects below and if you’d like to discuss opportunities for collaboration or funding, please email us.

Academic staff

Professor Thushara Abhayapala »

Deputy Dean, CECS and Professor, RSEng

Hanchi Chen

Dr Hanchi Chen »

Research Fellow

Assoc Professor Glenn Dickins »

Architect of Convergence, Dolby Laboratories

Prasanga Samarasinghe

Dr Prasanga Samarasinghe »

Research Fellow

Dr Wen Zhang »

Honorary Senior Lecturer


Abdullah Fahim

Abdullah Fahim »

PhD Student

Mr Yonggang Hu »

PhD Student

Fei Ma »

PhD Student

Matthew O'Connor »

HDR Candidate

Xiangyun (Sean) Wu

Mr Xiang Wu »

PhD Student

Ms Jihui (Aimee) Zhang »

PhD student

Mr Huanyu Zuo »

PhD Student



Mr Yu Maeno »

Campus Visitor


Journal Articles

  1. Abhayapala, T.D., Gupta, A., (2010). Spherical harmonic analysis of wavefields using multiple circular sensor arrays. IEEE Trans. Audio, Speech and Language Processing, Vol. 18, no. 6, pp. 1655-1664, August 2010.
  2. Lamahewa, T., Abhayapala, T.D., Igbal, R., Athawudage, C., (2010).  Framework to Calculate Space-Frequency Correlation in Multi-carrier Systems.  IEEE Transactions in Wireless Communications, Vol. 9, No. 6, pp. 1825-1831, June 2010.
  3. Abhayapala, T.D., Gupta, A., (2010). Higher order dierential-integral microphone arrays", Journal of Acoustic Society of America (JASA), Vol. 127, Issue 5, pp. EL227-EL233, May 2010.
  4. Zhang, W., Abhayapala, T.D., Kennedy, R.A., Duraiswami, R., (2010). Insights into Head Related Transfer Function: Spatial Dimensionality and Continuous Representation. J. Acoust. Soc. Am., vol. 127, no. 4, pp. 2347-2357, April 2010.
  5. Salehin, S.M.A., Abhayapala, T.D., (2010). Localizing Lung Sounds: Eigen Basis Decomposition for Localizing Sources within a Circular Array of Sensors. Journal of Signal Processing Systems, DOI: 10.1007/s11265-009-0435-3, 2010.
  6. Nordholm, S., Abhayapala, T.D., Doclo, S., Gannot S., Naylor, P., Tashev, I., (2010). Microphone Array Speech Processing. Editorial, EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing,Volume 2010, Article ID 694216, 3 pages, doi:10.1155/2010/694216.

Conference Papers

  1. Salehin, A., Abhayapala, T.D., (2010).  Frequency Domain Method for Photoacoustic Tomography with an Arbitrary Detection Geometry. In Proc. IEEE 4th International Conference on Signal Processing and Communication Systems, Gold Coast, Australia, Dec. 2010.
  2. Tagalaga, D., Abhayapala, T.D., (2010). Novel Head Related Transfer Function Model for Sound Source Localisation. In Proc. IEEE 4th International Conference on Signal Processing and Communication Systems, Gold Coast, Australia, Dec. 2010.
  3. Salehin, A.,  Abhayapala, T.D., (2010). Time-Frequency Domain Fundamental Frequency Estimation and Localization of Quasiperiodic, Pulsatic Signal in a Correlated Mixture. In Proc. IEEE 4th International Conference on Signal Processing and Communication Systems,Gold Coast, Australia, Dec. 2010.
  4. Salehin, A.,  Abhayapala, T.D., (2010). Frequency Domain, Photoacoustic Tomography with Sparse Frequency Samples. In Proc. 2010 IEEE Workshop on Signal Processing Systems, San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA, October 6-8, 2010.
  5. Salehin, A.,  Abhayapala, T.D., (2010). Photoacoustic Image Reconstruction from a Frequency-Invariant Source Localization Perspective. In Proc. 18th European Signal processing Conference (EUSIPCO), Aalborg, Denmark, August 2010
  6. Wu, Y.J., Abhayapala, T.D., (2010). Multizone Soundeld Reproduction using Multiple Loud-speaker Arrays. In Proc. The 20th International Congress on Acoustics, Sydney, August 2010.
  7. Wu, Y.J., Abhayapala, T.D., (2010). Simultaneous Soundeld Reproduction at Multiple Spatial Regions. In Proc. AES 128th Convention, London, May 2010.
  8. Gupta, A., Abhayapala, T.D., (2010). Double sided cone array for spherical harmonic analysis of waveelds. In Proc. IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP), Dallas, TX, pp. 77-80, March 2010.
  9. Samarasinghe, P.T.,  Lamahewa, T., Abhayapala, T.D., Kennedy, R.A., (2010). 3D mobile-to-mobile wireless channel model. In Proc. 11th IEEE Australian Communications Theory Workshop (AusCTW), Canberra, Australia, pp. 30-34, February 2010.



Journal Articles

  1. Zhang, W., Kennedy, R.A., Abhayapala, T.D., (2009). Efficient continuous HRTF model using data independent basis functions: Experimentally guided approach. IEEE Trans. Audio, Speech and Language Processing, vol. 17, pp. 819-829, May 2009.
  2. Iqbal, R., Abhayapala, T.D., Lamahewa, T., (2009). Generalized Clarke Model for Mobile Radio Reception. IET Communications, pp. 644-654, April 2009.
  3. Wu., Y.J., Abhayapala, T.D., (2009). Theory and Design of Soundeld Reproduction Using Continuous Loudspeaker Concept.  IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 107-116, January 2009.
  4. Min, Z., Abhayapala, T.D., Jayalath, D., Smith, D., Athaudage, C., (2009). Space-Frequency Block Code with Matched Rotation for MIMO-OFDM System with Limited Feedback. EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing, vol. 2009, 15 pages, 2009.
  5. Abhayapala, T.D., Ward, D.B., (2009). Wideband Beamspace Processing Using Orthogonal Modal Beamformers. Journal of Signal Processing Systems, DOI 10.1007/s11265-009-0421-9,

Conference Papers

  1. Iqbal, R., Abhayapala, T.D., Ahmed, J., Lamahewa, T., (2009). Wigner-ville distribution of a type of non-stationary mobile rayleigh fading channels. In Proc. 13th IEEE International Multitopic Conference 2009 (INMIC-2009), December 2009.
  2. Wu Y.J., Abhayapala, T.D., (2009). Multizone 2d soundfield reproduction via spatial band stop filters. In Proc. 2009 IEEE Workshop on Applications of Signal Processing to Audio and Acoustics (WASPAA 2009), October 2009.
  3. Abhayapala, T.D., Wu, Y.J., (2009). Spatial Soundfield Reproduction with Zones of Quiet. In Proc. AES 127th Convention, New York, USA, October 2009.
  4. Kodituwakku, S., Abhayapala, T.D., Kennedy, R.A., (2009). Orthogonal basis expansion based atrial activity reconstruction for atrial fibrillation electrocardiogram analysis. In Proc. 31st International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC'09),Minneapolis, Minesota, USA, September 2009, pp. 1820-1823.
  5. Gupta, A., Abhayapala, T.D., (2009). 3d soundfield reproduction using non-spherical loudspeaker arrays. In Proc. 17th European Signal processing Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, August 2009.
  6. Zhang, M.m Abhayapala, T.D., Jayalath, D., Smith, D., Athaudage, C., (2009). Matched rotation precoding: A new paradigm in space-frequency coding. In Proc. IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), Dresden, Germany, June 2009.
  7. Igbal, R., Abhayapala, T.D., Sadeghi, P., (2009). A technique to improve mmse performance of pace in time-selective rayleigh fading channels. In Proc. 11th Canadian Workshop on Information Theory (CWIT), Ottawa, Canada, May 2009, pp. 175-160.
  8. Abhayapala, T.D., Gupta, A., (2009). Alternatives to spherical microphone arrays: Hybrid geometries. In Proc. IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP), Taipei, Taiwan, April 2009, pp. 19-24.
  9. Wu., Y.J., Abhayapala, T.D., (2009). Spatial multizone soundfield reproduction. In Proc. 2009 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, 2009, pp. 93-96.
  10. Zhang, W., Abhayapala, T.D., Kennedy, R.A., Duraiswami, R., (2009). Modal expansion of HRTFs: Continuous representation in frequency-range-angle. In Proc. 2009 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, 2009, pp. 285-288.


Journal Articles

  1. Lamahewa, T., Abhayapala, T.D., Kennedy, R.A., (2007). Spatial precoder Design for Space-Time Coded MIMO Systems: Based on Fixed Parameters of MIMO Channels. Wireless Personal Communications, Vol. 43, pp. 777-799, Issue 2 , Oct. 2007.
  2. Zhang, M., Jayalath, A.D.S., Abhayapala, T.D., Smith, D., Athaudage, C., (2007). Compensation Decoding of Space Time Frequency Block Codes. IEEE Communication Letters, Vol. 11, Issue 7, pp. 610-612, July 2007<./li>
  3. Perera, R.R., Abhayapala, T.D., Pollock, T.S., (2007). Gaussian inputs: Performance limits over non-coherent SISO and MIMO channels. Euro. Trans. Telecomms., Vol. 18, Issue 3, pp. 235-244, April 2007.
  4. Williams, M.I.Y., Abhayapala, T.D., Kennedy, R.A., (2007). Generalized Broadband Beamforming using a Modal Subspace Decomposition. EURASIP Journal on Applied Signal Processing,Volume 2007, Article ID 68291, 9 pages, doi:10.1155/2007/68291.
  5. Abhayapala, T.D., Debbah, M., Kennedy, R.A., (2007). Space-Time Channel Modeling for Wireless Communications (Editorial). EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking,Vol. 2007, Article ID 24595, doi:10.1155/2007/24595, 2007.


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