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Enseignement spécifique des masters - AE-08 : Psychoacoustics


As modern technology is becoming an inevitable aspect in our society, noise and its impact on humans is now a real issue in cities and transportation. Moreover, with the increasing development of computer-human interfaces, new functionalities are daily added to audio communication systems. These two issues deal with both “sounds” and “humans” and cannot be answered on the sole basis of acoustics and signal processing. Understanding associated human factors and the way to evaluate them, and more specifically hearing and related evaluation procedures is thus mandatory for those issues. Here, we propose an introductory course on psychoacoustic. The main objectives are to provide a general understanding of the human hearing process, and of the ways to perceptually evaluate some of its aspects.

Objectifs pédagogiques

Understand the human hearing process
Evaluate human factors associated to hearing

Compétences complémentaires:
This course is interdisciplinary in its nature, at the frontier between science and humanities. It is thus an excellent opportunity for students having a scientific background to discover methodologies used in experimental psychology and to open their mind to these disciplines that are in general totally absent from their past formation.

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  • Petite classe : 9
  • Cours magistral : 21

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Diplôme(s) concerné(s)

domaines Saclay

Mention Mécanique.

Pour les étudiants du diplôme Master 2 Acoustical Engineering

      Notions in linear acoustics

    Notions in signal processing

Format des notes

Numérique sur 20

Littérale/grade européen

Pour les étudiants du diplôme Diplôme d'Ingénieur de l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées

Le rattrapage est autorisé

    Pour les étudiants du diplôme Master 2 Acoustical Engineering

    Vos modalités d'acquisition :

      Written scientific report following a lab session.Written report and oral presentation of a scientific article on hearing.

    Le rattrapage est autorisé (Note de rattrapage conservée)
    • le rattrapage est obligatoire si :
      Note initiale < 7
    L'UE est acquise si Note finale >= 10
    • Crédits ECTS acquis : 3 ECTS

    Le coefficient de l'UE est : 3

    La note obtenue rentre dans le calcul de votre GPA.

    L'UE est évaluée par les étudiants.

    Programme détaillé

    The course will begin with a short history of psychoacoustics and with some concrete examples highlighting the need for psychoacoustic approaches in current engineering challenges. Methodological tools will then be introduced and the physiology of the hearing process will be described. Once those basements have been put, elementary audition characteristics and perceptual attributes (such as loudness and pitch perception, sound source localization) of humans will be presented and discussed in details. Some of these aspects will be assessed practically during a lab session. Recent engineering examples that merge signal processing and acoustic with psychoacoustic will then conclude the course and link it with the other courses.
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