Dr. Sunil Bharitkar
Los Angeles, CA
TSC MEMBER INSTITUTION(S):
University of Southern California
National Science Foundation
ABOUT THE COMPANY:
Audyssey Laboratories is an audio sound technology company that has created a high-tech sound system that produces accurate, enveloping and distortion-free sound everywhere in one’s listening room. Audyssey Laboratories has developed world class sound technologies for home, business and automotive use.
In late 1996, the National Science Foundation established a unique research center at University of Southern California (USC) that focused on immersive technologies. A key component of the Integrated Media Systems Center (IMSC) is the Immersive Audio Laboratory that was founded by Chris Kyriakakis and Tomlinson Holman. Over the past 10 years Tom and Chris have conducted research in audio signal processing, acoustics, and psychoacoustics.
The results of their interdisciplinary research have been published in more than 100 technical journals and several books. One of the most challenging problems that they addressed was the comprehensive understanding of the negative effects of room acoustics on sound reproduction. It took five years of intense research and experimentation and more than $6 million in research funds to fully understand and solve this intricate problem. No other facility in the world had the scientific expertise and the resources to fundamentally examine and solve this problem.
The company, which has designed high-end home theater systems since 2002, just introduced an iPod dock that follows a vertical, rather than horizontal, format.
Learn more about their innovation here.
Audyssey founder and University of Southern California engineer Chris Kyriakakis explains the technology behind “pyschoacoustics,” the study of sound perception by the human auditory system, in the New York Times
: “Sound, the Way the Brain Prefers to Hear It
UNIVERSITY-BASED RESEARCH CONNECTION:
Audyssey Laboratories was conceived at the prestigious Immersive Audio Laboratory at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Sunil Bharitkar, Philip Hilmes, Prof. Tomlinson Holman, and Prof. Chris Kyriakakis were all involved in conceiving and creating the technology that was the basis for “spinning out” the company in July, 2002. Today, they are, respectively, Audyssey’s Vice President for Research, Vice President for Engineering, Chief Scientist, and Chief Technology Officer.
ROLE OF FEDERAL RESEARCH FUNDING:
The National Science Foundation established the research center at USC that focused on immersive technologies, where Audyssey was conceived.
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