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Title: Eye array sound source localization
Author: Alghassi, Hedayat
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy - PhD
Program: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Copyright Date: 2008
Subject Keywords Tracking;Localization algorithm;Arrays
Issue Date: 2009-02-26
Publisher University of British Columbia
Abstract: Sound source localization with microphone arrays has received considerable attention as a means for the automated tracking of individuals in an enclosed space and as a necessary component of any general-purpose speech capture and automated camera pointing system. A novel computationally efficient method compared to traditional source localization techniques is proposed and is both theoretically and experimentally investigated in this research. This thesis first reviews the previous work in this area. The evolution of a new localization algorithm accompanied by an array structure for audio signal localization in three dimensional space is then presented. This method, which has similarities to the structure of the eye, consists of a novel hemispherical microphone array with microphones on the shell and one microphone in the center of the sphere. The hemispherical array provides such benefits as 3D coverage, simple signal processing and low computational complexity. The signal processing scheme utilizes parallel computation of a special and novel closeness function for each microphone direction on the shell. The closeness functions have output values that are linearly proportional to the spatial angular difference between the sound source direction and each of the shell microphone directions. Finally by choosing directions corresponding to the highest closeness function values and implementing linear weighted spatial averaging in those directions we estimate the sound source direction. The experimental tests validate the method with less than 3.10 of error in a small office room. Contrary to traditional algorithmic sound source localization techniques, the proposed method is based on parallel mathematical calculations in the time domain. Consequently, it can be easily implemented on a custom designed integrated circuit.
Affiliation: Applied Science, Faculty of
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/5114
Scholarly Level: Graduate

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