Archives of Acoustics, 32, 3, pp. 659-682, 2007

Computational modelling of head-related transfer function

Andrzej B. DOBRUCKI
Wrocław University of Technology Institute of Telecommunications, Teleinformatics and Acoustics

Przemysław PLASKOTA
Wrocław University of Technology Institute of Telecommunications, Teleinformatics and Acoustics

Measuring the Head-Related Transfer Function (HRTF) is an efficient method that takes into consideration the influence of the human body on the sound spectrum. The data base used in reproduction of the sound source position is built using the measurement results. The base is individual for each person, which makes it impossible to make a versatile base for all listeners. In this paper a numerical model of artificial head is presented. The model allows to determine the value of HRTF without making measurements. The model includes both geometrical and acoustical parameters. A method which is often used to determine the acoustical field parameters is the boundary element method, which was used to calculate the values of HRTF in this work. In the conclusion results of the calculations are presented and the correctness of the previous assumption made while constructing the geometric part of the numerical human head model is discussed.
Keywords: spatial hearing, Head Related Transfer Function, Boundary Element Method
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