A project funded by the EU is taking on the challenge of modelling, synthesizing and analysing acoustic reverberation. The DREAMS (Dereverberation, Reverberation of Audio, Music and Speech) project began in February 2013 and is expected to run for three years. The research initiative is being led by the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), and will focus on four areas seen as pivotal to our understanding and experience of (de-)reverberation: room acoustics; signal processing; psychoacoustics; speech and audio processing. And although the research itself is pretty technical it is expected that the findings could lead to improvements in a whole range of audio outputs and devices, such as tablets, mobile phones, etc. But will it fix the perennial problem of PA announcements at train stations?
Project website: http://www.dreams-itn.eu/
EU project page: http://cordis.europa.eu/projects/rcn/105444_en.html