Joint spherical beam forming for directional analysis of reflections in rooms Academic Article uri icon


  • This contribution presents a new approach for analysing spatial directions in room impulse responses captured with source and receiver of adjustable directivity. A distinct peak in a room impulse response is usually associated with an acoustic path length of direct or reflected sound. Given the ability to modify the directivity of source and receiver by spherical beamforming, beam coefficients can be adjusted as to emphasize the peak at a preselected time instant. We present a new approach to jointly optimize the coefficients for both source and receiver under the constraint of a unit peak amplitude while minimizing the energy of the entire response. The beam pattern described by these coefficients highlights the dominant acoustic path directions of the corresponding path length at the source and the receiver.

publication date

  • January 1, 2012