Engineers from the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research at the University of Southampton have created an advanced super-surround system

Huawei and UK researchers to work on 3D sound development

The UK’s University of Southampton and Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei will start a joint research project focused on personalised and interactive 3D sound technologies.

The University of Southampton’s Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) – one of the world’s prominent research facilities in the field, has signed a £500,000 agreement with Huawei to cover a three-year research project in the framework of Huawei’s Innovation Research Program, which was set up in 2010.

"It is fantastic that a large global company like Huawei has recognised our global expertise in 3D audio technologies and acoustics,” said Dr Filippo Fazi, one of the team of researchers who has gained international recognition with their super-surround-sound system created by experimenting with a giant sphere that has 40 loudspeakers on its surface.

“We hope to further develop and improve the sound field technologies that we have established and apply them to the development of products for a global market. This is a valuable collaboration as Huawei's technology expertise will be extremely beneficial to maximise the impact of our research," Fazi said.

Huawei and the University of Southmapton believe products of the cooperation will eventually find their way into laptops, tablets and mobile phones

"We are excited to work with the ISVR as they are world-renowned in audio research, with very strong research and engineering ability and are open to innovative impact,” said Dawei Huo, President of Huawei Central Research Institute. “We look forward to this partnership developing from project level to a long-term strategic partnership with both parties working together."

The collaboration is part of a £10m investment by Huawei to support research programmes at British universities. The significant level of funding has been made available through Huawei's Innovation Research Program, which extends the company's long-term focus on research and development into the academic world by forging partnerships with global educational institutions.

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