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Perceptually-Motivated Sonification of Spatiotemporally-Dynamic CFD Data

Temor, Lucas, MacDonald, Daniel E., Natarajan, Thangam, Coppin, Peter and Steinman, David A. (2021) Perceptually-Motivated Sonification of Spatiotemporally-Dynamic CFD Data. In: The 26th International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD 2021), 25-28 Jun 2021, Virtual.

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Abstract

Everyday perception and action are fundamentally multisensory. Despite this, the sole reliance on visualization for the representation of complex 3D spatiotemporal data is still widespread. In the past we have proposed various prototypes for the sonification of dense data from computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations of turbulent-like blood flow, but did not robustly consider the perception and associated meaning making of the resultant sounds. To reduce some of the complexities of these data for sonification, in this work we present a feature-based approach, applying ideas from auditory scene analysis to sonify different data features along perceptually-separable auditory streams. As there are many possible features in these dense data, we followed the analogy of “caricature” to guide our definition and subsequent amplification of unique spectral and fluctuating features, while effectively minimizing the features common between simulations. This approach may allow for better insight into the behavior of flow instabilities when compared to our previous sonifications and/or visualizations, and additionally we observed benefits when some redundancy was maintained between modalities.

Item Type: Conference/Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: Faculty of Design
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2021 17:23
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2021 09:35
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/3485

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