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Strategic seminar in Ettringen

This year's strategy seminar in Ettringen focused on concepts and ideas for the sustainability of software, frameworks and data management. "How to achieve a high degree of reusability in software development" or "What do future simulation platforms and software frameworks for real-time signal processing look like" were some of the questions that were intensively discussed and worked on.

An offroad geocaching tour in the expedition vehicle as a teambuilding measure offered some outdoor activity and challenged our driving skills.

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"Cube 3" | Public Procurement

The Düsseldorf office "RKW Architektur +" wins the public procurement of the Bau- und Liegenschaftsbetrieb NRW (BLB NRW) Aachen for the "Cube 3". The building complements the existing institute buildings "Cube 1" and "Cube 2" of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology. In addition to the Institutes of Technical Acoustics (ITA) and Electromagnetic Theory Engineering (ITHE), the Institute of Communication Systems will also be part of the new "Cube 3". The kickoff meeting for further detailed planning with the three institutes has been scheduled.

Entwurf: RWK Architektur +, Visualisierungen: Anton Kolev, formtool

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Measurement series: Time variant impulse responses of ANC headphones

The performance of ANC headphone systems depends strongly on the underlying acoustic paths. Former measurements have shown that these can vary significantly from person to person. This effect can partly be reduced by a calibration the acoustic front end.

A current series of measurements under strictly controlled conditions will clarify to which extent these paths might vary, e.g., depending on the jaw position. The outcome of this study will later on serve as a basis for statistical modelling.

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IKS | Year-end Party

In a long tradition, the IKS team celebrated the end of the year together with the students. With hot drinks, waffles and grilled food all culinary wishes could be fulfilled. A program full of ideas with live music, poems, quizzes and a photo show paved the way for this successful event. Many thanks to the organizers and all helping hands.

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PHD Exam of Dr.-Ing. Markus Niermann

Dr.-Ing. Markus Niermann has successfully completed his oral PHD examination. In the morning, Dr. Niermann gave a 45-minute lecture on his work on the topic:  

"Digital Enhancement of Speech Perception in Noisy Environments"

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Innovation Award: "Patent of the Month December"

In November 2017 we reported on the successful patent application for active suppression of the occlusion effect (DE102016011719B3) by the inventors Stefan Liebich, Carlotta Anemüller, and Daniel Rüschen. The patent has now been awarded "Patent of the Month December" by the Center of Patents and Standards (PNZ) of the RWTH Aachen University.

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Sound Engineer Conference

Our research assistants were with their company Ferncast and Mayah Communications at the "30. Tonmeistertagung" in Cologne. There they presented methods and devices for streaming complex scenarios, e.g. from a radio station to the internet. In addition, they showed the demonstration on audio portation, where, with the help of a multi-channel audio system, you can experience a teleconference as if you were sitting in its midst.



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RWTH Science Night

This year the IKS took part in the RWTH Science Night "5 vor 12". On Friday, 9 November 2018, between 7 p.m. and midnight, science could be experienced. Among others Johannes Fabry presented a demonstrator for "Active Noise Control", one main research topic of the institute.



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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Vary | ITG Fellow

On November 5, 2018 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Vary has been named as Fellow of the Informationstechnische Gesellschaft (ITG) at VDE. With this decision, the award committee and the ITG executive board honored his outstanding merits, his commitment and his excellent scientific achievements in the field of mobile communications. The award ceremony took place at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. The photo shows him together with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans D. Schotten, the chairman of the Informationstechnische Gesellschaft (ITG).



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2nd Place at the AES MATLAB Plugin Student Competition

The student project "Binaural Piano", which was developed in the "Real-time Audio Processing" laboratory, was especially successful. At the 145th AES Convention in New York, a jury awarded Maximilian Kentgens, Tobias Kabzinski, Sebastian Nagel, Till Hardenbicker and Benjamin Agthe a second place in the AES MATLAB Plugin Student Competition for their student project. A great joint success of students and staff!

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