The DREGON dataset
Martin Strauss, Pol Mordel, Victor Miguet and Antoine Deleforge released the DREGON dataset. DREGON stands for DRone EGonoise and localizatiON. It consists in sounds recorded with an 8-channel microphone array embedded into a quadrotor UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle). The recordings are annotated with the precise 3D position of the sound source relative to the drone as well as additional internal characteristics of the drone state such as motor speed and intertial measurements. It aims at promoting research in UAV-embedded sound source localization, notably for the application of semi-autonomous search-and-rescue with drones. The IEEE Signal Processing Cup 2019 was based on this dataset.
- Website: http://dregon.inria.fr
- Reference: DREGON: Dataset and Methods for UAV-Embedded Sound Source Localization, Martin Strauss, Pol Mordel, Victor Miguet and Antoine Deleforge, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) 2018.
The VAST project
VAST stands for virtual acoustic space traveling and is a new paradigm for learning-based sound source localization and audio scene geometry estimation. Most existing methods that estimate the position of a sound source or other audio geometrical properties are either based on an approximate physical model (physics-driven) or on a specific-purpose calibration set (data-driven). With VAST, the idea is to learn a mapping from audio features to desired geometrical properties using a massive dataset of simulated room impulse responses. The dataset is designed to be maximally representative of the potential audio scenes the considered system may be evolving in while remaining reasonably compact. The aim is to demonstrate the good generalizability of mappings learned on a virtual datasets to real-world data and to provide a useful tool for research teams interested in sound source localization.
Clément Gaultier, Saurabh Kataria, Diego Di Carlo and Antoine Deleforge are working on the release of datasets for VAST. Two binaural datasets are already available on the project website. We co-authored two publications demonstrating this paradigm for binaural 3D sound source localization and wall absorption estimations using these datasets.
- Website: http://theVASTproject.inria.fr
- VAST : The Virtual Acoustic Space Traveler Dataset, Clément Gaultier, Saurabh Kataria, Antoine Deleforge, International Conference on Latent Variable Analysis and Signal Separation (LVA/ICA), Feb 2017, Grenoble, France.
- Hearing in a shoe-box : binaural source position and wall absorption estimation using virtually supervised learning, Saurabh Kataria, Clément Gaultier, Antoine Deleforge, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), Mar 2017, New-Orleans, United States.