“My most recent work explores how we can reproduce the acoustics of a room in six degrees of freedom for AR/VR. I look at existing rooms and analyze them to study how we perceive their acoustics as we move around in the space, and I use this knowledge to develop new sound reproduction algorithms.

Depending on the desired aesthetics, we may want to reproduce accurately an existing space or, create a completely imaginary world. Therefore, I’m especially interested in creating technology that can bridge the science of acoustics and psychoacoustics with more creative applications, and ultimately, I want to empower immersive sound creators.”

Benoit Alary, Ph.D., is a Canadian researcher at the Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music (IRCAM) in Paris, France. Established in 1977, IRCAM is one of the world’s largest public research centers dedicated to musical expression and scientific research.

Benoit has over fifteen years of experience in immersive audio, shared between industry and academia, which includes a Ph.D. from Aalto University (Finland). As a permanent member of IRCAM’s Acoustic and Cognitive Spaces team, his research centers around the reproduction, the analysis/synthesis, and the perception of sound spaces. His current projects involve 6DoF sound reproduction, machine learning, and virtual acoustics.