Lorenzo Picinali
Address   Dr. Lorenzo Picinali
Faculty of Technology
De Montfort University
The Gateway, Leicester
Room GH 6.62
Phone +44 116 207 8051
E-mail lpicinali@dmu.ac.uk

Long CV              Short CV              Publication's List

  Bibliographical Sketch
    Dr Picinali is a Senior Lecturer in Music/Audio Technology in the Department of Media Technology at DMU and an active researcher in the Virtual Reality and Assisted Living (ViR.AL) and Interactive and Media Technologies (IMT) research groups. After graduation from the Computer Science Department of the Universita degli Studi di Milano, Italy, in July 2005, he moved to DMU to start a PhD in Music and Technology titled "The Creation of a Binaural Spatialization Tool". In June 2007 he moved to take up a full-time research position in Paris, but continued his PhD studies in his own time, having re-registered as a part-time student at DMU. In Paris he worked as a researcher for LIMSI-CNRS and IRCAM on various projects linked to data sonification, binaural auralization and VR environments for the blind (see following section). In January 2009 he moved back to DMU to work as a full-time lecturer in the Faculty of Technology, and in May 2010 he successfully completed his PhD. The collaboration with IRCAM and LIMSI-CNRS is still active with projects in audio-haptic interaction and data sonification. Between September 2005 and December 2008 Dr Picinali has also been employed as an external consultant in various research projects with GNReSound Italia, LIM (Universita degli Studi di Milano) and the Audiology Department of the University of Ferrara. This research has focused upon the objective and subjective audio quality evaluation of hearing aids, spatial hearing perception, and 3D sound algorithms for hearing aids.
Over the past 6 years, Dr. Picinali published various international and international conference papers, international journal papers and two book chapters, and has been invited to present his work in various national and international venues.

Current research projects  

VR Interactive Applications for the Blind - in collaboration with Dr. Brian FG Katz (LIMSI-CNRS, France) and Dr. Tony Stockman (Queen Mary University of London) - see also video interview

Audio Tactile Maps - in collaboration with Chris Feakes (IMT, De Montfort University) and Dr. Douglas Cawthorne (Faculty of Art & Design & Humanities, De Montfort University)

Haptic Control of Multistate Generative Music Systems - in collaboration with Dr. Bret Battey and Mr. Marinos Giannouakis (MTI - De Montfort University)

Loss and Gain - Assisting hearing, expanding listening - in collaboration with Dr. Pete Batchelor (MTI, De Montfort University) and Dr. Ximena Alarcon

Digital Building Heritage - in collaboration with Dr. Douglas Cawthorne (Faculty of Art & Design & Humanities, De Montfort University) and other members of the Digital Building Heritage Group

The Sound of Proteins - in collaboration with Dr. Huseyin Secker and Charalambos Chrysostomou (CCI - De Montfort University) - see also video interview

Audio-Haptics comparative study for the discrimination of spectral characteristics - in collaboration with Dr. Brian FG Katz (LIMSI-CNRS, France) and Chris Feakes (IMT - De Montfort University)

Evaluating the effectiveness of asymmetrical directional microphone configurations on BTE hering aids - in collaboration with Prof. Silvano Prosser (Universita di Ferrara, Italy) - see also video interview

MemeNet - in collaboration with Prof. Ferrante Neri and Mr. Fabio Caraffini (CCI, De Montfort University)

SASSy: Sensory Articulation Speech System - in collaboration with Mrs. Pip Cornelius (HLS - De Montfort University), Dr. Dylan Menzies (De Montfort University) and Prof. Bob John (University of Nottingham)

Areas of Interest  

Binaural Auralization - HRTF calculation and synthesis, performance of individualized and non-individualized HRTFs, distance perception and simulation of the distance cues, psychophysiology of the spatial hearing perception

3D audio virtual reality applications for the blind

Room Acoustics - creation and auralization of room models, real-time 3D audio navigation systems

Audio-haptics interaction design and multimodal interfaces

Audiology and Audiometric Techniques - audio-prosthetic techniques, subjective and objective evaluation of audio quality and speech intelligibility with hearing aids, auditory spatial perception with hearing aids

Assisted living technologies

Other - IR measurement techniques, sonification, sound recording, mixing and mastering techniques

Teaching areas  

Musical and architectural acoustics
Psychoacoustics and hearing aids technology
Acoustic prediction and auralization techniques
Sound recording, mixing and mastering techniques
3D sound recording, synthesis and reproduction techniques
Software: MaxMSP (with Javascript); DAW such as Pro Tools, Logic, Digital Performer, etc; CATT-Acoustic


TECH3011 - Studio Technology      Studio acoustics, acoustic prediction and auralization with CATT-Acoustic
TECH2035 - Audio Production II      Musical acoustics and advanced audio recording techniques
TECH1020 - Introduction to Audio Production and Systems      Introduction to DSP, basic acoustic principles, sound recording and mixing techniques

  Various links and downloads

Click on the following links to listen to binaural recordings and simulations (obviously, listen with a pair of headphones!):
Reverberant Room            Train Station            Where am I?

Click here to download my Ambisonic-based MaxMSP binaural spatialization patch

Click here to download the book chapter Spatial Audio Applied to Research with the Blind , written with Brian FG Katz (LIMSI-CNRS)

Video interview on Virtual reality for the blind

Video interview on Sound of proteins

Video interview on Multimedia and Audiology Network