Acoustics Signal Processing and Immersive Reality Lab


ASPIRe - Audio Processing for total Immersion


Department of Mechanical Engineering
111 Randolph Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Dr. Michael Roan

Associate Professor
Who we are….

At ASPIRe, our mission is to explore all aspects of immersive reality. Recent innovations such as Occulus Rift have made tremendous strides toward bringing the visual component of immersion to a wide audience. A major part of our work is making realistic 3D audio for gaming, live performance, distance learning, and cinema a reality.

Other major thrusts include development of signal processing algorithms for anomaly detection applied to mechanical systems. Previous work of the lab includes automated bearing fault detection, detection of anomalies in synthetic aperture radar, and automated detection of faulty parts on high-speed assembly lines.

We are dedicated to creating an environment of inclusion, where everyone’s voice is heard and ideas flow freely. The main goal of the lab is to provide students with an extensive toolbox of highly-desired skills, high-impact publications, specialized technical experience and to have a lot of fun doing it!

  • Acoustic Metamaterials

    Using the latest additive manufacturing technologies, modeling, and advanced measurement techniques, we develop novel materials that exhibit exciting acoustical properties.

  • Immersive Audio - The CUBE

    The ASPIRe Lab, together with our partners in the music, sports, gaming, and entertainment industries develop, test and refine audio immersion technologies for the CUBE theatre. We are working toward building partnerships that will provide immersive audio in large scale areanas and theatres around the world.

  • ASPIRe Audio Immersion Lab

    The ASPIRe lab is a state of the art audio immersion teaching and research facility. The lab’s 10 workstations can drive 58 JBL LSR305 loudspeakers located on the labs walls, floor, and ceiling.

  • Signal Processing for Pattern Recognition

    The ASPIRe Lab develops, tests, and deploys algorithms for anomaly detection in a variety of systems. These include roller bearings, social media data, synthetic aperture radar data, and intrusion detection.

Laboratory address:

Aspire Lab: Randolph 9b and 9c
111 Randolph Hall

Department of Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering, Virginia Tech
635 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, VA 24061