Brian F.G. Katz, PhD
Acoustician & Researcher
External Consultant

Education  

Professional Qualifications B.A Physics and Philosophy. M.Sc. Applied Physics. Ph.D. Acoustics, The Pennsylvania State University.

Professional Experience  

Brian F.G. Katz worked from 1994 until 2000 in the USA. First as a consultant for K&K Consulting, Artec Consultants Inc. and then for Arup Acoustics. As of 2001, granted with the Chateaubriand fellowship from the French embassy's Mission for Science and Technology, he moved to France and worked for the Musical Acoustics laboratory of the Paris VI University, focusing on the idiosyncratic perceptions of spatialisation’s miscellaneous technics, developing the concept and building of a 3D-sound restitution system room. From 2001 until 2002, he worked at IRCAM, Paris and started his collaboration with Kahle Acoustics. He has been working at the CNRS, Limsi laboratory since 2003.

Kahle Acoustics Reference Projects  

His contributions to a variety of performing arts projects in the USA, Europe and Asia led him to support Kahle Acoustics on the design elaboration and construction phases of many a project such as Morgan Library & Museum in New York (2001-2006), Suzhou Science & Cultural Centre in China (2004-2007), Le Nouveau Siècle concert hall in Lille, France (2004-2013), and Philharmonie de Paris (2006-2015).

Brian F.G Katz is an external consultant. Since 1987, Brian F.G. Katz has been actively involved in various technical and academic areas of acoustics and audiovisual design. His fields of responsibilities are acoustical design of various architectural spaces, project management, acoustical research and development, and audiovisual system design. His areas of technical expertise include large and small room acoustics, acoustical measurements, signal processing, hardware-software development tools, and acoustical computer modelling.

Publications  

Jacquemin C., Ajaj R., Le Beux S., d'Alessandro C., Noisternig M., Katz B.F.G., Planes B., “Organ augmented reality: audio-graphical augmentation of a classical instrument”, International Journal of Creative Interfaces and Computer Graphics, 2010, vol. 1(2), pp. 51-66. • Pätynen J., Katz B.F.G., Lokki T., “Investigations on the balloon as an impulse source”, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 2010, vol. 128, pp. XXX (in press, Dec 2010). • Noisternig M., Katz B.F.G., Siltanen S., Savioja L., “Framework for real-time auralization in architectural acoustics”, Acta Acustica united with Acustica, 2008, vol. 94, pp. 1000-1015. • Guastavino C., Katz B.F.G., “Perceptual evaluation of multi-dimensional spatial audio reproduction”, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 2004, vol. 116, pp. 1105-1115. • Katz B.F.G., “International round robin on room acoustical impulse response analysis software”, Acoustics Research Letters Online, 2004, vol. 5, pp. 158-164. • Katz B.F.G., “Boundary element method calculation of individual head-related transfer function. I. Rigid model calculation”, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 2001, vol. 110 (5), pp. 2440-2448. • Katz B.F.G., “Boundary element method calculation of individual head-related transfer function. II. Impedance effects and comparisons to real measurements”, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 2001, vol. 110 (5), pp. 2449-2455.

Frissen I., Katz B.F.G., Guastavino, C., “Effect of sound source stimuli on the perception of reverberation in large volumes”, Auditory display, LNCS 5954, Springer, 2010, vol. 5954, pp. 358-376 DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-12439-6_18. • Martin J.-C., d'Alessandro C., Jacquemin C., Katz B.F.G., Max A., Pointal L., Rilliard A., “3D audiovisual rendering and real-time interactive control of expressivity in a talking head”, Intelligent virtual agents, Berlin, Germany: Springer, 2007, vol. 4722, pp. 29-36 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-74997-4_3.

Presentations  

Cabrera D., Okamoto T., Katz B.F.G., Noisternig M., Iwaya Y., Suzuki Y., “Considerations in characterising an almost anechoic room for interactive spatial audio reproduction”, Proc. International Symposium on Room Acoustics (ISRA), Melbourne 29-31 August 2010. • Bouchara T., Katz B.F.G., Jacquemin C., Guastavino C., “Audio-visual renderings for multimedia navigation”, Proc. 16th Intl. Conf. on Auditory Display (ICAD), Washington, D.C., USA, 9-15 June 2010, pp. 245-252.

Noisternig N., Katz B.F.G., “Reconstructing sound source directivity in virtual acoustic environments”, Proc. Intl. Workshop on the Principles and Applications of Spatial Hearing 2009 (IWPASH), Sendai, 11-13 Nov 2009, DOI 10.1142/9789814299312_0020. • Okamoto T., Katz B.F.G., Noisternig M., Iwaya Y., Suzuki Y., “Implementation of real-time room auralization using a surrounding 157 loudspeaker array”, Proc. Intl. Workshop on the Principles and Applications of Spatial Hearing 2009 (IWPASH), Sendai, 11-13 Nov 2009, DOI 10.1142/9789814299312_0049. • Mariette N., Katz B. F.G., “Sounddelta - largescale, multi-user audio augmented reality”, Proc. of the EAA Symposium on Auralization, Espoo, Finland, 15-17 June 2009. • Katz B. F.G., Frissen I., Guastavino C, “Perception of reverberation in large single and coupled volume”, Proc. of the 15th Intl. Conf. on Auditory Display (ICAD), Copenhagen, Denmark, 18-22 May 2009.

Katz B.F.G., Rio E., Picinali L., Warusfel O., “The Effect of Spatialization in a Data Sonification Exploration Task”, Proc. 14th Meeting of the Intl. Conf. on Auditory Display (ICAD), Paris, 24-27 June 2008. • Kahle E., Wulfrank T., Jurkiewicz Y., Katz B.F.G., “Opera House Reverberation Times – Design Considerations”, Proc. 155th ASA, 5th Forum Austicum & 2nd ASA-EAA Joint Conference, Paris, 29 June-6 July 2008. • Katz B.F.G., Kahle E., “Auditorium of the Morgan Library, Computer Aided Design and Post-Construction Results” Proc. Institute of Acoustics, Vol. 30, Pt.3, 2008.

Greff R., Katz B.F.G., “Round Robin Comparison of HRTF Simulation Results: Preliminary Results”, Proc. 123rd Convention of the Audio Engineering Society, New York, 5-8 Oct 2007. • Martin J.-C., d'Alessandro C., Jacquemin C., Katz B.F.G., Max A., Pointal L., Rilliard A., “3D Audiovisual Rendering and Real-Time Interactive Control of Expressivity in a Talking Head”, Proc. 7th Intl. Conf. on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA), Paris, France, 17-19 Sept 2007. • Defrance G., Polack J.-D., Katz B.F.G., “Measurements in the New Salle Pleyel”, Proc. Intl. Symp. on Room Acoustics (ISRA), Seville, 10-12 Sept 2007. • Kahle E., Jurkiewicz Y., Faillet N., Wulfrank T., Katz B.F.G., “La Philharmonie De Paris Concert Hall Competition, Part 1: Acoustic Brief” Proc. Intl. Symp. on Room Acoustics (ISRA), Seville, 10-12 Sept 2007. • Kahle E., Wulfrank T., Jurkiewicz Y., Faillet N., Katz B.F.G., “La Philharmonie de Paris Concert Hall Competition, Part 2: The Competition” Proc. intl. Symp. on Room Acoustics (ISRA), Seville, 10-12 Sept 2007. • Katz B.F.G., Begault D.R., “Round Robin Comparison of HRTF Measurement Systems: Preliminary Results”, Invited paper, Proc. 19th Intl. Congress on Acoustics (ICA), Madrid, 2-7 Sept 2007. • Katz B.F.G., d'Alessandro C., “Directivity Measurements of the Singing Voice”, Invited paper, Proce. 19th Intl. Congress on Acoustics (ICA), Madrid, 2-7 Sept 2007.

Katz B.F.G., Wetherill E.A., “Fogg Art Museum lecture room: A calibrated recreation of the birthplace of room acoustics”, Invited paper, Fourth Joint Meeting: ASA and ASJ, Honolulu, November 2006, J. Acoust. Soc. Am., Vol. 120(5), Pt. 2, Nov 2006. • d'Alessandro C., Katz B.F.G., Boudet F., “On the acoustics of the clavichord” De Clavicordio VII, Proc. VIIth International Clavichord Symposium, Musica Antica a Magnano, 2006. • Katz B.F.G., Kahle E., “Design of the new Opera House of the Suzhou Science & Arts Cultural Center”, Proc. 9th Western Pacific Acoustics Conference (WESPAC), Seoul, Korea, 26-28 June 2006.

Kahle E., Katz B.F.G., “Design of a new stage shell for the Stadthaus in Winterthur, Switzerland”, Proc. 147th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, New York, mai 2004. • d'Alessandro C., Katz B.F.G., “Tonal quality of the clavichord: the effect of sympathetic strings”, Proc. International Symposium on Musical Acoustics (ISMA), Naran, Japan, 31 March-3 April 2004. • Polack J-D., Castellengo M., Maffiolo V., Vogel C., Guastavino C., Katz B.F.G., “Soundfield reproduction: the limits of the physical approach”, Proc. CFA/DAGA, March 2004.

Katz B.F.G., «Enregistrement et synthèse binaurale pour l'acoustique des salles», présentation invitée, Méthodes d'enregistrement et de restitution sonore pour l'évaluation de la perception des bruits de transport, Lyon, 15 Sept 2003.

Guastavino C., Katz B.F.G., Dubois D., Polack J-D., Arras C., “Perception of Background Noise in Urban Soundscapes”, First Intl. Workshop on Architectural and Urban Ambient Environment, Nantes, Feb 2002.

Katz B.F.G., Essert R., Kahle E., “Measured Effects of Absorption Location, Receiver Position, and Source Direction on Reverberation” Proc. Intl. Congress on Acoustics (ICA), Sept 2001.

Katz B.F.G., Malpas P., Wise S., “The theory and practice of designing with directional beamforming loudspeaker arrays” Institute of Acoustics - Reproduced Sound 15, Nov 1999. • Kahle E., Johnson R., Katz B.F.G., “The new konzertsaal of the KKL Center, Lucerne, Switzerland. II Preliminary acoustical measurements” Acta Acoustica v.85, S2, 1999.

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