On the Integration of Acoustics and LiDAR: A Multi-Modal Approach to Acoustic Reflector Estimation

E.H.J. Riemens*, Pablo Martinez-Nuevo, Jorge Martinez, Martin Bo Møller, R.C. Hendriks

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Having knowledge on the room acoustic properties, e.g., the location of acoustic reflectors, allows to better reproduce the sound field as intended. Current state-of-the-art methods for room boundary detection using microphone measurements typically focus on a two-dimensional setting, causing a model mismatch when employed in real-life scenarios. Detection of arbitrary reflectors in three dimensions encounters practical limitations, e.g., the need for a spherical array and the increased computational complexity. Moreover, loudspeakers may not have an omnidirectional directivity pattern, as usually assumed in the literature, making the detection of acoustic reflectors in some directions more challenging. In the proposed method, a LiDAR sensor is added to a loudspeaker to improve wall detection accuracy and robustness. This is done in two ways. First, the model mismatch introduced by horizontal reflectors can be resolved by detecting reflectors with the LiDAR sensor to enable elimination of their detrimental influence from the 2D problem in pre-processing. Second, a LiDAR-based method is proposed to compensate for the challenging directions where the directive loudspeaker emits little energy. We show via simulations that this multi-modal approach, i.e., combining microphone and LiDAR sensors, improves the robustness and accuracy of wall detection.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2022 30th European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO)
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-827970-9-1
ISBN (Print)978-1-6654-6799-5
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes
Event30th European Signal Processing Conference, EUSIPCO 2022 - Belgrade, Serbia
Duration: 29 Aug 20222 Sep 2022


Conference30th European Signal Processing Conference, EUSIPCO 2022


  • LiDAR
  • Loudspeaker
  • Room acoustics

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