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Subjective Evaluation of Music Compressed with the ACER Codec Compared to AAC, MP3, and Uncompressed PCM
Audio data compression has revolutionised the way in which the music industry and musicians sell and distribute their products. Our previous research presented a novel codec named ACER (Audio Compression Exploiting Repetition), which achieves data reduction by exploiting irrelevancy and redundancy in musical structure whilst generally maintaining acceptable levels of noise and distortion in objective evaluations. However, previous work did not evaluate ACER using subjective listening tests, leaving a gap to demonstrate its applicability under human audio perception tests. In this paper, we present a double-blind listening test that was conducted with a range of listeners (N=100). The aim was to determine the efficacy of the ACER codec, in terms of perceptible noise and spatial distortion artefacts, against de facto standards for audio data compression and an uncompressed reference. Results show that participants reported no perceived differences between the uncompressed, MP3, AAC, ACER high quality, and ACER medium quality compressed audio in terms of noise and distortions but that the ACER low quality format was perceived as being of lower quality. However, in terms of participants’ perceptions of the stereo field, all formats under test performed as well as each other, with no statistically significant differences. A qualitative, thematic analysis of listeners’ feedback revealed that the noise artefacts that produced the ACER technique are different from those of comparator codecs, reflecting its novel approach. Results show that the quality of contemporary audio compression systems has reached a stage where their performance is perceived to be as good as uncompressed audio. The ACER format is able to compete as an alternative, with results showing a preference for the ACER medium quality versions over WAV, MP3, and AAC. The ACER process itself is viable on its own or in conjunction with techniques such as MP3 and AAC.
Projection Analysis Optimization for Human Transition Motion Estimation
It is a difficult task to estimate the human transition motion without the specialized software. The 3-dimensional (3D) human motion animation is widely used in video game, movie, and so on. When making the animation, human transition motion is necessary. If there is a method that can generate the transition motion, the making time will cost less and the working efficiency will be improved. Thus a new method called latent space optimization based on projection analysis (LSOPA) is proposed to estimate the human transition motion. LSOPA is carried out under the assistance of Gaussian process dynamical models (GPDM); it builds the object function to optimize the data in the low dimensional (LD) space, and the optimized data in LD space will be obtained to generate the human transition motion. The LSOPA can make the GPDM learn the high dimensional (HD) data to estimate the needed transition motion. The excellent performance of LSOPA will be tested by the experiments.
Research on Wireless Positioning Technology Based on Digital FM Broadcasting
With more and more new mobile devices (such as mobile phones, tablets, and wearable devices) entering people’s daily life, along with the application and development of relevant technologies based on users’ location information, location based service is becoming a basic service demand of people’s life. This paper puts forward a research on location technology based on frequency modulation band digital audio broadcasting (FM China Digital Radio, FM-CDR). A new method of adding timestamp information to the FM-CDR frame structure is proposed, which verified that the change to the system does not affect the normal transmission and reception of broadcast content under the original standards and can accurately extract the recognition signal and timing information of BS. In the complex environment, the estimation algorithm of signal parameters such as received signal strength (RSS), time of arrival (TOA), and time difference of arrival (TDOA) of terrestrial radio broadcast signals is studied. In this paper, a new method based on multisource data fusion is proposed, which can meet the need of localization in various environments and overcome the deficiency of single localization method.
Peer-Assisted Content Delivery to Reduce the Bandwidth of TSTV Service in IPTV System
With great technologies, emerge new needs and requirements. The progress achieved in Access broadband rates accentuated the demand on IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) services specially Video on Demand (VOD) and Time Shift TV (TSTV) which led subsequently to a great need for efficiency in the use of bandwidth consumed by those services. Optimization solutions are considered by IPTV service providers to lighten the service load especially on Access Nodes uplinks. This paper describes an optimization of TSTV dedicated bandwidth based on a peer-assisting TSTV content delivery, a solution in which the users STBs (set-top-boxes) assist the central TSTV servers in the service fulfillment. For this purpose, for each TSTV request, the STB will be receiving the TSTV stream from a neighbor STB instead of the central server. By using this method, the unicast traffic will not pass through the IP network; it will be a peer-to-peer communication within the access network. Extensive simulation results were included to illustrate the validity of the proposed new solution.
A Scheduling Method of Cross-Layers Optimization of Polling Weight for AOS Multiplexing
The core mechanism of Advanced Orbit System (AOS) mainly contains the packet channel multiplexing and the virtual channel multiplexing. The multiplexing efficiency and frame time directly affect the performance of the AOS and even the whole system. In this paper, in order to optimize AOS multiplexing performance, a scheduling method of cross-layers optimization of polling weight (CLOPW) is proposed. Different from single sublayer optimization such as the isochronous frame methods, the novel method focuses on factors related to AOS performance of two core sublayers, such as packet distribution, residual function, cache capacity, frame time, and multiplexing efficiency. We build a multiple factors framing model of finite buffer and deduce the formula of packet multiplexing efficiency based on the short correlation. Furthermore, we give the formula for the virtual channel utilization and delay of cross-layer optimization. The experimental results show that the novel scheduling method of cross-layers optimization of polling weight is higher utilization of virtual channel and lower average delay than the isochronous frame method.
Loss-Aware CMT-Based Multipathing Scheme for Efficient Data Delivery to Heterogeneous Wireless Networks
With the rapid development of wireless networks, multiple network interfaces are gradually being designed into more and more mobile devices. When it comes to data delivery, Stream Control Transmission Protocol (SCTP)-based Concurrent Multipath Transfer (CMT) has proven to be quite useful solution for multiple home networks, and it could become the key transport protocol for the next generation of wireless communications. The CMT delay caused by data rearrangement has been noticed by researchers, but they have seldom considered the frequent occurrence of packet loss that occurs in the high-loss networks. In this paper, we proposed an original loss-aware solution for multipath concurrent transmission (CMT-LA) that achieves the following goals: (1) identifying packet loss on all paths, (2) distributing packets adaptively across multiple available paths according to their packet loss and loss variation, and (3) maintaining the features of bandwidth aggregation and parallel transmission of CMT while improving the throughput performance. The results of our simulations showed that the proposed CMT-LA reduces reordering delay and unnecessary fast retransmissions, thereby demonstrating that CMT-LA is a more efficient data delivery scheme than classic CMT.