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Framework for performance evaluation of web-based and native networked music performance applications

keywords NETWORKED MUSIC PERFORMANCE

Reference persons ANDREA BIANCO, CRISTINA EMMA MARGHERITA ROTTONDI

Research Groups Telecommunication Networks Group

Thesis type SIMULATION/ANALYSIS

Description Networked music performance (NMP) is a recently emerging field of research which targets musical performances over a network. NMP aims at revolutionizing the traditional concept of musical interaction by enabling remote musicians to perform together through a telecommunication network, with many applications: remote music teaching, jam session, remote concerts. Ensuring realistic performative conditions, however, constitutes a significant engineering challenge due to the extremely strict requirements of audio quality and network latency, which are difficult to meet with current internet technologies. On top of that, implementations should be designed with the goal of ensuring usability by musicians of different ages and backgrounds.

The objective of this thesis is to design an assessment framework to evaluate the performance and usability of various NMP solutions. The performance evaluation is carried out in terms of resources used, network bandwidth, audio quality (audio codec + packet loss concealment), mouth-to-ear latency and so on. The usability of the various tools instead will be carried out using a series of usability metrics. The project activities include initial research on the state-of-the-art tools which can be used for the various metric evaluations, followed by the development of a framework which can be used to quantitatively assess the performance of different NMP tools, which can be either web-application or native tools. In the last part of the thesis, the developed framework will be then used to evaluate the performance of various NMP tools.

Required skills Programming skills; previous experience with GNU/Linux


Deadline 30/09/2023      PROPONI LA TUA CANDIDATURA




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