Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Scientific Chapters

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Joshua Atkins, James E. West
      Pages 3-13
    3. Asbjørn Krokstad, U. Peter Svensson, Svein Strøm
      Pages 15-31
    4. Guillaume Defrance, Jean-Dominique Polack
      Pages 57-75
    5. Jean-Dominique Polack
      Pages 77-91
    6. Ning Xiang, Bosun Xie, Trevor J. Cox
      Pages 93-111
    7. Yoichi Ando, Peter Cariani
      Pages 145-176
    8. Roland Kruse, Volker Mellert
      Pages 229-239
    9. Dieter Guicking
      Pages 241-276
  3. Manfred Schroeder’s Memoirs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 277-298
    2. Manfred R. Schroeder
      Pages 299-302
    3. Manfred R. Schroeder
      Pages 303-324
    4. Manfred R. Schroeder
      Pages 325-328
    5. Manfred R. Schroeder
      Pages 329-336
    6. Manfred R. Schroeder
      Pages 337-341
    7. Manfred R. Schroeder
      Pages 343-362
    8. Manfred R. Schroeder
      Pages 363-399
    9. Manfred R. Schroeder
      Pages 401-406
    10. Manfred R. Schroeder
      Pages 407-421
    11. Manfred R. Schroeder
      Pages 423-430
    12. Manfred R. Schroeder
      Pages 431-436
    13. Manfred R. Schroeder
      Pages 437-440
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 441-461

About this book


This book explores the life and scientific legacy of Manfred Schroeder through personal reflections, scientific essays, and Schroeder’s own memoirs. Reflecting the wide range of Schroeder’s activities, the first part of the book contains thirteen articles written by his colleagues and former students. Topics discussed include his early, pioneering contributions to the understanding of statistical room acoustics and to the measurement of reverberation time; his introduction of digital signal processing methods into acoustics; his use of ray tracing methods to study sound decay in rooms; and his achievements in echo and feedback suppression and in noise reduction. Other chapters cover his seminal research in speech processing including the use of predictive coding to reduce audio bandwidth which led to various code-excited linear prediction schemes, today used extensively for speech coding. Several chapters discuss Schroeder’s work in low-peak factor signals, number theory, and maximum-length sequences with key applications in hearing research, diffraction gratings, artificial reverberators, and de-correlation techniques for enhancing subjective envelopment in surround sound. In style, the articles range from truly scientific to conversationally personal. In all contributions, the relationship between the current research presented and Manfred Schroeder’s own fields of interest is, in general, evident. The second part of the book consists of Schroeder’s own memoirs, written over the final decade of his life. These recollections shed light on many aspects not only of Schroeder’s life but also on that of many of his colleagues, friends, and contemporaries. They portray political, social, and scientific events over a period that extends from pre-war to the present. These memoirs, written in an inimitable and witty style, are full of information, entertaining, and fun to read, providing key insight into the life and work of one of the greatest acousticians of the 20th century.
  • Reflects on the life, work, and legacy of one of the greatest acousticians of the 20th century
  • Features articles by leading researchers on the implications of Schroeder’s research today
  • Covers a wide range of topics, from room acoustics, noise reduction, physical acoustics, and underwater acoustics to transducers, speech signal processing, and number-theory applications


Acoustical Impedance, Advanced Measurements Acoustics Number Theory Applications, Schroeder Impulse Responses and Gaussian Noises Low Peak Factor Signals Low Peak Factor Signals, Hearing Research Manfred Schroeder Manfred Schroeder Legacy Manfred Schroeder Memorial Volume Maximum-length-sequence-related Signals Neurally-based Acoustic Design Ray Tracing in Acoustics, Early History Reflection Phase Grating Optimization Room Acoustics Decay Analysis Room Acoustics Schroeder Room-acoustic Cross-over Time Schroeder Acoustics Schroeder Information and Communication Schroeder and Underwater Acoustics Spatial Audio and Room Acoustics Transducer research, Bell Labs, Schroeder

Editors and affiliations

  • Ning Xiang
    • 1
  • Gerhard M. Sessler
    • 2
  1. 1.The School of ArchitectureRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyUSA
  2. 2.Darmstadt University of TechnologyDarmstadtGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-05659-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-05660-9
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