Adaptive technologies to manipulate sounds

This priority should include research into harnessing emerging technologies (sensors, transducers, beamformers, wearables, immersive audio) to measure noise and soundscape, understand the relationship with health via new noise and soundscape metrics, development of adaptive technologies to transform sounds indoors and outdoors, research into improved acoustics for buildings, understanding the effect of the changing acoustic environment including electrification of transport, pandemic effects, wider working from home and virtual reality (VR). It also can include research into our ability to simulate and reproduce any future sounds accurately via VR, voice synthesis, augmented reality and digital twinning, individually tailored methods of active noise control, improved soundscapes, education and entertainment venues and new musical instruments. Step-change improvements for speech intelligibility in buildings and public places are required.