Learn about the current state-of-the-art perceptual evaluation methods and practices – and how to set up your own trained listener panel.

Why participate in perceptual evaluation training courses?

The training course is relevant if you are planning to run listening tests to make your product better, preparing marketing claims substantiation or seeking to better understand the value of perceptual evaluation.

During the course, you will learn about a wide range of perceptual evaluation methods applied to audio. You will gain an understanding of what can be achieved through these methods and correct usage.

You will become comfortable with the process of designing listening tests, collecting data, as well as performing basic statistical analyses. All elements contributing in maximizing the signal to noise ratio in your measurements.

Who should participate in the perceptual evaluation training courses?

You should participate in this training course, if audio quality is important to your work. Examples of previous participants are managers, stakeholders, specialists and researchers. 

During the course

The course format is typically a combination of lectures and practical demonstrations. 

You will learn about a wide range of topics relevant to perceptual evaluation, inclusive:

Listening test practices

  • Introduction to listening test practices
  • Experimental considerations
  • Research question and hypothesis
  • Experimental variables
  • Assessors and tech consideration 

Listening conditions and calibration

  • The role of a listening panel
  • Assessor screening (normal hearing and hearing impaired)
  • Assessor training
  • Listener motivation and feedback 

Test methodologies

  • Consumer approaches ITU-T & ITU-R
  • Descriptive analysis (attribute testing)
  • Semantic space of audio
  • Individual vocabulary profiling (IVP)
  • Projective mapping
  • Ideal profile method (IPM) 

Practical statistics

  • Data screening
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Assessor performance
  • Checking analysis assumption
  • Explaining the structure of the data
  • Analysis of variance
  • Difference testing
  • T-tests and post hoc tests 

Practical information about the perceptual evaluation training courses at FORCE Technology

Registration

To register for a course or for further information, please contact us using the contact form on the page.

Time and place

The training courses can take place on our locations in Hørsholm, Brøndby or Aarhus in Denmark, or at other premises upon agreement.
We strive to offer a course minimum twice a year.

Cancellation

If you are prevented from participating, you are always welcome to give your place to a colleague.
You can cancel or move your participation until six workdays before course start date. At cancellation later than six workdays before course start date, the whole course fee will be charged.

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