Sonification of Solar Corona Data

Antolin, Patrick, Boehringer, Jorge, Pietruszewski, Marcin, Bowers, John, Hogg, Bennett, Newbold, Joseph, Sharma, Gerriet, Vickers, Paul and Shaw, Tim (2021) Sonification of Solar Corona Data. In: The 26th International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD 2021), 25-28 Jun 2021, Virtual Conference.

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For solar physicists, perceptualization of data is of vital interest; in current practice, this is almost exclusively approached by visual means. Project Radical (a sonification research initiative between Northumbria and Newcastle Universities) is building on an established collaboration with solar physicists to address key research questions:How does sonification complement observation and numerical representation, and how might solar physicists involve listening in their work? What new conceptual and technological approaches are suggested by the design constraints specific to solar physics? In addressing these questions, we are developing flexible tools for fluid integration within solar physics data analysis.Our project draws on research-through-design methodologies centred on interdisciplinary collaboration. Our working method consists in an iterative alternation between analytical sessions in which solar physicists, designers, and programmers meet in small groups, and prototyping periods during which new software is created and tested. This methodology assures that designs are tested during development, and that physicists have access to functional prototypes for experimental integration into their everyday workflow. While this addresses the specific aim of our project, a desired outcome is a sonification toolset that, while conceived within the domain of solar physics, demonstrates viability for wider scientific application and further development.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sonification, Solar physics, Listening, Aesthetics
Subjects: F300 Physics
F500 Astronomy
G500 Information Systems
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2022 13:49
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2022 14:00

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