E-PHASE-Electronic Piano with Haptic And Spatial Enhancements

Starting date
January 1, 2009
Duration (months)
Computer Science
Managers or local contacts
Fontana Federico
Sound and music computing, Physical modelling, Haptic synthesis, Sound field reproduction, Perceptual measurement.

A joint cooperation with Viscount SpA is proposed, to enhance the physics-based real-time piano model developed at the Dipartimento di Informatica of the University of Verona, currently in final engineering state. In spite of the excellent quality, its design philosophy still reflects a traditional viewpoint centred around the fidelity of generated sounds. We propose to introduce a major paradigm shift by means of which the digital piano is designed not only to provide high-quality sounds to listeners, but, additionally, a more involving experience for the player. This shift requires to identify, model, synthesize, and finally validate a number of effects which affect the player during performance, at the same time being irrelevant to the listeners. In particular the project will focus on:
  • the haptic simulation of tactile feedback through the piano keys;
  • the spatial sound field reproduction as it is perceived at the player’s standpoint.


Viscount S.p.A.
Funds: assigned and managed by the department
Syllabus: Joint Projects 2008

Project participants

Balazs Lajos Bank


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