Our research group has published open dataset for acoustic scene classification research, TUT Acoustic Scenes 2017. The dataset consists of recordings from various acoustic scenes, all having distinct recording locations. For each recording location, 3-5 minute long audio recording was captured. The original recordings were then split into segments with a length of 10 seconds. Dataset is released in two parts, development dataset and evaluation dataset, and these can be downloaded from Zenodo.

The dataset was collected in Finland between 06/2015 - 01/2017, and the collection has received funding from the European Research Council.


Acoustic scenes in the dataset (15):

  • Bus - traveling by bus in the city (vehicle)
  • Cafe / Restaurant - small cafe/restaurant (indoor)
  • Car - driving or traveling as a passenger, in the city (vehicle)
  • City center (outdoor)
  • Forest path (outdoor)
  • Grocery store - medium size grocery store (indoor)
  • Home (indoor)
  • Lakeside beach (outdoor)
  • Library (indoor)
  • Metro station (indoor)
  • Office - multiple persons, typical work day (indoor)
  • Residential area (outdoor)
  • Train (traveling, vehicle)
  • Tram (traveling, vehicle)
  • Urban park (outdoor)

Recording and annotation procedure

For all acoustic scenes, the recordings were captured each in a different location: different streets, different parks, different homes. Recordings were made using a Soundman OKM II Klassik/studio A3, electret binaural microphone and a Roland Edirol R-09 wave recorder using 44.1 kHz sampling rate and 24 bit resolution. The microphones are specifically made to look like headphones, being worn in the ears. As an effect of this, the recorded audio is very similar to the sound that reaches the human auditory system of the person wearing the equipment.

Postprocessing of the recorded data involves aspects related to privacy of recorded individuals. For audio material recorded in private places, written consent was obtained from all people involved. Material recorded in public places does not require such consent, but was screened for content, and privacy infringing segments were eliminated.