The Next Generation and Sound Synthesis (NESS) project team have won the best paper award at the 17th International Conference on Digital Audio Effects, in Erlangen, Germany.  Their paper was entitled 'Numerical Simulation of String/Barrier Collisions: The Fretboard'.

The paper is concerned with fine-grained modeling of guitar strings, including the effects of collision of the strings with the fretboard, and fingers, leading to a realistic synthesis algorithm.

NESS is an exploratory five-year project funded through the Computer Science panel of the European Research Council. They are a group of eight engineers and numerical methods specialists, based at the Acoustics and Audio Group and the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre at the University of Edinburgh.