Effects of sound environment on performance of studying for an exam in an open learning environment.

One of the functions of open-plan study environments is to study for exams. The influence of the background noise, that is different number of people talking in the background and different room acoustic conditions, on the (perceived) performance of students is investigated here. First author Ella Braat-Eggen (with a PhD from our group) is working…

Auralization of a car pass-by using measured impulse responses

In our recent open-access paper in Applied Acoustics, we publish a method to auralize a pass-by of a car in a street based on measured impulse responses. Listening tests have assisted to discover the influence of the resolution of impulse response source positions on audible differences. First author is Fotis Georgiou, he obtained his PhD from…

Paper about a local time stepping approach of the Discontinuous Galerkin time-domain method for room acoustics

Paper alert! Applying the Discontinuous Galerkin time-domain methods to room acoustics is time consuming if the mesh needs local refinement for geometrical reasons. In this JASA paper, a discontinuous time stepping approach is successfully presented, implying a release of the high computational constraint for meshes with strong local refinements. A next step in wave-based room…

Quantification of impact sound of lightweight wooden floors via heeldrops

Find out about our latest Acta Acustica paper! We experimentally explored the use of a heel drop as an impact source to quantify the impact sound performance of lightweight wooden floors. A impact force plate was used for this purpose. At low frequencies, the measurement quality using the help drop is higher compared to an…

dr. Jikke Reinten!

On Thursday September 10th, Jikke Reinten defended her PhD thesis ‘Exploring the effect of the sound environment on nurses’ task performance: an applied approach focusing on prospective memory’ at TU/e. Congratulations, Jikke!

dr. Ella Braat-Eggen!

At Tuesday June 23th, Ella Braat-Eggen defended her PhD thesis 'Auditory Distraction in Open-Plan Study Environments in Higher Education' at TU/e! The defense was in a hybrid form, with promotors and limited audience on campus, and committee members and more audience present via videoconferencing. The thesis can be found here and a summary video on…

Podcast on Echolocation

The Universiteit van Nederland is an online platform where scientists share the most exciting insights from their field through short lectures for a wide audience. A podcast is now available at Universiteit van Nederland, in which Maarten talks about the capability of blind to 'see' via their ears through human echolocation. Listen to the podcast…

Kick-off Equal-Life project

The H2020 project Equal-Life had is kick-off event at 12-14 February in Utrecht (NL). The project will develop and test combined exposure data using a novel approach to multi-modal exposures and theirimpact on children’s mental health and development. From the Building Acoustics group, the involvement consists of Maud Dohmen, Ella-Braat, Maarten Hornikx and a new…

Acoustic Virtual Reality In Challenged Based Learning

For a design student learning acoustics may seem at times too abstract. We are currently developing an Acoustic Virtual Reality (AVR) platform to allow students to experience the sonic potential of their spatial designs in a multimodal immersive way. You can read more information about the project at this link.

Maarten in Podcast

Maarten has been interviewed by Lieven Scheire about his work in the Building Acoustics research group. This long interview (45 mins) is available as episode #15 of the Eindhoven University of Technology podcast series sound of science. The interview (in Dutch can be found here).