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“I am a big fan of interdisciplinary cooperation across boundaries of research traditions and organisations, and acoustics is an ideal field in which to live this passion.”

Research profile

Armin Kohlrausch is a Full Professor and Chair of Auditory and Multisensory perception at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Originally trained as a physicist and acoustician, his main areas of expertise include human perception, room acoustics, audio signal processing, and in general terms human-sound interaction. His main scientific interest is the experimental study and modeling of auditory and multisensory perception in humans and the transfer of this knowledge to (industrial) applications. 

In his work, he focused on creating and using well designed acoustic stimuli to further our understanding of and capacity to model internal processes in the human auditory system. His quantitative modeling work, done in cooperation with a great number of excellent younger colleagues, has a lasting influence on current-day time domain auditory models. In recent years, he focuses more on environmental aspects, like negative effects of sounds in specific environments such as hospitals and open workspaces, and has built up a fruitful cooperation with the department Building Physics and Services of the TU/e.

Academic background

Armin Kohlrausch studied physics at the University of Göttingen (Germany) and specialized in acoustics. He received his MSc in 1980 and his PhD in 1984, both on perceptual aspects of sound. From 1985 until 1990 he worked at the Drittes Physikalisches Institut at the University of Göttingen. Here, he was responsible for research and teaching in the fields psychoacoustics and room acoustics. In 1991 he joined the Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven and worked in the speech and hearing group of the Institute for Perception Research (IPO), a joint venture between Philips and the TU/e. Since 1998, he combined his work at Philips Research with a Professor position for auditory and multisensory perception at the TU/e. In 2004 he was appointed research fellow of Philips Research and in 2016 he retired from Philips.


He is a member of a large number of scientific societies in Europe and the US. Since 1998, he has been a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and he has served as Associate Editor for the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, for the Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology and currently for Acta Acustica united with Acustica. In 2017 he was honored with the Helmholtz medal of the German Acoustical Society for his exceptional contributions to binaural psychoacoustics, auditory modeling, and multisensory perception. In 2019, the German Acoustical Society awarded him the honorary membership.

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Research Output 1989 2020

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The influence of background speech on a writing task in an open-plan study environment

Braat-Eggen, E., Reinten, J., Hornikx, M. & Kohlrausch, A., Feb 2020, In : Building and Environment. 169, 10 p., 106586.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Acoustic waves
higher education
1 Citation (Scopus)
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Auditory distraction in open-plan study environments: Effects of background speech and reverberation time on a collaboration task

Braat - Eggen, E., Keus van de Poll, M., Hornikx, M. & Kohlrausch, A., 7 May 2019, In : Applied Acoustics. 154, p. 148-160 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
environment effects
1 Citation (Scopus)
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Auralization of a car pass-by using impulse responses computed with a wave-based method

Georgiou, F., Hornikx, M. & Kohlrausch, A., 1 Mar 2019, In : Acta Acustica united with Acustica. 105, 2, p. 381-391 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

signal detection

Perceptual similarity between piano notes: experimental method applicable to reverberant and non-reverberant sounds

Osses Vecchi, A., Kohlrausch, A. G. & Chaigne, A., 1 Aug 2019, In : Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 146, 2, p. 1024-1035 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

signal to noise ratios
1 Citation (Scopus)

Similarity of piano tones: a psychoacoustical and sound analysis study

Chaigne, A., Osses, A. & Kohlrausch, A., 1 Jun 2019, In : Applied Acoustics. 149, p. 46-58 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

automatic frequency control


Helmholtz medal 2017

Armin Kohlrausch (Recipient), 7 Mar 2017

Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedScientific

Activities 2000 2009

  • 1 Editorial activity
  • 1 Membership of committee

Acustica United with Acta Acustica : the Journal of the European Acoustics Association (Journal)

Armin Kohlrausch (Editorial board member)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

European Acoustics Association (EAA) (External organisation)

Armin Kohlrausch (Chair)

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific


Acoustic Awareness

1/09/13 → …


Advanced Perception

1/09/15 → …


Brain, Body & Behaviour

1/09/12 → …


Human-Robot Interaction

1/09/15 → …


Perception and motor control

1/09/13 → …


Press / Media

Prof. Dr. Armin Kohlrausch receives Helmholtz medal

A.G. Kohlrausch


1 item of Media coverage

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Student theses

Auditory perception of the size of rolling balls

Author: Franssen, L., 31 Oct 1998

Supervisor: Hermes, D. (Supervisor 1), Kohlrausch, A. (Supervisor 2) & Kopinga, K. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Beyond control: acoustics of sound recording control rooms - past, present and future

Author: van Munster, B., 30 Apr 2003

Supervisor: Martin, H. (Supervisor 1), Kohlrausch, A. (Supervisor 2), Hak, C. (Supervisor 2) & Prinssen, W. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Binaural signal detection: experiments, modeling and applications

Author: Breebaart, D., 14 May 2001

Supervisor: van de Par, S. (Supervisor 1), Kohlrausch, A. (Supervisor 2), Houtsma, A. (Supervisor 2) & Janssen, J. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Human echolocation: a perceptual analysis

Author: Claessens, M., 31 Oct 2019

Supervisor: Kohlrausch, A. (Supervisor 1) & Hornikx, M. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Modeling the sensation of fluctuation strength

Author: García León, R., 31 Dec 2015

Supervisor: Kohlrausch, A. (Supervisor 1), Cuijpers, R. (Supervisor 2) & Osses Vecchi, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master