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Maarten Hornikx is a Full Professor Building Acoustics, Vice-Dean of the Department of the Built Environment, and he leads the Building Acoustics Chair of Unit Building Physics and Services (BPS). Hornikx’ research area is modeling sound propagation in the built environment and his research interests are:

  1. Development of efficient numerical methodologies for sound propagation with the built environment as application, that is urban sound propagation, vibro-acoustics and room acoustics;
  2. Application of numerical models to investigate propagation effects as the role of vegetation on sound propagation outdoors and indoors, the influence of meteorological effects on sound propagation;
  3. Auralization from wave-based methods and hybrid wave-based/geometrical acoustics techniques;
  4. Auralization for human echolocation; Publishing open source software from developed methods

Academic background

Maarten Hornikx holds an MSc from TU/e (2004) and a PhD in Applied Acoustics from Chalmers University of Technology (2009). He was appointed as Assistant Professor at TU/e in 2012 and Associate Professor in 2017. During his studies, Maarten collaborated with TNO (2002) and the University of Mississippi (2007). From 2009 to 2011, he worked as a post-doc at KU Leuven in Belgium in the field of aeroacoustics. He was appointed as a senior researcher at Chalmers (2011-2013), focusing on modeling urban sound propagation in the EU funded projects Hosanna and QSIDE. Hornikx has spend a sabbatical period at Aalto University and Stockholm University (2018).

Maarten has published 41 peer reviewed journal papers and contributed to 55 conference papers on international acoustical conferences and meetings. He is associate editor of Acta Acustica united with Acoustics, and editorial board member of Building and Environment. He has been awarded two individual Marie-Curie fellowships: an ITN post-doc grant (2009) and a Career Integration Grant (2012). He is currently PI of an TTW OTP project (tools to tackle environmental health problems) and coordinates the H2020 ITN project Acoutect (2017-2020). Hornikx collaborates closely with several industry partners in the area of virtual acoustics and sound absorbing materials.

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Projects 2015 2020

Research Output 2002 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
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Advances in environmental acoustics

Hornikx, M., 1 May 2019, In : Building and Environment. 154, p. A1-A2 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialAcademicpeer-review


Applying the diffusion equation to urban scenarios: computational analysis of the diffusion coefficient

Pagán Muñoz, R., Navarro Ruiz, J. M. & Hornikx, M., 11 Sep 2019, Proceedings of the ICA 2019 and EAA Euroregio: 23rd International Congress on Acoustics, integrating 4th EAA Euroregio 2019. Aachen: ICA/EAA, p. 3756-3763 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademic

diffusion coefficient
sound fields
sound propagation
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


Forum Acusticum

Maarten C.J. Hornikx (Recipient), 11 Apr 2011

Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Activities 2010 2019

  • 1 Workshop, seminar, course or exhibition
  • 1 Contributed talk
  • 1 Keynote talk

Auralization Technology

Maarten C.J. Hornikx (Speaker)
4 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote talkScientific


1st EAA Winter School on Computational Acoustics

Maarten C.J. Hornikx (Organiser)
10 Dec 201814 Dec 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific


Influence of solar panel fields on sound propagation outdoors

Maarten C.J. Hornikx (Speaker), Raúl Pagán Muñoz (Speaker), Constant Hak (Speaker), Bircan Isik (Speaker)
5 Nov 2010

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkProfessional



Acoustic Awareness

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Architectural acoustics

1/09/15 → …


BPS masterproject Design

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Masterproject BPS A Research

1/09/15 → …


Press / Media

Student theses


Accoustic scattering and diffusion of an object on a background surface using the boundary element method

Author: Brouns, E., 30 Nov 2015

Supervisor: Blocken, B. (Supervisor 1), Hornikx, M. (Supervisor 2) & Hak, C. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Design of a floor system, made with engineered wood products

Author: van Stijn, W., 31 Jan 2017

Supervisor: Jorissen, A. (Supervisor 1), Leijten, A. (Supervisor 2), Hornikx, M. (Supervisor 2) & van der Grinten, J. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master


High frequency acoustic scattering and diffusion: validation of fast multipole method

Author: Kik, S., 29 Mar 2019

Supervisor: Hornikx, M. (Supervisor 1), Hak, C. (Supervisor 2) & Briere de la Hosseraye, B. (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