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Niklas Rönnberg

Associate Professor, Docent

How can sound be used to simplify the understanding of data, or facilitate a complex interaction? My research is about sound as a complementary modality.

Senior Lecturer in Sound Technology, with research interest in Sonification 

Niklas Rönnberg is a researcher in sonification, the study about sound as a complementary modality in different application areas. He is teaching sound technology, research methodology, electronic publishing, and video production for students at the Media Technology and Engineering and at the Graphic Design and Communication study programs.

Niklas Rönnberg's research in sonification is interdisciplinary and is in the intersection of sound technology, musicology, information visualization, interaction design, and cognitive psychology. Focus is on how deliberately designed and composed musical sounds can be used as complement to visual information in different application areas such as information visualization, process control, and decision support. The research aims to explore how musical sonification can be used, and what elements in the sonification that is most useful, in different application areas.

The research is both theoretical and applied. The theoretical basic research concerns the use of different musical elements in sonification, the mapping between visual information and sonification, and the interaction between sonification and user. The applied research explores research questions such as: how to design sonification for different applications, how to design sounds to create the right user response and experience, as well as if and how auditive and visual information might create a multimodality that is greater than the sum of the two modalities.

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Kajetan Enge, Elias Elmquist, Valentina Caiola, Niklas Rönnberg, Alexander Rind, Michael Iber, Sara Lenzi, Fangfei Lan, Robert Höldrich, W. Aigner (2024) Open Your Ears and Take a Look: A State‐of‐the‐Art Report on the Integration of Sonification and Visualization Computer graphics forum (Print) Continue to DOI
Niklas Rönnberg (2024) Where Visualization Fails, Sonification Speaks
Ivar Gorenko, Lonni Besançon, Camilla Forsell, Niklas Rönnberg (2024) Supporting Astrophysical Visualization with Sonification
Alexander Rind, Kajetan Enge, Michael Iber, Niklas Rönnberg, Sara Lenzi, Elias Elmquist, Valentina Caiola, Fei Lan, Robert Höldrich, Wolfgang Aigner (2024) Integrating Sonification and Visualization - But Why?
Elias Elmquist, Kajetan Enge, Alexander Rind, Carlo Navarra, Robert Höldrich, Michael Iber, Alexander Bock, Anders Ynnerman, Wolfgang Aigner, Niklas Rönnberg (2024) Parallel Chords: an audio-visual analytics design for parallel coordinates Personal and Ubiquitous Computing Continue to DOI


Examples from research

Sonification supports perception of brightness contrast

Watch more of Niklas Rönnbergs' demonstration videos about sonification on Vimeo