Niklas Rönnberg's research in sonifiering 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 sonfication 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 sonfication, 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.