Research Scientist
Psychoacoustics and Experimental Audiology

Tel. +43 1 51581-2527
Email: robert.baumgartner [at] oeaw.ac.at

Scientific IDs:
Orcid: orcid.org/0000-0003-0899-4903
ResearcherID: N-4858-2015 (http://www.researcherid.com/rid/N-4858-2015)
Google scholar: https://scholar.google.at/citations?user=bUQTvRIAAAAJ&hl=de
ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Robert_Baumgartner5
Publons: publons.com/a/1404883/

Academic Background


  • 2010: BSc in Electrical Engineering and Audio Engineering at the University of Technology Graz (TUG) and the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG)
  • 2012: MSc (distinction) in Electrical Engineering and Audio Engineering with focus on acoustics and recording technology at TUG and KUG
  • 2013: Student Award of the German Acoustics Association (DEGA) for master thesis, conducted at the ARI
  • 2015: PhD (distinction) in Sound and Music Computing at KUG, conducted at the ARI
  • 2015: Award of Excellence from the Austrian ministry (BMWFW) for Austrians best dissertations
  • 2019: Lothar-Cremer Award of the German Acoustical Society for outstanding achievements of young scientists

Current Research


My research aims at thoroughly understanding and predicting auditory spatial perception in the complex environments we daily encounter in everyday life. To this end, I combine computational modeling with cognitive neuroscience methods while being committed to open and reproducible research allowing the scientific community to be fair and efficient. Most importantly, my previous work revealed 1) how spectral cues induced by the acoustic filtering of incoming sounds by the pinnae, head, and body are processed by the normal and impaired auditory system in order to localize sounds (Baumgartner et al., 2014, 2016), 2) that perceptual biases for looming sonic motion are not cue-specific and originate early during cortical processing (Baumgartner et al., 2017), and 3) that the entirety of auditory spatial cues needs to be consistent in order to effectively engage selective attention networks (Deng et al., 2019).

In this short online lecture I explain further details about my current research:  ÖAW Science Bites: Gefahr – wie wir sie hören. (German only)

Publications

Publications

  • Majdak, P.; Baumgartner, R.; Jenny, C. (2020) Formation of three-dimensional auditory space. In: Blauert, J.; Braasch, J. (Hrsg.), The Technology of Binaural Understanding: Springer, Cham, S. 115-149.
  • Best, V.; Baumgartner, R.; Lavandier, M.; Majdak, P.; Kopco, N. (2020) Sound externalization: a review of recent research. Trends in Hearing, Bd. 24, S. 2331216520948390.
  • Li, S., Baumgartner, R., Peissig, J. (online: 2020) Modeling perceived externalization of a static, lateral sound image. Acta Acustica, Bd. 4 (21).
  • Baumgartner, R. (2019) Richtungshören - Lokalisieren, Externalisieren und Fokussieren., Fortschritte der Akustik; Rostock, S. 44112.
  • Deng, Y.; Choi, I.; Shinn-Cunningham, B.; Baumgartner, R. (2019) Impoverished auditory cues limit engagement of brain networks controlling spatial selective attention. Neuroimage, Bd. 202, S. 116151.
  • Baumgartner, R. (2019) Predicting Externalization of Anechoic Sounds., Proceedings of ICA 2019.
  • Steidle, L.; Baumgartner, R. (2019) Geometrical Evaluation of Methods to approximate Interaural Time Differences by Broadband Delays., Fortschritte der Akustik; Rostock, S. 368-370.
  • Majdak, P.; Kreuzer, W.; Baumgartner, R.; Mihocic, M.; Reichinger, A. (2019) Method for determining listener-specific head-related transfer functions..
  • Baumgartner, R.; Reed, D.K.; Tóth, B.; Best, V.; Majdak, P. et al. [..] (2017) Asymmetries in behavioral and neural responses to spectral cues demonstrate the generality of auditory looming bias. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, Bd. 114, S. 9743-9748.
  • Baumgartner, R.; Majdak, P.; Laback, B. (2016) Modeling the Effects of Sensorineural Hearing Loss on Sound Localization in the Median Plane. Trends in Hearing, Bd. 20, S. 1-11.
  • Baumgartner, R.; Majdak, P.; Laback, B. (2016) Erratum: Modeling sound-source localization in sagittal planes for human listeners [J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 136, 791-802 (2014)]. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Bd. 140, S. 2456.
  • Baumgartner, R.; Majdak, P. (2015) Modeling Localization of Amplitude-Panned Virtual Sources in Sagittal Planes. J. Audio Eng. Soc, Bd. 63, S. 562-569.
  • Marelli, D.; Baumgartner, R.; Majdak, P. (2015) Efficient Approximation of Head-Related Transfer Functions in Subbands for Accurate Sound Localization. IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing, Bd. 23, S. 1130-1143.
  • Baumgartner, R. (2015) Modeling sound localization in sagittal planes for human listeners., Kunstuniversität Graz.
  • Baumgartner, R.; Majdak, P.; Laback, B. (2014) Modeling Sound-Source Localization in Sagittal Planes for Human Listeners. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Bd. 136, S. 791-802.
  • Baumgartner, R.; Majdak, P.; Marelli, D. (2014) Sound localization with an efficient representation of head-related transfer functions in subbands., Proceedings of the 7th Forum Acusticum; Krakow, Poland, S. 42491.
  • Altoè, A.; Baumgartner, R.; Majdak, P.; Pulkki, V. (2014) Combining count-comparison and sagittal-plane localization models towards a three-dimensional representation of sound localization., Proceedings of the 7th Forum Acusticum; Krakow, Poland, S. 42522.
  • Majdak, P.; Baumgartner, R.; Laback, B. (2014) Acoustic and non-acoustic factors in modeling listener-specific performance of sagittal-plane sound localization. Frontiers in Psychology, Bd. 5, S. 319(1-10).
  • Majdak, P.; Baumgartner, R.; Laback, B. (2014) Sound Localization Beyond the Horizontal Plane., AES 55th International Conference, S. CD-ROM.
  • Marelli, D.; Baumgartner, R.; Majdak, P. (2014) Efficient Representation of Head-Related Transfer Functions in Subbands (Poster).

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Projects at ARI


  • 2020-2024: YIRG Dynamates: Dynamic Auditory Predictions in Human and Non-human Primates, Coordinator
  • 2020-2024: Born2Hear: Development and Adaptation of Auditory Spatial Processing, PI
  • 2016-2019: SpExCueRole of Spectral Cues in Sound Externalization, PI
  • 2012-2016: LocaPhotoVirtual Acoustics: Localization Model & Numeric Simulations, Research Assistant (PhD Student)

Teaching


  • 2020W: Auditory Cognition (SE), Psychology, University of Vienna
  • 2020W: Spezialthemen aus der Kognitionspsychologie und aus den Neurowissenschaften (VU), Psychology, University of Vienna
  • 2020W: Fachliteraturseminar (SE), Psychology, University of Vienna
  • 2017W-19W: Laboratory Acoustics (PR), Physics, University of Vienna
  • 2017S: Psychoacoustics and Electroacoustics (SLPA 6224, for AuD students), Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University, Boston, MA

 

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