Research Associate and Project Group Leader
Psychoacoustics and Experimental Audiology

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

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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. Master thesis (conducted at ARI) honored by Student Award of the German Acoustics Association (DEGA)
  • 2015: PhD (distinction) in Sound and Music Computing at KUG, conducted at the ARI. Thesis honored by 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 understanding auditory cognition in simple and complex environments with the long-term vision to improve future hearing technologies, diagnostics, and therapies. To this end, I combine computational modeling with psychoacoustics and cognitive neuroscience methods while being committed to open and reproducible research allowing the scientific community to be fair and efficient. So far, most of my previous work focused on spatial hearing and 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)



  • Hollomey C.; Majdak P.; Baumgartner R. (2022) The Auditory Modeling Toolbox 1.x. Proceedings: A11, Psychoacoustics, ICA 2022. Gyeongju S. 37-40.
  • Ignatiadis K.; Barumerli R.; Tóth B.; Baumgartner R. (2022) Benefits of individualized brain anatomies and EEG electrode positions for auditory cortex localization. Frontiers in Neuroinformatics for the special issue "From the Ear to the Brain", Bd. 16.
  • Barumerli R.; Meijer D.; Baumgartner R. (2022) Joint modeling confirms pupil dilation as neurophysiological marker of Bayesian spatial inference in dynamic auditory environments. Proceedings: A11, Psychoacoustics, ICA 2022. Gyeongju S. 158-160.
  • Barumerli R.; Majdak P.; Geronazzo M.; Avanzini F.; Meijer D.; Baumgartner R. (2022) Evaluation of spatial tasks in virtual acoustic environments by means of modeling individual localization performances. Proceedings: A21, Virtual Acoustics, ICA 2022. Gyeongju S. 64-66.
  • Majdak P.; Hollomey C.; Baumgartner R. (2022) AMT 1.x: A toolbox for reproducible research in auditory modeling,. Acta Acustica. Bd. 6.
  • Baumgartner R. (2021) The balancing act of spatial hearing. Akustik Journal, DEGA, S. 31-36.
  • Ignatiadis K.; Baier D.; Tóth B.; Baumgartner R. (2021) Neural mechanisms underlying the auditory looming bias. Auditory Perception & Cognition, S. 1-14.
  • Baumgartner R.; Majdak P. (2021) Decision making in auditory externalization perception: model predictions for static conditions. Acta Acustica 2021, Bd. 5, S. 14.
  • Majdak P.; Baumgartner R.; Jenny C. (2020) Formation of three-dimensional auditory space. In: 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. 1-14.
  • Li S.; Baumgartner R.; Peissig J. (2020) Modeling perceived externalization of a static, lateral sound image. Acta Acustica, Bd. 4, S. 21.
  • Barumerli R.; Majdak P.; Baumgartner R.; Geronazzo M.; Avanzini F. (2020) Evaluation of a human sound localization model based on Bayesian inference. Proceedings of Forum Acusticum 2020, Lyon. Lyon S. 1919-1923.
  • Barumerli R.; Majdak P.; Baumgartner R.; Geronazzo M.; Avanzini F. (2020) Predicting Directional Sound-Localization of Human Listeners in both Horizontal and Vertical Dimensions. Audio Engineering Society Convention. Bd. 148.
  • Ignatiadis K.; Tóth B.; Baumgartner R. (2020) Behavioral and neural peculiarities of auditory looming perception in humans. Proceedings of Forum Acusticum 2020, Lyon. Lyon S. 907-911.
  • Baumgartner R. (2019) Richtungshören - Lokalisieren, Externalisieren und Fokussieren. Fortschritte der Akustik DAGA2019. Rostock S. 8-10.
  • 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.; Colburn H.S.; 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.

Additional information


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)


  • 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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