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Dr. Matthias Rath


Research Field: Usability

Research Topics:
- Sound synthesis and processing
- Sound and interaction design
- Psychophysics, Multimodal interaction

Matthias Rath joined Deutsche Telekom Laboratories in Berlin as research scientist in January 2006. As a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Padova, Italy, he has been working for the European Network of Excellence “Enactive Interfaces” since February 2004. From summer 2001 to March 2004 he pursued PhD studies at the University of Verona, Italy, where he worked for European research project “The Sounding Object”. Between 1999 and 2001 he studied Electronic Composition at the Folkwang-Conservatory Essen (Germany) and worked as a software developer for consulting company “ifb Cologne”. His primary studies were in theoretical mathematics at the universities of Regensburg and Bonn, from which he graduated in October 1998 with a master thesis in Algebraic Topology.

Publications since 2007

Deutsche Telekom Laboratories
TU Berlin
Quality and Usability Lab
Ernst-Reuter-Platz 7
D-10587 Berlin, Germany

Publications before 2007


  • M. Rath, "Dynamisches Klang-Feedback in Mensch-Computer-Interaktion
    und physikalisch basierte Klangsynthese," in Funktionale Klänge -
    Hörbare Daten, klingende Geräte und gestaltete Hörerfahrungen, G. Spehr,
    Ed. transcript, Bielefeld, 2009.


  • M. Rath and S. Bienert "Integrated modelling of sonic vibration and macroscopic object movement - an example of an interactive ball game", in Proceedings of the 3rd ACM International Conference on Digital Interactive Media in Entertainment and Arts (DIMEA 2008), Athens, Greece, September 2008.
  • M. Rath "Modelling contact of solid objects by piece-wise linear approximation", in Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Digital Audio Effects (DAFx-08), Espoo, Finland, September 2008.
  • M. Rath "A technique for acoustic modelling of contact scenarios", in Proceedings of the CMMR08, International Symposium on Computer Music Modeling and Retrieval, Kopenhagen, Denmark, May 2008.
  • Rath, M. & Schleicher, R. On the Relevance of Auditory Feedback for Quality of Control in a Balancing Task. Acta Acustica united with Acustica, 94, 12-20. preprint (PDF, 142,6 KB) [final and definitive form has been published in Acta Acustica united with Acustica © 2008 S. Hirzel Verlag. The final version is available online at ingentaconnect (link to article) DOI : 10.3813/AAA918003]
  • M. Rath and M. Wältermann "Exploring the perceptual relevance of inherent variability of drum sounds", in Computer Music Modeling and Retrieval. Sense of Sounds, K. Jensen R. Kronland-Martinet, S. Ystad, Ed., pp. 303-312. Springer, Berlin / Heidelberg, 2008.


  • M. Rath and M. Wältermann "An exploration into potential relevance of differences of individual sounds in drum patterns", in Proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference 2007, Kopenhagen, Denmark, August 2007.
  • M. Rath "Auditory velocity information in a balancing task", in Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Auditory Display, Montreal, Canada, June 2007.


  • M.Rath and M.Rohs "Explorations in sound for tilting-based interfaces", in Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Multimodal Interfaces (ICMI'06), Banff, Canada, 2006, pp. 295 - 301.
  • M.Rath "Continuous auditory feedback in a control task", in Proceedings of the AAAI 2006 Fall Symposium on Aurally Informed Performance: Integrating Machine Listening and Auditory Presentation in Robotic Systems, Washington, DC, USA, 2006.
  • M.Rath "On the relevance of auditory feedback for subjective and objective quality of control in a balancing task", in Proceedings of the 2nd ISCA/DEGA Tutorial & Research Workshop on Perceptual Quality of Systems, Berlin, Germany, 2006.


  • M.Rath "Gestural exploitation of ecological information in continuous sonic feedback - the case of balancing a rolling ball", in Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Digital Audio Effects (DAFx'05), Madrid, Spain, September 2005, pp. 98 - 103.
  • Matthias Rath, Davide Rocchesso "Continuous Sonic Feedback from a Rolling Ball". IEEE Multimedia, special issue on interactive sonification, April 2005


  • Matthias Rath "Interactive Realtime Sound Models for Human-Computer Interaction (A Sound Design Concept and Applications)". PhD thesis, University of Verona, 2004. available as research report under
  • Matthias Rath "A Strategy for Modular Implementation of Physics-based Models". Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Digital Audio Effects (DAFx’04), Naples, Italy, October 5-8, 2004
  • M. Rath, D. Rocchesso "Informative Sonic Feedback for Continuous Human–Machine Interaction — Controlling a Sound Model of a Rolling Ball". Proceedings of the “International Workshop on Interactive Sonification”, Bielefeld, Germany, January 8 - 9, 2004


  • M. Rath "An Expressive Real-time Sound Model of Rolling". Proceedings of the “6th International Conference on Digital Audio Effects (DAFx-03)”, London, United Kingdom, September 8-11, 2003
  • M. Rath, F. Avanzini, N. Bernardini, G. Borin, F. Fontana, L. Ottaviani, D. Rocchesso "An Introductory Catalog of Computer-synthesized Contact Sounds, in Real-time." Proceedings of the “XIV Colloquium on Musical Informatics (XIV CIM 2003)”, Florence, Italy, May 8-9-10, 2003
  • M. Rath and F. Fontana "High–level models: bouncing, breaking, rolling, crumpling, pouring". in: the Sounding Object, D. Rocchesso and F. Fontana, editors. Edizioni di Mondo Estremo, Florence, Italy 2003
  • F. Avanzini, M. Rath, D. Rocchesso, L. Ottaviani "Low–level models: resonators, interactions, surface textures". in: the Sounding Object, D. Rocchesso and F. Fontana, editors. Edizioni di Mondo Estremo, Florence, Italy 2003
  • R. Bresin, K. Falkenberg Hansen, S. Dahl, M. Rath, M. Marshall, B. Moynihan "Devices for manipulation and control of sounding objects: the Vodhran and the Invisiball". in: the Sounding Object, D. Rocchesso and F. Fontana, editors. Edizioni di Mondo Estremo, Florence, Italy 2003


  • F. Avanzini, M. Rath, D. Rocchesso "Physically-based Audio Rendering of Contact". Proceedings of ICME2002, “IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo”, Lausanne, Switzerland, August 26-29, 2002
  • M. Rath "Examples and Ideas in the Development of Sounding Objects". Proceedings of DIS2002, “Designing Interactive Systems”, London, United Kingdom, June 25-28, 2002
  • M.Marshall, M. Rath: B.Moynihan "The Virtual Bodhran — The Vodhran". Proceedings of the Conference on “New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME-02)”, Dublin, Ireland, May 24-26, 2002
  • M. Rath "Some Things That You Can Do With an Impact Sound". Proceedings of DS2002, “journees design sonore a Paris”, Paris, France, March 20-21


  • F. Fontana, L. Ottaviani, M. Rath, D. Rocchesso "Recognition of Ellipsoids from Acoustic Cues". Proceedings of the COST G-6 “Conference on Digital Audio Effects (DAFX-01)”, Limerick, Ireland, December 6-8, 2001
  • L. Ottaviani, F. Fontana, D. Rocchesso, M. Rath "Sounds from Shape Morphing of 3-D Resonators". Proceedings of “Workshop on Current Research Directions in Computer Music”, MOSART Network, Barcelona, Spain, November 15-17, 2001

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