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Dr. Matthias Rath


Research Field:

- Usability

Research Topics:

- Sound synthesis, design and processing
- 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.



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





  • Rath, M., & Schleicher, R. (2008). On the Relevance of Auditory Feedback for Quality of Control in a Balancing Task. Acta Acustica united with Acustica, 94, 12-20. preprint [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]


  • 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. 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

  • 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

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