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  • Date and time: Friday 12 September 2014, 9.30am
  • Location: Department of Theatre, Film and Television, University of York, Heslington East Campus.
  • Admission: Admission for this event is free. Please register at the SoniHED Eventbrite registration site.

Event details

The Conference on Sonification of Health and Environmental Data is funded by Wellcome Trust and Centre for Chronic Diseases and Disorders (C2D2, of the University of York. It is organised by Department of Theatre, Film and TV ( and the Stockholm Environment Institute ( of the University of York.

This Conference will bring together experts in the fields of sonification, sound design, health sciences and environmental science to evaluate and discuss novel sonic ways to engage with data.

Sonification is concerned with displaying data in sonic form so that listeners (experts and/or non-experts) can perceive and engage with the structures and the properties of the data set and their meaning.

Sound can be a particularly effective way of displaying and exploring big data, monitoring processes and represent complex information in creative and engaging ways. Sound, an inherently time-based display, is particularly well suited to represent time-based data (for example, the evolution of an environmental phenomenon in time) as well as data gathered in real-time (for example, a muscle performing an action can be sonified as an auditory feedback).

Sound can alert a listener of anomalies and new events when the visual sense is occupied in other tasks, and large amounts of data can be portrayed rapidly in one single rhythmically and timbrally unique sound. 

In addition, sound can help represent correlations and links between different data sets, something highly desirable in specific cases when health data is strongly related to environmental data.

The Conference will include guest speakers, selected papers and posters (see Call for Papers, selected sonification works (see Call for Sonification Works and music/sonification performances.

Speakers include:
Dr Andy Hunt 
(Electronics Department, University of York)
Co-founder, with Thomas Hermann, of the Interactive Sonification Workshop series: and co-editor of The Sonification Handbook with Thomas Hermann and John Neuhoff (

Dr Roberto Bresin (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)
Expert in expressive music performance, sound in interaction, sonification and emotion in sound and music performance. Sonification-related projects include SOM on the sonification of human movements and SONEA on the sonification of elite athletes.

Dr Kevin Hicks and Dr Patrick Bueker (Stockholm Environment Institute)
Kevin is an expert on air pollution impacts to terrestrial ecosystems, especially nitrogen. Patrick is an ecologist with expertise in air pollution impacts on plants.

Dr Amanda Mason-Jones (Health Science, University of York)
Expert in child and adolescent public health. Project “Chronic health issues of adolescents: is the world listening? Jane’s Story” (

Dr Guillaume Lemaitre (Ircam, Sound Perception and Design group, Paris, France)
Guillaume’ research interests include auditory perception and cognition, auditory neurosciences, and applications to sound design and product sound quality. He has worked with the department of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA), the Interaction group the University IUAV of Venice (Italy), and Genesis Acoustics, a company that specializes in the sound quality of industrial products in Aix-en-Provence (France). Over the years, Guillaume has been involved in several projects with Ircam. His current European-funded project (SkAT-VG) aims at developing sound sketching tools using vocal and gestural imitations of sounds.

Radek Rudnicki
 ( together with music ensemble Space F!ght ( who will create a performance based on environmental data provided by NASA (time series of black carbon/particulate matter and tropospheric ozone), which are correlated to air pollution and health related issues (

Mark Fell ( Mark, a multidisciplinary artist based in Sheffield (UK), will create a new sonification-based composition specifically for this Conference.

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Organising Committe:
Dr Sandra Pauletto (Department of Theatre, Film and TV, University of York)
Dr Howard Cambridge (Stockholm Environment Institute, University of York)
Dr Radek Rudnicki (Stockholm Environment Institute, University of York)

Speakers include: Dr Andy Hunt (Electronics Department, University of York) Dr Roberto Bresin (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden) Dr Kevin Hicks and Dr Patrick Bueker (Stockholm Environment Institute) Dr Amanda Mason-Jones (Health Science, University of York) Dr Guillaume Lemaitre (Ircam, Sound Perception and Design group, Paris, France)