Dr. rer. nat., Universitätsprofessor

Michael Vorländer

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Lehrstuhl für Technische Akustik


Building: Bernhard-Walke-Haus

Room: 113

Kopernikusstr. 5

52074 Aachen


Phone: +49 241 80 97985
Fax Fax: +49 241 80 92214

Curriculum Vitae

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University education in physics

1978 - 1981 in Dortmund
1981 - 1984 in Aachen
1984 Diploma, RWTH Aachen University

Professional career

1985 - 1989 Research assistant at the Institute of Technical Acoustics, RWTH Aachen University
1989 Promotion (PhD) Dr. rer. nat., Title of Dissertation: "Untersuchungen zur Leistungsfähigkeit des raumakustischen Schallteilchenmodells", "Investigation on the efficiency of the room acoustical ray tracing model"
1989 - 1991 Researcher at the Physikalisch-Technischen Bundesanstalt (PTB). Research in the areas audiological measurements, artificial heads and microphone calibration
1991 - 1996 Head of the laboratory of building acoustics of PTB: research , development and standardisation in the areas of room and building acoutics, sound emission and absorption measurement and microphone calibration
1995 Habilitation (Dr.-Ing. habil., qualification as university lecturer) at Technical University Dresden
Title of habilitation thesis: "Maximalfolgen-Reziprozitätskalibrierung von Mikrofonen im Hallraum", "Maximum-length sequence reciprocity calibration of microphones in the reverberation chamber"
March 1. 1996 Nomination as professor and head of the Institute of Technical Acoustics of RWTH Aachen University

Main areas of interest

Auralization, room acoustics, building acoustics, psychoacoustics, acoustic measurements, virtual acoustics

Memberships / further activities

  • 2004 until 2007 President of the European Acoustics Association (EAA)
  • 2007 until 2010 Vice President of the European Acoustics Association (EAA)
  • 2011 until 2013 President of the International Commission for Acoustics (ICA)
  • 2016 until 2019 President of the German Acoustical Society (DEGA)

  • Acoustical Society of America (ASA)
  • German Acoustical Society (DEGA)
  • German Physical Society (DPG)

  • 2007 Vice Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of RWTH Aachen University
  • 2009 Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of RWTH Aachen University
  • 2012 Spokesman of the professors of RWTH Aachen University

  • 1998 until 2004 Board Member of the German Acoustical Society (DEGA)
  • 1998 until 2003 Editor-in-Chief of the international scientific journal "Acta Acustica united with Acustica"
  • since June 1996 Editorial Board of the international journal "Applied Acoustics"
  • 2017 until 2020 Executive Council Member of Acoustical Society of America (ASA)


  • 2005 RWB Stephens Medal of the Institute of Acoustics, UK
  • 2006 Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America
  • 2008 Diploma de Reconhecimento de Actividade, Sociedade Portuguesa de Acústica
  • 2009 Caracola de Sociedad Española de Acústica
  • 2012 Honorary Membership of the Polish Acoustical Society
  • 2014 EAA Award for Promotion of Acoustics in Europe
  • 2018 W.C. Sabine Medal of the Acoustical Society of America

Publications of Michael Vorländer