Psychoacoustics and Experimental Audiology (PhD-Student; 75% Part-Time)

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Date of birth: 8. April 1988


Research assistant for FWF-funded project “Virtual Acoustics: Localization Model & Numeric Simulations“ (LocaPhoto).

Academic Education, Grants, and Awards

  • 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). Thesis: "The impact of radiation patterns on the timbre of flutes and saxophones". Supervisor: Dr. Alois Sontacchi
  • 2011: ERASMUS Semester at the Helmut-Schmidt University Hamburg. Student project: "Automatic harmonization of a melody voice with corresponding chord detection". Supervisors: DI Adrian v.d. Knesebeck, Prof. Dr. Udo Zölzer
  • 2012: Scholarship from KUG for working on the master thesis
  • 2012: MSc (distinction) in Electrical Engineering and Audio Engineering with focus on acoustics and recording technology at TUG and KUG. Thesis: "Modeling sagittal-plane localization with the application to sub band-encoded head-related transfer functions". Conducted at the ARI and supervised by: Dr. Piotr Majdak, Prof. Dr. Robert Höldrich
  • 2013: DEGA Student Award for the master thesis (German Acoustics Association)
  • 2013: Best Practice Award from the doctoral school of the KUG
  • 2014: EAA Grant for Forum Acusticum 2014
  • 2014: DEGA Young Scientist Grant


  • Baumgartner, R., Majdak, P., and Laback, B. (2013). „Assessment of sagittal-plane sound localization performance in spatial-audio applications“, chapter 4 in The Technology of Binaural Listening, edited by J. Blauert (Springer, Berlin–Heidelberg–New York NY)
  • Majdak, P., Baumgartner, R., and Laback, B. (2014). „Acoustic and non-acoustic factors in modeling listener-specific performance of sagittal-plane sound localization“, Frontiers in Psychology, 319:5
  • Baumgartner, R., Majdak, P., and Laback, B. (2014). „Modeling sound-source localization in sagittal planes for human listeners“, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 136:701-802, PDF 

For a complete list of publications see the ARI publications page

Reviewing Activities

  • The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Section "Psychological Acoustics"
  • Frontiers in Neuroscience, Section "Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience"


  • Secretary of the Austrian Section of the Audio Engineering Society (AES)
  • Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO)
  • German Acoustic Association (DEGA)
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