Dr. Egmond, R. van

Associate Professor


René van Egmond is an Associate professor of Product Sound Design & Perception. He leads a small but dedicated group in the field of product sound design.

Rene has a background in musical acoustics, psychoacoustics, and music psychology. From 2000 onward he started setting up a research line to enhance our understanding in the experience of product sounds. He distinguishes two main topics: Interactive Audio Design and Embodied Audio Design. Interactive Audio Design deals with the premis that proper sound design only results if one understands the (bodily) interaction of a person with a product placed in a context. In embodied audio design, the sounds that are a consequence of the working mechanisms are improved by changing the embodiment of products. The experience of sound and trying to envision an experience leads, also for students, to a better understanding of the working mechanisms of a product.

René cooperates with companies like Philips, Toyota, P&G in research and educational products.

In addition, he is a double bass player and a singer.



  • 1996
    PhD dissertation:  Perceived similarity of transformed melodies
    Radboud University Nijmegen


  • 1999 - 2000
    Partime (.2) lecturer, research methodology & techniques
     Radboud University
  • 1997 - 2000
    Post-doc on a individual grant from the Dutch Science foundation (NWO)
     Radboud University
  • 1996 - 1997
    Postdoctoral fellow
    The Ohio State University, USA
  • 1992 - 1996
    PhD student, Nijmegen Institute for Cognition & Information (now, FC Donders Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience)
    Radboud Unversity

Specialisation/Field of research

  • Product Sound Design & Perception
  • Interaction design
  • Research methodologies for design
  • Sonic branding

Lectures/Coaches students on

  • Embodied audio design
  • Interactive audio design
  • Research methodology & statistics
  • Academic writing

Involved in the research project(s):

René van Egmond

"Understanding the experience of product sounds leads to gratifying the human ear."


Click here for an overview of my publications