SoniHED 2022

Conference on Sonification of Health and Environmental Data

The Sound for Energy Project ( is delighted to announce the Second Conference on Sonification of Health and Environmental Data (SoniHED 2022), which will take place online and in person for those in Stockholm at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, on 27-28 October 2022. Participation to the conference is FREE.

About SoniHED

The first SoniHED Conference was organized and chaired in 2014 by Sandra Pauletto and colleagues from the Stockholm Environment Institute at the University of York ( It brought 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 from these fields. As a result, the Guest Issue on Data Sonification and Sound Design in Interactive Systems for the Journal of Human Computer Studies ( was published.

Sonification, and more generally sound design and sonic interaction design, are concerned with displaying data and information in sonic form so that listeners (experts and/or non-experts) can perceive and engage with data structures, complex information and their meaning. This year we especially, but not exclusively, welcome research addressing the theme: Sound and Energy.

Energy is fundamental to life. Our bodies need energy to keep moving and be healthy. We can use our physical energy to replace environmentally damaging energy sources, for example, by cycling or walking to work instead of driving. We obviously consume a lot of energy at home and at work – using computers, electricity, heating, hot water and more – and often are unaware of what we could do to reduce inefficient behaviors.In this context, sound can provide new engaging ways to understand how we produce and use energy, helping us maintain good habits, while reducing unnecessary energy consumption.

The Conference will include guest speakers, peer-reviewed paper presentations, and more.

Guest talks

Nicolas Misdariis, IRCAM, Paris

The sound of mobility

The subject of my talk will fall within the framework of the relationship between sound and mobility, by questioning the way in which sound accompanies human experiences of mobility, but also and especially, the way in which mobility objects – or artifacts – contribute to shape human sound environments. By considering the concept of mobility and observing the (old and new) forms it takes, we can make two postulates, among many others: firstly, the mobility artifact is inherently a source of sound, either intentional or consequential; secondly, mobility artifacts shape the environment and therefore have something to do with sound design and ecology. By bringing together these two assumptions, and based on different research studies – especially about electric vehicles –, we will then address, and try to support, the following issue: how can sound design improve the sound of mobility while taking into account environmental, ecological and sustainable dimensions, that are as essential as they are vital?


Nicolas Misdariis is an IRCAM Research Director, Head the Sound Perception & Design group/STMS Lab, and Deputy-Dead of the IRCAM’s STMS Lab. Nicolas has a background on applied acoustics and synthesis/reproduction/perception of musical and environmental sounds. Working at IRCAM since 1995, he has developed many research works and industrial applications related to sound synthesis and reproduction, environmental sound and soundscape perception, auditory display, human-machine interfaces (HMI), interactive sonification and sound design. Since 2010, Nicolas is a regular lecturer in the Sound Design Master at the High School of Art and Design in Le Mans (ESAD TALM, Le Mans).

Elif Özcan Vieira, TU Delft

Sound ideas for critical care: How to leverage environmental intelligence for sound-driven digital solutions

Critical care is a data-driven professional environment. For the safety and survival of the patient and consequently the success of the treatment protocols not only patient vitals are observed but also the quality of the care environment. Within this context, collected ‘healthcare’ data offer ample design opportunities for sonification but also for visualization of sonic data. In this talk, I will showcase a couple of data- and sound-driven design examples that helped us, researchers at the Critical Alarms Lab of TU Delft, provide solutions for patient and clinician needs that concern sound. I will also propose a new way of monitoring the sonic environment and actively engage with the audience to help me deconstruct the issues that are inherent to sound observations such as automatic categorization of sounds, tension between speech privacy and data collection, sensing technology, and product ideas for easy adoption. Look forward to a session chockful of sound ideas!


Elif Özcan conducts sound-driven design and research activities at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering of TU Delft and leads the Silent ICU project at the Department of Intensive Care of Erasmus Medical Centre. She is the director of Critical Alarms Lab at TU Delft where she mainly investigates sound-driven wellbeing of users and professionals in critical contexts (e.g., patients and clinicians). CAL aims to shape the future of product-user interactions in complex environments through audible and visual information design. The lab is a flexible consortium of individuals, institutes, and companies, and it offers multiple opportunities for student participation.


Eva Bojner Horwitz, Professor of music and health at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and
researcher at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience Karolinska Institute (KI). She is associate professor and doctor in social medicine, cultural health researcher, specialized in psychosomatic medicine and in creative arts; co-founder of the Center for Social Sustainability (CSS), KI. She is anchored in interdisciplinary research, has doctoral students, authored scientific articles and books. She is known internationally for her implementation of music activities in health care and school systems and for her evaluation with video interpretation technique (VIT), combining quantitative (stress hormone analyses, heart rate variability) with qualitative research (micro phenomenology and phenomenological hermeneutics). Research focus: music and health (sing health in schools, performance evaluations, HeArtS: Health –Arts – Sustainability platform building); music and learning (knowledge concerts); music in end-of-life situations; music and social sustainability (inner transformation and creativity); arts and humanities; nature related soundscapes, resilience, aesthetics and flow.

Eva Bojner Horwitz, KMH Royal College of Music, Stockholm 

The musical landscape of the human body

Would it be possible to explore the musical landscape of the human body in the same way

that the body explores musical soundscapes? Inside our bodies are internal structures,

communication, and signals about the current state of health that could be investigated

using various qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Different examples will be


Elina Eriksson, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

Exploring low carbon futures in the past

Elina Eriksson will present current research from the ongoing project “Beyond the event horizon: tools to explore local energy transformations”, in which the theoretical concepts of pastcasting and recasting are put into practice. The goal of the project is to develop a scenario-workshop methodology and to use it to carry out workshops that explore and support local energy transitions by helping local actors focus on, process, democratically anchor and expand "what is perceived to be possible". The methodology has been cocreated together with the project partners from the Transition Network Sweden and been tested in both online and physical workshops. In discussion with the audience and SoniHED guests, we hope to explore what role sound could play in these novel methods for sustainability research.


Elina Eriksson is an Associate Professor in Human-Computer Interaction with a specialization in Sustainability at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Her research is action-oriented and strives to support energy transitions. She also conducts research on how to integrate sustainability in computing education.

Björn Palm, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

Control of the indoor temperature in single family houses

In a single family house in Sweden the by far highest energy consumption is related to heating of the building. The indoor temperature makes a big difference for the overall consumption: Reducing the indoor temp by 1 deg C reduces the amount of energy consumed by about 5%. In Sweden it is customary to keep the temperature constant over day and night, even if no-one is home. By allowing the temperature to fluctuate, cooler at night, cooler when the house is empty, it could be possible to reduce the energy consumption. We have tested using thermostats which can be programmed beforehand, with some success. Some of the possibilities and potential problems with this way of controlling the indoor climate will be discussed in this brief presentation. At SoniHED, we hope to explore what role sound could play in this scenario.


Björn Palm is Professor in Energy Technology at the Department of Energy Technology, KTH. His research is related to energy use in buildings, and in particular to heat pumps, refrigeration machines, heat exchangers, natural refrigerants and the role of heat pumps in the energy system.

Cristian Bogdan, KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm

Linking Data to Action: Designing for Amateur Energy Management

Design of eco-feedback has primarily aimed at persuading individuals to change behaviours into more environmentally sustainable ones. However, it has been questioned how effective such feedback is in supporting long-term change. As an alternative focus for energy feedback, we present a case study of amateur energy management work in apartment buildings owned by housing cooperatives, and the design of an app that aims to stimulate and support cooperatives in taking energy actions that significantly reduce the cooperative’s collective energy use. By linking energy data to energy actions, the users can see how actions taken in their own and other cooperatives affected the energy use, learn from each other’s experiences and become motivated as energy amateurs. Based on our housing cooperative case, we reflect on design aspects to consider when designing for energy management in amateur settings. I look forward to discuss with the SoniHED researchers what role sound could have in such a scenario.


Cristian Bogdan is an Associate Professor at the Department of Media Technology and Interaction Design. In the area of IT support for energy systems, Cristian is interested in amateur energy activists' conceptual models of energy systems, from small, short-term energy use systems like electric vehicles, to large, longer term systems like buildings and housing associations. Cristian is especially interested in the ability to take action to improve the energy situation, beyond energy awareness.

Sol Andersson, sound artist, Stockholm

On control, sonic art and energy

The research draws upon a number of practices, such as sound art, guerilla art, music, and performance. The aim of the research is to explore aspects of freedom within the context of sound art, that might lead to a notion of freedom of objects. That is, objects free from certain biases, free from traditions. Therefore, making portable self-resonating sound objects driven by solar panels and batteries is a way to explore aspects of control.


Sol Andersson is a musician, sound artist and currently undertaking practice-based research in Sound Art at the department of Video, imaging and Sonic Arts, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. The last years work includes performances, sound installations, happenings, commissioned pieces and record releases.

Duncan Geere, information designer, Helsingborg

Loud Numbers: Sound, Data and Stories

Everyone has a favourite song. It might be a pop song, it might be a classical piece, it might be rock’n’roll, metal or techno. But for some reason it’s our favourite - and that reason is almost always linked to the emotional connection that we have with it. In my SoniHED talk, I’ll explore the strong connection between sound, music and emotion, focusing on how sonification can be used to reach new audiences with data stories. Using examples from my own work and the work of others, I’ll discuss how this type of data storytelling with sound can be effective, the kinds of stories it’s best suited to, and why it’s important to use this powerful approach with care.


Duncan Geere is an information designer based in Helsingborg, Sweden. He’s the cofounder of the Loud Numbers data sonification podcast, and the Elevate Dataviz Learning Community. He’s created sonifications for clients including The Museum of London, Walmart, and Radboud University.


Robert Jarvis' work as a sound artist lies somewhere between that of a composer and a creative researcher.
He has composed musical works drawing from air quality data, plant genetics, bat echolocation, and insect
recordings. His installations have involved multi-speaker soundscapes, interactive games, real-time
astronomical sonifications, and covid19 transmission data. His work is concerned with encouraging people to
rethink their environments and for them to question how they relate to their surroundings. His aim is to open up new worlds for those that come into contact with his work, posing new questions and enticing new appreciations of the sonic landscape. He also plays trombone.

Robert Jarvis, sound artist, UK

Singing windows

The surprising effect that a simple sonic intervention had across towns in the UK. Shop windows were converted into loudspeakers, in order to relay a multi-channel sound piece throughout a series of towns in the south east of England (Kent). The sonic intervention made use of manipulated recordings of birdsong, with the birds appearing to react and call out to each other. Hearing the sounds, passing pedestrians had their curiosity raised, and therefore related to the area in a different way.

SoniHED2022 welcomes the support of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie project PaDS, under grant agreement No 893622