Visda Goudarzi, CCRMA Alumna Presents Her Work: User Centered Procedure to Develop Sonification for Climate Scientists

Wed, 09/25/2013 - 2:15pm - 3:45pm
CCRMA Listening Room
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Sonification -the transformation of data relations into perceived relations within an 
acoustic signal for the purpose of facilitating communication or interpretation- is the 
acoustic analogue of data visualization and takes advantage of human perceptual and 
cognitive capabilities. The amount of data being processed today is steadily increasing, 
and both scientists and society need new ways to understand scientific data and their 
implications. Sonification is especially suited to the preliminary exploration of complex, 
dynamic, and multidimensional data sets, as can be found in climate science. In the 
research project SysSon (, we apply a systematic approach to 
design sonifications to climate data. In collaboration with the Wegener Center for 
Climate and Global Change (http:// we assessed the metaphors 
climate scientists use and their typical workflows, and chose data sets where sonification 
has high potential revealing new phenomena. This background has been used to 
develop an audio interface which is directly linked to the visualization interfaces for data 
analysis the scientists use today. The protoype will be evaluated according to its 
functionality and usability for climate scientists, as well as under aesthetic criteria. In the 
current stage of the project, conceptual links between climate science and sound have 
been elaborated and first sonification designs have been developed. The research is 
mainly carried out at the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics 
(, which has extensive experience in interactive sonification with 
multidimensional data sets.
Visda is currently a Phd. candidate at Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics at 
University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria. Her research interests are in 
Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Auditory Interfaces, Sonic Interaction Design, and 
Data Sonification. She studied MST at CCRMA in 2008-2009 and has a MS in Computer 
Science specialized in HCI from Vienna University of Technology. Besides research, she 
curates Open CUBE concert series at IEM, and teaches Live Electronics and Sonification.
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