dr.ir. M.C.J. (Maarten) Hornikx - Expertise

Hornikx, dr.ir. M.C.J.
Address :
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
P.O. Box 513
Department :
Department of the Built Environment
Section :
Building Physics and Services
Positioncategory :
Associate Professor (UHD)
Position :
Associate Professor
Room :
VRT 6.17
Tel :
+31 40-247 4236
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Maarten Hornikx is associate professor urban acoustics in the Building Acoustics Chair of Unit Building Physics and Services (BPS). He studied the M.Sc. program of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Technology in Eindhoven (1998-2004). During his internship at the division of Applied Acoustics at the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg (Sweden) in 2002, he worked with a statistical approach to study urban sound propagation. Hornikx became interested in the subject of outdoor sound propagation and continued with his Master's thesis project titled 'modelling urban sound propagation in a moving medium'. The thesis work was partly carried out at the TNO Institute of applied physics in Delft. Hornikx has made his Ph.D studies at the division of Applied Acoustics. In 2007, he spent the fall to work with Dr. Waxler at the University of Mississippi on developing a pseudopsectral solver for sound propagation. Hornikx graduated in 2009 with the Ph.D. thesis: Numerical modelling of sound propagation to closed urban courtyards. From 2009 to 2011, he has worked as a post-doc at KU Leuven in Belgium in the field of aeroacoustics, specifically on numerical modelling of sound radiation by automotive exhaust pipes in the presence of non-uniform mean flow and temperature fields from the exhaust flow. Hornikx was appointed as a senior researcher at Chalmers (2011-2013), focussing on modeling urban sound propagation in the EU funded projects Hosanna and QSIDE. Hornikx was appointed as assistant professor in 2012 and associate professor in 2017 at TU/e. Hornikx’ research area is modeling sound propagation in urban areas and through inhomogeneous media and his research interests are:

o Development of efficient numerical methodologies for sound propagation with the built environment as application, that is urban sound propagation, vibro-acoustics and room acoustics;

o Application of numerical models to investigate propagation effects as the role of vegetation on sound propagation outdoors and indoors, the influence of meteorological effects on sound propagation;

o Auralization from wave-based methods and hybrid wave-based/geometrical acoustics techniques;

o Auralization for human echolocation.

o Publishing open source software from developed methods.

In February 2017, Hornikx has published 29 refereed journal papers contributed to 47 conference papers on international acoustical conferences and meetings. He is supervising 12 PhD students, 10 from TU/e.

Hornikx has been awarded two individual Marie-Curie fellowships: an ITN post-doc grant (2009) and a Career Integration Grant (2012), is currently PI of an STW OTP project (tools to tackle environmental health problems) and coordinates the ITN project Acoutect (2017-2020).

Together with Jens Forssén from Chalmers, he was awarded the triennial EAA (European Acoustics Association) award 2011 for outstanding scientific results published in Acta Acustica united with Acustica. Hornikx has received the best researcher award for assistant/associate professors 2015 from the Department of the Built Environment, TU/e.


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