Sound Computing and Sensor Technology


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module adds to the knowledge obtained in 3rd semester

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module


Hearing is one of the fundamental senses of the human perceptual system. Being able to understand how auditory signals are created and how they can be used as input or output devices in solving problems in interactive media is an essential element of the Medialogy program. In this semester project, students pose problems that include the design and implementation of computer systems being able either to analyse an auditory signal in real-time or to produce interactive auditory feedback. Such feedback is either created from scratch using sound synthesis techniques or obtained by manipulating recorded samples. Examples of such systems are an interface which is controlled by the human voice or an interactive installation where the sounds change according to users' motions, or a tangible sonic interface embedded with sensors. The posed problem must be motivated, analysed and its solution evaluated using quantitative experiments and statistics.

As specified by the Study Board for Media Technology, a sub-theme description is formulated in connection with the project. In connection with the project a minimum of five related seminars /lectures are offered.

Learning objectives


Students who complete the course module will obtain the following qualifications:

  • Knowledge about theories and techniques within audio design and computing
  • Describe basic concepts and terminologies in the field of sound design and processing
  • Understand how to evaluate the proposed solution using quantitative experiments and statistics
  • Knowledge about how to create interactive sound systems that react to users’ action
  • Knowledge about applications of sensors technologies (electrical transducers) to interactive systems


Students who complete the course module will obtain the following qualifications:

  • Analyse a problem and suggest a solution that uses relevant theories and methods from interactive sound design and computing
  • Apply programming in a multimedia system where sound and interaction play an important role
  • Identify relevant constraints and assessment criteria for a system based on audition, in terms of usability and technical aspects (analysis)
  • Design an interactive system wherein audio is used as either input and/or output, using relevant theories from sound and music computing (application)
  • Apply electrical transducer(s) as input devices for an interactive system
  • Apply passive electronics to interface the transducer(s) with the computer
  • Assess the proposed solution using a quantitative experiment and statistics (analysis)
  • Describe, communicate and argue the designed solution using proper terminologies and theories from the fields of sound and music computing and experiment design, both orally and in a written report (synthesis)


Students who complete the course module will obtain the following qualifications:

  • Select relevant theories and methods from the field of sensors technology, mathematics and programming and apply these to solve a problem in sonic interaction (synthesis)
  • Plan, structure, execute and evaluate a project within the field of sonic interaction (synthesis)

Type of instruction

Academically supervised student-governed problem oriented project work



Name of examSound Computing and Sensor Technology
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
In accordance with the current Joint Programme Regulations and directions on examination from the Study Board for Media Technology:

Oral group examination with internal censor based on:
• a written project report
• a media-technological artefact
• an A/V production that illustrates and summarizes the project

The assessment is performed in accordance with the 7-point grading scale.
Permitted aids
With certain aids:
See semester description
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleLyd- og sensorteknologi
Module codeMSNMEDB4171
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg, Campus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Media Technology
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture, Design and Media Technology
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design