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Department of Medical Physics and Acoustics
Acoustics Group
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Carl von Ossietzky University
Department of Medical Physics and Acoustics
Acoustics Group
Carl-von-Ossietzky-Str. 9-11
26129 Oldenburg

Dr. rer. nat., Dipl. Phys.

Research Areas

  • Psychoacoustic methods to investigate the relationships between judgments of loudness, sound characteristics and their contribution to the evaluation of sounds and appraisal
  • Explorative characterisation of sounds and development of psychoacoustically motivated indexes for their description
  • Present application areas:
    • Simulation and evaluation of low sonic boom
    • Acoustic quality of fan noise
    • Characterization and evaluation of aircraft cabin noise and seat vibration
    • Psychoacoustic qualities of multi-tone sounds and their assessment

Curriculum Vitae

since 08/2016

Postdoctoral researcher at the Acoustics Division, Dept. Med. Physics and Acoustics, Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg

07/2010 – 07/2016

PHD-student at the Acoustics Division, Dept. Med. Physics and Acoustics, Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg

PhD-Thesis: Sound Characteristics of Multi-Tone Sounds - Measurement Concepts and Model Approach

03/2009 – 03/2010

Diploma thesis: Psychoacoustic judgement of complex tones

01/2007 - 07/2007

Research project: Cross-Modality Matching of loudness and whole-body vibration strength

10/2003 - 07/2010

Student at the Institute of Physics, Carl von Ossietzky Universität, Oldenburg

2000 - 2003

Cabinetmaker / carpenter

1997 - 2000

Apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker / carpenter

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Töpken, S. & van de Par, S. (2019) Determination of preference-equivalent levels for fan noise and their prediction by indices based on specific loudness patterns, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 146(6), 3399-3409. https://doi.org/10.1121/1.5110474
  • Töpken, S. & van de Par, S. (2019) Perceptual dimensions of fan noise and their relationship to indexes based on the specific loudness, Acta Acust. united Ac. 105(1), 195-209. https://doi.org/10.3813/AAA.919300
  • Töpken, S., Scheel, H., Verhey, J. L. & Weber R. (2018) Quantification of preference relevant sound characteristics of multi-tone sounds based on the differences between loudness judgments and preference evaluations, Acta Acust. united Ac. 104(1), 153-165. https://doi.org/10.3813/AAA.919155
  • Töpken, S., Verhey, J. L. & Weber R. (2015) Perceptual space, pleasantness and periodicity of multi-tone sounds, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 138(1), 288-298. http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.4922783

PHD-Thesis

Conference Proceedings

  • Töpken S. and van de Par, S. (2020) Loudness and short-term annoyance of low sonic boom-signatures, Proc. Forum Acusticum 2020, Lyon, France.
  • Töpken S. and van de Par, S. (2020) Simulator for the reproduction of “Low Sonic Boom”-Signatures, Fortschritte der Akustik - DAGA 2020, Hannover, Deutschland (conference cancelled, proceedings published), ISBN: 978-3-939296-17-1, 409-412, Dega e.V., Berlin.
  • Töpken, S. & van de Par, S. (2019) Quantification of the unpleasantness of fan noise in the form of preference-equivalent levels, Proc. ICA 2019, Aachen, Germany, ISBN: 978-3-939296-15-7, 8047-8051. https://doi.org/10.18154/RWTH-CONV-238961
  • Töpken, S. & van de Par, S. (2019) Quantifizierung der Unangenehmheit von Ventilatorgeräuschen als präferenzäquivalenter Pegel, Fortschritte der Akustik - DAGA 2019, Rostock, Deutschland, ISBN: 978-3-939296-14-0, 421-424, Dega e.V., Berlin.
  • Töpken, S. & van de Par, S. (2018) The characterization of pleasant and unpleasant fan sounds by semantic profiles and their relationship to patterns of the specific loudness, Proc. Inter-Noise 2018, Chicago, United States, ISBN 978-1-7325986-0-7, pp. 1-10.
  • Töpken, S. & van de Par, S. (2018) The relationship between perceptual dimensions of fan noise and patterns of the specific loudness, FAN 2018, Darmstadt, Germany, pp. 1-8.
  • Töpken, S. & van de Par, S. (2018) Charakterisierung von Ventilatorgeräuschen mit einem semantischen Differential, Fortschritte der Akustik - DAGA 2018, München, Deutschland, ISBN 978-3-939296-13-3, 1076-1079, Dega e.V., Berlin.
  • Töpken, S., Bensch, C. & van de Par, S. (2017) Finding the most pleasant spectral envelope of background noise: An exploratory study for aircraft cabin noise, Proc. Inter-Noise 2017, Hong Kong, ISBN: 978-0-9899431-8-5, 997-1005
  • Bensch, C., Töpken, S. & van de Par, S. (2017) Explorative Bestimmung von optimal angenehmen spektralen Einhüllenden am Beispiel von Flugzeuggeräuschen, Fortschritte der Akustik - DAGA 2017, Kiel, Deutschland, ISBN: 978-3-939296-12-6, 1163-1166, Dega e.V., Berlin.
  • Töpken, S., Scheel, H., Weber, R. & van de Par, S. (2016) Influence of the spectral envelope on the loudness and the preference of multi-tone sounds, Proc. Inter-Noise 2016, Hamburg, Germany, ISBN 978-3-939296-11-9, 3437-3445.
  • Wempe, A., Töpken, S., Weber, R. & Scheel, H. (2016) Driving parameters for annoyance of Buzz Saw Noise in Aircraft Cabin, Proc. Inter-Noise 2016, Hamburg, Germany, ISBN: 978-3-939296-11-9, 3446-3454.
  • Töpken, S., van de Par, S. & Weber, R. (2015) Suitable reference sounds for loudness and preference matching experiments, Fortschritte der Akustik - DAGA 2015, Nürnberg, Deutschland, ISBN: 978-3-939296-08-9, 309-312, Dega e.V., Berlin.
  • Töpken, S., Scheel, H. & Weber, R. (2014) Signal repetition rates and their relationship to the pleasantness of multi-tone sounds, Proc. Inter-Noise 2014, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 1-8.
  • Töpken, S. & Weber, R. (2014) Quantitative determination of the sound character and its relationship to psychoacoustical metrics, Fortschritte der Akustik - DAGA 2014, Oldenburg, Deutschland, ISBN: 978-3-939296-06-5, 427-428, Dega e.V., Berlin.
  • Töpken, S. & Weber, R. (2013) Preference and loudness judgments of multi-tone sounds and their relationship to psychoacoustical metrics, Proc. Inter-Noise 2013, Innsbruck, Austria, pp.1-8, Austrian Noise Abatement Association
  • Töpken, S. & Weber, R. (2013) Differentiating between loudness and preference in the case of multi-tone stimuli (A), J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 133, 3597 / POMA 19, 050190, ASA/CAA/ICA joint meeting "ICA 2013", Montreal, Canada, ISSN: 0001-4966, pp. 1-8, Acoustical Society of America.
  • Töpken, S., Verhey, J. L. & Weber, R. (2013) Preference and loudness of multi-tone sounds, AIA-DAGA 2013, International Conference on Acoustics, Merano, Italy, ISBN: 978-3-939296-05-8, 1269-1272, DEGA e.V. Berlin.
  • Sukowski, H., Töpken, S. & Weber, R. (2013) The Benefit from Interviews in the Frame of Psychoacoustic Evaluations of Aircraft Cabin Noise, AIA-DAGA 2013, International Conference on Acoustics, Merano, Italy, ISBN: 978-3-939296-05-8, 1784-1787, DEGA e.V. Berlin.
  • Töpken, S., Verhey, J. L. & Weber, R. (2012) Preference and loudness of multi-tone sounds, Proc. Inter-Noise 2012/ASME/NCAD, New York, United States. ISSN: 0736-2935, pp. 1-8, INCE.
  • Töpken, S., Verhey, J. L. & Weber, R. (2012) Präferenz und Lautheit bei Multitonsignalen, Fortschritte der Akustik - DAGA 2012, Darmstadt, Deutschland, ISBN: 978-3-939296-04-1, 589-590, Dega e.V., Berlin.
  • Töpken, S., Verhey, J. L. & Weber, R. (2011) Evaluation of multi-tone-sounds, Proc. Inter-Noise 2011, Osaka, Japan. ISSN: 0105-175x, pp. 1-7, INCE/J.
  • Töpken, S., Verhey, J. L. & Weber, R. (2011) Psychoacoustic perception of multi-tone-sounds, Proc. Forum Acusticum 2011, Aalborg, Denmark. ISSN: 2221-3767, 1217-1222, EAA.
  • Töpken, S., Verhey, J. L. & Weber, R. (2011) Psychoakustische Bewertung von Multitonsignalen, Fortschritte der Akustik - DAGA 2011, Düsseldorf, Deutschland. ISBN: 978-3-939296-02-7, 591-592, DEGA e.V., Berlin.
  • Töpken, S., Verhey, J. L. & Weber, R. (2010) Perceptual space of multiple complex tones, ICA 2010, Sydney, Australia, 2010, pp. 1-5.
  • Töpken, S., Verhey, J. L. & Weber, R. (2010) Psychoacoustic evaluations of mixed complex tones, Proc. Inter-Noise 2010, Lisbon, Portugal, 2010, pp. 1-6.
  • Töpken, S., Verhey, J. L. & Weber, R. (2010) Psychoakustische Bewertung von superponierten Tonkomplexen, Fortschritte der Akustik - DAGA 2010, Berlin, Deutschland. ISBN: 978-3-9808659-8-2, 589-590, DEGA e.V., Berlin.
  • Töpken, S., Bellmann, M. & Weber, R. (2008) Cross-Modality-Matching für Schall und Ganzkörpervibrationen, Fortschritte der Akustik - DAGA 2008, Dresden, Deutschland. ISBN: 978-3-9808659-4-4, 379-380, DEGA e.V., Berlin.

Conference Abstracts

  • Blank, S., Töpken, S., van de Par, S. (2020) Lautheitswahrnehmung von Sprache in virtuellen Räumen, Fortschritte der Akustik - DAGA 2020, Hannover, Deutschland, Dega e.V., Berlin.
  • Töpken, S. & van de Par, S. (2019) The description of fan noise by indexes based on the specific loudness (A), J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 145, 1897, Acoustical Society of America.
  • Töpken, S., van de Par, S. & Weber, R. (2015) Subjective evaluation of loudness and preference for noise containing audible tones (A), J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 137, 2320, Acoustical Society of America.
  • Weber, R., Oetjen, A., Töpken, S. (2012) Vergleichende psychoakustische Charakterisierung von Klangunterschieden mit Referenzschallen und der Bestimmung des Punktes der subjektiven Gleichheit, Fortschritte der Akustik - DAGA 2012, Darmstadt, Deutschland, ISBN: 978-3-939296-04-1, Dega e.V., Berlin.
  • Töpken, S., Bellmann, M. & Weber, R. (2008) Cross-modality matching of loudness and whole-body vibration strength (A), J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 123, 3667. ASA/EAA/SFA joint meeting "Acoustics '08", Paris, France, ISSN: 0001-4966, Acoustical Society of America.

Other Invited Publications & Talks

  • Töpken, S. (2019) Psychoakustik: Grundlagen und Anwendung in der Praxis, ebm-papst Innovationsforum 2019, Mulfingen, Deutschland.
  • Töpken, S., van de Par, S. (2019) Messung und Prognose der akustischen Güte von Ventilatoren, ISH 2019, Frankfurt, Deutschland.
  • Töpken, S. (2018) Messung überschwelliger Empfindungsgrößen, multidimensionale Verfahren und Qualitätsbeurteilungen, Tutorial 1: Psychoakustik, DGA 2018, Halle, Deutschland.
  • Töpken, S. (2018) Quantifizierung von Klangcharakterunterschieden als Punkt subjektiver Gleichheit gegenüber einem Referenzschall. in H. Sukowski (Hrsg.): Extra-aurale Wirkungen von Lärm bei der Arbeit. 1. Fachgespräch: Methoden zur Erfassung von Wirkungen und Bewertungen von Geräuschen. 1. Auflage. Dortmund: Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin 2018. (baua: Fokus). 4-6, PDF-Datei. DOI:10.21934/baua:fokus20180517

Teaching

Current Semester

04/2020 - 09/2020

Angewandte Psychophysik II: Anwendungen im Sound Design

Teaching (Previous Semesters)

10/2019-03/2020

Einführung in die Akustik (Vorlesungsvertretung)

12/2019

Workshop: Kalibrierung in der Hörforschung

12/2019

Workshop: SoundMexPro - Einführung und Anwendungen

04/2019 - 09/2019

Angewandte Psychophysik II: Anwendungen im Sound Design

04/2019 - 09/2019

Basic laboratory course in physics (GPR II), partly

04/2018 - 09/2018

Basic laboratory course in physics (GPR II), partly

04/2014 - 03/2015

Basic laboratory course in physics (GPR I & II)

04/2007 - 03/2012

Tutorials: Physics for chemistry and environmental science students

04/2010 - 09/2010

Lab project: Structure borne sound

10/2009 - 03/2010

Lab project: Physics of the auditory system

10/2009 - 03/2010

Lab projects: Psychoacoustics and vibration perception

Additional Activities

since 2012

Reviewer for peer-reviewed journals:

  • Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (since 2017)
  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica (since 2012)
  • Applied Acoustics (since 2019)
  • Journal of Sound and Vibration (since 2019)
  • Noise Control Engineering Journal (since 2013)
  • Ergonomics (since 2014)
 
03/2011 - 03/2014

Organizer of the young professional events at the German 'DAGA' conference

10/2008 - 06/2010

Research assistant in the acoustics group

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