Dr. Michael Haverkamp

Ford Engineering Centre Cologne, Germany

Born 1958 in Gütersloh/Bundesrepublik Deutschland, he studied electrical engineering at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, with a focus on technical and psychological acoustics and communications engineering. PhD thesis addressing the physiological influence and the perception of vehicle vibration, based on his investigations done at the Medical Department of the University of Mainz, (Universität Mainz), Institute for Occupational Health. He looks back on long term experience in acoustics engineering, environmental noise assessment, sound-quality, noise transmission of vehicle components, reduction of brake noise – currently working in the automotive industry at Ford Engineering Centre Cologne. Studies on cross-modal perception, design, the arts and music are important fields of his activity.

His book on his concept of Synesthetic Design was published in 2009 – it will be published in English in 2011. Teaching assignments by the Köln International School of Design KISD, the Academy of Media Arts Cologne KHM, and the department of interior design, University of applied sciences, Mainz. Invited lectures at various universities. A seminar on synesthetic design held several times at the conference center Haus der Technik, Essen.  Numerous publications and presentations on sound and vibration engineering, perception, sound design, audio branding and synesthesia. He is also involved in arts projects and performances of improvised music.

Presentation: Sound, Color, Space – Synesthetic Design