Rick Scholte didn’t follow instructions on the first day of an internship for his Master’s programme. He had been assigned to a lab which screened consumer products for noise, and his job was to apply active noise-cancelling technology to quieten a robot used in the screening. Instead, he ignored the robot and spent a week redesigning the code driving the sound-screening technology – which was based on acoustic holography. His academic supervisor was intrigued, and Scholte devoted the rest of his Master’s research, and later also his PhD research, to high-resolution sound imaging. He and his team have just celebrated the ten-year anniversary of Sorama, the start-up which houses the technology and services to improve sound design, reduce noise pollution and create better living conditions.

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Author profile picture Erika van der Merwe is a writer. She is exploring Eindhoven’s exciting world of tech and innovation. As a non-native tech speaker, she finds ways to understand and present the many abstract and technical concepts generated in this busy region. She loves to discover the human aspect in every story.