Henna Tahvanainen



Henna Tahvanainen obtained her B.Sc in theoretical physics from the University of Helsinki and M.Sc in electrical engineering at Aalto University in 2009 and 2012, respectively. Currently, she is a doctoral student at the Department of Computer Science, Aalto University School of Science. She focuses on the analysis, modelling, and perception of the seat-dip effect in concert halls and ways to enhance the perception of bass. The research is done as part of the Virtual Acoustics team lead by Lauri Savioja and Tapio Lokki.

Her other interests lay in string instrument acoustics, in particular their simulation and acoustic improvement. Currently, she is also a lecturer at Aalto University and a hobbyist player of the kantele .

Research Interests

Concert hall acoustics (the seat-dip effect, perception of bass)
Wave-based modelling techniques
String instrument acoustics
Education in acoustics


Peer-reviewed journal papers
Tahvanainen H., Pätynen J., and Lokki T., Analysis of the seat-dip effect in twelve concert halls, Acta Acustica united with Acustica, vol. 101, no. 4, pp. 731-742, 2015.

Tahvanainen H., Pätynen J., and Lokki T., Studies on the perception of bass in four concert halls, Psychomusicology: Music , Mind, and Brain Special issue on Performance Spaces for Music , May 11, 2015.

Peer-reviewed conference papers
Tahvanainen H., Pätynen J., and Lokki T., Analysis of the seat-dip effect in an opera house, 23rd International Congress on Sound and Vibration, Athens, Greece, July 10-14, 2016.

Tahvanainen, H., Pölkki J., Penttinen, H., and Välimäki, V., Finite element model of a kantele with improved sound radiation, Stockholm Musical Acoustics Conference - SMAC 2013 , Sweden, July 30-August 3, 2013.

Non-reviewed conference papers
Tahvanainen, H.,and Lokki, T., Bass in concert halls - recent studies on the seat-dip effect, IOA Auditorium Acoustics , Paris, France, October 29-31, 2015.

Tahvanainen, H., Haapaniemi A., Pätynen, J., and Lokki, T., Perceptual relevance of asynchrony between orchestral instrument groups in two concert halls, Third Vienna Talk on Music Acoustics , Vienna, Austria, September 16-19, 2015.

Tahvanainen, H., Pätynen, J., and Lokki, T., Perception of bass with some musical instruments in concert halls, International Symposium on Musical Acoustics - ISMA 2014 , Le Mans, France, July 7-12, 2014.

Rinne, J.,Tahvanainen, H.,Pölkki J. and Välimäki, V., Mechanical distorters in plucked string instruments, Baltic-Nordic Acoustics Meeting - BNAM14 , Tallinn, Estonia, June 2-4, 2014.

Tahvanainen, H., Pölkki J., Penttinen, H., and Välimäki, V., Äänekkäämmän kanteleen mallintaminen elementtimenetelmällä, Akustiikkapäivät , Turku, May 22-23, 2013. [pdf]

Tahvanainen H., Politis A., Koski T., Koljonen J-M., Takanen M., and Pulkki V., Perceived lateral distribution of anti-phasic pure tones, in Proceedings of Forum Acusticum 2011, Aalborg, Denmark, June 27-July 1, 2011.

Tahvanainen, H. , Modelling Body Vibration and Sound Radiation of a Modified Kantele, Master's thesis, Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering, 2012. [pdf]

Tahvanainen, H. , Quarks and the SU(3)-symmetry , Bachelor's thesis, University of Helsinki, 2009.

Publications intended for professional communities
Pölkki J., and Tahvanainen H.,Kantele as a sound producing tool, Musiikin Suunta , vol. 31, no. 1, Finnish Society of Musicology, 2009.

Publications intended for general public
Tahvanainen, H. ,Toiveammattina kanteleakustikko, Kantele-lehti , Kanteleliitto, no. 1, 2014.

Invited presenter for professional communities
Tahvanainen H. , What acoustical research of folk music instruments can tell us?, Symposium of the folk music researchers , Sibelius Academy and Finnish Literature Society, Helsinki, Finland, November 25-26, 2015.

Tahvanainen H. ,Research on concert hall acoustics at Aalto University, Microsort Research, Redmond, Washington, USA, August 20, 2015.

Tahvanainen H. , Acoustical measurements of a Finnish string instrument kantele with different string terminations, FPS COST-ACTION FP1302 WOOD MUSICK Conference , Cremona, Italy, September 30-October 1, 2014.

Tahvanainen H., Finite-element modelling of string instruments, FPS COST-ACTION FP1302 WOOD MUSICK Opening Conference , Paris, France, February 27-28, 2014.

Tahvanainen H. , Modelling the kantele, International Baltic Psaltery Symposium , Viljandi, Estonia, March 21-22, 2013.


S-89.3310 Acoustics and the Physics of Sound course assistant 2010-2012, responsible lecturer 2014,2015
11 supervised Bachelor theses
2 supervised Master's thesis

Other professional activities

Secretary of the Acoustical Society of Finland
Treasurer of Akustiikan Aineopiskelijat (Students of Acoustics Association)
Research intern at Yamaha Musical Instrument Group, Japan, September-December 2013.
Presenter at Masters of Aalto - MoA 2013 exhibition, Helsinki, May 8-26,2013.
Involved in COST Action FP1302 WoodMusICK

Contact Information



Visiting Address

Aalto University
School of Science
Department of Media Technology
Otaniementie 17
FI-02150 Espoo

Room 3531

Postal Address

Aalto University
School of Science
Department of Media Technology
P.O. Box 15500
FI-00076 Aalto