Position: Director of Research, DR2-CNRS, sections CN 7 and 51

Habilitation thesis: September 2010

Professional address:

31, Chemin Joseph Aiguier
CS 70071, 
13402 Marseille Cedex 09

Tel + 33 4 91 16 42 59
E-mail : ystad (at) prism.cnrs.fr

Research Activities:

My research projects aim at understanding and controlling the influence of sounds on human behavior and to understand how sounds are perceived in the presence of other sensory modalities.
They are based on a multidisciplinary approach that associates the analysis and synthesis of sounds with human perception and cognition.

Research fields:


Engineering of perception

Institutional Projects:

PhD students:


Analysis-synthesis, sound modelling, intuitive control of sounds, timbre, sound invariants, human perception and cognition, sound and movement, audio-haptic interactions, sonification

Teaching Activities:

Co-founder of the Master in “Acoustics and Musicology” in which I give courses on timbre, sound synthesis and control.  


Sølvi Ystad received her degree as a civil engineer in electronics from NTH (Norges Tekniske Høgskole), Trondheim, Norway in 1992 and her Ph.D. degree in acoustics from the University of Aix-Marseille II, France, in 1998. After a postdoctoral stay at Stanford University, California, she obtained a researcher position at the French National Research Center (CNRS). Since January 2017 she works at the laboratory PRISM (Perception, Representations, Image, Sound, Music) Marseilles, France. Her research activities are related to sound modeling with a special emphasis on the identification of perceptually relevant sound structures to conceive intuitive user interfaces for controlling synthesized sounds.

 Publications since 2017