Alongside composing, Timmermans researches the relationship between creative processes and the tools/technology used for them (hardware and software). He also researches communicating with an audience through electronic art music and the perception of that audience. In the past, he built the audio component of MEDIATE, an interactive multimodal environment for children with a form of autism. He is particularly interested in algorithmic composition, granular synthesis and multichannel spatialisation.
His own compositional work and software development are an extension of his education, and in both areas he is facilitated and inspired by his research.
Hans has an international network comprising mainly fellow composers and researchers. He knows many international colleagues from the eight years he spent as a member of the board of the International Computer Music Association (ICMA).
In the recent past, he has done a lot of work with dance and choreography, so he is in contact with several major organisations and choreographers.
His publications are mainly compositions and articles about composition techniques, software development for composition, and education development for music technology. His compositions have been performed in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, Macedonia, Croatia, Slovenia and Portugal.