I am an Assistant Professor in Performing Arts Technology at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance. I teach courses in media art, computer-based composition and physical computing, and design, study and compose for interactive music systems. Framed through the interdisciplinary lens of Interaction Design, my research explores new aesthetic and interactional possibilities that can emerge in performance with real-time computer systems. Using quantitative, qualitative, ethnographic and practice-based methods, I study how phenomena such as skill and style appear in digital music performance.
Prior to the University of Michigan, I was a Lecturer at the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) at Queen’s University Belfast, where I co-founded the Performative Interactions research group and co-directed QUBe, an ensemble for experimental and improvised music with acoustic and electronic instruments. I completed a postdoc at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University, and spent 2 years as a research scientist at the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), a member of Singapore’s A*STAR family of leading R&D institutions.
During my Ph.D. and M.A. at Stanford, I developed the first computational acoustic models of whale and dolphin vocalizations, working with Jonathan Berger and Julius Smith as well as collaborators at the Hopkins Marine Station and Stanford Medical School. Concurrent research with Chris Chafe and Bill Verplank investigated networked music performance and haptic music interfaces, which remain among my areas of interest today. I received a B.Mus, high distinction, with Honours in Computer Applications in Music at McGill University in Montréal, Canada.
I am an active author, editor and peer reviewer in the New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), computer music and human-computer interaction (HCI) communities. I have published in several leading journals and have presented my work at conferences and workshops around the world.
Tel: +1 734.674.4458
Office: 1062 Moore
University of Michigan
School of Music, Theatre & Dance
E.V. Moore Building
1100 Baits Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2085