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Prof Elaine Chew

Professor of Digital Media

Research Interests

I am an operations researcher and classical pianist interested in explaining what musicians do, how we do it, and why.  My research aims to make concrete the conceptualized structures and expressive (prosodic) decisions that shape a musical communication using mathematical models, computational methods, and scientific visualisations.

More concretely, I am interested in the study and modeling of music performance, and aspects of musicianship related to performance—including musical prosody, music cognition, music analysis, composition/improvisation, ensemble interaction, Internet performance, and performance rendering—using both quantitative (mathematical and computation) and qualitative scientific methods.

Apart from the usual publications, I also disseminate my work through lecture-recitals designed to help audiences better understand the musician's creative process, and more actively appreciate the music that they hear.  For further information, please see .



Professional Highlights

Selected Awards: Edward, Frances, and Shirley B. Daniels Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University; Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering, and National Science Foundation Early Career Development Award in the United States.
Keynote/Plenary Lectures: Society for Music Perception and Cognition (SMPC) Conference, Association for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI) Conference, Digital Music Research Network (DMRN+10) Workshop, Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium (SMERS VII), Music Theory Southeast, Annual Meeting of the West Coast Conference of Music Theory and Analysis (WCCMTA), Mirman School for Gifted Children, Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, National Academy of Engineering US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium.
Professional Leadership/Service: member, editorial board/panel, Journal of New Music Research, Computing in Musicology; founding member, editorial board, Journal of Mathematics and Music, Journal of Music and Meaning, ACM Computers in Entertainment; founding member, executive board, Society for Mathematics and Computation in Music; Secretary, Society for Mathematics and Computation in Music (2007-2012); steering committee, International Society for Music Information Retrieval (2006-2009); member, MIT Music and Theater Arts Visiting Committee (2004-2012).


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