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Prof Elaine Chew

Professor of Digital Media

Research Interests

I am a mathematical scientist (operations researcher) and musician (classical pianist) interested in applying analytical and quantitative techniques to the modeling of music structures, and music perception and cognition. Topics include computational music structure analysis, the modeling of expressive performance, computer-assisted composition and improvisation, and analysis of electrocardiographic information. The methodologies focus on mathematical representations and the inventing of new computer algorithms.



Professional Highlights

Esteem Indicators Selected Awards: Summer Fellowship, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University (2017); Kavli Fellow, US National Academy of Science (2007-2009); Edward, Frances, and Shirley B. Daniels Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University (2007-2008); USC Viterbi Early Career Chair (2005-2007); Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering, and National Science Foundation Early Career Development Award in the United States (2005).
Selected Keynote/Plenary Lectures (>30): International Conference of the Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR), Computer Simulation of Musical Creativity (CSMC), The Science of Consciousness, Music Encoding Conference, Musikkarvkonferansen, Technologies for Music Notation and Representation, Milestones in Music Cognition (BKN25), Ada Lovelace Day Live!, 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.
Advisory Boards: Editorial Advisory Board (2016- ) Computer Music Journal; Executive Board Member (2007- ) & Secretary (2009-2012), Society for Mathematics and Computation in Music. Visiting Committee MIT Music & Theater Arts (2004-2012), Advisory Board Member QMUL RCUK Doctoral Training Centre in Media & Arts Technology (2011-2014), EPSRC Sustainable Software for Digital Music and Audio Research (2009-2011), Centre for Digital Music (2007-2011). Steering Committee Member International Society for Music Information Retrieval (2006-2009), EPSRC OMRAS 2 Project.
Editorial Service:
 Editorial Board Member Music Theory Spectrum (2014- ), Journal of New Music Research (2010-2017), Computing in Musicology (2005- ), Journal of Mathematics and Music (2004- ), Journal of Music and Meaning (2004- ), ACM Computers in Entertainment (2002- ). Guest Editor (2013); Journal of Mathematics and Music Special Issue on Computation (2007-2008), INFORMS Journal on Computing Special Cluster on Computation in Music (2003-2005).
Review: Funding Agencies Austrian Science Foundation Erwin Schroedinger Program; Canadian NSERC, Canada Research Chair; UK ESRC, EPSRC; US NSF, Radcliffe Institute Fellowships. Promotion/tenure Evaluator MIT, Yale, NYU, USC, Northwestern, University of Minnesota, Harvey Mudd College, Florida State University (US); University of Victoria, University of Regina (Canada); National University of Singapore. External examiner MIT Media Lab (US); University of Amsterdam, University of Antwerp, Utrecht University, TU Delft (Netherlands); Ircam, INRIA-Nancy (France); Open University, University of Bournemouth (UK). Assessment committee L4n2Cr8 EU Project, Aalborg University (Denmark).
Jury/Adjudicator: Falling Walls Lab Finale, Berlin, Germany (2017); Guthman Music Instruments Competition, Georgia, USA (2017).

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