The Augmented Instruments Laboratory is part of the Centre for Digital Music (C4DM) at Queen Mary, University of London. The lab is led by Andrew McPherson and includes members and collaborators from across C4DM, including PhD students on the Queen Mary Media and Arts Technology programme.

Current Members

Dr Andrew McPherson Reader [Associate Professor] in Digital Media
EPSRC Early Career Fellow 2016-20
CV (PDF) | Personal Website | Twitter | Google Scholar | LinkedIn S.B. Music, S.B. Electrical Engineering, MIT; M.Eng. Electrical Engineering, MIT; Ph.D. Music Composition, U. Penn. 2009; Postdoc Drexel University MET-lab 2009-2011 Interests: composition, actuated instruments, viola, piano, embedded audio systems.
Fabio Morreale Postdoctoral researcher; 2016-present | Personal Website PhD in Human Computer Interaction, Information Engineering and Computer Science, University of Trento (Italy) 2015 "Designing New Experiences of Music Making" (PDF) Interests: interface and instrument design, interactive art, algorithmic composition, computational creativity
Laurel Smith Pardue PhD student; 2012-present | Personal Website S.B. Music, S.B. Electrical Engineering, MIT; M.Eng. Electrical Engineering, MIT; M.Sc. Media Arts & Sciences, MIT 2011 Interests: interface & instrument design, prototyping, expressive performance, instrument learning, violin, viola, Balinese gamelan.
Christian Heinrichs PhD student; 2012-present | Personal Website B.Mus. Music, University of Glasgow; M.A. Music Technology, University of York 2011 Interests: procedural audio, sound design, immersive environments and games, violin, spatial audio
Liam Donovan PhD student; 2013-present M.Eng. Engineering Science, University of Oxford 2011 Developing and building new acoustic musical instruments
Astrid Bin PhD student; 2014-present (co-supervised with Dr. Nick Bryan-Kinns) | Personal Website AOCAD (Hons), 2003, OCAD University, Toronto Canada; MA (Art in Public), 2013, University of Ulster, Belfast UK. Interests: Performance, interfaces, electronics, instrument and interaction design, audience experience, accordion and clarinet
Robert Jack PhD student; 2014-present (co-supervised with Dr. Tony Stockman) M.A. Applied Mathematics and Music, University of Glasgow; MMus Studio Composition, Goldsmiths Interests: interface and instrument design, cross modal perception, haptic feedback in musical instrument design, string instruments, live electronics
Giulio Moro PhD student; 2015-present (FAST project, co-supervised with Prof. Mark Sandler) MSc in Digital Music Processing, Queen Mary University of London 2014 Interests: IoT (as in "instruments of things"), low latency audio and sensors, embedded devices, why-do-people-think-analog-is-better
Jack Armitage PhD student; 2016-present BSc Music, Multimedia & Electronics, University of Leeds Interests: musical instruments, composition systems, cognitive science, human-computer interaction
Jacob Harrison PhD student; 2016-present | Personal Website BSc Music Technology, University of York; MSc by Research Electronic Engineering, University of York Audio Lab Interests: interface and instrument design, neurologic music therapy, accessible music technology

Affiliated Members

These PhD students are based primarily in other areas of C4DM or elsewhere in QMUL, but work closely with Augmented Instruments Laboratory members.

Eleonora Oreggia PhD student with Prof. Clive Parini | Personal website The EM field as a sensor system for touch-less interaction


Dr Duncan Menzies PhD student; 2011-2015. Personal Website PhD Thesis (PDF): Technological support for Highland piping tuition and practice
M. Eng. Electronics with Music, University of Glasgow 2009
Interests: folk music, fiddle, bagpipes, electronics, musical interaction
Dr Victor Zappi Postdoctoral researcher; 2013-2014
Now Marie Curie Fellow, University of British Columbia
UBC website S.B. Elec. Eng., University of Genoa; M.Sc. Elec. Eng., University of Genoa; Ph.D. Computer Science and Music Technology, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia 2012 Interests: interface and instrument design, audio synthesis and control, audio/visual performances, multimodality, Virtual and Augmented Reality.
Louis McCallum Affiliated lab member; PhD student with Prof. Peter McOwan, 2012-15 Improving human-robot companionship through regular and adaptive musical interaction
Joe Lyske Affiliated lab member; PhD student with Prof. Geraint Wiggins, 2012-16 A generative tool for film scoring
Dr Adam Stark Postdoctoral Researcher, 2012
Co-Founder and Director, Codasign
Personal Website
Dongjuan Nian MSc by Research student; 2012-2013 B.Sc. Engineering, QMUL/Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications Interests: human-computer interaction, violin, sensors, microcontrollers
Adrian Gierakowski Research Assistant, 2012 LinkedIn

External Collaborators

Dr Jennifer MacRitchie Research Lecturer, MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney Website
Prof. Youngmoo Kim Associate Professor, Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Drexel University
Director, ExCITe Center and Music & Entertainment Technology Laboratory
ECE Faculty Website
Dr Jeff Snyder Associate Research Scholar, Princeton University
Associate Director, Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk)
Personal Website | Snyderphonics Instruments
Dr Cameron Britt Composer, Percussionist at Duke University; PhD student, Princeton University Personal Website
Prof. Eduardo Miranda Professor in Computer Music, Plymouth University
Director, Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research
Personal Website

Partner Organisations

The One-Handed Musical Instrument Trust (OHMI) Project: new instruments for musicians who lack the use of an arm Website
London Music Hackspace Project: Hackable Instruments: musical interface design for appropriation, modification and creative destruction (EPSRC-funded) Website
ROLI Consulting on hardware design for Seaboard and other instruments Website