I am a post-doctoral research scientist in the Media Interaction Group at AIST in Japan. I completed my PhD at Queen Mary University of London, studying the analysis and perception of musical structure.
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I'm a postdoc studying music technology. I'm currently working with Professor Masataka Goto at AIST in Japan on a diverse set of projects, from music analysis to video classification to game development.
My previous research focused on musical structure—i.e., the abstract form of a piece, or how it is composed of repeated and varied sections. My PhD thesis considered the question of what leads listeners to disagree about structural analyses; it was a multi-disciplinary effort that used tools and techniques of music information retrieval, music theory and music perception and cognition.
Before finishing my Ph.D. at Queen Mary University of London, I completed Master's degrees at USC (in Operations Research) and at McGill University (in Music Technology). At McGill, as part of the SALAMI project, I studied the annotation of musical structure. As a result, I've become deeply interested in what information these annotations actually contain and how we can understand them better.
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I studied piano while growing up. In late high school, I became interested in improvisation; around the same time, I discovered (and fell in love with) electronic music (roughly: anything on Warp Records). For the bravely curious, here are a few recordings. By the way, the two piano pieces are cellphone recordings that were de-clipped and de-noised using Izotope's RX software (part of the prize for our SMC paper), so, thank you to them!
I enjoy puzzles of all kinds, especially cryptic crosswords. I participate regularly in puzzle hunts: these are puzzle-solving contests in which groups race to complete a variety of puzzles, which are usually bereft of instructions, or which require solvers to make intuitive leaps in judgement. Beginning in 2012, I have helped to run several of them.