This year's Music Research Symposium will take place at the YST Conservatory of Music at NUS this Friday, Sep 20th! The symposium provides the opportunity for researchers in Singapore interested in music cognition, technology, thereapy, communication, learning, information retreival, synthesis, and related fields to present and share ideas. The day-long event will offer invited speakers, an industry panel session, a poster session for student presentations, and will conclude with a short late-afternoon performance.
On 30th August, amidst breathtaking views from the 60th floor of UOB Plaza, I will be giving the inaugural talk for a new lecture series being put on by the charity 'Extra•Ordinary People', a local charity serving over 200 special needs children in Singapore. I'll be speaking on "The Extra•Ordinary Role of Music in Science and Therapy: Applications, Research and Promise for the 21st Century."
This week, our new prototype game using music and motion capture to support cognition and motor function in the elderly will be presented at the IEEE Conference on Games in London, UK. The game was developed as part of a UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunity) project led by myself, Prof. Simon Lui (Tencent), and Prof. Dorien Herremans (SUTD). The paper is available here.
This Friday morning, June 21st, I'm honoured to be giving a Grand Rounds talk at NUH on 'Developing Music-Based Technologies to Support Cognitive, Motor, and Emotional Wellness'. The talk is free and open to the public (one does not have to be NUH affiliated), and a light breakfast will be served. The abstract is below, and details about time and location may be found in the poster advert.
I'm excited to be sharing about the potential of music medtech to make big strides in healthcare this Wednesday evening (7-9pm) at Lime House, as part of Singapore's 'Pint of Science' event. Pint of Science is an international event, taking place 21st-23rd May in 24 different countries! My talk is entitled: The unsung hero of healthcare? Making the case for music in medical settings. Hope to see you there!
I'm honored to be invited as a Distinguished Speaker at the Clariden Global Conference this week on 'Applying AI and Deep Learning for Enterprises'. On 15 May, I will be speaking in the track on 'How Deep Learning and Machine Learning is Transforming Different Vertical Industries', presenting "The use and implications of AI for creative fields such as music".
Dorien Herremans has published an article in the popular online resource 'Towards Data Science' entitled "Representing music with Word2vec?" about our recent paper in the journal Neural Computing and Applications: Chuan, Agres, & Herremans (2018) "From context to concept: exploring semantic relationships in music with word2vec."
Her article is available here.
A new book entitled 'Music and Consciousness 2' is out from Oxford University Press, and with it, our chapter on "The impact of musical structure on enjoyment and absorptive listenings states in trance music." This chapter examines how certain features of the musical structure of trance music may afford shifts of consciousness in listeners.
The book is available here.
An article is out from some of us who worked together at Queen Mary University of London: Stephen McGregor, myself, Karolina Rataj (well, not based at QMUL), Matthew Purver, and Geraint Wiggins. Our work is entitled, Re-Representing Metaphor: Modeling Metaphor Perception Using Dynamically Contextual Distributional Semantics.
Our paper testing a novel music-based Brain Computer Interface (BCI) for emotion regulation in listeners was published in PLoS ONE yesterday. The paper is freely available online here.
Title: A closed-loop, music-based brain-computer interface for emotion mediation
Next week is the culmination of almost a year of planning and organizing: our Lorentz workshop on 'Music, Computing, and Health' will take place in Leiden, the Netherlands, from 4-8 March! (Organizers: Kat Agres, Rebecca Schaefer, Anja Volk, and Susan van Hooren)
We will focus on ideation and future creation of music technologies for healthcare and well-being, drawing from music cognition, computing, music information retrieval (MIR), music therapy, and medical technology. I'm very excited to see what this diverse group discusses and produces. :)
I'm greatly looking forward to giving a talk and masterclass tomorrow at the International Science Youth Forum. I’ll be speaking about music cognition, statistical learning, and music technology for healthcare. I am humbled and honoured to be speaking alongside five Nobel laureates, a Millennium Technology Prize winner, and a Fields Medal winner, amongst others.
On Friday, 11th Jan, I'll be giving a talk at the Rehabilitation Research Institute of Singapore (RRIS) on 'Music-based medtech for emotion mediation, cognitive screening, and motor rehabilitation'. I'm looking forward to what I'm sure will be a lively and engaging discussion with the RRIS and TTSH teams!
A collaboration with Prof Ching-Hua Chuan from the U of Miami and Prof. Dorien Herremans from SUTD has just been accepted for publication in Springer's Neural Computing and Applications (impact factor = 4.213). The manuscript is entitled 'From Context to Concept: Exploring Semantic Relationships in Music with Word2Vec', and describes how a popular NLP model called word2vec can be used to capture meaningful musical structure in complex polyphonic pieces of music. A copy of the preprint is available on my Publications page.
I'm thrilled to be giving one of the keynote talks at this year's International Music and Performing Arts Conference (IMPAC2018) in Malaysia, 13-15 November. I will be speaking on: Expectations, expectations, expecta...: Highlighting a fundamental concept in music cognition, and exploring its relevance to healthcare
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