Highlights/Upcoming events

Grand Rounds talk this Friday morning at the National University Hospital (NUH) - all are welcome

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.

Grab yourself a Pint of Science this Wednesday night!

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!

Invited speaker at the Clariden Global Conference on 'Applying AI and Deep Learning for Enterprises' this week

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".

Article in 'Towards Data Science' about our recent word2vec for music paper!

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.

Our book chapter is out in Oxford University Press' new volume, 'Music and Consciousness 2'

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.

New article published on modeling metaphor using distributional semantics

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.

Lorentz workshop on 'Music, Computing, and Health' next week!

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. :)

Speaking at the International Science Youth Forum alongside Nobel laureates

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.

Talk next week at the Rehabilitation Research Institute of Singapore

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!

New publication on modelling music using word2vec in press (Neural Computing and Applications)

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.

Keynote talk at the 3rd International Music and Performing Arts Conference

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

Singapore's first annual Music Research Symposium - A success!

Thanks to everyone who attended the first Music Research Symposium to take place in Singapore. More than 70 (!) researchers, scientists, professors, students, and musicians attended the event for a fun day of talks, music, and research discussions. Here are some of the speakers' slides for reference. And below are some lovely memories from the day (click post title to see photo slideshow):