Biography

Kat Agres is an adjunct Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS), and Principal Investigator of the Music Cognition group at the Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC), which is housed within the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). She received her PhD in Psychology with a graduate minor in Cognitive Science from Cornell University in 2013. She also holds a bachelor's degree in Cognitive Psychology and Cello Performance from Carnegie Mellon University, and has received numerous grants to support her research, including a Fellowship from the National Institute of Health (NIH), and a training fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). In Aug 2012, she began a postdoctoral research position with Marcus Pearce (Music Cognition lab) at Queen Mary University of London, and later undertook a second postdoc at the same institution in the Computational Creativity laboratory of Geraint Wiggins. She was an active member of the Cognitive Science group, within the Department of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, at QMUL. In January 2017, she moved to A*STAR to start a new group focused on music cognition. Her research explores a wide range of topics, including music technology for healthcare and well-being, music perception and cognition, computational creativity, information theoretic modelling of learning and memory, statistical learning, and the evaluation of creativity in humans and artificial systems.​ She has presented her work in over fifteen countries across four continents, and remains an active cellist in Singapore.

Kat's IHPC webpage may be found *here*.