Biography

Kat Agres is an Assistant Professor at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at the National University of Singapore (NUS), and founder of the Music Cognition group at the Institute of High Performance Computing, A*STAR, where she currently holds a joint appointment as a Research Scientist. 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). Her postdoctoral research was conducted with Marcus Pearce (Music Cognition lab) at Queen Mary University of London, and she later undertook a second postdoc at the same institution in the Computational Creativity laboratory of Geraint Wiggins. Her research explores a wide range of topics, including music technology for healthcare and well-being, music perception and cognition, brain-computer interfaces (BCI), 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 NUS webpage may be found *here*.