Core Faculty and Staff
Gil Weinberg, Founding Director
Gil Weinberg is a professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Music and the founding director of the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, where he leads the Robotic Musicianship group. His research focuses on developing artificial creativity and musical expression for robots and augmented humans. Among his projects are a marimba playing robotic musician called Shimon that uses machine learning for jazz improvisation, and a prosthetic robotic arm for amputees that restores and enhances human drumming abilities. Weinberg has presented his work worldwide in venues such as The Kennedy Center, The World Economic Forum, Ars Electronica, Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Museum, SIGGRAPH, TED-Ed, DLD and others. His music has been performed with orchestras such as Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the National Irish Symphony Orchestra, and the Scottish BBC Symphony while his research has been disseminated through numerous journal articles and patents. Weinberg received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT and his B.A. from the interdisciplinary program for fostering excellence in Tel Aviv University.
Jason Freeman is a professor of music in Georgia Tech’s School of Music. His artistic practice and scholarly research focus on using technology to engage diverse audiences in collaborative, experimental, and accessible musical experiences. He also develops educational interventions in grades K-12, university, and MOOC (massive open online course) environments that broaden and increase engagement in STEM disciplines through authentic integrations of music and computing. His music has been performed at Carnegie Hall, exhibited at ACM SIGGRAPH, published by Universal Edition, broadcast on public radio’s Performance Today, and commissioned through support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Freeman’s wide-ranging work has attracted support from sources such as the National Science Foundation, Google, and Turbulence. He has published his research in leading conferences and journals such as Computer Music Journal, Organised Sound, NIME, and ACM SIGCSE. Freeman received his B.A. in music from Yale University and his M.A. and D.M.A. in composition from Columbia University.
Alexander Lerch works on creating the next generation of music software technology, enabling new ways of understanding, creating, accessing, and listening to music. His main research areas are Music Information Retrieval, Audio Content Analysis, and Intelligent Signal Processing. Lerch studied electrical engineering at the Technical University Berlin and Tonmeister (Music Production) at the University of the Arts Berlin. He received his Ph.D. on algorithmic music performance analysis from the Technical University Berlin. In 2001, he co-founded the company zplane.development – a research-driven technology provider for the music industry. At zplane, Lerch worked on the design and implementation of algorithms for music processing and music information retrieval that have been licensed to companies such as ableton, Native Instruments, and Sony. His book "An Introduction to Audio Content Analysis" was published in 2012 by IEEE / Wiley press. In 2013, Lerch joined the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, where he heads the Music Informatics Group.
Timothy Hsu is a visiting assistant professor at the School of Music and the Center for Music Technology. In this current position since the fall of 2013, Hsu actively pursues research in the field of acoustics, focusing on room acoustics, instrument design, vocal acoustics, and music education technology. Specific projects include reconstructing and analyzing non-extant Viennese halls, prototyping hybrid acoustic-electric violins for the 21st century, and simulating the vocal tract and determining metrics for vocal analysis. Additionally, Hsu teaches a variety of classes at Georgia Tech: Music Perception and Cognition, Musical Acoustics, Fundamentals of Musicianship I-IV, and Music Technology Research Lab. Alongside his music technology role, Hsu is one of the choir directors at Georgia Tech, serving at the director of the Georgia Tech Chorale and associate director of the Georgia Tech Chamber Choir. Recent performances include Schoenberg’s Friede auf Erden and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 “Lobgesang.”
Frank Clark, professor and chair in the Georgia Tech School of Music, is a multimedia composer, performer, and consultant. His primary interests lie in exploring the intersections of narrative, meaning, and image. He has received numerous awards and honors and presents regularly at clinics, workshops, and for professional organizations. His most recent work revolves around designing multimedia performance systems integrating improvisation and real-time visualization with gestural and digital audience input. Clark received his Bachelor of Music Education at the Conservatory of Music, University of the Pacific. He was awarded a Master’s in Horn Performance from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Music Theory/Composition from the University of Arizona, Tucson. Previously, he was chair of the Department of Music and Coordinator of Music Theory at the University of South Alabama, coordinator of music at Lewis Clark State College, and an assistant professor at Pacific University and the University of Northern Iowa.
Chris Moore currently serves as Director of Athletic Bands and Coordinator of Percussion Studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, where he has been since 1995. He previously served as Assistant Director and Staff Arranger of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Band and Director of Instrumental Music at Marist School in Atlanta. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Jacksonville State University and earned a Master of Music degree from East Carolina University. He has served as percussion and arranging consultant to Wynton Marsalis on works for the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. Moore is the Director of the Atlanta Falcons Drumline and House Band and is also the Director of the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps. His research interests are in 3D audio environments, music production and performance technologies.
Leslie Bennett is the academic program coordinator for the Graduate Program in the School of Music. The Atlanta native holds a B.S. in Sociology and has worked at Georgia Tech in the Center for Music Technology since fall 2008. She enjoys working with students and faculty, and providing support and direction in academic advising, event planning, and aiding in coordinating and implementing all inputs that enhance the growth and development of the program.
David Anderson is a professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research interests include audio and psycho-acoustics, machine learning and signal processing in the context of human auditory characteristics, and the real-time application of such techniques. He received his B.S and M.S. degrees from Brigham Young University in 1993 and 1994, respectively, and his Ph.D. from Georgia Tech in 1999.
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Carl DiSalvo is an associate professor in the Digital Media Program in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology. At Georgia Tech he directs the Public Design Workshop: a design research studio that explores socially-engaged design and civic media. DiSalvo is also co-director of the Digital Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts Center and its Digital Civics initiative, funded by the Mellon Foundation, and he leads the Serve-Learn-Sustain Fellows program, which brings together faculty, staff, students, and community partners to explore pressing social research themes (the 2016-2017 themes are Smart Cities and Food, Energy, Water, Systems). He has a courtesy appointment in the School of Interactive Computing, and is an affiliate of the GVU Center and the Center for Urban Innovation. DiSalvo also coordinates the Digital Media track of the interdisciplinary M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction.
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Magnus Egerstedt is the Julian T. Hightower Chair Professor in Systems and Controls in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He also is associate chair for academics and the executive director of the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (IRIM). He received the M.S. degree in engineering physics and the Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, and the B.A. degree in philosophy from Stockholm University. Egerstedt conducts research in the areas of control theory and robotics, with particular focus on control and coordination of complex networks, such as multi-robot systems, mobile sensor networks, and cyber-physical systems.
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Irfan Essa is a professor in the School of Interactive Computing and an associate dean of the College of Computing. He also is an adjunct professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Essa works in the areas of Computer Vision, Computer Graphics, Computational Perception, Robotics and Computer Animation, with potential impact on Video Analysis and Production (e.g., Computational Photography & Video, Image-based Modeling and Rendering, etc.) Human Computer Interaction, and Artificial Intelligence research. He joined Georgia Tech Faculty in 1996 after his earning his M.S. (1990) and Ph.D. (1994), and holding research faculty position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Media Lab) (1988-1996).
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Asegun Henry is an assistant professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering. His research areas include heat transfer, combustion and energy systems. His research is centered on the development of a solar-based, grid-level electrical power generation technology that can compete with fossil fuel based technologies. He received his B.S. from Florida A&M in 2004, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006 and 2009 respectively.
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Frank Hammond is an assistant professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering. Prior to joining Georgia Tech in 2015, he was a postdoctoral research affiliate and instructor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT and a Ford postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in 2010 from Carnegie Mellon University. Hammond’s research focuses on the design and control of adaptive robotic manipulation (ARM) systems. This class of devices exemplified by kinematic structures, actuation topologies, and sensing and control strategies that make them particularly well-suited to operating in unstructured, dynamically varying environments - specifically those involving cooperative interactions with humans.
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Ayanna Howard is the Linda J. and Mark C. Smith Chair Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She also serves as the associate chair for faculty development and the associate chair for academics. Her area of research is centered around the concept of humanized intelligence, the process of embedding human cognitive capability into the control path of autonomous systems. She received her B.S. in Engineering from Brown University, her M.S.E.E. from the University of Southern California, and her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, in 1999.
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Aaron Lanterman is a professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and attended Washington University, where he completed a triple major consisting of a B.A. in music, B.S. in computer science, and a B.S. in electrical engineering in 1993. He stayed on for graduate school, receiving an M.S. (1995) and D.Sc. (1998) in electrical engineering. He has worn many hats in the music industry, including those of concert promoter, recording engineer, and soundman. While in St. Louis, he worked as a writer, photographer, typesetter, and eventually managing editor for a local music publication. He plays keyboard and guitar.
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Brian Magerko is an associate professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. His research interests include computational creativity, cognitive science, interactive narrative, and digital game-based learning. He received his B.S. in Cognitive Science from Carnegie Mellon University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science and engineering from the University of Michigan
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Elliott Moore is an associate professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
His research interests include voice analysis; speech feature extraction; voice synthesis/conversion; glottal waveform analysis, estimation, and quality evaluation; and feature selection/pattern classification. Moore received his bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1998, 1999, and 2003, respectively.
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Michael Nitsche is an associate professor and director of graduate studies in the School of Literature, Media and Communication. His research looks into digital spaces, where and how they intersect with physical environments. Combining video games, mobile technology, and digital performances, he experiments with borderline areas of digital and physical media. Nitsche holds a Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of Cambridge and researches digital virtual worlds as environments for dramatic engagement and human expression. His areas of expertise include, craft, digital performance, hybrid space, interaction design, locative social media, machinima, and video game space. He also directs the graduate program in digital media.
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Minuro Shinohara is an associate professor in the School of Biological Sciences in the College of Sciences. His research interests include physiological and biomechanical mechanisms underlying human sensorimotor performance and its adaptations due to interventions and aging. He received a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in exercise physiology and biomechanics from the University of Tokyo.
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Bruce Walker is a professor in the School of Interactive Computing with a joint appointment in the School of Psychology. He also is a member of Georgia Tech's Human-Computer Interaction faculty and HCC faculty, as well as the Graphics, Visualization, and Usability (GVU) Center. He also coordinates the Psychology Track in the GT Masters Program in HCI (MS-HCI). He research interests include Human Computer Interaction, User Centered Design, Auditory Displays, Data Sonification, Assistive Technology, User Interfaces in Driving. His “overarching goal is to ensure that technology is developed with the end user in mind. All aspects of design, implementation, adoption, and use of a system or device can be enhanced by considering the perceptual, cognitive, and social needs and abilities of those who will use it.”
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Chih-Wei Wu received his B.S. from National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, in 2007, and M.S. from National Tsing Hua University and National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, in 2009 and 2012, respectively. Currently, he is pursuing his doctoral degree in music technology at Georgia Tech. His research interest includes music information retrieval, pattern recognition in music, and audio signal processing.
Takahiko Tsuchiya earned his bachelor's degree in music from Berklee College in Boston and master's degree in music technology from Georgia Tech, where he continues as a doctoral student. His primary research interests are data sonification and analytics, including the development of web-based data-agnostic sonification frameworks, and encoding and decoding of data using musical structures.
R. Michael Winters
Mike Winters is a pianist and Ph.D. student at the Georgia Tech. Before beginning work on his Ph.D., he received a double major in Physics and Music with minors in Philosophy and Mathematics at the College of Wooster in Ohio. Beginning research in high-energy particle physics, his interest in data sonification led him to the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT) at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. His work at the Input Devices and Music Interaction Lab (IDMIL) explored the application of sonification as a tool for music research, targeting data in musical emotion, expressive gesture, and symbolic music. While pursuing his master’s degree, Winters performed at the McGill Conservatory, and specialized in live webcasts of ensembles such as the McGill Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra, Contemporary Music Ensemble, and Opera McGill, working alongside Grammy-winning producers George Massenberg and Richard King. He was the star soloist in the school's premier recital webcast in 2013 where he pioneered a technique for mobile high-quality broadcasting. His most recent work at Georgia Tech has centered around accessibility, socio-cultural sonifications, brain-computer interfacing, and musical practice.
Juan Carlos Martinez Nieto
Juan Carlos Martinez Nieto is a senior software developer/architect. Currently, he is a Ph.D. student in music technology at Georgia Tech. His fields of interest are software development, signal processing and music composition. In Spring-Summer 2016, he did an internship at Apple. In 2008, he was co-founder of Iwuana Software where he developed several systems and mobile applications for companies such as Alcatel-Lucent, Telefonica, and HTC Corporation. Martinez twice has been awarded the Software Development ACIS IT National Prize (Colombia). Martinez received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Pontifical Xavierian University in Colombia and his Master’s Degree in Music Composition from the University of Florida. Martinez studied music composition with Blas Emilio Atehortua (Bogota, Colombia) and Paul Koonce (Gainesville, Florida). He won the Bronze Medal in the XXVIII International Mathematical Olympiad (La Havana, Cuba).
Ashis Pati is a first-year Ph.D. student in the School of Music working with Professor Alexander Lerch. His research interests include Audio & Music Scene Analysis and Automatic Music Performance Assessment. Born and raised in India, he received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering (B.Tech, EE) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 2011. Post-graduation, he worked as assistant manager for ITC Limited in India handling energy and environment related projects between 2011-2015. He started working with the Center for Music Technology at Georgia Tech as a master's student in 2015 and subsequently converted to a Ph.D. in 2016. At Georgia Tech, Ashis has been working on projects that include creating software tools to help choir students learn to sing in a classroom environment, designing algorithms and models for automatic assessment of band audition performances and detect presence of guitar solos in rock music. He was also an intern at Doppler Labs during summer 2016 where he worked on automating audio classification tasks.
Siddharth Kumar Gururani
Siddharth is a Ph.D. student at the School of Music working under the guidance of Professor Alexander Lerch. He graduated from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur with a Bachelor and Master of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering. At the Center for Music Technology, Siddharth has been involved in research projects aimed at music education, sample detection, and music generation using statistical learning. His research interests include Audio Source Separation, Music Performance Analysis, Music Information Retrieval and Machine Learning in general.
Mason Bretan is a Ph.D. student in the School of Music working in the robotic musicianship group. His research interests include artificial intelligence, machine learning, and human-robotic interaction. His thesis is titled "Towards an Embodied Musical Mind: Generative Algorithms for Robotic Musicians" and focuses on computational models of music that simultaneously encode higher level musical semantics and embodiment. Mason did his undergrad at University of California, San Diego, and is planning his doctoral defense in Spring 2017.
- Nikhil Bhanu
- Shi Cheng
- Somesh Ganesh
- Hongzhao Guan
- Lamtharn Hantrakul
- Lea Ikkache
- Deanna Jackson
- Agneya Kerure
- Zachary Kondak
- Avrosh Kumar
- Hanyu Liu
- Jingyun Ma
- Jyoti Narang
- Takumi Ogata
- Milap Rane
- Sirish Satyavolu
- Vinod Subramanian
- Rupak Vignesh Swaminathan
- Amruta Vidwans
- Jonathan Wang
- Shijie Wang
- Zichen Wang
- Brandon Westergaard
- Tyler White
- Hua Xiao
- Zhao Yan