Spring 2018 Seminars
The Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology Spring Seminar Series features both invited speakers as well as second-year student project presentations. The seminars are on Mondays from 1:55-2:45 p.m. in the West Village Dining Commons, Room 175, on Georgia Tech's campus and are open to the public. Below is the schedule for invited speakers and student presentations for spring 2018:
January 8 - Matt Craney
Humanoids, Robotics, and Design for Disability
Robotics are going through a Cambrian explosion as barriers to development are being reduced, power density and computation capacity is increasing, and controls are advancing. Applying these advancements we are simultaneously making incremental and explosive steps forward in the development of powered prostheses. This talk will give an overview of some of the work happening at the MIT Media Lab Biomechatronics group including optogenetics, new amputation paradigms, computational socket design and of course robotic legs. I will present some concepts from my core research project that I intend to apply to my collaboration with Gil Wienberg and the Robotic Musicianship program; I will talk through the development techniques I use for a multi-degree of freedom robotic prosthetic leg for above knee amputees. All of this work will be framed by some of my previous work in robotic assembly of discrete cellular lattices (digital fabrication), humanoid robotics, product design, and advanced Solidworks modeling techniques.
January 15 - MLK day (No Seminar)
January 22 - Frank Hammond, Center for Robotics and Intelligent Machines, Georgia Tech
The field of human augmentation has become an increasingly popular research area as capabilities in human-machine interfacing and robot manufacturing evolve. Novel technologies in wearable sensors and 3D printing have enabled the development of more sophisticated augmentation devices, including teleoperated robotic surgery platforms and powered prostheses, with greater speed and economy. Despite these advances, the efficacy and adoption of human augmentation devices has been limited due to several factors including (1) lack of continuous control and dexterity in robotic end-effectors, (2) poor motion and force coordination and adaptation between robotic devices and humans, and (3) the absence of rich sensory feedback from the robotic devices to the human user. My research leverages techniques in soft machine fabrication, robotic manipulation, and mechanism design to arrive at human augmentation solutions which address these issues from a methodological perspective. This talk will highlight aspects of our design methodology including the experimental characterization of human manipulation capabilities, the design of mechanisms and devising of control strategies for improved human-robot cooperation, and new efforts to enable virtual proprioception in robotic devices – a capability which could allow humans to perceive and control robotic augmentation devices as if they were parts of their own bodies.
January 29 - Astrid Bin
Much has been written about digital musical instruments (DMIs) from the performer's perspective, and there has been comparatively little study on the perspective of the audience. My PhD research investigated the audience experience of error in DMI performance - a playing tradition that is radically experimental and rule-breaking, leading some to suggest that errors aren't even possible. In this research I studied live audiences using a combined methodology of post-hoc data and live data, which was collected via a system I designed specifically for this purpose called Metrix. In this seminar I present this methodology, as well as some of the insights that resulted from this research on how audiences experience DMI performance, and how they perceive error in this context.
February 5 - Deantoni Parks
Deantoni Parks is one of the finest drummers working today, displaying a sleek intuitive balance between raw rhythmic physicality and machine-like precision. His abilities have led him to collaborations with the likes of John Cale, Sade, the Mars Volta and Flying Lotus as well as a teaching stint a the Berklee College of Music.
In this workshop, Deantoni Parks will explore how musicians can augment their natural talents with technology, adopting its benefits to fuel their own vision. According to Parks, "The relationship between music and technology is always evolving, but true music cannot exist without a soul." From this philosophical starting point, Parks will engage with attendees to seek out where an equilibrium between human and machine expression lie.