School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

Seminar: Towards More Creative and Interactive Music AI

13 May 2019 - 14 May 2019

Time: 11:00pm - 12:00am
Speaker: Dr Gus Xia (NYU Shanghai)
Venue: Mile End campus, Graduate Centre, room 103. Building no. 18 in campus map: https://www.qmul.ac.uk/media/qmul/docs/about/Mile-End_map-April2019.pdf

Abstract:
Gus works on music AI systems for intimate human-computer interaction and co-creation. In this talk, he will present two recent prototype systems: the haptic-flute tutor and the music generator via analogy. The former is a hyperinstrument which can guild human fingers and make music learning more efficient and enjoyable. The latter is a general representation-learning framework which disentangles different music factors and achieves unsupervised style-transfer via factor swapping. At the end of the talk, Gus will show his vision on merging these two efforts for new music experiences.

Bio:
Gus Xia is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at NYU Shanghai. He received his Ph.D. in the Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Mellon University where he studies Machine Learning and Computer Music under the advice of Prof. Roger Dannenberg. He was a Neukom Fellow at Dartmouth from 2016 to 2017. In 2010, He received the undergraduate degree in Information Science with a minor in Psychology at Peking University. Gus is also a professional DI and XIAO (Chinese flute and vertical flute) player, previously a soloist of the Pitt Carpathian Ensemble. Prior to that, he was the prime soloist of the Chinese Music Institute (CMI) in Peking University, where he also served as the president and assistant conductor. He once held a solo concert in 2010.


For whom?
Open to students, staff, alumni, public; all welcome. Admission is FREE, no pre-booking required.