I am honored and grateful to have received the 2022 NUS Annual Teaching Excellence Award. "The award is given by the University to recognize positive contributions to the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of high-quality teaching and assessment in a sustained and impactful way." Thank you, NUS, this means a lot!
I feel quite thankful for being one of two speakers invited to present at a special event at NUSS Guild Hall on 'A conversation on Emotional Resilience – Finding Emotional Well Being Through Music'. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to share some of my group's recent work on Music for Health and Wellness, and to be part of several wonderful conversations that happened during and after the event. It was also lovely to present in-person AND mask-free for the first time in over two years!
I am honored to be an invited speaker for the lecture series hosted by the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Washington, DC, next month. I will be talking about 'Music, Technology, and Health', and how we can leverage this exciting intersection of disciplines to forge a new (musical) frontier in healthcare. Attendance is free and open to the public!
My colleagues and I are presenting two talks (papers) at the 16th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC) this year, which is taking place online 28-31 July. Because the talks are being presented virtually, I am able to share the YouTube links for the talks here. My talk, entitled 'The Impact of COVID-19 on Music Therapy and Technology Use Around the World,' is available here.
It brings me so much joy to announce that our article on "Music, Computing, and Health: A Roadmap for the Current and Future Roles of Music Technology for Health Care and Well-Being" has been published, and is now available online (open-access) from Music & Science. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/2059204321997709
My colleagues Katrien Foubert, Siddarth Sridhar, and I have published a paper entitled "Music Therapy During COVID-19: Changes to the Practice, Use of Technology, and What to Carry Forward in the Future." It's freely available (open access) through Frontiers in Psychology, and may be found here.
I am honored to be one of two speakers talking at the SEADOM (Southeast Asia Directors of Music) 2021 conference, titled "Music and well-being: Perspectives from Musician Practitioners, Music Therapy, and Music Medicine." My talk will focus on two recent projects; the first focuses on a survey study of the recent experiences of music therapists around the world, and their use of technology, during COVID-19. The second project revolves around a music-based Brain Computer Interface (BCI) system being developed for emotion regulation in listeners.
It is with great joy that I can finally announce (after an extended grant review process) that our project to create a Brain Computer Interface system for the holistic treatment of neurological disorders has been funded! The project is entitled 'Next-Generation Brain-Computer-Brain Platform – A Holistic Solution for the Restoration & Enhancement of Brain Functions (NOURISH)', and will incorporate emotive music and Virtual Reality (and more!) into a powerful, unified BCI system.
I'll be teaching a new module at NUS next term on 'The Psychology of Music Performance'! Really looking forward into diving into this material with some great students at the YST Conservatory of Music. Here's the module description: The module is tailored for musicians, presenting findings from the Psychology of Music and Performance Science that can be used to enhance one’s practice and performance of music. Topics include efficient practicing, learning and memory, mental rehearsal strategies, performance anxiety, and more.
So proud of Raven for driving forward this excellent work. Our paper is entitled "nnAudio: An on-the-Fly GPU Audio to Spectrogram Conversion Toolbox Using 1D Convolutional Neural Network" (authors: Kin Wai Raven Cheuk, Hans Anderson, Kat Agres, and Dorien Herremans). It's open access (free to read!) and published at IEEE Access, available here: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/9174990?source=authoralert
I'm extremely grateful to have been awarded a Teaching Enhancement Grant (TEG) from the Centre for Development of Teaching & Learning (CDTL). My project is entitled "Engaging deeply with Cognitive Science in a Conservatory of Music: Using student-centred, project-based learning to improve learning outcomes and performance practice in music students."
I'm very happy to report that our paper entitled 'Age-dependent statistical learning trajectories reveal differences in information weighting' has been accepted for publication in Psychology and Aging. The preprint of this paper, by Steffen Herff, Shanshan Zhen, Rongjun Yu, and myself, is available on PsyArXiv at doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/kuy6p.
I'm very happy to be presenting virtually today at the World Federation of Music Therapy '16th World Congress of Music Therapy' (WCMT 2020). My presentation is entitled 'Developing Music Technology for Emotion Regulation and Motor Rehabilitation'.
The conference paper describing this work may be found here.
I'm very happy to announce that as of January 1st, I've started a new tenure-track Assistant Professor position at the the prestigious Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, at the National University of Singapore (NUS). My faculty page may be found here. It's a top-tier university, and I couldn't be more grateful for this amazing opportunity.
This year's Music Research Symposium will take place at the YST Conservatory of Music at NUS this Friday, Sep 20th! The symposium provides the opportunity for researchers in Singapore interested in music cognition, technology, thereapy, communication, learning, information retreival, synthesis, and related fields to present and share ideas. The day-long event will offer invited speakers, an industry panel session, a poster session for student presentations, and will conclude with a short late-afternoon performance.
On 30th August, amidst breathtaking views from the 60th floor of UOB Plaza, I will be giving the inaugural talk for a new lecture series being put on by the charity 'Extra•Ordinary People', a local charity serving over 200 special needs children in Singapore. I'll be speaking on "The Extra•Ordinary Role of Music in Science and Therapy: Applications, Research and Promise for the 21st Century."