Marcelo Wanderley, international chair with the Mjolnir team
(CC BY 2.0) Gerold Schneider
Inria wants to encourage long stays - from several weeks to a year - by eminent international researchers within its project teams and to give them greater visibility, by defining an "Inria International Chair" programme for international chairs of a duration of 12 months spread over five years. The Inria Lille - Nord Europe research centre proudly welcomes two new chairs to two of its teams: Inocs and Mjolnir.
Music Technology and Human-Computer Interaction
Marcelo M. Wanderley will carry out research in music technology and human-computer interaction within the Mjolnir team at the Inria Lille - Nord Europe centre. The main objective of the chair will be the development and study of IT tools in order to "empower" users, in particular via the design and creation of new instruments and digital music systems for specialist musical performances. This project continues the work of the associated international team MIDWAY (Musical Interaction Design Workbench And technologY) between McGill, Mjolnir and exsitu (Inria Saclay) - funded by Inria, the Quebec Research Funds (Nature and Technology), and the France Canada Research Fund - whose aim is the development and study of methodologies and tools in order to facilitate the exploration and design of new interactive techniques for musical creation and performance.
Marcelo M. Wanderley holds a PhD from the Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris VI), France, in acoustics, signal processing and computer science applied to music. His main research interests focus on the gestural control of sound synthesis, the design and evaluation of devices for musical interaction, and the use of sensors and actuators in digital musical instruments. Marcelo Wanderley was "General Chair" of the international conference "New Interfaces for Musical Expression" (NIME) in 2003 and co-wrote the book "New Digital Musical Instruments: Control and Interaction Beyond the Keyboard", A-R Editions. He currently holds a William Dawson research chair and is professor of music technology at the Schulich music school at McGill University, where he is head of the IDMIL laboratory (Input Devices and Music Interaction Laboratory), and also headed the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music, Media and Technology (CIRMMT) from 2011 to 2014.