Music Computing graduate wins top prize at Human-Computer Interaction conference

Music Computing graduate Pedro Kirk has won first prize in the student research competition at CHI 2015 conference in Seoul, Korea.

His paper Can Specialised Electronic Musical Instruments Aid Stroke Rehabilitation? won the top prize for any student in the field of Human-Computer Interaction. He successfully beat students from every other institution who applied, including MIT, Georgia Tech, University of Washington and Carnegie Mellon University.

Now studying on the MSc in Music Mind & Brain at Goldsmiths, he presented work that he produced as part of his year 3 undergraduate Music Computing project, which he showed at the 2014 Undergraduate Degree Show.

Stroke patients often have limited access to rehabilitation after discharge from hospital leaving them to self-regulate their recovery. Previous research has indicated that several musical approaches can be used effectively in stroke rehabilitation.

Stroke patients (n = 43), between 6 months and 19 years post-stroke, took part in specially created workshops playing music, both in groups and individually, using a number of digital musical interfaces. Feedback forms were completed by all participants, which helped to develop the prototypes and gain insights into the potential benefits of music making for rehabilitation.

93% of participants stated they thought that the music workshops were potentially beneficial for their rehabilitation. The research project contributes to the field of HCI by exploring the role of computer based systems in stroke rehabilitation.

* Copyright is held by the owner/author(s). CHI’15 Extended Abstracts. Apr 18-23, 2015, Seoul, Republic of Korea.
ACM  978 -1-4503-3146-3/15/04.