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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.

Baroesque Barometric Skirt

PhD candidate Rain Ashford at Goldsmiths has developed a ‘smart skirt’ which changes colour in response to environmental temperature, pressure and altitude.

The skirt also changes depending on the wearers own body temperature.

In June 2013 the skirt was presented at Smart Textiles Salon in Ghent, Belgium and has this month been featured in the New Scientist.

New Scientist article uncovers automatic art

newscientistAn article in this week’s New Scientist magazine provides a short history of Automatic Art – from Russian Constructivism to protein visualisations and acid house album art.

The article gives an overview of the new exhibition, Automatic Art, which explores how art built on logical and mathematical rules ended up giving science new ways of seeing the world.

The Shamen’s Heal (The Separation) video from 1995, directed by William Latham, now Professor of Computing at Goldsmiths.

Video: Plaid & Bruno Zamborlin create music with radiators, coins and fences

Goldsmiths PhD student Bruno Zamborlin is a technologist, music technology researcher and live performer. His research focuses on how gestural interaction with everyday objects can be used to create new interfaces for musical expression.

In this video he demonstrates his Mogees project, performing with British experimental dance music pioneers Plaid.

Zamborlin discusses his work in this month’s WIRED magazine.


You Are Here: Art After the Internet


To mark the launch of the publication You Are Here: Art After the Internet, London’s ICA hosts a panel discussion exploring the effects and affects of the Internet on contemporary artistic practices.

It will trace a potted narrative exploring broad ranging issues such as sincerity and authenticity in the digital sphere. Led by Omar Kholeif, the panel will raise urgent questions about how we negotiate the formal, aesthetic and conceptual relationship of art and its effects after the  rise of the Internet.

Where: Institute of Contemporary Arts, 12 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH
When: 6:45pm Wednesday 18 Jun 2014
Tickets: £5 – or FREE for students and ICA members. Book here

Panellists include:

  • Erika Balsom, lecturer in Film Studies and Liberal Arts at King’s College
  • James Bridle, writer for WIRED, ICON, and Domus
  • Steven Cairns, associate curator of Artists Film and Moving Image at the ICA
  • Lucia Pietroiusti, public programmes curator at the Serpentine Galleries

The artist Jeremy Bailey will stage an intervention.

How mobile phones can simulate an epidemic

zombiGoldsmiths Data Science lecturer Katayoun Farrahi has published a new paper in PLOS ONE, an international scientific journal on primary research.

The paper, entitled Epidemic Contact Tracing via Communication Traces, propose a model of tracing physical interaction (and contagion) between people by using their mobile phone communication traces. The paper’s abstract explains:

“Traditional contact tracing relies on knowledge of the interpersonal network of physical interactions, where contagious outbreaks propagate. However, due to privacy constraints and noisy data assimilation, this network is generally difficult to reconstruct accurately. Communication traces obtained by mobile phones are known to be good proxies for the physical interaction network, and they may provide a valuable tool for contact tracing. Motivated by this assumption, we propose a model for contact tracing, where an infection is spreading in the physical interpersonal network, which can never be fully recovered; and contact tracing is occurring in a communication network which acts as a proxy for the first.

data-visualisation“We apply this dual model to a dataset covering 72 students over a 9 month period, for which both the physical interactions as well as the mobile communication traces are known. Our results suggest that a wide range of contact tracing strategies may significantly reduce the final size of the epidemic, by mainly affecting its peak of incidence. However, we find that for low overlap between the face-to-face and communication interaction network, contact tracing is only efficient at the beginning of the outbreak, due to rapidly increasing costs as the epidemic evolves.

Katayoun-FarrahiKatayoun Farrahi

“Overall, contact tracing via mobile phone communication traces may be a viable option to arrest contagious outbreaks.”

About the Authors
Katayoun Farrahi – Department of Computing, Goldsmiths, University of London
Rémi Emonet – Department of Machine Learning, Laboratoire Hubert Curien, Saint-Etienne
Manuel Cebrian – Massachusetts Institute of Technology / University of California

Publication: You Are Here – Art After the Internet

You Are Here book coverHere’s a book that might interest digital artists. You Are Here: Art After the Internet (Cornerhouse Books) critically explores both the effects and affects that the Internet has had on contemporary artistic practices.

Responding to an era that has increasingly chosen to dub itself as ‘post-internet’, this collective text traces a potted narrative exploring the relationship of the Internet to art practices from the early millennium to the present day.

The book positions itself as a provocation on the current state of cultural production, relying on first-person accounts from artists, writers and curators as the primary source material. The book raises urgent questions about how we negotiate the formal, aesthetic and conceptual relationship of art and its effects after the ubiquitous rise of the Internet.

272 pages / 70 colour illustrations
Expected Publication: 14 Apr 2014