Elaine Chew

Principal investigator of the COSMOS: Computational Shaping and Modeling of Musical Structures project of the European Research Council (ERC), Elaine joined the STMS Laboratory in June 2019. She was previously Professor of Digital Media at the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary University of London, where she was affiliated with the Centre for Digital Music, founded the Music, Performance and Expressivity Lab, and taught the Music and Speech Modeling course. Prior to that, she was Associate Professor at the Viterbi School of Engineering and the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, where she was the first Viterbi Early Career Chair. At USC, she founded the Music Computation and Cognition Lab, was a Research Area Director at the Integrated Media Systems Centre, an Engineering Research Center of the National Science Foundation, and taught the Computational Music Cognition course.

Her research has been recognized by the PECASE and NSF CAREER awards in the United States, as well as fellowships from Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and has been supported by the ERC, EPSRC, AHRC, and NSF. She is a former Fellow of the NAS Kavli Frontiers of Science and NAE Frontiers of Engineering conferences, which bring together outstanding young scientists and engineers. She is the author of numerous academic publications and a recent Springer monograph, and She is centre of one of 9 publication clusters having ≥ 5 women in the international Music Information Retrieval community (ISMIR 2016 infometric study). Elaine holds a PhD and SM in Operations Research from MIT, a BAS in Mathematical and Computational Sciences (honors) and Music Performance (distinction) from Stanford, and a Fellowship and Licentiate in Piano from Trinity College, London.

As a pianist, Elaine has been described as "an intelligent soloist at work, one with personality" (The Flying Inkpot), and "brilliant and versatile" and "a performer of elegance, taste and virtuosity" (David Deveau). She frequently designs and performs in concerts featuring musical visualizations and compositions generated by software developed in her research team. Her recent creations include MorpheuS AI music with Dorien Herremans and the Little Etudes and Arrhythmia Suite based on ECG of arrhythmias. She has also worked with living composers to create new works, and performed at the opening of the Kunsthaus Stavanger at the Lina Viste Grønli survey, the Prism Series at the Center for New Music in San Francisco, the Being Human Festival in London, the Stockhausen Festival of the University of Sussex, and the Embassy Series in Washington DC. She has appeared in the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Inside the Music, and has recorded on Albany and Neuma Records.


Updated 4 June 2020.

Email : elaine.chew (at) ircam.fr