About us

Know something about our team

About the lab

The Augmented Instruments Laboratory is part of the Centre for Digital Music (C4DM) at Queen Mary University of London. Founded in 2011, the lab is led by Andrew McPherson and includes members and collaborators from across C4DM, including PhD students on the QMUL Media and Arts Technology programme.

The lab has received funding from EPSRC, AHRC, the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and Queen Mary Innovation. In addition to its research and performance activities, it has launched two successful Kickstarter campaigns leading to spinout companies: TouchKeys (Kickstarter; website) and Bela (Kickstarter; website).

Members

Dr Andrew McPherson

Reader (Associate Professor) in Digital Media; EPSRC Early Career Fellow 2016-2020

Dr Andrew McPherson

S.B. Music, S.B. Electrical Engineering, MIT; M.Eng. Electrical Engineering, MIT; Ph.D. Music Composition, U. Penn. 2009; Postdoc Drexel University MET-lab 2009-2011

Dr Laurel Pardue

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Dr Laurel Pardue

S.B. Music, S.B. Electrical Engineering, MIT; M.Eng. Electrical Engineering, MIT; M.Sc. Media Arts & Sciences, MIT 2011; PhD, QMUL Augmented Instruments Laboratory, 2017

Dr Robert Jack

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Dr Robert Jack

M.A.(hons) Applied Mathematics and Music, University of Glasgow; MMus Studio Composition, Goldsmiths, University of London.

Giulio Moro

PhD student (2015-present, co-supervised with Mark Sandler), Research Assistant (2017)

Giulio Moro

Bachelors in sound recording (Conservatory of Padua), MSc in Digital Music Processing (QMUL)

Jack Armitage

PhD student (2016-present)

Jack Armitage

BSc Music, Multimedia & Electronics, University of Leeds

Jacob Harrison

PhD student (2016-present)

Jacob Harrison

BSc Music Technology, University of York; MSc by Research Electronic Engineering, University of York Audio Lab

Giacomo Lepri

PhD student (2017-present)

Giacomo Lepri

BMus Electronic Music, Conservatorio N. Paganini - Genoa; MMus by Research "Instruments & Interfaces", Institute of Sonology - STEIM (Royal Conservatoire in The Hague)

Lia Mice

PhD student (2018-present)

Lia Mice

MMus in Creative Practice - Goldsmiths University of London

Andrea Guidi

PhD student (2018-present)

Andrea Guidi

BSc Science & Technology of Musical Communication, University of Milan - Milan; MMus Electronic Music & Sound Technology, G.Verdi Conservatory of Music - Milan

Charlotte Nordmoen

PhD student (2018-present)

Charlotte Nordmoen

Ba(Hons) Costume for the Performing Arts, London College of Fashion; MA Material Futures, Central Saint Martins

Courtney Nicole Reed

PhD student (2019-present)

Courtney Nicole Reed

BMus Electronic Production & Design, Berklee College of Music; MSc Computer Science, Queen Mary University of London