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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 and Artificial Intelligence and Music programmes.

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 three successful Kickstarter campaigns leading to two spinout companies: TouchKeys (Kickstarter; website), Bela (Kickstarter; website and Trill (Kickstarter; website).

Members

Dr Andrew McPherson

Reader (Associate Professor) in Digital Media; Royal Academy of Engineering Senior Research Fellow 2021-26

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 Jacob Harrison

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Dr Jacob Harrison

BSc Music Technology, University of York; MSc by Research Electronic Engineering, University of York Audio Lab; PhD in Media and Arts Technology

Jack Armitage

PhD student (2016-present)

Jack Armitage

BSc Music, Multimedia & Electronics, University of Leeds

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

Nicole Suzanne Robson

PhD student (2019-present)

Nicole Suzanne Robson

BMus Music, King's College London, MMus Sonic Arts, Goldsmiths University of London

Adan L. Benito

PhD student (2019-present)

Adan L. Benito

Telecommunications Engineer - MSc Radio Communications (University of Cantabria), MSc Sound and Music Computing (Queen Mary University of London)

Andrea Martelloni

PhD student (2019-present)

Andrea Martelloni

BSc Musical Informatics, University of Milan, MSc Sound and Vibration Studies, University of Southampton

Luis Zayas

PhD student (2020-present)

Luis Zayas

BSc Engineering Product Design, London South Bank University

Lewis Wolstanholme

PhD student (2020-present)

Lewis Wolstanholme

BMus Music, Goldsmiths University of London & MMus Composition Goldsmiths University of London