So thrilled to announce my official start of my research internship with the Audio Team at Facebook Reality Labs (formerly comprised of Oculus Research)! Although the format will be remote, just as everything else, I am beyond excited to get to work with this awesome team.

Check out this recent article about the Lab’s work toward a more authentic social presence in virtual and augmented reality. I am excited to contribute to this endeavor with a focus on authentic, dynamic and expressive speech. Can’t wait to give more updates as things progress!


Thrilled to spend this upcoming week at INTERSPEECH 2019 in Graz, Austria! I’ll be presenting my work in collaboration with MIT Lincoln Laboratory titled:

Vocal Biomarker Assessment Following Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury:
A Retrospective Cohort Study

The presentation will be this Thursday at 11:40am! In the mean time, I CANNOT WAIT to spend the week checking out the Live Demos, the ComparE Computational Paralinguistics Challenge, and the many sessions on emotion in speech, speech versus music and affect! It is very cool to see both academia and industry really focusing on paralinguistics and how research into emotion might also relate to music!

ML4MD @ ICML 2019, Long Beach, CA

Heading down to Long Beach for the Machine Learning for Musical Discovery workshop at ICML! I’ll be presenting some recent work I started digging into this year, currently titled:

A Model-Driven Exploration of Accent Within the Amateur Singing Voice.

More importantly, I am really looking forward to seeing what “Musical Discovery” means in terms of model-driven analysis these days!

Premiere of “The Furies: Act 3” in Bing Concert Hall (June 9)

The first complete act of our LaptOpera (The Furies: A Retelling of the Electra story) has finally been performed in full! What an amazing night. Can’t wait to continue working on this act and starting to design the electronics and learn the voice parts for Act 1 (premiering this fall?) There will be a video of the performance in the near future, but in the mean time, here are some of great shots from the night.

Shauna Fallihee as Electra (left) and Alice Del Simone as Oresteia (right) during Scene 2 of Act 3. Tethers attached to the soloists are yanked over the course of the piece by the players, causing both a compacting and descent of clustered chord tones while also physically bringing the soloists down to their knees as they begin to comprehend the gravity of their actions.

Sid Chen as Zeus arriving to release Electra and Oresteia of their guilt at the opening of Scene 3 of Act 3.

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