Music and the Internet of Things: Computing, Creativity, and Sensory Heritage

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Music and the Internet of Things: Computing, Creativity and Sensory Heritage

Digital Humanities and Sensory Heritage (DHSH) – Methods Workshop Series

In-person event with hybrid facilities available.

All Welcome


A one-day workshop with a broad scope and a specific aim: to identify a research agenda for IoT and music which addresses both how IoT can benefit from the music domain and how music can further benefit from IoT. Topics discussed will include physical computing, history, materiality at the digital-physical intersection, sensory heritage, and the field of experimental humanities (digital prototyping as a method) - all in a music context, ranging from performance to the design of new devices and artefacts.

This workshop is part of the Experimental IoT: Explorations in Sound Art and Technology project, in collaboration with the Digital Humanities and Sensory Heritage Network based at TORCH, organised by Dr Alan Chamberlain, Professor David De Roure and Dr Emanuela Vai.


For further information and programme please follow the link.



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Professor David De Roure

Academic Director of the Digital Scholarship @ Oxford initiative and Professor of e-Research in the Oxford e-Research Centre, an institute of the Department of Engineering Science. He is also an Honorary Visiting Professor at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he is Technical Director of the Centre for Practice and Research in Science and Music (PRiSM), and a Turing Fellow at The Alan Turing Institute. David's personal research is at the intersection of music, maths, machines and AI, empowering the creative human in music composition and performance. David was Director of the Oxford e-Research Centre from 2012-17. He has co-founded three interdisciplinary initiatives: the PETRAS National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems Cybersecurity, which is the world’s largest socio-technical research centre focused on the future implementation of the Internet of Things; the Software Sustainability Institute, cultivating better and more sustainable software to enable world-class research; and PRiSM, The Centre for Practice & Research in Science & Music at the Royal Northern College of Music. He has also been running the Digital Humanities @ Oxford Summer School since 2011.


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Dr Alan Chamberlain

Senior Research Fellow in the Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham. He is the Principal Investigator on the EXIoT Project - Experimental IoT: Explorations in Sound Art and Technology (working with Professor Dave De Roure at the University of Oxford). He has a Fellowship as a UKRI funded Researcher in Residence (Principal Investigator) at the Digital Catapult, London. He is the Creative Sector Theme Lead on the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous System Hub. He is a Co-Director of the AHRC nTAIL Network - Theatre, AI and Ludic Technologies. He is an Honorary Fellow in the Music Department where he has promoting interdisciplinary research at the university. He was thrilled to be able to chair one of the sessions at the NottFAR Nottingham Forum for Artistic Research Symposium. He is part of the Midlands Music Research Network, a member of the Ty Cerdd 'Off-Grid' Music Steering Group, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is passionate about bringing the Arts and Sciences together and is a Composer in Residence at the Computational Foundry (Swansea University). Alan is a member of the AI Group at the University of Nottingham, where his main interests lie in the creative use and application of Artificial Intelligence framed by HCI.


Find out more about the Digital Humanities and Sensory Heritage Network here.