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Centre for Music and Science

 
Ian Cross is Emeritus Professor of Music & Science, having retired in 2021 as Director of the Centre for Music and Science where he led a lively group of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in exploring music, its materials and its effects from a wide range of scientific perspectives. His early research helped set the agenda for the study of music cognition; he has since published widely in the field of music and science, from the psychoacoustics of violins to the evolutionary roots of musicality.
Sarah Hawkins is Emeritus Professor of Speech and Music Science and a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America. She has broad interests in how humans communicate using sound-based systems. Her particular specialism is in the acoustics and perception of speech. Her early research studied timing and rhythm in children’s speech, subsequently turning to exploration of subtle differences in acoustic-phonetic patterns that systematically reflect distinctions in linguistic structure, and of how listeners use these subtle cues to understand natural and synthetic speech. These interests have been subsequently extended to the study of musical interaction and performance, as well as speech.

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DataCamp supports the CMS with free data science classes

1 December 2021

DataCamp will support our undergraduate Music and Science students with free data science classes over the 2021 Christmas holidays. Students will be taking classes in R and Python, learning fundamental programming and data analysis skills that will serve them very well for future research projects. Click here to learn more...

Ian Cross's farewell seminar

19 October 2021

Today we hosted a farewell for Prof. Ian Cross in recognition of his long tenure as the Centre's director. A great number of former and current students, colleagues, and collaborators came together to share their experiences with Ian and to thank him for their times together. Transcripts from several of the speeches are...