Movement.Futures Workshop

In January 2017, project members (B. Caramiaux, M. Wanderley & F. Bevilacqua) travelled to Vancouver for the Workshop Movement.Futures. The purpose of this workshop was to bring together researchers working on Movement and HCI (broadly speaking) as a research partnership aiming to prepare a SSHRC funding application (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada).

Participation of the workshop involves short presentation of current research and relevant projects such as the MIM project, and provocative pecha-kucha style presentation to discuss what could movement.futures be.

Workshop website

(picture of one of the studio where the workshop took place)

APCA Meeting

The APCAM (Auditory Perception, Cognition, and Action Meeting) is held annually in November prior to the Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society.

“The goal of APCAM is to bring together researchers from various theoretical perspectives to present focused research on auditory cognition, perception, and aurally guided action. APCAM is a unique meeting in its exclusive focus on the perceptual, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of audition.”

During this meeting, we presented the first results on the role of variability on skill learning in music performance. The title of the presentation was Effect of variable tempo learning on skill acquisition co-authored with Marcelo M Wanderley and Caroline Palmer from McGill University.

The complete program here:


May Residency at SFU

We have been invited at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver for the May Residency (May 24-28, 2016). The residency brings together researchers and artists exploring movement analysis, dance, music technology, robotics, machine learning, and sensorimotor learning.

The May Residency is an annual meeting part of the Moving Stories project led by Thecla Schiphorst:

During the workshop, we presented an overview of the research on sensorimotor learning from the viewpoint of cognitive psychology and music psychology. Then we presented our ongoing experimental study on music skill acquisition through motor task variations.

Abstract of the talk

Motor learning has long been studied in Cognitive Psychology and Neurosciences. However, most of these studies focus on simple motion tasks, which makes unclear how their results could generalise to more complex activities including music or dance. Particularly, in music performance, motor learning has been mostly tackled by comparing expert and novice performances leaving unexplored the underlying mechanisms of motor learning. In my talk, I will start by a literature review on (sensori-)motor learning in neurosciences, experimental psychology and psychology of music. Then I will introduce a work in progress aiming to examine mechanisms of motor learning in music performance. Finally, I will discuss insights in music pedagogy and potential transfer-of-knowledge to other practices such as dance.