CIRMMT announces new Director

CIRMMT announces new Director

June 06, 2024

As of July 1 2024, Marcelo M. Wanderley will be CIRMMT's director for a three-year term.

CIRMMT is pleased to announce the appointment of Prof. Marcelo Wanderley from McGill University as CIRMMT’s next Director , as of July 1st 2024.

He will be replacing Prof. Fabrice Marandola, who served in this role from 2020-2024.

Marcelo has been a regular member of CIRMMT since 2002. He also served one term as CIRMMT director from 2011-2014.

Marcelo Mortensen Wanderley holds a Ph.D. degree from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI), France, on acoustics, signal processing, and computer science applied to music. His interdisciplinary research focuses on the development of novel interfaces for music performance. He has authored and co-authored several dozen scientific and technological publications on NIME, including the development of open databases on academic resources and sensor and actuator technologies for musical applications: the Interactive Systems and Instrument Design in Music Working Group (ISIDM) and the projects.

In 2000, he co-edited the first English language research reference entirely devoted to this area, Trends in Gestural Control of Music (Wanderley & Battier, 2000). In 2003, he chaired the second International Conference on New Interfaces for Music Expression (NIME03), and in 2006, he co-wrote the first textbook on this subject, New Digital Musical Instruments: Control and Interaction Beyond the Keyboard (Miranda & Wanderley, 2006). In 2008 he was a visiting professor at the Université de Bretagne Sud, France (Maître de Conférences), and in 2011, he was awarded a 2-month international chair at the Institute for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil. More recently, he was awarded a 5-year international research chair from Inria, France, the Francqui Foundation Chair at the University of Mons, Belgium, and the Distinguished Visitor Award at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. In September 2016, has was appointed a member of Computer Music Journal’s Editorial Advisory Board. He is a senior member of the ACM and of the IEEE.

Research from 2021 showed that his research was the most cited in the first two decades of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME). 

Until recently, Marcelo Wanderley was the leader of the CFI-8 grant that was instrumental to the latest development of CIRMMT, and the Multimedia Room which reopened in 2023

We warmly welcome Marcelo into his renewed leadership role at CIRMMT! We would also like to express our gratitude and appreciation to Fabrice for his contributions in guiding CIRMMT over the last four years, and for his leadership in developing a huge variety of aspects of the centre.