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Music has always occupied a central role in the human psyche. Since the invention of the Telharmonium in 1896, technology has had a significant impact on the composition, creation and performance of music. In 1964 Robert Moog’s modular synthesisern started a revolution which still continues to this very day. Technology constantly brings innovation to all aspects of the musical process and enables new musical experiences.

In this workshop, we will explore the state of the art in sound analysis and synthesis, music generation and multi-channel sound presentation and ask the question; where might we might go next?


All attendees must make themselves aware of CW's Coronavirus Policy, in particular the requirement to take a Lateral Flow Test the day of the event and only attend if negative.  We are keeping a close eye on the evolving situation with COVID-19.  We hope that many of you will attend this event in-person, but if restrictions do not allow or we deem it necessary we will switch the event to online-only and will inform all registered delegates.

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Sponsored by Huawei Technologies R&D UK Ltd

Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider.

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Registration and networking with refreshments


CW welcome


Welcome from event sponsor, Charles Sturman, Senior Director International Marketing, Huawei Technologies R&D UK Ltd


Introduction to Future Devices & Technologies SIG and scene-setting: Charles Sturman, SIG Champion and Senior Director International Marketing, Huawei Technologies R&D UK Ltd


Douglas Nunn, Course Leader and Senior Lecturer, Audio & Music Techology, Anglia Ruskin University

Session to be chaired by Esther Ford, Future Devices & Technologies SIG Champion


Q & A


‘Evolution of Immersive Music’: Mike Hollier, VP Technology Incubation, Dolby Laboratories

This talk discusses the technology advances and evolution of the artist/creator which is driving immersive music to become mainstream. At the Pro end of the market we see a new generation of immersive audio for movies and music, while the new creator economy is also benefiting from AI content creation tools and is experimenting with audio in virtual worlds.


Q & A


Refreshments and networking


Speaker to be announced

Session to be chaired by Charles Sturman, Future Devices & Technologies SIG Champion


Q & A


'Creative AI: how generative systems will affect the future of music?’: Philippe Pasquier, Professor at School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University; Associate Dean Academic of the Faculty of Communication, Arts and Technology; Director, Metacreation Lab for Creative AI

Since 2008, the Metacreation Lab for Creative Artificial Intelligence focusses on the design, deployment, and evaluation of generative systems, which partially or completely automate creative tasks. We will define, motivate, and exemplify these new developments of AI and machine learning that will affect the future of the music industry. We will present examples of augmentation and automation using music AI algorithms for computer-assisted composition, computer-assisted sound design, game music, and sound synthesis. We will discuss industrial deployments and applications, as well as the potential ethical implications of these systems.


Q & A


Panel session chaired by Charles Sturman, Future Devices & Technologies SIG Champion


Networking, beer and pizza sponsored by Huawei


Event closes


Mike Hollier - Vice President of Technology Incubation, Dolby Labs

Dr Mike Hollier is an accomplished international executive with a strong track-record in corporate-venturing, start-up, founder-sales, multiple operational roles, and board-service. His experience embraces start-up, large company dynamics, and organizational scaling. He is driven and entrepreneurial and has led the creation of transformational new products and services supported by extensive new intellectual property. 

Mike’s passion is matching significant industry challenges with bleeding-edge innovation. Commercial success has resulted from building world class teams across multiple countries, disciplines, and business models.

Through the 1990’s Mike worked at BT Labs (UK) creating a new generation of perception-based performance management tools for communications over IP-networks. From 2000 he led Psytechnics, an international VC backed startup, through funding, pivots, and exit. From 2010 to 2019 he was based in Silicon Valley (USA) working for Dolby Labs on adjacent opportunities. He has also held advisory roles for AI and SDN start-ups in Silicon Valley. Mike currently leads Technology Incubation for Dolby.

Douglas Nunn - Course Leader and Senior Lecturer, Audio & Music Techology, Anglia Ruskin University

Philippe Pasquier - Associate Dean Academic, Faculty of Communication, Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University

Philippe Pasquier is a professor at Simon Fraser University's School for Interactive Arts and Technology, where he directs the Metacreation Lab for Creative AI. Philippe leads a research-creation program around generative systems for creative tasks. As such, he is a scientist specialized in artificial intelligence, a multidisciplinary media artist, an educator, and a community builder. His contributions range from theoretical research on generative systems, computer-assisted creativity, multi-agent systems, machine learning, affective computing, and evaluation methodologies. This work is applied in the creative software industry as well as through artistic practice in computer music, interactive and generative art.

Philippe's artistic work has been shown in prominent venues on six continents, including at Ars Electronica (Austria), Centre Pompidou (France), Les Bains Numériques (France), Eastern Block (Canada), Earzoom festival (Slovenia), GMEA (France), IRCAM (France), ISEA2012 (Turkey), ISEA2014 (Dubai), ISEA2016 (Honk Kong), ISEA2017 (Columbia), Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal (Canada), Mutek Festival (Canada), Plus One Gallery (USA), Space One (Korea), Sydney Biennale (Australia), Vooruit (Belgium), ZKM (Germany), ICST (Switzerland), and Akbank (Turkey). The Metacreation Lab research is being applied widely by the likes of Teenage Engineering, Steinberg, Generate, Elias, Schocap, Spliqz, and Microsoft.

Along with the Metacreation Lab fellows, Philippe has co-authored over 180 peer-reviewed contributions presented in the most rigorous scientific venues. His MOOC class on Generative Art and Computational Creativity on the Kadenze platform has served thousands. To further advance the Creative AI community, Philippe instigated and chaired the International Workshop on Musical Metacreation (MUME) and the MUME concerts series, which led to the creation of the Joint Conference on AI Music Creativity. He also founded the International ACM Conference on Movement and Computation (MOCO), and was the director of the Vancouver edition of the International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA2015). Philippe is a Senior Program Committee member of the Joint International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI). 

Philippe's projects are finding industrial applications in the creative industry at large and have gained support and recognition from more than 20 scientific or cultural institutions including the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), MITACS, the Canadian Council for the Arts (CCA), the Australian Research Council and the Australian Council for the Arts, the French Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, and the European Community.

SIG Champions

Graham Anderson - Team Leader – UK R & D, Beko

Graham Anderson is Team Leader – UK R & D at Beko R&D, with research interests focused around novel sensors, data analytics, and energy storage/harvesting. Previously he worked as a Senior Scientist at Cambridge Display Technology working on the development of ink jet printed OLED displays and organic thermoelectric generators. Graham has a PhD from Leeds University in spintronics.

Nadia Aziz - Innovation Consultant, Unbounded Future Ltd

Nadia is an Evangelist of emerging technologies with an expertise in AR & VR and IoT technologies. 

She has advised C-level executives in Telecom and Media organisations for digital transformation and M&A projects over more than a decade. While being a SIG Champion of Future Devices and Technologies at Cambridge Wireless, she has recently co-founded Unbounded Future, a Deeptech consulting firm based in London.


Previously Nadia led Emerging Technologies at NTT Data UK where she supervised R&D and innovation in Augmented (AR) & Virtual Reality (VR), AI, and IoT.  


Nadia is a supporter of Women in STEM initiatives and is a mentor at the University College London (UCL) IXN programme. She is an industry advisor to IoTerra, a USA-based B2B marketplace for IoT products and was a co-producer for the GIANT Health Event.

Esther Ford - Partner, Marks & Clerk

Esther obtained an MEng in Electronic Engineering after studying at the University of Kent and the Technische Hochschule Darmstadt. Having been awarded an Engineering Prize from the Royal Academy of Engineering, she then went on to obtain a PhD in Microelectronics from the University of Cambridge. During her research, Esther developed a nanodot array single electron device with controlled threshold voltage at high temperatures. She also presented the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Faraday Lecture "The Digital World", which was delivered to live audiences throughout the UK and broadcast over Europe and North America, reaching an audience of 20,000.

After completing her PhD, Esther worked as a research engineer in Nortel Networks and subsequently in a telecommunications design consultancy. She joined the patent profession in 2004 and has extensive experience in managing international patent portfolios. She also has significant experience representing clients at the EPO in oppositions and appeals (both defending and opposing). Esther is highly proficient in German.

Esther joined Marks & Clerk in 2008, and in 2011 enjoyed a secondment as an in-house attorney for a valued client in the Oil/Gas industry. Her recent focus has been in the fields of Internet Service Provision, Oil/Gas recovery, Power Electronics, and the Internet of Things.

Esther has been recognised as a rising star by Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars, 2017.

Zahid Ghadialy - Senior Director, Technology & Innovation Strategy, Parallel Wireless UK & EMEA

Zahid Ghadialy is a Senior Director with a fast-moving and innovative US-based young company called Parallel Wireless (PW) that is on a mission to make deployment of any cellular infrastructure as easy and as cost-effective as Wi-Fi. With an extensive experience of over 20 years in the telecom industry as an engineer, programmer, analyst, researcher, architect, trainer, product manager and technical marketer, he is a technologist with a deep understanding of architecting world-class mobile products and solutions. Zahid is currently 'Future Devices & Technologies' SIG champion. He has also previously been a 'Small Cell SIG' and 'Smart & Intelligent Cities SIG' champion. He is also a Non-Executive Director of eXplanoTech. In his spare time he blogs at 3G4G and you can also catch him on Twitter at @zahidtg.

David Roberts - Founder, Jabooh Software

David is a technology leader with over 25 years experience working in the hi-tech arena. He has recently completed a successful project for ghd in conjunction with CW where he carried out the role of System Architect and facilitator.  Prior to this he worked in in the C-IoT space where he ran a multi-national R&D department that developed silicon and software designed for the burgeoning IoT market. He was also responsible for driving an agile transformation programme and assisting the organisation with their integration into a large Chinese multi-national telecoms company. Having started his career as a software developer working for BT and Acorn Computers, he went on to hold senior roles in a number of world-class organisations such as Symbian, Cambridge University and Citrix in the areas of Software Development, Project Management, Product Management, Research, Consultancy and Architecture. His background includes leading and developing teams involved in the creation of large-scale integrated hardware and software products, web-based services and CE devices. He is also highly experienced in large-scale agile development practices, agile coaching/transformation and creating and executing strategies for increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of organisations.

Charles Sturman - Senior Director International Marketing, HiSilicon, VP International Marketing, Huawei Technologies R&D UK Ltd

Charles is responsible for International Marketing for HiSilicon (Huawei’s chipset business). Based in Cambridge UK, with responsibility for product strategy, go-to-market and business development in IoT, edge and smart devices fields. Prior to this he lead u-blox’ activities in the fast moving consumer IoT segment (wearables, smart-home and entertainment) following the acquisition of the ARM Software Radio spin-out Cognovo, where we has founder and executive VP Sales & Marketing. Charles has held various positions in system design, business development and product marketing within Acorn Computers, TTPCom, Motorola and ARM.

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The Bradfield Centre, 184 Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 0GA

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