Simon Holland

Simon Holland founded and directs the Music Computing Lab, a research group in the Centre for Research in Computing. He is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing and Communications. His research focuses on the interconnected areas of Music Computing, Human Computer Interaction, and Digital Health. He has served as PI or Co-I on ten external research grants, totalling nearly 4.5 million, including Polifonia (EU, 3,025,435.06), HAPPIE (Innovate UK, 998,538), E-Sense (AHRC , 200,000), the Haptic Bracelets ( Goldcrest, 75,000) with other grants from ERSC, the NATO Science Committee, and other sources. He has published over 100 refereed research articles and co-edited two books on Music and HCI (in 2013 and 2019 respectively). He was co-author of Human Computer Interaction (Preece et al) for many years the worldwide best seller in HCI. He was a founding member of the editorial Board of the Journal of Music Technology and Education. He was lead organizer of two international workshops on Music and HCI, including at CHI 2016. He has devised numerous human-centred computing techniques and systems including Harmony Space, the Haptic Drum Kit, the Audio GPS, and Direct Combination.

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Research Interests

My principal research interests include Human Computer Interaction, Music Computing, Assistive Technology, Mobile, Wearable and Whole Body Computing, and Technology Enhanced Learning. I was Co-Investigator on the E-Sense Project on digitally enhanced senses and the Older People and Technological Inclusion ESRC project. I have devised numerous human-centred computing innovations such as Harmony Space, the Haptic Bracelets, the Haptic Drum Kit, the Audio GPS, and a new and highly expressive form of interaction Direct Combination.

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Current Research Projects Include

Using Embodied Cognition to improve Music Interaction Design.
Using whole body movement to understand and control musical harmony.
Exploring computational models of rhythm perception.
Using haptic feedback to help people learn multi-limb rhythms.Tools for understanding and controlling harmony visually.
Older people and Technological Innovation(EU funded Project)
Older people and Technological inclusion(ESRC Seminar Series)
Designing and testing musical instruments controlled directly by the brain.

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