Currently: Professor of Digital Media
Elaine Chew is a professor of electronic engineering and computer science at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) where she holds the Digital Media Chair. Prior to joining QMUL in 2011, she was a tenured associate professor at the University of Southern California, where she was the inaugural holder of the Viterbi Early Career Chair.
She was a recipient of the US Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering and NSF CAREER Award, and the Edward, Frances, and Shirley B. Daniels Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She is also an alum of the NAS Kavli Frontiers of Science and NAE Frontiers of Engineering Symposia. Her research centres on the mathematical and computational modelling of musical prosody, music cognition, music analysis, composition/improvisation, ensemble interaction, Internet performance, and expressive performance rendering.
A frequent keynote speaker, she is author of over 100 peer-reviewed chapters and articles, and author and editor of 8 books and journal special issues on music and computing. She has served as program and general chair of the International Conferences on Music Information Retrieval (2008) and of Mathematics and Computation in Music (2009, 2015), and was invited convenor of the Mathemusical Conversations international workshop in 2015. Also an active concert pianist, she has given over 130 solo and chamber music concerts. She frequently presents concert-conversations that combine scientific discourse with music performance, and integrates performance into her scientific talks.
She was awarded PhD and SM degrees in operations research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a BAS in mathematical and computational sciences (hon) and music (distinction) at Stanford University. She also holds Fellowship and Licentiate diplomas in piano performance from Trinity College, London.