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Elaine Wong

Elaine got a first degree in Computer Science. After extensive working experiences in IT and media, she decided to pursue further study in new media. She received Master of Science degree in Multimedia and Entertainment Technology from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2008. Her master dissertation is about designing an interactive music performance system with an innovative remote controller (Wii Controller was chosen). She has been playing traditional musical instruments and composing music for years. She has the passion to apply computing technologies to music performances. Elaine joined School of Design as a PhD student in 2008 to continue research in interactive design and music performance system.

Research Title
A Theoretical Framework towards Designing Interactive Music Performance System in New Media

Supervisor
Prof. Ming Xi Tang (Chief Supervisor)

About the Research
An Interactive Music Performance System can be defined as a system which is controlled by a user through input signals. The system then processes the signals and generates output in audio and visual format as the feedback to the user. There is on-going interaction between the user and the system along the input and output edges.

Owing to rapid development of computing technologies, many computer enabled music performance systems have sophisticated interfaces. Many of them were developed by musicians for their own performance purposes without considering the potential usage by other people. The knowledge and experiences of developers do not build up in an evolutionary manner in these systems that can give other users the same kind of experiences. Many of the developed computer enabled music systems can hardly be used professionally in music performances.

To address the issues of the interface design of computer-based musical instrument, Human-computer Interaction (HCI) model had been used to study and describe the interaction between human and the system. However, ergonomics and usability study mainly address the issues of software and hardware design. Other factors relating to music performance system are not being taken into study such as aesthetic aspect, appearance, psychological factors, musical factors, computer literacy, etc...

This study will investigate those factors leading to a conceptual framework that supports the design and evaluation of desirable music performance systems that can be professionally adopted by musicians with focus on human to system input/output interaction.

Publication
Elaine L. Wong, Wilson Y. F. Yuen, Clifford S. T. Choy, "Designing Wii Controller - A Powerful Musical Instrument In An Interactive Music Performance System", accepted for presentation at 6th International Conference on Advances in Mobile Computing & Multimedia (MoMM2008), Linz, Austria, 24-26 November 2008.

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