I am a Professor and Head of Computer Science at New York University Abu Dhabi, in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. I am also a Research Affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.
During the 2010-11 academic year I was a Research Scholar at Harvard University in the Department of Music, doing research on computational music cognition, and a Visiting Scholar and Lecturer at Tufts University in the Department of Computer Science. In 2009-2010 I was the Emeline Bigelow Conland Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, working on a research project on the phylogenetic analysis of the musical rhythms of the world. Since 2005 I joined the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CRMMT) in the Schulich School of Music, at McGill University, as a Collaborator.
My primary research interests include:
(1) the design and analysis of algorithms for solving geometric problems that arise in pattern recognition, music information retrieval, computational music theory, computer vision, visualization, computer graphics, computer-aided design, automated manufacturing, knot theory, polymer physics, and computational biology,
(2) comparative musicology, with special emphasis on the mathematical and computational aspects of rhythm, and
(3) the application of geometry to art in general, and to pattern analysis and design in particular. I am also interested in the history of computing, especially the famous Greek computer from antiquity: the straight edge and compass.