About

Interests

Keywords: acoustical ecology, behavioural ecology, insect sensory system, acoustic communication, audio signal, music technology, singing voice.

My research interests range from the role of hearing in insect communication to the design of digital musical instruments and computational ethnomusicology.

With C. d’Alessandro’s team at LIMSI CNRS, I worked for the OrJo and ChaNTeR projects on the Cantor Digitalis, a gesture-control vowel synthesizer that won the first prize of the Guthman Musical Instrument Design Competition in 2015 (see the vocal quartet playing The Lion Sleeps tonight or an Indian Khayal-style raga). The software, which is also an educational tool for acoustic phonetics, is under open-source license.

During the DIADEMS project, with B. Doval’s team at LAM – Institut Jean le Rond d’Alembert, I worked with ethnomusicologists, to help in the development of automatic tools for retrieving and acoustically defining intermediate vocal categories from audio archives.

Since 2017, in a complementary collaboration with Professor of Medical Entomology G. Gibson, I have been focusing on the acoustic behavior of mosquitoes which are known both to have one of the most sensitive auditory organs among the invertebrates and to be vectors of serious diseases in humans and animals. I have worked with O. Roux from the Institut de Recherche pour le Dévelopement on the “ANOFEEL: How ANOpheles Females sEEk maLes?” project which aims to study visual, chemical and acoustic cues involved in mosquito communication. In 2019, G. Gibson and I were awarded a grant from the Human Frontier Science Program with Prof. R. Mital (PI) and Dr J.-H. Seo from John Hopkins University to decode the biomechanics of flight-tone based acoustic communication in mosquitoes.

I am also involved in teaching and science popularization.
As an active musician, I participate to several bands as a Cantor Digitalis player, drummer and tabla player.

Positions

  • 2019- Senior Research Fellow
    Natural Ressources Institute (NRI), University of Greenwich, UK
    HFSP project
  • 2017- 2019 Researcher
    MIVEGEC, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) / Natural Ressources Institute (NRI), University of Greenwich, UK
    ANR ANOFEEL project
  • 2015-2016 Researcher
    Audio & Acoustics Group, LIMSI, CNRS
    ANR ChaNTeR project
  • 2014-2015 Researcher
    LAM, Institut Jean Le Rond d’Alembert, UPMC
    ANR DIADEMS Project
  • 2013-2014 Researcher (50%) and teacher (50%)
    LIMSI, CNRS ; Engineering department, UPMC
  • 2009-2013 Ph. D. student (80%) and teacher (20%)
    LIMSI, CNRS ; Univ. Paris-Est Créteil
    FEDER OrJo (JOystick ORchestra) Project

Awards

  • First Prize of the Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition (2015)
    Cantor Digitalis (with C. d’Alessandro, B. Doval and O. Perrotin)
    Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, Atlanta
  • Finalists of the international competition on musical software (Lomus) (2014)
    Cantor Digitalis (with C. d’Alessandro, B. Doval and O. Perrotin)
    Organised by AFIM (French association of computer music)
  • Young researcher award “Science and Music” (2012)
    Organised by IRISA lab. and AFIM (French association of computer music)