When Music, Information Technology, and Medicine Meet

From Napster to YouTube and iTunes, music has always been a major driving force of Internet technologies. With huge amount of music content now accessible to the public, organizing and categorizing these data to support an effective recommendation system has become a significant challenge. The primary goal of our lab is to develop new technologies to address this challenge in the field of healthcare. We seek to harness the synergy of sound and music computing (SMC), mobile computing, and cloud computing technologies to promote healthy lifestyles and to facilitate disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment in both developed countries and resource-poor developing countries. In this talk, I present an ongoing collaborative research project between the SMC lab at National University of Singapore and the Music, Neuroimaging, and Stroke Recovery Lab at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) / Harvard Medical School. We are developing a cloud-based therapy delivery system that uses music to enhance limb function and speech production in patients with neurological impairments using smart devices such as iPhone. Our focus is to develop high-tech, low-cost solutions that aim to (1) facilitate recovery in patients with post-stroke speech and motor impairments, (2) improve gait and mobility and reduce fall risk in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD), and thereby, improve Quality of Life (QoL) for both patients and caregivers.

About the speaker
Ye Wang is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering (NGS). He established and directed the sound and music computing (SMC) Lab. Before joining NUS he was a member of the technical staff at Nokia Research Center in Tampere, Finland for 9 years. His research interests include sound analysis and music information retrieval (MIR), mobile computing, and cloud computing, and their applications in music edutainment and e-Health, as well as determining their effectiveness via subjective and objective evaluations. His most recent projects involve the design and evaluation of systems to support 1) therapeutic gait training using Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation (RAS), and 2) Melodic Intonation Therapy (MIT). In the academic year 2011 - 2012 he has taken his sabbatical leave at the School of Computer Science of Fudan University and at Harvard Medical School.

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