Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR)

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR) develops research combining music, science and technology. Our research expertise ranges from musicology and composition, to biomedical applications of music and development of new technologies for musical creativity.

The ICCMR is truly interdisciplinary: we actively publish our research outcomes in learned journals and conferences in the fields of music, digital arts, computing, engineering, psychology, neurosciences and medicine. The impact of our research has been recognised as world-leading by the last Research Excellence Framework, REF 2014, which is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.

The centre is affiliated to the University’s Arts Institute and has connections with the Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences, the Faculty of Science and Engineering and the Centre for Health Technology. It offers a number of unprecedented opportunities for collaborative and interdisciplinary research with theatre and performance, electronic engineering and medicine.

A new multimillion research grant from EPSRC has recently been awarded to develop the RadioMe project. This project is aimed at developing broadcasting technology to improve the lives of people suffering from dementia. The project is in partnership with University of Glasgow, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Anglia Ruskin University, Alzheimer's Society, BBC Radio Devon, MHA Care, Bauer Media and CereProc.

We offer post-graduate research opportunities at both Masters and Doctoral levels. And we welcome research proposals for student placements, post-doctorate projects and visiting researchers.

If you are interested in pursuing your post-graduate studies and research ambition with ICCMR, please do not hesitate to contact us at doctoralcollege@plymouth.ac.uk for more information.

Find out more on the ICCMR website.

Computer music research

In addition to enjoying an excellent and affordable quality of life in the South West of England, postgraduate students and staff at the University of Plymouth's ICCMR enjoy a well-resourced creative environment underpinned by world-leading research.

Professor Eduardo Miranda, Head of ICCMR.

Contemporary and experimental music concerts

A showcase of extraordinary new technologies and approaches to composition and performance that are pushing the boundaries of music.

ICCMR organises concerts throughout the year to showcase new technologies and creative practices developed by staff, students and associates.

Combining artistic creativity with scientific development

Grand prize of the European Commission for Innovation in Technology, Industry and Society stimulated by the Arts, ICCMR award

The composition Biocomputer Rhythms, by Eduardo Miranda, won an Honorary Mention at STARTS, an initiative of the European Commission to foster arts and sciences connections.

RadioMe

A £2.7 million project, RadioMe uses artificial intelligence to adapt and personalise live radio, with the aim of transforming lives for people living alone with dementia. Funded by The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), it addresses key causes of hospital admission for people with dementia, such as agitation and not taking medication correctly. Led by Professor Eduardo Miranda from the University and including other university partners, it will develop a way to remix live digital broadcast so that listeners will receive personal reminders, information and music to improve quality of life and allow people to remain living independently at home for longer.

Learn more about RadioMe.