Food & Paper: New staff

Come and meet our new staff at RITMO!

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Olgerta Asko. I have a bachelor degree in psychology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, with specialization in Cognitive Neuropsychology. My strong interest in brain’s ability to generate cognition led me to neuroscience research. I have my master’s degree in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Oslo. During my master thesis I used the electroencephalographic (EEG) and the pupillometry technique to explore the brain’s plasticity mechanisms that mediate reward biased changes in attention. From 2016 to 2019 I was working as research assistant in Cognitive Neurogenetics Lab (UiO) and in FRONT neurolab (UiO).   

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Laura Bishop comes to Oslo from the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Vienna, where she has been working as a postdoc and PI of an Austrian Science Fund project on creativity and collaboration in music ensembles. Previously, she completed her PhD at the MARCS Institute in Sydney, Australia. Her research investigates creative collaboration in the context of music ensemble performance, with a focus on analyzing performance behaviours such as body motion and eye gaze, and exploring performer-audience interactions. 

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Henrik Herrebrøden is a psychologist and now a PhD fellow at RITMO. He has worked as a researcher and sport psychologist for several years, and his main interests are the psychological mechanisms involved in learning and motor performance. His PhD project will revolve around the topics of mental effort, motor control and expertise.

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Mojtaba Karbassi. I am an Electrical Engineer from Iran. I have worked in the fields of Robotics, Machine Learning and Control System Engineering. My interest is modeling human behavior, especially as a control system. In my master thesis I worked on modeling human postural control by using motion capture and EMG data. After my master I worked as a data scientist, using machine learning methods for anomaly detection. Beside my technical life, I have a musical life as a Setar player. My interest in music led me to investigate human musical behavior as an engineer. For now, at RITMO, I am working on an intelligent robotic system that can perceive music and rhythm and learn how to move with music.

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Michael Kryzaniak has a background is in music composition. He studies human-machine interaction in creative contexts. The machines he is interested in range from computers and robots to pianos and knitting machines, and the creative environments range from music and dance to woodworking and spor He also studies human movement and develops responsive audio environments for dance works.

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Martin Pleiß received his M.A. in European Media Studies in 2017 at the University of Potsdam after studying Philosophy, Arts and Media in Hildesheim, Germany as well as Cultural and Literary studies in Dresden, Germany. There he focused mostly on phenomenological perceptions of ‘the virtual’ as well as the interplay of code and cultural expressions. In 2016, he presented his VR experience “The tExternal World” at the Overkill Festival in Enschede, Netherlands, as an immersive tribute to Roland Barthes textuality and phenomenology of the text. His Master thesis explored the phenomenology of comics - their subjective construction of Gestalt, depth, and movement in time - and prototyped a relocation of the core features of comic panels onto a digital canvas. Martin also worked as a developer for artistic concepts and cultural manager, with clients like the visual artist Patricia Detmering, the Berlin based music label Mikrokleinstgarten and the avantgarde composer and pianist Martin Kohlstedt.

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Sandra Solli. I am starting on a doctoral research project in cognitive neuroscience. My educational background is in engineering acoustics, musicology, music technology and cognitive psychology. I am interested in the interdisciplinary field of music and sound.

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Connor Spiech. I completed my bachelor's at Ohio State University, majoring in neuroscience with minors in music and philosophy. During my bachelor's I spent a summer at Universitaet des Saarlandes in Germany for a DAAD research internship, which inspired to emigrate to Europe for my graduate studies starting with my M.Sc. in Neuro-Cognitive Psychology at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen. Up until this point, my research has primarily focused on basic cognitive functions like attention and memory using EEG, TMS, and fMRI, but my passions have always lied with music so I'm eager to dive into music cognition work headfirst here at RITMO.

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Chris Stover is currently writing a book on temporal and relational processes in a class of African and Afro-diasporic musics that he calls "timeline musics." His work on musical time, improvisation and interaction, and affect theory has been published in Music Theory Spectrum, Perspectives of New Music, Music Theory Online, Media and Culture, the Oxford Handbook of Making Time in Music, and elsewhere. He is co-editor of Rancière and Music (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming 2019) and is working on an edited volume on analyzing musical interaction (under contract, University of Chicago Press). Prior to arriving at RITMO, he was an assistant professor of music theory at Arizona State University. He is also a busy trombonist and composer.

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Dana Swarbrick completed her Masters in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Toronto where she examined the effects of high-intensity interval training on piano learning. During her undergraduate at McMaster University's Institute for Music and the Mind, she conducted research on the physiological effects of groove and the impact of performer presence and fan-status on audience movements. For her doctorate, she will be examining whether there are optimal conditions for inspiring prosociality at live musical concerts under the supervision of Dr. Jonna Vuoskoski. In her spare time, Dana enjoys rock climbing, rowing, cycling, and performing her original music with her band Dana & The Monsters Under the Bed.



Published Aug. 28, 2019 10:56 AM - Last modified Apr. 20, 2020 2:51 PM