Naresh N. Vempala
Research Scientist, SMART lab, Department of Psychology , Ryerson University
Ph.D. Cognitive Science , University of Louisiana at Lafayette
M.S. Computer Science , University of Louisiana at Lafayette

I am a Research Scientist with over 15 years of combined experience in industry and academia. I primarily manage industry-academia collaborative projects. My work involves (a) conducting applied research within the SMART lab, and (b) translating that research into innovative product development for WaveDNA, a music software company in Toronto, and NEXT Integrative Mind Life Sciences (a Toronto-based startup). As part of my research I try to understand human cognitive processes, related to music cognition, using computational modelling and behavioural approaches. Within the broad area of music cognition and music information retrieval, my research areas include melody recognition, perception and prediction of musical emotion, perception of musical similarity, and musical creativity.

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