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CUROP: Current projects Summer 2014

This page lists the CUROP projects running during Summer 2014 which are currently looking to recruit students. We will be adding further project details to this page over the coming days as we receive information from supervisors. If you are interested in applying for a project please contact the supervisor directly for further information and the application procedure. If you are a supervisor and you would like us to add further information to this page, or to take down the advert, please contact CUROP@cardiff.ac.uk.


 

School of Computer Science and Informatics

Automatic Analysis of Music Performance Style

One of the fundamental problems in computational music is the analysis and modelling of performance style. The aims of this project are as follows: (1) Investigate what relevant performance features (e.g. variations in dynamics, tempo, timbre) can be reliably extracted from audio recordings. (2) Provide a means of exploring which of these features are relevant to the perception of performance style. (3) Investigate what operations can be applied to styles, e.g. interpolation between styles, style removal, editing, transfer. Answers to the above questions are paramount to our understanding of what makes a good musical performance and what, quantitatively, are the differences between performance styles of professional musicians. This project requires the integration of data mining, machine learning, and digital signal processing, which are closely aligned with the expertise of the two supervisors: Dr Kirill Sidorov and Dr Andrew Jones. Further, both supervisors are experienced musicians, which enables them to provide close guidance on the musicological aspects of the project, as well as the computational and experimental design aspects. We are currently inviting applications from motivated students, who are able to work on the project from Monday 23 June 2014 until Friday 15 August 2014. Please note that this project will require strong programming skills (ideally Matlab) and a solid mathematical background. Some understanding of music is desirable but not necessary.

Supervisor(s):

Dr Kirill Sidorov – K.Sidorov@cs.cardiff.ac.uk

Dr Andrew Jones – Andrew.C.Jones@cs.cardiff.ac.uk

Applications Invited ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Earth and Ocean Sciences

Biotic Controls on Channel Evolution Following River Restoration

Supervisor(s):

Jose Constantine – constantineja@cardiff.ac.uk

Applications Invited ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Engineering

Optimisation of the Morgan-Botti Lightning Laboratory Control and Data Acquisition System

The Morgan-Botti Lightning Laboratory (MBLL) was established in 2011 and is nearing final commissioning. Its principal aim is to carry out lightning research for the aerospace industry in partnership with Airbus Group. The laboratory apparatus and data acquisition is operated and controlled by software applications which, to-date, have been developed on an ad-hoc basis. The intention of this project is to integrate these functions into a single coherent programme to enable efficient control and post-processing of acquired data. The majority of this work will utilise the LabVIEW programming language, with some aspects interfacing with the Virtel data analysis software currently in development. As the successful applicant, you will be working with the research team at the MBLL in Cardiff Bay for the project duration. You shall be involved in research meetings, including weekly software development meetings with Airbus, and gain practical working knowledge of the lightning test apparatus and software systems through being fully integrated into the research culture and academic-industry activities. As the team is small, there will be daily interactions with your supervisor and technical staff as the laboratory approaches final commissioning. A weekly meeting will be held to review progress and identify any problems that arise. A full safety induction will be provided on arrival. There is also a budget available through an ongoing Welsh Government A4B project which will allow access to training and professional services from National Instruments who provide the LabVIEW software. This is a unique opportunity to work in a leading European laboratory, in an exciting and fast-growing area of aerospace research. You will develop technical knowledge, software skills and be exposed to leading Cardiff University research and industrial interactions through the MBLL partnership with Airbus. Please email Dr. David Clark or Dr. Daniel Mitchard to express your interest. Details of the application process will be circulated in due course.

Supervisor(s):

Dr. David Clark – clarkd@cf.ac.uk

Dr. Daniel Mitchard – mitcharddr@cf.ac.uk

Applications Invited ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

English, Communication and Philosophy

Individuals’ keystroke performance on tasks of different cognitive demands

Supervisor(s):

Lise Fontaine – FontaineL@cf.ac.uk

Michelle Aldridge – AldridgeM@cf.ac.uk

Applications Invited ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Social Sciences

Details of all the Social Sciences projects can be found here. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

ELLE and Feminism in Schools Pilot Project (ELFS): Mapping Impact in Practice

Feminist identification and activism to challenge everyday sexism is on the rise. Research suggests that feminism is no longer a ‘dirty word’ for teen girls who are beginning to start up feminist clubs in schools (Ringrose and Renold 2013; forthcoming 2014). Picking up on the young feminist zeitgeist, ELLE magazine has approached Ringrose and Renold to translate their research findings and practices to inform and develop an interactive Young Feminism mobile APP and online resources for their ELLE website, to be launched in Sept 2014. The pilot project will offer a second year undergraduate student interested in gender relations and public pedagogy the opportunity to ethnographically research the impact process. They will observe expert advisory group meetings (including a local Cardiff-based feminist school lunch club); interview key participants and record the social interactions and decision-making processes of the development of a new teen feminist website platform.

This project has been readvertised and the deadline for applications is the 28th May – with interviews to be held on 30th May. For further information please download the full advert.

Supervisor(s):

Professor Emma Renold - renold@cf.ac.uk

Applications Invited ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Page last updated: 14 July 2014