Visitors

Professor Cohn is the Battell Professor of the Theory of Music at Yale University. He is visiting Dr Andy Milne to collaborate on research.  Professor Cohn's research interests are geometrical models of musical rhythm and meter, and their applications to mathematics and music curricula in secondary schools.
Dr Tamara Rathcke is a senior lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Kent/UK. As a phonetician, shestudies spoken language and non-verbal means of communication. Her research focuses on prosodic aspects of speech, and she is particularly interested in understanding links that connect language with music.
Dr David Bulger will be conducting research in collaboration with Dr Andy Milne. His current research focuses on mathematical musicology, including voice-leading spaces, geometric and statistical models of rhythm, and generative compositional models, and optimisation, including multi-fidelity optimisation in computer-aided design and a multi-objective optimisation project in public conservation spending.
Dr Niels Chr. Hansen will be conducting a postdoctoral research project on “The role of oxytocin in the evolutionary origins of joint music making” in close collaboration with Professor Peter Keller. This project is generously funded by Carlsberg Foundation and Lundbeck Foundation and aims to reveal the underlying neurobiological mechanisms by which the neurohormone oxytocin—involved in parenting, pair bonding, and social memory—facilitates synchrony and cohesion between individuals engaged in joint musical tasks.
Dr Tamara Rathcke is a senior lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Kent/UK. As a phonetician, shestudies spoken language and non-verbal means of communication. Her research focuses on prosodic aspects of speech, and she is particularly interested in understanding links that connect language with music.
Dr Pelle Söderström investigates predictive processing in areas such as spoken word recognition, prosody, syntax and morphology. He is a visiting postdoctoral fellow funded by the Swedish Research Council, Dr Söderström is currently working with Professor Anne Cutler, investigating the neurophysiological correlates of spoken word recognition and prediction.
Dr Nan Xu's research focuses on Language Acquisition in children (monolingual, bilingual and those with hearing loss) and adult second language learners. She is interested in early bilingual development in pre-schoolers: how children acquire multiple languages, how they develop language competency, and the implications of bilingualism for school readiness.
Emily Tan is currently visiting MARCS as a U.S. Postgraduate Fulbright Research Fellow. Emily is collaborating on a research project with Dr. Denis Burnham and Dr. Peter Keller investigating melodic and monotonal word segmentation in the MARCS Baby Lab.
Yuanyuan Zhang is a PhD candidate in linguistics at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. She is currently a visiting doctoral student at the MARCS Institute, Western Sydney University. Her research focuses on prosodic aspects of speech production and comprehension. Her interests lie in the role of prosody in L2 speech comprehension: how and when L2 learners integrate prosodic information with other types of linguistic information during speech comprehension.