Prof. Dr. Eduardo R. Miranda

Eduardo R.Miranda is a composer and Artificial Intelligence (AI) scientist working at the crossroads of biology and music. He studied Music Technology at the University of York and received a PhD on the topic of musical composition with AI from the University of Edinburgh. Currently, he is Professor in Computer Music at Plymouth University, UK, where he leads the Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR), which is pioneering the fields of Music Neurotechnology, and the development of biological and quantum computing for music.


Artificial Intelligence Music with Biocomputing

This talk proposes a new kind of Artificial Intelligence for musical creativity, which is generated by biocomputers implemented using electronic components grown out of biological material. The speaker reports the development of an unprecedented biological processor, referred to as a biomemristor, developed by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research at the University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom. An approach to using biomemristors to build interactive generative music systems is discussed. 

The memristor is a relatively less well-known electronic component regarded as a resistor with memory. After an introduction to harnessing the Physarum polycephalum unicellular organism to implement biomemristors, the speaker presents a biocomputer that uses four biomemristors to generate music interactively. An example of a musical composition using the system is detailed. 

The talk concludes with a short discussion on how the combination between artificial machines and biological organisms is paving the way for the development of new types Artificial Intelligence technologies for music.