Yuan-Yi Fan studied computer music, media art, and multimedia engineering in Media Arts & Technology at University of California Santa Barbara, where he received his PhD under supervision of Curtis Roads. His research has evolved from audiovisual synthesis techniques, to multimodal interface design for information retrieval and creative applications, to computational tools and generative strategies for crowdsourced data.

Currently he works as a prototyping research engineer at a Hollywood-based technology startup founded by Will.i.am. He designs futuristic user experiences by engineering systems that combine cutting-edge HCI research with emerging media technologies. He applies his doctoral research experiences in exploring novel interaction methods enabled by machine learning, and in seeking radical innovations in an audio-centric A.I. ecosystem.

His works have been presented at international festivals, museums, and conferences, including ACM Multimedia (ACM MM), International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR), International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), International Community for Auditory Display (ICAD), Leonardo, Leonardo Music Journal, WOCMAT/IRCAM Forum (International Workshop on Computer Music and Audio Technology), The 1st L.A.S.T. Festival, International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), IEEE VIS, Currents New Media Festival, ZERO1 Biennial, Dongdaemon Design Plaza (DDP), and ZKM Globale: inSONIC. He made creative projects with natural user interfaces and connected devices at industrial research labs, including Nokia Research Center, Oblong Industries, and Nokia Advanced Design Studio. Before UCSB, he built MEMS ultrasound array transducers at the Ultrasound Imaging Lab in Taiwan.