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 new interfaces for musical expression, to audiovisual synthesis techniques, to creative music information retrieval applications.
Currently he works as a prototyping engineer at a Hollywood-based technology startup founded by Will.i.am. He designs futuristic user experiences by engineering systems that combine HCI and ML research with emerging media technologies. 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.
His works have been presented and exhibited at 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. Before UCSB, he built MEMS ultrasound array transducers at the Ultrasound Imaging Lab in Taiwan.