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Cosmos featured in the European Research Council’s celebration of 10,000 grantees

The European Research Council (ERC) celebrates its 10,000th grantee today, two of whom are at the Sciences and Technologies of Music and Sound (STMS) Laboratory here at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoutique/Musique (IRCAM): Cosmos (led by Elaine Chew) and Reach (led by Gérard Assayag). The Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), with which we are affiliated, has had 635 researchers win ERC grants since the Council’s inception in 2007.

We are grateful to be one of the 10,000 grantees, and amongst the fifteen stories featured on how the ERC transformed science: Unlocking the therapeutic power of music through mathematics.

Podcast: How the ERC transformed science – interview with Elaine Chew

Article: Professor Elaine Chew – Unlocking the therapeutic power of music through mathematics

Credit goes to the researchers and collaborators of the Cosmos project: PhD students perceptual scientist Daniel Bedoya and mathematician Paul Lascabettes (ENS fellowship CDSN), postdoctoral researchers computer scientist Corentin Guichaoua and interaction scientist Emma Frid (Swedish Research Council fellowship), and research engineers software developers Lawrence Fyfe (CosmoNote) and Charles Picasso (Heart.FM).

In the research on cardiac response to music and on physiologically guided music intervention for hypertensive patients, we are pleased to be collaborating with academic cardiac electrophysiologist Professor Pier Lambiase and his research team at University College London and the Barts Heart Center.

Many thanks to Anthony Fletcher for distilling the essence of the story from a long, rambling conversation; Joan Repiso and Giorgia Gasperini for the beautiful portraits; Antoine Lheureux for expert edits that made me sound so eloquent in the podcast; and, last but not least, Ivona Lerman for coordinating this mega operation.