Mateusz Soliński and Courtney Reed are new postdoctoral research associates in COSMOS

A big welcome to Mateusz Soliński and Courtney Reed who recently joined, in late November 2022 and early January 2023, respectively, as postdoctoral research associates in the ERC COSMOS project.

Mateusz, graduate from the Cardiovascular Physics Group at the Warsaw University of Technology, early music recorder player and organiser of a concert series, joins us from a recent stint at the medtech startup Aiocare in Warsaw, Poland; Courtney, graduate of the Augmented Instruments Lab at Queen Mary University of London and vocalist, was recently at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken, Saarland, Germany.

Many thanks to colleagues Ann Vanhoestenberghe and Antonios Pouliopoulos for help with the interviews.

Mateusz Soliński, Postdoctoral Researcher, is researching the effects of expressive music parameters on autonomic responses and investigating the connections between the perception of music and physiology. Mateusz received his PhD in Physical Sciences at Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Physics, Cardiovascular Physics Group. At the same time, he gained experience as Data Scientist in medical companies and start-ups (Medicalgorithmics, AioCare) involved in the development of medical devices and telemedicine systems. He participated in multiple commercial projects, clinical trials and challenges concerning the analysis of multiple electrophysiological signals, particularly ECG and heart rate variability. His PhD thesis focused on the influence of short-term changes in the persistence of the RR time interval series on heart rate variability during sleep. 

Courtney Reed, Postdoctoral Researcher, is researching human perception and interaction with music and physiology. Courtney’s specialisations are in human-computer interaction (HCI) and data presentation, particularly with biosignals like EMG, human-centred design, and first-person subjective methodologies, including micro-phenomenology. Courtney completed her PhD in Computer Science with the Augmented Instruments Lab at the Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary University of London. Her thesis examined the embodied relationship between vocalist and voice, as both instrument and body, and how musical relationships can inform HCI and design strategies. She previously worked as a researcher in the Sensorimotor Interaction Group at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, where she is an affiliate researcher. Her work there examined human perception of vibrotactile feedback and developed protoypes and toolkits for designers to incorporate auditory and tactile feedback in interface design. In addition to her research, Courtney works as a semi-professional vocalist in London and abroad.