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Dr Nicolas Gold
MPEB 5.04
Computer Science
University College London, Gower St
London
WC1E 6BT
Tel: 0207 679 7717
Fax: 0207 387 1397
Appointment
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Dept of Computer Science
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
Biography

Nicolas Gold is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at University College London. He is a member of the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, and was an Associate of the AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice.  The main emphasis of his research is in computer music and music systems engineering, particularly systems for live human-computer ensemble performance.

Prior to UCL, he was a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer at King’s College London and before that at UMIST/University of Manchester, following the award of his PhD at Durham University in 2000.  He is a former deputy-director of the CREST centre and led the EPSRC Service-Oriented Software Research Network.  

Research Summary

Gold’s research activity began in software engineering and software maintenance, in particular, developing program comprehension tools and techniques for concept assignment in source code (the subject of his doctoral research).  After completing his PhD, he developed this theme of work in two EPSRC-funded projects and in addition, worked on service-oriented software architectures as part of the Pennine Group of researchers.  He initiated the Pennine Research Forum series that developed into the much larger EPSRC Service-Oriented Software Research Network that he directed for three years.

From 2005, he began to explore a long-standing interest in computer music (Gold is an experienced musician), building collaborations with several musicologists (and colleagues working in other areas of digital humanities).  Much of this activity was conducted under the auspices of another EPSRC project (PERSONAL-TOUCH), and in collaboration with the AHRC Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music.

His current research is focused primarily on the development of live human-computer music performance systems for ensemble performance of “popular” music, and also on computational musicology.   Performance contexts/genres of particular interest are those where the music is largely sectionally-structured, improvised, and rearranged on the fly (e.g. contemporary church bands and jazz ensembles).  This work has been pursued in the AHRC-funded CHIPS, Digital Music Lab, and ASyMMuS projects.  He has also worked on musical instrument museum interpretation using digital technologies, producing an app in collaboration with the Royal College of Music for visitor guidance.

In addition, he continues to work on source code analysis with colleagues in the CREST centre, addressing problems of analysing music and art programming languages for software clones, and novel approaches to program slicing.  His students work on various topics in music technologies applied to theatre and health.

Gold regularly acts as a reviewer for various funding bodies, conferences, and journals and has contributed to the organisational aspects of research as convener of the Computer-Human Interactive Performance Symposium, and through his work as steering committee chair of the CSMR conference series, various roles as programme chair, and internally as deputy director of the CREST Centre (Sept 2006 – June 2009) and Interim Head of the Software Engineering Research Group at King’s College London in 2010.


Teaching Summary

Gold has a record of quality and innovation in teaching, having taught a wide range of subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate level.  He has introduced robotics as a motivational tool in two departments in which he has worked, in both cases securing investment to support the initiatives.  At King’s College London, he led the Computer Science Department’s use of video teaching, automated exam marking, introduced and supported the Moodle VLE, and was heavily involved in the strategic development of the department and school’s programmes in his roles as School Learning and Teaching Co-ordinator, Departmental Teaching Committee Chair, and Departmental Director of Undergraduate Studies.  

The quality of his teaching was recognised in the form of the King’s College London School of Physical Sciences and Engineering Teaching Award in 2007/8 (and was nominated for the preceding year’s award).  His overall contribution to teaching was recognised by his selection as one of three institutional nominees to the Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowship Scheme in 2008/9.

Gold’s record of innovation continues at UCL where he has developed a new module in Computer Music offered primarily to the Computer Science Department’s MSc in Computer Science programme and UCL’s MA/MSc in Digital Humanities.

Appointments
01-SEP-2007 – 31-JUL-2010 Senior Lecturer Computer Science King's College London, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2005 – 30-JUN-2007 Learning and Teaching Co-ordinator School of Physical Sciences and Engineering King's College London, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2005 – 31-AUG-2007 Lecturer Computer Science King's College London, United Kingdom
01-MAY-2001 – 31-DEC-2004 Lecturer School of Informatics (formerly Department of Computation) University of Manchester (formerly UMIST), United Kingdom
01-OCT-2000 – 30-APR-2001 Senior Research Associate Computer Science University of Durham, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2003 PGCert Postgraduate Certificate – Academic Practice University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology
2000 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Software Engineering University of Durham
1997 BSc Bachelor of Science – Computer Science University of Durham
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