Bill Manaris is a computer science researcher, educator, and musician. He is Professor of Computer Science, and Director of the Computing in the Arts program, at the College of Charleston.
His interests include computer music, human-computer interaction and artificial intelligence. He explores interaction design and modeling of aesthetics and creativity using statistical, connectionist, and evolutionary techniques. He designs systems for computer-aided analysis, composition, and performance in music and art (see videos below).
Manaris is Associate Editor of the International Journal on Artificial Intelligence Tools, and has recently published a textbook in Computer Music and Creative Computing. He studied computer science and music at the University of New Orleans, and holds an M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the Center for Advanced Computer Studies, University of Louisiana. He has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Louisiana Board of Regents, Google, and IBM.
- Course materials for Fall 2016:
- CSCI380 - Computers, Music and Art
- CSIS672 - Human Computer Interaction
- CSIS 690 / CSCI 399 / CSCI 299 - Computer Music Research
- Office hours
* Advising calendar (Spring 2011)
- SoundMorpheus (2016) - an innovative user interface, which allows placing sounds in space, as well as altering sound characteristics, via arm movements resembling those of a conductor.
- Escher - Diving Into Infinity (2015) - a demonstration of the Kuatro framework for developing motion-based interactive virtual environments.
- Time Jitters (2014) - combining intelligent agents with human-computer interaction in the context of an interactive multimedia art installation.
- Monterey Mirror (2011) - an experiment in interactive music performance, where a human (the performer) and a computer (the mirror) engage in a game of playing, listening, and learning from each other.
- Laptop Orchestra (2010) - a case study exploring live coding in the classroom - combining teaching computer science with music performance.
- Armonique (2009) - a music search engine, where users navigate large musical collections based solely on the similarity of the music itself (content), as opposed to what other users like (metadata).
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- C. Benson, B. Manaris, S. Stoudenmier, and T. Ward "SoundMorpheus: A Myoelectric-Sensor Based Interface for Sound Spatialization and Shaping", Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME 2016), Brisbane, Australia, Jul. 2016.
- D. Johnson, B. Manaris, Y. Vassilandonakis, and S. Stoudenmier, "Kuatro: A Motion-Based Framework for Interactive Music Installations", 40th International Computer Music Conference (ICMC 2014), Athens, Greece, Sep. 2014.
- B. Manaris and A. Brown, Making Music with Computers: Creative Programming in Python, Chapman & Hall/CRC Textbooks in Computing, pp. 502, May 2014.
- Slides from SIGCSE 2016 workshop - single (one slide per page), and handout (4 slides per page).
- B. Manaris, D. Johnson, and Y. Vassilandonakis, "Harmonic Navigator: A Gesture-Driven, Corpus-Based Approach to Music Analysis, Composition, and Performance", 2nd International Workshop on Musical Metacreation (MUME 2013), Proceedings of AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment (AIIDE'13), Boston, MA, pp. 67-74, Oct. 2013.
- B. Manaris, P. Roos, D. Krehbiel, T. Zalonis, and J.R. Armstrong, "Zipf's Law, Power Laws and Music Aesthetics", in T. Li, M. Ogihara, G. Tzanetakis (eds.), Music Data Mining, pp. 169-216, CRC Press - Taylor & Francis, July 2011.
- B. Manaris, J. Romero, P. Machado, D. Krehbiel, T. Hirzel, W. Pharr, and R.B. Davis (2005), "Zipf's Law, Music Classification and Aesthetics," Computer Music Journal 29(1), MIT Press, pp. 55-69, Spring 2005.
- JythonMusic - software and resources for music-making and creative programming in Python. It is intended for musicians and programmers alike, of all levels and backgrounds.
- Music information retrieval, computational aesthetics, and artificial creativity.
- Computing in the Arts (CITA) - an innovative major combining creativity, problem solving, and computational thinking (funded by NSF).
- Associate Editor, The International Journal on Artificial Intelligence Tools (IJAIT).
- Program Committee, MUME 2016: 4th International Workshop on Musical Metacreation, June 27, 2016 - Paris, France.
Computer Science Department
College of Charleston
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Βασίλης Μάναρης, Βασίλειος Μάναρης