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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 on the right).

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 Spring 2016:
    • CITA / CSCI 180 - Computers, Music and Art
    • CSCI 230 - Data Structures and Algorithms
    • CSIS 691 / CSCI 399 / CSCI 299 - Computer Music Research
  • Office hours

* Advising calendar (Spring 2011)




  • Antikythera Mechanism - 2100-year-old computer is working again. ("Its user interface is deceptively simple; it hides a complex mathematical model, which tracks the movements of planetary bodies.")
    • Also a virtual reconstruction showing the complexity of its inner workings and the movement of the planet dials.
  • Computer program self-discovers laws of physics. ("In just over a day, a powerful computer program accomplished a feat that took physicists centuries to complete: extrapolating the laws of motion from a pendulum's swings.")

Analyzing music the digital way - computers have exquisite ears.

Contact Info

Computer Science Department
College of Charleston
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424, USA
tel: 843.953.8159

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