Marcelo M. Wanderley

Academic title(s): 

Professor, Music Technology
Director: Input Devices and Music Interaction Laboratory (IDMIL)

Music Research
Music Technology
Contact Information
514-398-4400 Ext 00917
Email address: 
marcelo.wanderley [at]

PhD Université Pierre et Marie Curie


Marcelo Mortensen Wanderley holds a Ph.D. degree from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI), France, on acoustics, signal processing, and computer science applied to music. His main research interests include gestural control of sound synthesis, input device design and evaluation, and the use of sensors and actuators in digital musical instruments. Dr. Wanderley has chaired 2003 International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression and co-authored the textbook “New Digital Musical Instruments: Control and Interaction Beyond the Keyboard”, A-R Editions. He is currently International Chair at INRIA Lille, France and Professor of Music Technology at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University, where he is a member of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT).

Selected publications: 


Digital Musical Instruments: Control and Interaction beyond the Keyboard. Eduardo Reck Miranda and Marcelo M. Wanderley. A-R Publications, 2006.

Trends in Gestural Control of Music. Marcelo M. Wanderley and Marc Battier (editors). Paris: IRCAM – Centre Pompidou. 2000.

Gesture-Based Human-Computer Interaction and Simulation · 7th International Gesture Workshop, GW 2007, Lisbon, Portugal, May 23-25, 2007, Revised Selected Papers. Miguel S. Dias, Sylvie Gibet, Marcelo M. Wanderley and Rafael Bastos (editors). LNCS series Vol. 5085, Springer Verlag, 2009.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

"The Design, Implementation, and Testing of a Sensorized MRI-Compatible Cello." Avrum Hollinger and Marcelo M. Wanderley. IEEE Sensors Journal, 15(11):6125-6134, 2015. DOI: 10.1109/JSEN.2015.2449876

"Indirect Acquisition of Violin Instrumental Controls from Audio Signal with Hidden Markov Models." Alfonso Perez Carrillo and Marcelo M. Wanderley. IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing, 23(5):932-940, March 2015. DOI: 10.1109/TASLP.2015.2410140.

"Distributed Tools for Interactive Design of Heterogeneous Signal Networks." Joseph Malloch, Stephen Sinclair and Marcelo M. Wanderley. Multimedia Tools and Applications, 74(15):5683-5707, 2015. DOI 10.1007/s11042-014-1878-5.

"Motion Analysis of Clarinet Performers." Euler Teixeira, Maurício A. Loureiro, Marcelo M. Wanderley and Hani C. Yehia. Journal of New Music Research, 44(2):97-111, 2015 DOI:  10.1080/09298215.2014.925939

"The Role of Working Memory in the Temporal Control of Discrete and Continuous Movements." Pieter-Jan Maes, Caroline Palmer and Marcelo M. Wanderley. Experimental Brain Research, 233(1):263-273, January 2015. DOI: 10.1007/s00221-014-4108-5

"Common Cues to Emotion in the Dynamic Facial Expressions of Speech and Song." Steven R. Livingstone, William F. Thompson, Marcelo M. Wanderley, and Caroline Palmer. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. DOI: 10.1080/17470218.2014.971034

"Velocity estimation algorithms for audio-haptic simulations involving stick-slip." Stephen Sinclair, Marcelo M. Wanderley and Vincent Hayward. IEEE Transactions on Haptics, 7(4):533-544, 2014. DOI: 10.1109/TOH.2014.2346505

"A Comprehensive Review of Sensors and Instrumentation Methods Used in Musical Expression." Carolina B. Medeiros and Marcelo M. Wanderley. Sensors Journal, 2014. 14(8):13556–13591.

"Mapping Control Structures for Sound Synthesis: Functional and Topological Perspectives." Doug Van Nort, Marcelo M. Wanderley and Philippe Depalle. Computer Music Journal, 38(3):6–22, 2014.

"In-House Development of Paper Force Sensors for Musical Applications." Rodolphe Koehly, Marcelo M. Wanderley, Theodorus van de Ven and Denis Curtil. Computer Music Journal, 38(2):22–35, Summer 2014.

"Multiple-model Linear Kalman Filter Framework for Unpredictable Signals" Carolina B. Medeiros and Marcelo M. Wanderley.  IEEE Sensors Journal, 14(4):979–991, April 2014.

"When the Data is Emotion: Strategies and Results from the Intersection of Sonification and Music." R. Michael Winters and Marcelo M. Wanderley. Organised Sound, 19(1):60–69, 2014.

"Automatic Detection of Musicians' Ancillary Gestures based on Video Analysis." Rodrigo A. Seger, Marcelo M. Wanderley and Alessandro L. Koerich. Expert Systems with Applications, Volume 41, Issue 4, Part 2, March 2014, Pages 2098–2106. DOI: 10.1016/j.eswa.2013.09.009

"Action-based Effect on Music Perception." Pieter-Jan Maes, Marc Leman, Caroline Palmer and Marcelo M. Wanderley. Frontiers in Psychology, 03 January 2014. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.01008

"Gestural strategies in the harp performance." Delphine Chadefaux, Jean-Loïc Le Carrou, Benoît Fabre, Marcelo M. Wanderley and Laurent Daudet. Acta Acustica united with Acustica Vol. 99, 986–996, 2013. DOI 10.3813/AAA.918677

"Trumpet Augmentation and Technological Symbiosis." Joseph Thibodeau and Marcelo M. Wanderley, Computer Music Journal, 37(3):12–25, Fall 2013.

"A Sonification Tool for the Analysis of Large Databases of Expressive Gesture." R. Michael Winters, Alexandre Savard, Vincent Verfaille, and Marcelo M. Wanderley. The International Journal of Multimedia & Its Applications (IJMA) Vol.4, No. 6, December 2012

"Segmenting and Parsing Instrumentalist’s Gestures." Baptiste Caramiaux, Marcelo M. Wanderley and Frédéric Bevilacqua. In Journal of New Music Research, 41(1):13–29, 2012.

"Hybrid Inverse Motion Control for Virtual Characters Interacting with Sound Synthesis - Application to Percussion Motion." Alexandre Bouënard, Sylvie Gibet and Marcelo M. Wanderley. The Visual Computer Journal, Springer, 28(4):357–370, 2012.

"Virtual Gesture Control and Synthesis of Music Performances: Qualitative Evaluation of Synthesized Timpani Exercises". Alexandre Bouënard, Marcelo M. Wanderley, Sylvie Gibet and Fabrice Marandola. Computer Music Journal, 35(3):57–72, Fall 2011.

"Music to my eyes: Cross-modal interactions in the perception of emotions in musical performance". Bradley W. Vines, Carol L. Krumhansl, Marcelo M. Wanderley, Ioana M. Dalca, and Daniel J. Levitin. Cognition 118:157–170, 2011.

Book chapters

"Input Devices and Music Interaction". Joseph Malloch, Stephen Sinclair, Avrum Hollinger and Marcelo M. Wanderley. In Jorge Solis and Kia Ng, eds, Musical Robots and Interactive Music Systems, Springer Verlag, 2011.

"Projeto e Utilização de Instrumentos Musicais Digitais." Marcelo M. Wanderley. In  Keller, D. (ed.), Criação Musical e Tecnologias: Teoria e Prática Interdisciplinar 1, ANPOM (In Portuguese), 2010.

"Musical Gesture: Concepts and Methods in Research." Alexander Refsum Jensenius, Marcelo M. Wanderley, Rolf Inge Godøy and Marc Leman. In Rolf Inge Godøy and Marc Leman, ed. Musical Gestures: Sound, Movement and Meaning. New York: Routledge, pp 12-35, 2010.