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Laboratory of Music Acoustics and Technology


Sector of Sound Technology, Music Education and Byzantine Musicology


Title: SONICOM: Transforming auditory-based social interaction and communication in AR/VR

Funding: HORIZON 2020

Entities: Imperial College London, Sorbonne University, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Univeristy of Milan, LabMAT (NKUA), University of Malaga, University of Glasgow, Dreamwaves, Reactify, USOUND

Description: SONICOM is a European research collaboration. It involves an international team of 10 research institutions and creative tech companies from 6 European countries. The partnership includes researchers and AR/VR experts from seven research/academic institutions and three small-medium enterprises.


Title: Musical Bounce Back: Promoting the role of women in music and connecting for a new pedagogy

Funding: Erasmus+

Entities: PIANO AND CO, LICA, Laboratoire d’Intelligence Collective et Artificielle (France), Organisation for European Programmes and Cultural Relations (Cyprus), Yerevan State Conservatory after Komitas (Armenia), LabMAT (Greece), Casa do Professor (Portugal)

Description: Musical Bounce Back is funded by the Erasmus+ Programme and is a new collaborative project in a time of health crisis. The project aims to promote innovative educational creations and applications and raise awareness of musicians and teachers on the issues of the role of women composers. Participants will be involved in an artistic creation process by collaborating through the LoLa (Low Latency) system.


Title: Sacred sounds, sacred spaces

Funding: CIVIS

Entities: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, University of Tübingen and the University of Glasgow

Description: This CIVIS summer school entitled “Sacred Sounds, Sacred Spaces” is a highly innovative educational module that explores the interplay between music, sound and space in relation to the experience of sacredness in historical and synchronic perspectives. It is organized jointly by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, the University of Tübingen and the University of Glasgow and will take place at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.


Title: Kolokotronis Memoirs: An interactive theatrical documentary

Funding: ELIDEK "200 Years since the Greek Revolution"

Scientific Director: Anastasia Georgaki

NKUA Research Team: Orestis Karamanlis, George Dedousis, Klio Fanouraki, Kaiti Diamantakou

External Collaborators: Marianna Lampiri, Giannis Stratakis, Ifigenia Spiliotopoulou.

Entities: Laboratory of Music Acoustics and Technology

Description: Coordination of the program in context of the action "200 years since the Greek Revolution", which includes an interactive theatrical documentary with innovative technologies, based on the memoirs of Theodoros Kolokotronis.


Title: Training Platform on Educational Voice Support at School (ASMA)

Funding: ELIDEK "Research projects to support faculty members"

Scientific Director: Anastasia Georgaki

Research Team: Areti Andreopoulou, Iakovos Steinhauer, Sofia Stavropoulou, Natalia Kotsani, George Dedousis, Vangelis Angelakis, Costas Katsantonis

Entities: Laboratory of Music Acoustics and Technology

Description: ASMA’s objective is an original and innovative research on social-aesthetic significance of cultivating the singing voice of primary education students, as well as the development of a modern platform of interactive software applications to support the teaching task of music teachers. This platform will be developed with characteristics of gamification, experiential learning and visualization, which will lead towards the desired results through both learning and entertaining activities and procedures, based on a collaborative approach. We aspire that this platform of interactive tools, on its completion, will be included in Greek primary schools’ curriculum.


Title: In the Traces of Travelers/Browsers/Tourists (TRACCE)

Funding: Program "Research-Innovate-Create"

Scientific Director NKUA: Anastasia Georgaki

NKUA Research Team: Areti Andreopoulou, George Dedousis, Costas Katsantonis

Entities: University of the Aegean, Laboratory of Music Acoustics and Technology, TEI of Crete, Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation, Honest Partners

Description: TRACCE project has the objective to design and develop an innovative diffuse platform of cultural routes, for different computing devices (mobile, landline, etc.), utilizing the cultural reserve of the travel literature, the digital material of modern travelers and modern technologies of information science and communication. The platform that will be created will offer cultural interpretation services, which will combine a certain area visit together with the acquaintance of the respective historically recorded and modern tourist experience.


Title: The liturgical chant in Venetian Crete during the 16th and 17th c.: Cultural transfers and shaping of identities in the Mediterranean space

Funding: École Française d’ Athènes

Scientific supervisor: Flora Kritikou

Research team: Nikos Maliaras, Vassa Kontouma, Fanch Thoraval, Tassos Kolydas, Vassiles Salteris, Agelos Mitses

Partner Institutions: Department of Music Studies, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens - École Française d’ Athènes - École Pratique des Hautes Études-PSL (France) - Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique, Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium)

Description: The main object of this research project is the interdisciplinary study of a corpus of liturgical settings composed in Venetian ruled Crete during the 16th and 17th centuries. The research focusses on the study and elaboration of this music material in order to point out the elements of influence of the Western polyphonic ecclesiastical chant on Byzantine composition, to describe the interaction between these two musical cultures and to determine the process of adaptation and adoption of Western polyphonic elements by Cretan composers. A parallel aspect of this project is the consideration and the identification of the common liturgical practice in the frame of which this repertory has been created and used. Through the study of the related archival, historical and liturgical sources the Cretan liturgical repertory is also examined as a component of the wider process  of shaping of identities in Crete of the Renaissance period. 


Title: Europe in C

Funding: Εrasmus+

Scientific Director: Anastasia Georgaki

NKUA Collaborators: Costas Katsantonis, George Dedousis

Collaborating Entities: Conservatoire de Dunkerque (FR) - Conservatorium van Oostende (BE) - Rostock University of Music and Drama (DE) - Conservatorio di Musica Giuseppe Tartini (IT) - Cité de la Musique (FR) - Conservatoire de Martigues (FR) - Music Program/Class CHAM at Collège Longchamp (FR) - LabMAT: Laboratory of Music Acoustics and Technology (GR) - Consortium GARR broadband network (IT)

Description: A collaboration project between six (6) countries, on the subject of network performance in contemporary music. Five (5) online concerts were organized in different European cities, featuring 30 musicians from 5 different European countries (Italy, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece) to perform the piece "In C", by Terry Riley, the minimalist American composer. For the Greek concert, fifteen 15 students of the University Department performed on classical, traditional and electronic instruments.


Title: DO.RE.MAT. Decrease Obstacles RElated to MAthematics Teaching

Funding: LLP Programme - Leonardo da Vinci

Scientific Director NKUA: Anastasia Georgaki

NKUA Scientific Team: Anastasia Georgaki, George Kosteletos

Collaborating Entities: Laboratory of Music Acoustics and Technology, University of Bologna, Latvian Ministry of Education and Science

Description: Development of a Mathematics teaching system, via Music, for students 15 to 16 years old. The implementation of this system is designed as a step-by-step process, which allows for the DO.RE.MAT method to be transferred into different educational environments.


Title: IMuscica

Funding: EU Horizon 2020

Scientific Director: Anastasia Georgaki

Collaborating Entities: Institute of Language and Speech Processing (ILSP – Athena Research and Innovation Center), Laboratory of Music Acoustics and Technology, UC Limburg, Ellinogermaniki Agogi, IRCAM, LEOPOLY, Cabrilog

Περιγραφή: This is a European Program for the development of digital tools and practices in education, towards creative learning and teaching  of Mathematics and Physics, through Music, in the context of STEM education.


Title: Experimental Archaeomusicology, training on the reconstruction and usage of Ancient Greek Musical Instruments (HERMES)

Funding: Stavros Niarhos Foundation

Department of Music Scientific Team: Anastasia Georgaki, Kostas Katsandonis

Collaborating Entities: NKUA Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, Department of Literature, Laboratory of Music Acoustics and Technology

Description: HERMES project has the mission of highlighting the music and musical instruments of Greek antiquity, in Greece and abroad, and utilizing them in research, education and the reconstruction of ancient Greek sound in modern cultural creation.


Title: DIESI: Comprehensive Design and Implementation of a Networked Music Performance System MusiNet)

Funding: Operational Program "Education and Lifelong Learning" - Thalis

Collaborating Entities: University of Crete-Coordinator, NKUA, ASOE and TEI of Crete.

Scientific Director: Panagiotis Tsakalidis.

NKUA Scientific team: Alexandros Eleftheriadis, Christina Anagnostopoulou, Vasiliki Lalioti

Description: The purpose of DIESI is to propose solutions which promote the contemporary generation of Internet Music Performance Systems (SMEs). These systems allow musicians, who are far away from each other, to collaborate and perform in joint music concerts, via telecommunications networks, as if they were in the same space.


Title: COINVENT - Concept Invention Theory

Funding: European Comission, FP7

Research team member of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki: Christina Anagnostopoulou

Description: The aim of the project is to construct a cognitive-inspired computational typical model of creating new concepts (concept invention) based on a systematic mathematical theory of concepts. This model is based on Goguen's Unified Concept Theory and on ideas by cognitive and social concepts (conceptual blending) to create new concepts, and will then be applied in to two areas: mathematics and music. This typical model can be utilized in the creation of computer systems that support genuine creative processes in science and art.


Title: MIROR - Musical Interaction Reying on Reflexion

Scientific Team: Christina Anagnostopoulou (Laboratory of Music Acoustics and Technology, Department of Music Studies, NKUA), Angeliki Triantaphyllaki (Postdoctoral Full time Researcher, Department of Music Studies, NKUA), Angelos Pikrakis (Τμήμα Πληροφορικής, Piraeus University).

Scientific Director NKUA: Christina Anagnostopoulou

Collaborating Entities: University of Bologna (Coordinators), University of Goteborg, NKUA (Department of Music Studies), University of Genoa, University of Exeter, Sony Computer Science Lab, Compedia Israel.

Funding: European Comission, FP7 ICT

Description: The ultimate goal of MIROR, this three-year research program, was to encourage autonomous musical expression and musical creativity in pre-school and early primary education, with the use of software applications for music composition and improvisation. The main objective of the program was to test a certain music software application, which functions as an advanced cognitive "teacher", aspiring to promote the development of specific skills in young children in the field of musical improvisation and composition, without requiring any prior musical knowledge as perquisite for using with the software program.


Title: Comparative Computer Music Analysis of Crete Folk Songs

Scientific Team: Christina Anagnostopoulou (Laboratory of Music Acoustics and Technology, Department of Music Studies, NKUA), Markos Dragoumis (Centre of Asia Minor Studies, Musical Folklore Archives Melpo Merlie), Darrell Conkridros Sakklinis (City University London), Petros Saridakis.

Scientific Director: Christina Anagnostopoulou

External collaborators: Rafael Pylarinos, Iason Antonopoulos, Maria Chnaraki, Anastasios Hapsoulas

Funding: John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, Research Project 2009

Description: This program includes the digitization of various genres of Cretan Music (eg kontilies, sirta, lullabies, lamentations) in musical symbolic representations and the comparative musical analysis of these data using machine learning methods and, in particular, the discovery of musical characteristic patterns (pattern discovery) for each genre and each part of Crete.


Title: Empowerment of teachers/trainers via online collaborative LMS

Funding: LLP Programme - Leonardo da Vinci

Collaborating Entities: Laboratory of Music Acoustics and Technology, ΕΕΜΑΠΕ, Europroject Consult, Kuressaare Ametikool, KPM Lithuania, nSoft Lithuania, Northumberland Park Community School

Description: The strategic goal of the program is to develop innovative content, services, pedagogical methods and practices for ICT-based Music Education, which responds to issues of high educational priority. Information and communication technologies (ICT) are powerful tools for improving quality and facilitating access to education and training. The development of innovative ICT solutions to promote better education and training throughout the training of Music Education teachers is a key goal of this lifelong learning program.


Title: The musical manuscripts conserved in the Library of the Sinai Saint’s Catherine Monastery: A detailed catalogue

Funding: A. S. Onassis Foundation (2004-2006) / Sinai Foundation at Athens (2016-2022)

Scientific Supervisor: Flora Kritikou

Partner Institutions: Department of Music Studies, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens - The Sinai Foundation at Athens

Description: The project consists of the recording and detailed description of the Byzantine musical manuscripts conserved in the Library of Saint Catherine’s monastery in Sinai. The recording of such a great collection is particularly important for the development of the field of Byzantine Musicology, as it offers new evidence based on the sources. This kind of research highlights unknown biographical information about Byzantine composers, even unknown persons and their works, kinds of notation and a great number of related elements.