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My current work in the Human-Computer Interaction group of the Computer Science Department at the University of York involves looking at how structured information can be communicated through non-speech audio. My view is that the highly-structured nature of music is ideal for modelling this type of information.

Through the use of musical grammars, it is hoped that musical representations of structured information can lead to novel ways of presenting information to computers and their users. Furthermore, it is hoped that it might be possible to develop alternative communication aids for people with speech and/or language disabilities who can use music instead of, or as well as, language to communicate, or who can use music to help them improve their language skills.

For a more in-depth discussion of my research findings, take a look at my current publications or choose one of the topics below:

These pages originally belonged to John Hankinson, but are now maintained by Alistair Edwards (

21st February 2002