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Sang Won Lee receives Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for research into facilitating collaboration for creative and artistic tasks

Lee investigates how we can coordinate collaboration among users and crowd workers, especially for complex tasks that require creativity.| Short Read
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CSE PhD candidate Sang Won Lee has been awarded a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to support his research into the interactive systems that lie at the intersection of music and computer science, with a focus on collaborative music making, live coding, and interactive music.

In his dissertation, entitled “Facilitating Collaborative Creation of Complex Artifacts,” he investigates how we can coordinate collaboration among users and crowd workers, especially for complex tasks that require creativity and involve a continuous, open-ended process. The research contribution of this work will be methods and tools that facilitate real-time collaboration in computational systems in various domains; performing arts, programming, writing, and design, supporting creative collaboration at scale.

Lee has presented a number of his research works and performances at venues including the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) and the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC).

In 2016, Lee received the Student Music Award for best student composition at ICMC in Utrecht, Netherlands for his composition “Live Writing: Gloomy Streets.” This performance was an outcome from his interdisciplinary research work, Live Writing, which transforms asynchronous written communication into a real-time experience in the context of programming, writing and performing arts. The piece will be presented at the 2017 ACM CHI Conference Art program at Denver.

Lee was a finalist in the Department’s 2016 Graduate Student Honors Competition. He is co-advised by Profs. Georg Essl and Walter Lasecki.

About the Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship

The Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship supports outstanding doctoral students who have achieved candidacy and are actively working on dissertation research and writing. They seek to support students working on dissertation that are unusually creative, ambitious and risk-taking.

Sang Won Lee performing "Live Writing: Gloomy Streets" at U-M's 2015 Performing Arts Technology Showcase Concert
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