Dr. Stephen Roddy
Assistant Professor, School Office - Creative Arts
Teaching Fellow, Electronic & Elect. Engineering
I am an Artist, Researcher, and Lecturer based at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) conducting work in the Creative Arts and Engineering. I hold a Ph.D. in Data Sonification, the use of sound to perceptualize data and convey information. My current work is focused on the application of Sonification, and artificial intelligence/machine learning techniques (AI/ML) in Human-computer Interaction (HCI) and the Creative Arts.
My previous project, based at the CONNECT Centre in TCD and funded by an IRC postdoctoral fellowship, explored the design of Sonification and Auditory Display solutions for Large-scale Internet of Things (IoT) networks. My work has been widely disseminated through peer-reviewed journal publications, book chapters, and conferences.
I maintain a vibrant and diverse creative arts practice spanning a variety of media and styles including music composition and performance, sound art installation, interactive art and music for dance and stage. My work has been described as dark, eclectic and experimental. My pieces are frequently performed and installed at home and abroad and I have been described as eclectic, dark and experimental.
Previous events have included the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Helicotrema Recorded Audio Festival in Venice, Dublin Dance Festival's Embodied at the GPO, and the Sonorities Contemporary Music Festival.
Publications and Further Research Outputs
Stephen Roddy, Signal to Noise Loops: A Cybernetic Approach to Musical Performance with Smart City Data and Generative Music Techniques, Leonardo, 56, (1), 2023, p525 - 532
Stephen Roddy, Creating Signal to Noise Loops v4, The Proceedings of The 27th International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD 2022), The 27th International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD 2022), Online, 27th June 2022, 2022, pp159 - 160
Stephen Roddy, A Technique for Controlling the Proportion of Information in the Sonification of Complex Time Series Data, The Proceedings of The 27th International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD 2022), The 27th International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD 2022), Online, 27th June 2022, 2022, pp117 - 119
Stephen Roddy, The Body in the Machine: Indices Online, xCoAx - Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics & X, Graz, Austria, July 12-16 2021, 9, 2021, pp420 - 428
Stephen Roddy & Brian Bridges, THE DESIGN OF A SMART CITY SONIFICATION SYSTEM USING A CONCEPTUAL BLENDING AND MUSICAL FRAMEWORK, WEB AUDIO AND DEEP LEARNING TECHNIQUES, The 26th International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD 2021), Virtual Conference, 25-28 June 2021, 21, 2021
Meaning-making and Embodied Cognition in Sound Design Research in, editor(s)Michael Filimowicz , Doing Research in Sound Design, London, Focal Press, 2021, [Stephen Roddy & Brian bridges]
Stephen Roddy, Using Conceptual Metaphors to Represent Temporal Context in Time-Series Data Sonification, Interacting with Computers, 2020
Roddy S., Bridges B., Mapping for meaning: the embodied sonification listening model and its implications for the mapping problem in sonic information design, Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces, 14, 2020, p143 - 151
Stephen Roddy, Ambient Data Monitoring w/Generative Music Systems using EC & ML Techniques., Computer Simulation of Musical Creativity, Dublin, 20th-22nd August 201, 2018
Sound, Ecological Affordances and Embodied Mappings in Auditory Display in, editor(s)Filimowicz M., Tzankova V. , New Directions in Third Wave Human-Computer Interaction: Volume 2 - Methodologies, Switzerland, Springer, Cham, 2018, pp231 - 258 , [Stephen Roddy]
Stephen Roddy & Dermot Furlong, Vowel Formant Profiles and Image Schemata and Auditory Display, Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2018) (HCI) , nternational BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2018), Belfast, 4 - 6 July 2018 , Dr Raymond Bond , Prof Maurice Mulvenna , Prof Jonathan Wallace , Dr Michaela Black , 2018
Stephen Roddy, IoT and AI-Driven Audio in the Smart City: A Rhythmanalysis inspired approach., The Irish Sound Science and Technology Association Conference, Ulster Unviersity, Magee Campus, Derry/Londonderry, 9-10 November, 2018
Stephen Roddy, Signal to Noise Loops i++: Noise Water Air, xCoAx - Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics & X, Madrid, 12-13 July, edited by André Rangel, Luísa Ribas, Mario Verdicchio, & Miguel Carvalhais , (ISBN: 978-989-746-17), 2018, pp237 - 240
Stephen Roddy & Brian Bridges, Addressing the Mapping Problem in Sonic Information Design through Embodied Image Schemata, Conceptual Metaphors, and Conceptual Blending, Journal of Sonic Studies, 17, 2018
Stephen Roddy, Composing the Good Ship Hibernia and the hole in the bottom of the world, Part F131930, 2017
Stephen Roddy, Absolute Nothingness - The Kyoto School and Sound Art Practice, The Proceedings of Invisible Places 2017, Invisible Places, São Miguel, Azores, Portugal., 7-9 April 2017, edited by Edited by Raquel Castro & Miguel Carvalhais , 2017, pp157 - 173
Alan Dormer and Stephen Roddy, Sound, Place & Multiplace, rish Sound Science and Technology Association Conference, Ulster University, Magee Campus, Derry/Londonderry, 7-9th September, 2016
Stephen Roddy & Brian Bridges, Sounding Human with Data: The Role of Embodied Conceptual Metaphors and Aesthetics in Representing and Exploring Data Sets, the Proceedings of the Music Technology Workshop 2016, Music Technology Workshop, Michael Smurfit Business School, University College Dublin, June 10th, 2016, pp64 - 76
Stephen Roddy and Dermot Furlong, Sonification Listening: An Empirical Embodied Approach, Proceedings of hte 21st International Conference on Auditory Display, 21st International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD), Graz, Austria , July 8-10 2015, edited by David Worrall , 2015, pp181 - 187
Stephen Roddy, Sonification and the Digital Divide, Digital Materials, National University of Ireland, Galway, 21-22 May, 2015
Stephen Roddy, Embodied sonification, Trinity College Dublin. School of Engineering. Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, 2015
Stephen Roddy and Dermot Furlong, Embodied Auditory Display Affordances, Proceedings of 12th Sound and Music Computing Conference, 12th Sound and Music Computing Conference, NUIM Maynooth, July 26 - August 1 2, edited by Joseph Timoney , 2015, pp477 - 484
Stephen Roddy, Dermot Furlong, Embodied Aesthetics in Auditory Display, Organized Sound, 19, (Special Issue 01), 2014, p70 - 77
Stephen Roddy, Dermot Furlong, Rethinking the Transmission Medium in Live Computer Music Performance, Third Annual Sound Science and Technology Convocation 2013, Dun Laoghaire Instute of Art Design Technology, Dublin, August 28-29 2013, 2013
Roddy, S., & Furlong, D, Embodied cognition in auditory display, Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Auditory Display, 19th International Conference on Auditory Display, Łódź, Poland, 2013, 2013, pp127 - 134
DescriptionSonification, Auditory Display, Sound and Music Computing, Digital Arts, Computer Music, Creative Technologies, Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence in the Creative Arts, Human-computer Interaction (HCI), Internet of Things.
- Auditory Display for Large Scale IoT Networks
- Auditory display is a field of human-computer interaction that focuses on displaying information to a user through sound. Sonification is an auditory display technique that maps data to sound to gain unique and novel insights into the source of the data. It is often used to find and express relationships in datasets that are too large or complex to be effectively represented through visual means alone. Sonification is emerging as a critical technique for understanding and communicating large complex data flows in the context of increasingly networked and data-driven societies. This has resulted in increased interest in sonification as a tool for observing network activity patterns monitoring network security and creating interactive art as evidenced by a number of notable contemporary projects. This project explored the application of sonification and auditory display techniques in the context of large-scale loT networks exploring fundamental questions about the use of sonification and auditory display techniques to represent complex large-scale loT data. It also addresses applied questions through the development of an auditory display framework for the meaningful representation of data generated by IoT devices and networks.
- Funding Agency
- Irirsh Research Council
- Date From
- September 2017
- Date To
- September 2019
Awards and Honours
Trinity College Dublin - Postgraduate Research Studentship
Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
Best Artistic use of Sound in a Sonification
The International Community for Auditory Display
The International Computer Music Association
IEEE Committee for Ethically Aligned Design in the Arts
Irish Sound Science and Technology Association - Board Member from 2016 to 2019.