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Engineering Inaugural Lecture: Professors Elaine Chew and Mohammad Shikh-Bahaei

Strand Campus, London

11 Oct NMES Inaugural Lecture: Professors Elaine Chew and Mohammad Shikh-Bahaei Part of NMES Inaugural Lecture Series 2023-24

You're warmly invited in-person or online to our inaugural lecture event series with speakers from the Department of Engineering, Professor Elaine Chew and Mohammad Shikh-Bahaei.

The Inaugural Lecture Series from the Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences (NMES) celebrates the journeys and career successes of our newly appointed professors, to provide insight and inspiration from the faculty's leading scientists.

Elaine and Mohammad, both Professors of Engineering, will present on the ground-breaking research accomplished through their careers. Afterwards, there will be a chance to raise a glass to their achievements over drinks at our reception.



  • 16:45 - 17:00 Registration opens
  • 17:00 - 17:05 Welcome/opening remarks: Professor Mark French, Interim Executive Dean of the Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences
  • 17:05 - 17:30 (De-)constructing music for cardiac diagnostics and therapeutics by Professor Elaine Chew
  • 17:30 - 17:35 Vote of thanks
  • 17:35 - 18:00 Next generation systems and networks: Twinning the digital and physical worlds by Professor Mohammad Shikh-Bahaei
  • 18:00 - 18:05 Vote of thanks
  • 18:05 - 18:10 Closing remarks: Professor Mark French, Interim Executive Dean of the Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences
  • 18:10 - 19:00 Drinks reception

(De-)constructing music for cardiac diagnostics and therapeutics by Professor Elaine Chew

Music is ephemeral, its effects on the human body and mind are deep yet ineffable. This has led to many romantic notions about music's charm, especially its influence on the heart. Research to date has sought answers by dissecting this sublime phenomenon, uncovering the why and the how of music through mathematical representations and computational algorithms.

My research is looking at music’s physiological impact on the human body in particular on the heart. The similarities between music and heart signals mean that music information research techniques can be used to represent and categorise cardiac signals. Additionally, music expressivity can be linked to cardiovascular measures and use to modulate autonomic response. Leveraging computational and musical thinking, my research aims to further arrhythmia diagnostics and cardiovascular therapies.

Alongside an exploration of my research, this presentation will also cover my personal research journey spanning art, science, and medicine, and include musical illustrations and technology demonstrations at a Yamaha Disklavier piano.

Professor Elaine Chew headshot

Speaker bio:

Elaine Chew is a Professor of Engineering in the Department of Engineering and School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences at King’s College London. An operations researcher and pianist, Elaine received a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Mathematical and Computational Sciences (Honors) and Music Performance (Distinction) at Stanford University, and Master's and PhD in Operations Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where she proposed the spiral array model. Prior to joining King's she was a senior researcher at the STMS Lab (IRCAM) in Paris 2019-2022, Professor of Digital Media at QMUL 2011-2019, and Assistant then tenured Associate Professor at USC in Los Angeles 2001-2011.

A pioneering music information researcher, she is forging new pathways between music and cardiovascular science. She is Principal Investigator for two ERC projects: COSMOS, which aims to use citizen data science to probe music structures created in performance; and HEART.FM, dedicated to building tools to study how these structures affect cardiac response. Her work has been recognised by the European Research Council, Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER), and Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard.



Next generation systems and networks: Twinning the digital and physical worlds by Professor Mohammad Shikh-Bahaei

Sixth generation systems, known as IMT-2030, are envisaged to enable twinning of the two worlds: Physical and Digital. This will offer a vast range of new use cases and applications, such as immersive experiences that will allow humans to engage with virtually generated or remotely occurring events. Achieving this goal will require a comprehensive network redesign and a move away from the communication-centred approach of the existing and previous network generations.

In this presentation, I will expand on this new approach, looking at new use cases and discuss the respective requirements for the future systems and networks.

Professor Mohammad Shikh Bahei headshot

Speaker bio:

Since 1995, Professor Shikh-Bahaei has been working on various aspects of wireless communications, in academia and industry. In 2000 he joined National Semiconductor (now part of Texas Instruments) and received three US patents for his work on 3rd generation handset design as both an inventor and co-inventor. In 2002 he joined King's College London as a Lecturer and is now a Professor of Telecommunications in the Department of Engineering. He has published over 150 articles, focusing on cellular, machine to machine/device to device communications, and sensor networks.

Professor Shikh-Bahaei won the overall King’s ‘Excellence in Supervisory Award’ in 2014. He has founded and chaired several conferences on wireless communications. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Senior Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and chair of Working Group 1 of one6G association.

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  • This event will be livestreamed from 17:00 to 18:00 and a recording will be shared on the NMES Faculty YouTube channel.
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At this event

Elaine Chew

Elaine Chew

Professor of Engineering

Mohammad Reza Shikh-Bahaei

Mohammad Reza Shikh-Bahaei

Professor of Telecommunications

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