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Courtney Reed

Dr Courtney Reed

Research Associate in Design Analytics and Music Physiology


Courtney Reed, Postdoctoral Researcher, is researching human perception and interaction with music and physiology. Courtney’s specialisations are in human-computer interaction (HCI) and data presentation, particularly with biosignals like EMG, human-centred design, and first-person subjective methodologies, including micro-phenomenology. Courtney completed her PhD in Computer Science with the Augmented Instruments Lab at the Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary University of London. Her thesis examined the embodied relationship between vocalist and voice, as both instrument and body, and how musical relationships can inform HCI and design strategies. She previously worked as a researcher in the Sensorimotor Interaction Group at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, where she is an affiliate researcher. Her work there examined human perception of vibrotactile feedback and developed protoypes and toolkits for designers to incorporate auditory and tactile feedback in interface design. In addition to her research, Courtney works as a semi-professional vocalist in London and abroad.

Research interests

  • Human computer interaction
  • Biosignal feedback
  • Mixed-method analyses
  • Musical interaction and perception
  • Interaction Design