About Me

Hi! My name is Elena, I am a researcher, lecturer, and audio engineer at Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) , where I recently graduated from the masters program in Music, Science, and Technology. I am interested in how people interact with music in their everyday lives and how technology can affect those interactions. I believe music is for everyone and am deeply passionate about encouraging amateur musicians to interact with music in a casual setting.

As a researcher, I study music information retrieval (MIR) and music cognition. I am working on projects with Dr. Jonathan Berger and Dr. Blair Kaneshiro with the Music Engagement Research Initiative (MERI) , and with Dr. Takako Fujioka in the Neuromusic lab. I have presented my work at the annual ISMIR conference, at Stanford and Berkeley, as well as at several tech companies. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree from UCLA in Cognitive Science and have experience conducting psychology and behavioral research studies.

As a musician, I am actively creating computer music in the Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk), directed by Dr. Ge Wang, and singing and arranging music for Stanford's all-female a cappella group Counterpoint. I am also a recording engineer/producer, specializing in vocal music. I record many of the a cappella groups at Stanford and run live sound for shows.

Enjoy this demo of a music visualizer I recently built, synced to the song "Side Effects" by The Chainsmokers!
Feel free to read more about it under 'Research'.

Read about my machine learning project on Predicting Billboard Hits Using Spotify Data .


June 2019

I graduated from Stanford with my master's degree in Music, Science, and Technology!

March 2019

I was invited to present my research at Pandora. Check out the slides from my presenation: Music Recommendations for Listeners With Hearing Loss.

December 2018

I presented a poster at the Stanford Machine Learning poster session. Read about my group's work on Predicting Hit Songs Using Spotify Data.

August 2018

Exciting news! I will be presenting my first research paper at this year’s International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR) Conference in Paris, France. I have been selected as a recipient of the Women in MIR grant, and will be presenting a poster at that session as well. See you at ISMIR!

June 2018

This summer, I will be interning at Universal Audio, working on a machine learning project involving tempo and meter analysis.

March 2018

This winter, I was also selected as a recipient of the Stanford Jazz Consortium's McMordie Scholarship and have been taking voice lessons.

December 2017

Finished my first quarter at Stanford! Check out my final projects under 'Research', including my "A Cappella Ambisonics" piece and a paper on using EEG to study affective priming in music.

June 2017

I graduated from UCLA with a bachelor of science in cognitive science and minors in mathematics and musicology. I had the honor of singing the UCLA Alma Mater at commencement with two of my friends; here is a video of our performance!