Frédéric Bevilacqua is the head of the Sound Music Movement Interaction team at IRCAM in Paris (part of the joint research lab Science & Technology for Music and Sound – IRCAM – CNRS – Université Pierre et Marie Curie). His research concerns the modeling and the design of interaction between movement and sound, and the development of gesture-based interactive systems.
He holds a master degree in physics and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Optics from EPFL in Lausanne (awarded the 1st Prize of the French Society of Medical Lasers in 1999). He also studied music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston (1992-93) and has participated in different music and media arts projects. From 1999 to 2003 he was a researcher at the Beckman Laser Institute at the University of California Irvine, where he contributed to the development of a tissue imaging technique that lead to the creation of the startup Modulated Imaging. In 2003 he joined IRCAM as a researcher on gesture analysis for music and performing arts.
He co-authored more than 120 scientific publications and co-authored 5patents. His research projects and installations were presented internationally, including the Pompidou Center, MoMA (USA), ZKM (Allemagne), EMPAC (USA), YCAM (Japon). He was keynote or invited speaker at several international conferences such as the ACM TEI’13. In 2006 he was the co-chair of the International conference New Interfaces for Musical Expression. As the coordinator of the “Interlude project”, he was awarded in 2011 the 1st Prize of the Guthman Musical Instrument Competition (Georgia Tech) and received the award “prix ANR du Numérique” from the French National Research Agency (category Societal Impact, 2013).