The Open University (OU) is a public distance learning and research university founded in 1969. It is the leading university for flexible, innovative teaching and world-leading research in the United Kingdom and in 157 countries worldwide. The HQ is in Milton Keynes (UK).
The OU mission is to open up education for all. As the largest UK academic institution, the OU empowered over two million students across many countries to transform their lives through learning. The OU joins Polifonia with scholars and technologists from the Knowledge Media Institute (KMi, STEM), the Music Department (FASS), and the Music Computing Lab (CRC, STEM).
KMi is a multidisciplinary R&D lab at the forefront of innovation for the past 25 years in Knowledge Technologies, Educational Media, Social Media Analysis, Blockchain, Smart Cities, and others.
Music Research at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of the OU is developed through high-profile individual and collaborative projects focussing on a wide range of approaches to music, with a distinctive emphasis on innovation and interdisciplinary research.
Music Computing Lab’s
work focuses on empowering musicians, illuminating musical activities, and modelling music perception and cognition. The research is informed by musicology, psychology, ethnography, embodied cognition, pervasive interaction, mathematics and advanced computing techniques.