The Creative Industries are recognised as a significant area of growth by the Government and the European Union. This sector is experiencing rapid development and represents an expanding area in terms of graduate employment and research. The constant advancement of Digital Technologies has meant that the nature of interaction and communication is persistently changing. With these changes come challenges as well as opportunities that need to be investigated and understood. Research in this theme focuses on the practical and theoretical implications of emerging technologies for both the user and the designer. Emphasis is placed on the connection of real and virtual spaces and exploring the possibilities of that future technologies may afford us. Opportunities exist for creating new products, new systems, new approaches, setting new standards and developing new thinking on how people, labour and society may evolve in the digital age. This rapidly expanding domain requires a focus which is more open than traditional and a willingness to explore new opportunities, which may not be part of the current research practice. The research conducted in this theme contributes significantly to the ongoing development of the north east region of Ireland as a cluster for the Creative Industries and Innovation in Future Technologies. It has also informed the development of numerous modules and programmes within the School of Informatics and Creative Arts.
Embracing music, science computing, and engineering, Music Technology is an area concerned with technology-based research and activity in sound and music. Research interests in Music Technology are many and varied and reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the subject. Areas of research interest and expertise include: Musical Pattern Matching, Music Programming & Modelling, Computational Musicology, Music Information Retrieval, Music Software Development, Assistive Music Technology, Technology in Music Education, Algorithmic Composition, Interactive Systems and their Musical and Therapeutic Applications, Acoustics & Psychoacoustics, Digital Signal Processing, Audio Circuit Design, Recording, Editing and Production and Electroacoustic Composition.