UW Data Science Seminar: Jonathan Middleton


4:30 pm – 5:20 pm


Physics/Astronomy Auditorium A102
3910 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA

Please join us for a UW Data Science Seminar on Tuesday, October 10th from 4:30 to 5:20 p.m. PST. The seminar will feature Dr. Jonathan Middleton, Professor of Theory and Composition at Eastern Washington University

This event will take place in the Physics/Astronomy Auditorium 102 (PAA A102) on the University of Washington campus.


“Data-to-Music Sonification & User Engagement: Adding a New Dimension to Data Analysis with Music”

Abstract: Analyzing data from their representation in musical sounds is a unique and innovative area of research within the academic realm of Auditory Display.  A unique proof-of-concept project called D2M was funded in Finland from 2015-17 to serve the sonification needs of five companies. Jonathan Middleton served as the team leader with about 12 other researchers and staff. The proposed presentation will cover a recent publication in Frontiers in Big Data with audio examples and findings from three years of work at TAUCHI (an HCI group at Tampere University) and two additional years of validation at EWU.

Biography: Dr. Jonathan Middleton is a composer, music researcher, and music professor at Eastern Washington University.  The foundation of his work is derived from the Web-based software he designed to transform data into musical sounds and expressions. Dr. Middleton’s work is often collaborative–with partnerships in the areas of biochemistry (proteins), agricultural economics, and environmental science (salmon). His latest research involves a multi-year study in Data-to-Music with the Human Computer Interaction Unit (TAUCHI) at Tampere University and five Finnish companies.


The UW Data Science Seminar is an annual lecture series at the University of Washington that hosts scholars working across applied areas of data science, such as the sciences, engineering, humanities and arts along with methodological areas in data science, such as computer science, applied math and statistics. Our presenters come from all domain fields and include occasional external speakers from regional partners, governmental agencies and industry.

The 2022-2023 seminars will be held in person, and are free and open to the public.