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Music Entertainment Technology Lab

The Music and Entertainment Technology Laboratory (MET-lab) pursues transdisciplinary research at the convergence of media and technology, particularly in the areas of sound and music. The MET-lab's primary research focuses on the following music and entertainment applications:

  • Music information retrieval: AI for understanding music and sound
  • New interfaces and robotics for expressive interaction
  • K-12 STEAM and Maker education

Among the research projects supported by the MET-lab are the magnetic resonator piano, emotion recognition in music, musically-aware humanoid robots, and many more. The MET-lab hosts the Summer Music Technology program, an innovative one-week learning experience for Philadelphia-area high school students.

Read more at the MET-lab website

Project Highlights



An experimental analog-digital hybrid musical instrument, consisting of a circle of 16 electromagnetic, light-up drums.



A system developed with the Philadelphia Orchestra to enhance the experience of live symphonic music.


The Science of Music

Real-time, large-screen visualizations of timbre, harmony, rhythm, and acoustics, enabling audiences to experience the science behind music.


Magnetic Resonator Piano

A groundbreaking hybrid electro-acoustic instrument, augmenting the piano with previously impossible sounds. Featured in recitals all around the world.


Expressive Robotics

Humanoid robots that dance, sing, and play musical instruments, exploring new forms of human-robot interaction.