Dr. Lior Arbel
I am an electrical engineer, designer and musician. I'm currently a postdoctoral researcher at Laboratoire d'Acoustique de
l'Université du Maine (LAUM), Le Mans University, France,
supported by the Chateaubriand Fellowship, awarded by the French embassy in Israel. In my post-doc research I study and develop modular musical instruments for sound design prototyping. I graduated with a PhD from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology at the Faculty of Architecture/Industrial Design graduate program, supervised by Prof. Yoav Schechner (Technion) and Dr. Noam Amir (Tel-Aviv University). The Technion is also where I got my BSc in electrical engineering. After my PhD I did a short post-doc at Ben Gurion University/Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, in Prof. Boaz Rafaely's Acoustics Lab, where I researched spatial audio in collaboration with Facebook Reality Labs at Redmond, Washington.
My goal as a researcher is to use technology and engineering to expand the boundaries of music and sound. Specifically, I'm interested in musical instruments (software, acoustic, electroacoustic), music and sound computing, signal processing of music and audio, and applications of ML/DL/AI.
My PhD consists of the research and development of a new family of musical instruments combining musical wine glasses and strings. At the center of the research is a novel active instrument - The Symbaline, which uses electromagnetic actuation and signal processing to interface musical wine glasses to any other musical instrument.
As an engineer, my interests and skills include signal processing, acoustics, software, analog circuit design, signal integrity,
electro-optics and optimization algorithms.
As a musician, I play the clarinet, tenor saxophone, classical and electric guitar, compose and build electric guitars.
I enjoy literature, philosophy, art and running.