Dr Michael Zbyszyński

Staff details

Position Lecturer
Department Computing
Email M.Zbyszynski (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 078 5162
Dr Michael Zbyszyński

Michael Zbyszyński is a lecturer in the Department of Computing, where he teaches perception & multimedia computing, live electroacoustic music, and real-time interaction. His research involves applications of interactive machine learning to musical instrument design and performance.

As a musician, his work spans from brass bands to symphony orchestras, including composition and improvisation with woodwinds and electronics. He has been a software developer at Avid, SoundHound, Cycling ’74, and Keith McMillen Instruments, and was Assistant Director of Pedagogy at UC Berkeley’s Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT). He holds a PhD from UC Berkeley and studied at the Academy of Music in Kraków on a Fulbright Grant. His work has been included in Make Magazine, the Rhizome Artbase, and on the ARTSHIP recording label.

Research Interests

  • Interactive Machine Learning
  • HCI
  • Electroacoustic composition and improvisation 


Book Section

Zbyszynski, Michael; Di Donato, Balandino; Visi, Federico and Tanaka, Atau. 2021. Gesture-Timbre Space: Multidimensional Feature Mapping Using Machine Learning & Concatenative Synthesis. In: Richard Kronland-Martinet; Sølvi Ystad and Mitsuko Aramaki, eds. Perception, Representations, Image, Sound, Music. Springer International Publishing. ISBN 9783030702090

Zbyszynski, Michael; Tanaka, Atau and Visi, Federico. 2020. Interactive Machine Learning: Strategies for live performance using Electromyography. In: Hugo Silva, ed. Open Source Biomedical Engineering. Springer.


Bernardo, Francisco; Zbyszynski, Michael; Grierson, Mick and Fiebrink, Rebecca. 2020. Designing and Evaluating the Usability of a Machine Learning API for Rapid Prototyping Music Technology. Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence, 3(13), pp. 1-18.

Conference or Workshop Item

Zagorac, Slavko and Zbyszynski, Michael. 2020. 'Networked Comprovisation Stratagies with ZScore'. In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Technologies for Music Notation and Representation — TENOR'20. Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hamburg, Germany.

Plant, Nicola; Gibson, Ruth; Diaz, Carlos Gonzalez; Martelli, Bruno; Zbyszynski, Michael; Fiebrink, Rebecca; Gillies, Marco; Hilton, Clarice and Perry, Phoenix. 2020. 'Movement Interaction Design for Immersive Media Using Interactive Machine Learning'. In: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Movement and Computing. Jersey City, NJ, United States 15 – 17 July 2020.

Zbyszynski, Michael. 2019. 'Instruments & Situations: Machine learning, synthesis & creative coding'. In: FluCoMa Plenary 3. University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom 20 – 23 November 2019.

Zbyszynski, Michael; Di Donato, Balandino and Tanaka, Atau. 2019. 'Gesture-Timbre Space: Multidimensional Feature Mapping Using Machine Learning & Concatenative Synthesis'. In: 14th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research (CMMR). Marseille, France 14-18 October 2019.

Grierson, Mick; Yee-King, Matthew; McCallum, Louis; Kiefer, Chris and Zbyszynski, Michael. 2019. 'Contemporary Machine Learning for Audio and Music Generation on the Web: Current Challenges and Potential Solutions'. In: ICMC/NYCEMF 2019. New York, United States 16-23 June 2019.

Di Donato, Balandino; Tanaka, Atau; Zbyszynski, Michael and Klang, Martin. 2019. 'EAVI EMG board'. In: New Interfaces for Musical Expression. Porto Alegre, Brazil 3-6 June 2019.

Tanaka, Atau; Di Donato, Balandino; Zbyszynski, Michael and Roks, Geert. 2019. 'Designing Gestures for Continuous Sonic Interaction'. In: The International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression. Porto Alegre, Brazil 3-6 June 2019.

Zbyszynski, Michael; Di Donato, Balandino and Tanaka, Atau. 2019. 'The Effect of Co-adaptive Learning & Feedback in Interactive Machine Learning'. In: ACM CHI: Human-Centered Machine Learning Perspectives Workshop. Glasgow, United Kingdom 4 May 2019.

Zbyszynski, Michael; Grierson, Mick; Yee-King, Matthew and Fedden, Leon. 2017. 'Write once run anywhere revisited: machine learning and audio tools in the browser with C++ and emscripten'. In: Web Audio Conference 2017. Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom 21-23 August 2017.

Zbyszynski, Michael; Grierson, Mick and Yee-King, Matthew. 2017. 'Rapid Prototyping of New Instruments with CodeCircle'. In: New Interfaces for Musical Expression. Copenhagen, Denmark 15-18 May 2017.

Bernardo, Francisco; Zbyszynski, Michael; Fiebrink, Rebecca and Grierson, Mick. 2016. 'Interactive Machine Learning for End-User Innovation'. In: Designing the User Experience of Machine Learning Systems. Palo Alto, California, United States 27-29 March 2017.

Zbyszynski, Michael; Zicarelli, David and Collecchia, Regina. 2013. 'fzero~: fundamental estimation for Max 6'. In: International Computer Music Conference. Perth, Australia 12-16 August 2013.


Zbyszynski, Michael. 2018. Amphitype, for alto flute & interactive electronics. In: "Sonorities", Queens University Belfast, United Kingdom, July 2018.

Zbyszynski, Michael. 2016. Touching the Spring of Air. In: "Noizemaschin London #5", London, United Kingdom, 4 April 2016.