ASU School of Music welcomes Ying Quartet for 2016–17 visiting quartet residency program

June 27, 2016

Bringing concert music into everyday life is not always the focus of chamber music groups, but it is a priority of the fearlessly imaginative Ying Quartet, whose members have been performing together in diverse settings for two decades.

The ASU School of Music, in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, is lucky to have this renowned group come to ASU for the 2016-17 annual visiting quartet residency program. Each year, the innovative program hosts a major professional string quartet for three visits, and these top musicians serve as featured artists and teachers for students, integrating a comprehensive chamber music curriculum into the extensive training. The Ying Quartet, pictured, are the 2016-17 visiting string quartet in residence at ASU's School of Music. The Ying Quartet is the 2016-17 visiting string quartet in residence at ASU's School of Music. Download Full Image

“This will be the first time having the Ying Quartet in our residency,” said Jonathan Swartz, artistic director of the program and violin professor in the School of Music. “They are known for excelling in many of the things that distinguish our program — a commitment to communication, education, creation and performance of art relevant to our place and time, and impacting the community. They are an ideal quartet for our program, and our students are thrilled to get the opportunity to study with them.”

Thanks to their impressive qualifications and broad musical interests, the group performs regularly in world-renowned concert halls as well as more ordinary locales like workplaces, schools and even prisons. Their desire to explore the diverse possibilities of the string quartet and share it with others is what has led them to pursue such a range of experiences in which to showcase their art. This has helped truly set them apart in the chamber music world.

One of their primary ventures, an ongoing commissioning project called LifeMusic, was initiated to increase the string quartet repertoire. With support from the Institute for American Music, they commission emerging and established composers to write music that reflects contemporary American life and have accrued an impressive list of new titles.

“The second visit from the quartet will have the theme ‘Americana,’ to specifically bring into focus the Ying’s mission of commissioning works that represent different parts of America,” said Swartz. “We always try to tap into our visiting quartet’s interests and expertise, and this is one example.”

The School of Music’s quartet program is curriculum-based, with each visit from the quartet centering around a curricular project. Within a four-year window, four different quartets come to do a residency, with no repeats. There is a strong yearly continuity, thanks to multiple visits from the same quartet each year, yet during the typical duration of an undergraduate degree program, students are exposed to a variety of expertise by having a new quartet serve in residence each year. These features of the quartet program set it apart from similar offerings at other universities and help to ensure that School of Music string students receive the best possible training during their time at ASU.

Heather Beaman

Communications liaison, School of Music


Meeting digital world challenges

Sensor and signal processing workshop strengthens ASU, Tec de Monterrey collaboration

June 27, 2016

The International Sensors, Signal Processing and Communications Workshop, held last month at Arizona State University, brought together government, industry and academic leaders from the United States and Mexico to share new signal/information processing research and identify collaborations that can meet the challenges of an increasingly digital world.

The workshop is a collaborative initiative between the Sensor, Signal and Information Processing (SenSIP) Research Center in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and the Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM) Center for Electronics and Telecommunications. ITESM Embedded Sensor Circuits Embedded sensor circuits and transceivers from the ITESM Center for Electronics and Telecommunications Laboratory. Download Full Image

“Forecasts for sensor demand are as high as 100 trillion by 2030,” said plenary speaker Stephen Whalley, chief strategy officer, MEMS Industry Group (MIG). “The future Internet of Everything/Things landscape will require deployment of printed electronics, antennas, power sources, transistors and sensors to enable multiple orders of magnitude cost reduction per square meter. Stretchable plastic and thin film substrates and ultimately roll-to-roll printing on paper will serve various application, cost, performance and form factor needs.”

The two-day workshop included presentations from the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, MIG, NXP Semiconductor, Prairie View A&M University and SenSIP and ITESM. SenSIP STEM project partner institutions, Clarkson University and Prairie View A&M University, also participated with presentations and posters.

Maureen Howell, director of research and strategy for GPEC, addressed connecting innovation with research and technology through collaborative consortiums that foster shared revenue returns, and Michael Stanley from NXP provided solutions for machine learning and sensor data analytics.

ASU presentations included insights about competing in international technology markets. Philip Dowd, director of intellectual assets for physical sciences at Arizona Technology Enterprises (AzTE, the intellectual property management and technology transfer organization for ASU), provided information about filing intellectual property documents with international partners, and John Mitchell, director of corporate engagement, global outreach and extended education, addressed the importance of collaboration to stay competitive amidst fast-paced technological innovation. Joelina Peck, ECEE research advancement manager, addressed setting up international industry-university proposals, and Paola Garcia-Hicks, director of Mexico and Latin America initiatives in the Office of University Affairs, presented an overview of plans for institutional relations with Mexico and, specifically, ITESM.

Framework for future ASU-ITESM initiatives

Andreas Spanias, a professor of electrical engineering and director of SenSIP, which is a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center, said the workshop was a valuable opportunity to share insights on new technologies and provide a framework for future collaboration.

“The technology is moving very quickly,” he said. “Workshops like these enable us to expand our abilities to develop digital signal processing techniques for inexpensive, reusable sensors that are critical to advancing medical, energy and mobile communications systems.”

According to Spanias, SenSIP faculty is helping the ITESM Center for Electronics and Communications propose an I/UCRC consortium-like model, comparable to SenSIP, to the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología, known as Conacyt. Similar to the NSF in the U.S., Conacyt is in charge of promoting and setting policies for Mexico’s scientific and technological activities, granting scholarships for postgraduate studies and managing programs to encourage industry and private-sector involvement in science and technology research and development.

Since the workshop, a joint ASU-ITESM proposal has been submitted to industry for a project on sensor localization that will support collaboration between professors Cesar Vargas-Rosales, David Muñoz Rodríguez and Rafaela Villalpando Hernández from ITESM and Cihan Tepedelenlioglu and Spanias from ASU. Additional initiatives through which ASU and ITESM may exchange students and faculty have been identified.

The workshop was sponsored in part by the NSF Office of International Science and Engineering, the NSF I/UCRC Program, and the ASU SenSIP Center, with technical co-sponsorship by IEEE Phoenix Chapter.

Additional workshops for industry, government and academics, hosted by ASU in Arizona in November and by ITESM in Monterrey in March, are planned.

Terry Grant

Media Relations Officer, Media Relations and Strategic Communications