received a Ph.D. degree in computer science at University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering in 2008. Since 2004, she has worked as a graduate research assistant in the Music Computation and Cognition (MuCoaCo) Lab at the Integrated Media Systems Center (IMSC), a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center. Her research interests include audio signal processing, music content analysis, expressive performance study, automated style-specific accompaniment and artificial intelligence. She has published a number of articles in the EURASIP Journal on Applied Signal Processing, and in the refereed proceedings of the International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR), the Joint International Workshop on Computational Creativity (CC’07), the IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo, and the IEEE Workshop on Multimedia Information Processing and Retrieval. She has also presented her work at the INFORMS Computing Society Conference, the Conference on Music, Language, and the Mind, and the workshop on the Tonal Systems of Rock at the University of Michigan.
In Spring 2007, Ching-Hua won the USC Digital Dissertation Fellowship Award for her demonstrated and continuing work in automatic style-specific accompaniment. In 2008, she was elected to Phi Kappa Phi, USC’s oldest all-University honor society.
Ching-Hua also earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from National Taiwan University in 1999 and 2001, respectively. In Taiwan, she was also the lead guitarist of several all-female rock bands.