Pantelis N. Vassilakis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Chairman
Pantelis Vassilakis earned a Post Doctoral Certificate in Auditory Science (2003) from the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA), Ph.D (2001) and M.A. (1997) degrees in Ethnomusicology, specializing in music cognition, acoustics, and aesthetics, also from UCLA, and a B.A. degree in Music Composition and Technology (1993) from Kingston University, Surrey, England. He has also completed course studies in Electrical Engineering at the National Polytechnic of Athens, Greece.
Dr. Vassilakis has composed for the English National Ballet and the London Chinese Orchestra, has sound designed for BBC Radio 3 and the London Greek Radio, is routinely hired to digitally restore and master commercial recordings, and has extensive experience as a live and studio musician, sound engineer, and producer.
Since 1997, he has been presenting at US national and international conferences, often as an invited speaker, publishing several abstracts, articles, and book chapters and serving as reviewer for publications that include the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, the Journal of Comparative Physiology, the Computer Music Journal, and Oxford University Press. His work has been cited by over forty research studies and his recently published signal analysis and processing tool is already being utilized in research labs around the world.
As an instructor, he has earned outstanding course evaluations and a US National Course Design Excellence finalist award (2007). Other recognitions include awards from the London Arts Board (1993), the National Training Council, UK (1994), and the Acoustical Society of America (1999 & 2001).
Dr. Vassilakis comes to Columbia College from DePaul University, Chicago, where he held a joint appointment at the School of Music, the Libraries, and the Department of Instructional Design and Development, making significant contributions to both university-wide and departmental initiatives.
His research interests include cross-cultural dissonance perception, signal analysis, otoacoustic emissions, sound localization, musical aesthetics, film music theory, and assessment driven collaborative learning.