Assistant Professor @ Delft University of Technology
Cynthia Liem is an Assistant Professor at the Multimedia Computing Group. In 2007 and 2009, she obtained her BSc and MSc degree in Media and Knowledge Engineering (Computer Science) at the TU Delft, after which she continued pursuing a PhD at the same institution (defended in 2015). Besides, she obtained the BMus (2009) and MMus (2011) degree in classical piano performance at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague.
She likes working on information filtering challenges in large multimodal archives. Her current research interests fall under two categories, which both are strongly motivated by her combined background in computer science & engineering and music:
Her current projects encompass the H2020 European research project TROMPA on crowd-powered enrichment of public-domain music resources, an NWO-KIEM research project on assessment of well-being in musicians, an NWO-Veni research project on perspective-broadening in recommender systems, and the ERASMUS+ ‘Big Data in Psychological Assessment’ education innovation project.
She works with major partners such as the National Library of The Netherlands and CDR/Muziekweb, which both have strong commitment towards public information provision and accessibility. Cynthia has been supported and acknowledged in many ways throughout her career, e.g. through the Google Anita Borg Scholarship 2008 and Google European Doctoral Fellowship 2010, and as one of the top-5 nominees for the New Scientist Wetenschapstalent Prijs.
She has managed sustaining her musical career in parallel to her academic activities. Cynthia is still active as a performing pianist, most notably in the Magma Duo with violin player Emmy Storms, which won 1st prize at the international competition ‘A Feast of Duos’ in Sion, Switzerland, August 2014, and was laureate of the 2014-2015 Dutch Classical Talent Tour & Award career development program, leading to a national concert tour.