Paul Stapleton is an improviser and sound artist originally from Southern California. He is currently Professor of Music at SARC, Queen’s University Belfast, and director of Sonorities Festival Belfast. Paul designs and performs with a variety of modular metallic sound sculptures, custom made electronics and found objects in settings ranging from Echtzeitmusik venues in Berlin to the annual International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME). He has received critical acclaim for his sound design and composition work as part of the immersive audio-theatre piece Reassembled, Slightly Askew (e.g. 4-star reviews in The Guardian, Time Out London, and London Evening Standard). Paul co-directed the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) funded network Humanising Algorithmic Listening, and has also co-led previous AHRC and European Commission funded research projects on diverse topics including the relationship between music improvisation and law, and the development of new methods for studying social interaction and entrainment in music performance. His interdisciplinary research is published in outlets ranging from Computer Music Journal and Organised Sound to Frontiers in Neuroscience and Psychological Research.