QA: Dolapo Adedokun on computer technology Ireland and all that jazz

Adedolapo Adedokun has a lot to look advanced to in 2023. After completing his grade in electrical engineering and computer science next spring he will journey to Ireland to engage an MS in intelligent methods at Trinity College Dublin as MITs fourth student to take the prestigious George J. Mitchell Scholarship. But theres more to Adedokun who goes by Dolapo than just academic exploit. Besides being a talented computer scientist the senior is an accomplished musician an potent limb of student government and an anime fan.

Q: What sees you the most almost going to Ireland to study for a year?

A: One of the reasons I was interested in Ireland was when I conversant almost Music Generation a national music education set in Ireland with the goal of giving see child in Ireland approach to the arts through approach to music teaching accomplishment opportunities and music education in and outside of the classroom. It made me ponder ’Wow this is a country that recognizes the weight of arts and music education and has invested to make it approachible for nation of all backgrounds.’ I am inspired by this set and wish it was something I could have had growing up.

I am also veritably inspired by the work of Louis Stewart an astounding jazz guitarist who was born and raised in Dublin. I am seed to explore his melodious influences and to dive into the rich melodious aggregation of Dublin. I hope to join a jazz band perhaps a trio or a quartet and accomplish all almost the city immersing myself in the rich Irish melodious spectacle but also sharing my own styles and melodious influences with the aggregation there.

Q: Of order while youre there youll be working on your MS in intelligent methods. Im intrigued by your invention of a smart-home method that lets users layer different melodies as they invade and leave a edifice. Can you tell us a pliant more almost that method: how it works how you envision users interacting with it and experiencing it and what you conversant from developing it?

A: Funny sufficient it verity seted as a method I worked on in my freshman year in 6.08 (Introduction to Embedded Systems) with a few classmates. We named it Smart HOMiE an IoT [internet-of-things] Arduino smart-home artifice that gathered basic information like location weather and interfaced with Amazon Alexa. I had unremembered almost having worked on it until I took 21M.080 (Introduction to Music Technology) and 6.033 (Computer System Engineering) in my younger year and began to acquire almost the creative applications of machine acquireing and computer science in areas like audio synthesis and digital implement design. I conversant almost astounding projects like Google Magentas Tone Transfer ML — models that use machine acquireing models to transaspect sounds into allowable melodious implements. Learning almost this sole intersection combining music and technology I began to ponder almost bigger questions like ’What kind of creative forthcoming can technology form? How can technology empower anyone to be expressive?’

When I had some downtime while being at home for a year I wanted to play almost with some of the audio synthesis tools I had conversant almost. I took Smart HOMiE and upgraded it a bit — made it a bit more melodious. It worked in three main steps. First multiple nation could sing and archives melodies that the artifice would save and store. Then using a few throw amendment and audio synthesis Python libraries Smart HOMiE corrected the archivesed melodies until they fit unitedly or generally fit within the same key in music provisions. Lastly it then would combine the melodies add some harmony or layer the track over a backing track and by the end youve made something veritably sole and expressive. It was definitely a bit scrappy but it was one of my leading times messing almost and exploring all the work that has already been done by astounding nation in this space. Technology has this surpassing possible to make anyone a creator — Id like to build the tools to make it happen.

Q: Youre a jazz implementalist yourself. Tell us more!

A: Ive always had an relationship for music but havent always felt like I could befit a musician. I had played saxophone in middle school but it never veritably stuck. When I got to MIT I was lucky sufficient to take 21M.051 (Fundamentals of Music) and dive into peculiar music speculation for the leading time. It was in that class that I was unprotected to jazz and fully fell in love. Ill never lose walking back to New House from Barker Library in my freshman year and stumbling upon ’Undercurrent’ by Bill Evans and Jim Hall — I ponder that was when I determined I wanted to acquire jazz guitar.

Jazz and in particular improvisation has taught me so much almost what it resources to be creative: to be ready to trial take risks build upon the work of others and welcome failure — all expertnesss that I wholeheartedly believe have made me a better technologist and chief. Most significantly though I ponder music and jazz have taught me endurance and order and that authority of a expertness takes a lifetime. Id be mendacious if I said I was satisfied with where I am currently at but each day Im eager to take one step advanced towards my goals.

Q: Youve focused in on music and arts education and the possible of technology to support both. Is there a specially potent class technology or instructor in your past that you can point to as a change-maker in your life?

A: Wow resistent question! I ponder there are a few bend points that have veritably been change-makers for me. The leading was in high school when I leading conversant almost Guitar Hero the music rhythm video game that seted as a project in the MIT Media Lab attempting to fetch the joy of music-making to nation of all backgrounds. It was then that I was able to see the multidisciplinary outextend of technology in labor of others.

The next I would say was taking 6.033 at MIT. From the leading day of class Professor [Katrina] LaCurts emphasized knowledge the nation we design for. That we ought to see method design as inherently nation-oriented — precedently we ponder of designing a method we must leading attend the nation that will be using them. We must attend their goals their personas their backgrounds the barriers that they face and most significantly the consequences of our design and implementation choices. I envision a forthcoming where music arts and the creative process are approachible to seeone and I believe 6.033 has given me the institution to build the technology to extend that goal.

Q: Youve also developed a emotion for broadband infrastructure which at leading glance nation might not connect with music and education your other two focuses. Why is broadband such an significant factor?

A: Before we can ponder almost the possible of technology to democratize approachibility to music and the arts we leading have to take a step back and ponder almost approachibility. What communities have more and less approach to the peculiar technology that we frequently take for granted? I ponder broadband is just one factor in the kingdom of the bigger problem which is approachibility specially in minority and low-income communities. I see technology as being the key to democratizing approach to music and the arts for nation of all background — but that technology can only be the key if the institutional infrastructure is in locate for all nation to take gain of it. Just like I conversant in 6.033 that resources knowledge the barriers of the nation and communities with the smallest approach and investing in searching basic technological resources like fair broadband internet approach.

Q: Between your work on the Undergraduate Student Advisory Group in EECS the Harvard/MIT Cooperative Society the MIT Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers and of order all your investigation and many academic interests many readers must amazement if you ever eat or sleep! How have you weighd your busy MIT life and maintained a perception of self while accomplishing so much as an undergraduate?

A: Great question! Ill set by assertion it took me a while to aspect out. There were semesters where I had to drop classes and or drop extracurricular commitments to find some perception of weigh. Its always hard being surrounded by the worlds brightest students who are all doing surpassing and astounding things to not feel like you should add one more class or an extra UROP.

I ponder the most significant thing though is to stay true to you — figuring out the things that fetch you joy that see you and how much of those commitments is reasonable to take on each semester. Im not a student who can take a million-and-one classes investigation internships and clubs all at the same time — but thats entirely OK. It took me a while to find the things I enjoyed and apprehend the academic load thats appropriate for me each semester but once I did I was happier than ever precedently. I realized things like playing tennis and basketball jamming with friends and even sneaking in a few episodes of anime here and there are veritably significant to me. As long as I can look back each week month semester and year and say Ive taken a step advanced towards my academic collective and music goals even just the tiniest amount then I ponder I am taking steps in the right course.