Lionel Feugère

Dr Lionel Feugère BA Physics, MSc, PhD, PGCHE equivalent

Senior Research Fellow in Acoustics and Computer Programming

Key details

Dr Lionel Feugère

Senior Research Fellow in Acoustics and Computer Programming


Dr Lionel Feugère joined the University of Greenwich in March 2019. He studied Acoustics, Signal Processing and Computer Science at the University Paris Sud 11, IIT-Bombay and University Paris VI. He passed his Master thesis in 2009 in the industry, specializing in automatic detection and classification of syllables for Karaoke games, and  his Ph. D. degree in 2013 about the gestural control of synthesized singing voice, under the supervision of Christophe d’Alessandro at LIMSI-CNRS.

He has worked with Boris Doval (Sorbonne University) on automatic categorization of various vocal productions from ethno-musicological audio recordings and with Christophe d’Alessandro and Olivier Perrotin (CNRS) on glottal flow models for singing voice synthesis. Then, he started to work on insect acoustic communication with Gabriella GIbson (NRI), investigating mosquito hearing with Olivier Roux (IRD) and the relationship between mosquito’s mating chase flight trajectory and acoustic behaviours with Rajat Mital (John Hopkins).

He has taught signal processing and computer science in several universities and institutions in France, participated in general public conferences and co-created the Chorus Digitalis, a musical ensemble to illustrate the capabilities of their research in singing synthesis and gestural control, which toured worldwide in scientific and musical venues between 2011 and 2016.

Previous positions

  • 2017-2019 Research fellow in bioacoustics, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD)
  • 2015-2016 Research fellow in singing synthesis,LIMSI-CNRS
  • 2014-2015 Research fellow in automatic audio indexing, UPMC
  • 2013-2014 Lecturer in signal processing (postgraduate studies), Engineering department, UPMC
  • 2009-2013 Ph.D. student and lecturer (undergraduate), LIMSI-CNRS ; Univ. Paris-Est Créteil
  • 2009 Research student in automatic speech recognition, Voxler
  • 2008 Research student in audio information retrieval, LIMSI-CNRS
  • 2007 Research student in music information retrieval, University of Pompeu Fabra
  • 2006 Research student in mechanical engineering, ENSTA-ParisTech

Awards

2019 Three-year funding fromtheHuman Frontier Science Program for Decoding the Biomechanics of Flight-Tone Based Acoustic Communication in Mosquitoes.

2015 First Prize of the Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition.
One of the most prestigious International contest on new musical instruments (https://guthman.gatech.edu/), awarded by Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology (Atlanta) for the digital musical instrument of gesture-control singing voice synthesizer “Cantor Digitalis” (with C. d’Alessandro, B. Doval and O. Perrotin, http://cantordigitalis.limsi.fr/)

2014 Finalists of the international competition on musical software (Lomus), awarded by the French society of computer music (AFIM) for the open-source digital musical instrument of gesture-control singing voice synthesizer “Cantor Digitalis”
(with C. d’Alessandro, B. Doval and O. Perrotin)

2012 Young researcher award “Science et Musique”, awarded by IRISA lab and the French society of computer music (AFIM)

Recognition

Professional affiliations/associations

Acoustic Society of America

Royal Entomological Society

International Speech Communication Association

Research / Scholarly interests

Lionel Feugère’s research interests are the uses of computational audio techniques and interactive audio-visual systems 1) to study sound communication in insects, 2) to automatically retrieve information from audio recordings, and 3) to design new models of digital musical instrument.

Recently, Lionel aims to gather behavioural entomology and acoustics data to understand the complex sound production and auditory communication found in some animals and to use this knowledge to reduce the impact of pest insects responsible for major public health issues, particularly in economically under-privileged countries.

Since 2017, in a complementary collaboration with Professor of Medical Entomology Gabriella Gibson, Lionel is focusing on mosquitoes which are known both to have one of the most sensitive auditory organs among the invertebrates and to be vectors of serious diseases in humans and animals. They have worked with Olivier Roux from the Institut de Recherche pour le Dévelopement on the “ANOFEEL: How ANOpheles Females sEEk maLes?” project which aims to study visual, chemical and acoustic cues involved in mosquito communication. In 2019, Gabriella and Lionel were awarded a grant from the Human Frontier Science Program with Prof. Rajat Mital (PI) and Dr Jung-Hee Seo from John Hopkins University to decode the biomechanics of flight-tone based acoustic communication in mosquitoes.

Recent publications

Article

Perrotin, Olivier , Feugère, Lionel, d'Alessandro, Christophe (2021), Perceptual equivalence of the Liljencrants–Fant and linear-filter glottal flow models. Acoustical Society of America. In: , , , . Acoustical Society of America, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 150: 1273 (2) ISSN: 0001-4966 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1121/10.0005879).

Feugère, Lionel , Gibson, Gabriella, Manoukis, Nicholas C., Roux, Olivier (2021), Supplementary material from "Mosquito sound communication: are male swarms loud enough to attract females?". The Royal Society Publishing. In: , , , . The Royal Society Publishing, The Royal Society. Collection (doi: https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.c.5361985.v1) NB Item availability restricted.

Feugère, Lionel , Gibson, Gabriella, Manoukis, Nicholas, Roux, Olivier (2021), Mosquito sound communication: are male swarms loud enough to attract females?. The Royal Society. In: , , , . The Royal Society, Journal of the Royal Society - Interface, 18: 20210121 (177) ISSN: 1742-5689 (Print), 1742-5662 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1098/rsif.2021.0121).

d'Alessandro, Christophe , Delalez, Samuel, Doval, Boris, Feugère, Lionel , Perrotin, Olivier (2019), Les instruments chanteurs. In: , , , . , Acoustique & Techniques (89) . pp. 36-43 (doi: http://www.bruit.fr/nos-services-aux-acteurs-du-bruit/publications/acoustique-et-techniques-trimestriel-d-information-des-professionnels-de-l-acoustique/).

Feugère, Lionel and , (2017), Interview in “Pourrions-nous fabriquer des appeaux à moustiques ?” Gaston ou la science du gag. Mondadori France. In: , , , . Mondadori France, Sciences & Vie Junior (332) (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Feugère, Lionel , d'Alessandro, Christophe, Doval, Boris, Perrotin, Olivier (2017), Cantor Digitalis: chironomic parametric synthesis of singing. SpringerOpen. In: , , , . SpringerOpen, EURASIP Journal on Audio, Speech, and Music Processing, 2017 (2) ISSN: 1687-4714 (Print), 1687-4722 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1186/s13636-016-0098-5).

Goudard, Vincent , Genevois, Hugues, Feugère, Lionel (2017), Stratégie de contrôle de la hauteur dans les instruments de musique numériques. In: , , , . , Revue Francophone d'Informatique et Musique (5) (doi: http://revues.mshparisnord.org/rfim/index.php?id=425).

Amy de la Bretèque, Estelle , Doval, Boris, Feugère, Lionel, Moreau-Gaudry, Louis (2017), Liminal utterances and shapes of sadness: Local and acoustic perspectives on vocal production among the Yezidis of Armenia. International Council for Traditional Music. In: , , , . International Council for Traditional Music, Yearbook for Traditional Music, 49 . pp. 129-148 ISSN: 0740-1558 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.5921/yeartradmusi.49.2017.0129) NB Item availability restricted.

Feugère, Lionel and , d'Alessandro, Christophe (2015), Contrôle gestuel de la synthèse vocale: instruments Cantor Digitalis et Digitartic. Lavoisier. In: , , , . Lavoisier, Traitement du signal, 32 (4) . pp. 417-442 (doi: https://doi.org/10.3166/ts.32.417-442) NB Item availability restricted.

d'Alessandro, Christophe , Feugère, Lionel, Le Beux, Sylvain, Perrotin, Olivier , Rilliard, Albert (2014), Drawing melodies: Evaluation of chironomic singing synthesis. Acoustical Society of America. In: , , , . Acoustical Society of America, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 135 (6) . pp. 3601-3612 ISSN: 0001-4966 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1121/1.4875718).

Book section

Feugère, Lionel , Gibson, Gabriella, Noûs, Camille (2021), Comment l’entomologie et la musique peuvent se nourrir l’une de l’autre : le cas de la communication acoustique des moustiques. In: , , In: Alain Montandon, Benjamin Lassauzet (eds.), Les insectes et la musiqu. , (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Conference item

Mittal, Rajat , Seo, Jung Hee, Feugère, Lionel, Gibson, Gabriella (2021), Decoding the biomechanics of flight-tone based acoustic communication in mosquitoes. In: 20th HFSP Awardee meeting, 5-8 Jul 2021, online , . , (doi: https://www.hfsp.org/hfsp-news-events/20th-hfsp-awardees-meeting).

Feugère, Lionel and , Gibson, Gabriella (2020), Comment l’entomologie et la musique peuvent se nourrir l’une de l’autre: le cas de la communication acoustique des moustiques. In: Journée d’études: Les insectes et la musique, 17 Sep 2020, Clermont-Ferrand, France , . , (doi: ).

Gibson, Gabriella , Feugère, Lionel, Manoukis, Nicholas, Roux, Olivier (2020), Do female mosquitoes detect and locate male swarms by attraction to the sound or smell (pheromones) of male aggregations?. In: Fourth Research Coordination Meeting on Mosquito Handling, Transport, Release and Male Trapping Methods, 14-18 Sep 2020, Vienna, Austria , . , (doi: ).

Feugère, Lionel , Gibson, Gabriella, Manoukis, Nicholas, Roux, Olivier (2020), Les essaims de moustiques ont-ils une puissance sonore suffisante pour être localisables à distance par les femelles?. In: Behaviour research-group meeting (IRD), 18 Jun 2020, Montpellier, France , . , (doi: ).

Feugère, Lionel , Gibson, Gabriella, Roux, Olivier (2019), Long-range hearing of Anopheles coluzzii in the vicinity of mating swarms. In: Mosquito Research - From Sensory Biology to Vector Control 2019, 07 - 08 Sep 2019, UCL Ear Institute, London, UK , . , (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Feugère, Lionel , Gibson, Gabriella, Roux, Olivier (2019), Auditory responsiveness of male and female mosquitoes in the vicinity of mating swarms. In: International BioAcoustic Conference (IBAC) 2019, 31 Aug - 05 Sep 2019, Brighton, UK , . , (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Feugère, Lionel , Gibson, Gabriella, Roux, Olivier (2019), Male-swarm sound as a species-specific cue for females prior to entering the swarm. In: Ento ’19 International Symposium & Annual National Science Meeting, 20-22 Aug 2019, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK , . , (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Feugère, Lionel , Gibson, Gabriella, Roux, Olivier (2019), How far away can female mosquitoes hear the flight tones of their conspecific male swarm?. In: Le Studium Conferences. New avenues for the behavioral manipulation of disease vectors, 21-23 May 2019, Tours, France , . , (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Conference proceedings

Feugère, Lionel , Gibson, Gabriella, Roux, Olivier (2019), Mosquito hearing is the most sensitive among arthropods — But is the sound level of a male swarm loud enough to be picked up by the female’s particle-velocity sensor?. Acoustical Society of America. In: , , , The Journal of the Acoustical Society of Americ. Acoustical Society of America, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 145: 1920 (3) ISSN: 0001-4966 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1121/1.5101971).

D'Alessandro, Christophe , Feugère, Lionel, Perrotin, Olivier, Delalez, Samuel , Doval, Boris (2018), Le contrôle des instruments chanteurs. Société Française d'Acoustique. In: Congrès Français d'Acoustique, CFA 2018, 23-27 April 2018, Le Havre, France , 14ème Congrès Français d’Acoustique (CFA ’18. Société Française d'Acoustique, Le Havre, France . pp. 1249-1255 (doi: https://www.conforg.fr/cfa2018/output_directory2/data/index.html).

Feugère, Lionel , d'Alessandro, Christophe, Delalez, Samuel, Ardaillon, Luc , Roebel, Axel (2016), Evaluation of singing synthesis: Methodology and case study with concatenative and performative systems. International Speech Communication Association. In: Interspeech 2016, , , Proceedings Interspeech 201. International Speech Communication Association, San Francisco . pp. 1245-1249 (doi: https://doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2016-1248) NB Item availability restricted.

Feugère, Lionel , Doval, Boris, Mifune, Marie-France (2015), Using pitch features for the characterization of intermediate vocal productions. University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris. In: 5th International Workshop on Folk Music Analysis (FMA), June 10-12, Paris, France , 5th International Workshop on Folk Music Analysis (FMA. University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, . ISBN: 9791095209003 (doi: https://fma2015.sciencesconf.org/).

Goudard, Vincent , Genevois, Hugues, Feugère, Lionel (2014), On the playing of monodic pitch in digital music instrument. Michigan Publishing. In: 40th International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) joint with the 11th Sound & Music Computing conference (SMC), 14-20 September 2014, Athens , 40th International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) joint with the 11th Sound & Music Computing conference (SMC. Michigan Publishing, Athens . pp. 1418-1425 (doi: https://speech.di.uoa.gr/ICMC-SMC-2014/index.php).

Feugère, Lionel and , d'Alessandro, Christophe (2014), Rule-based performative synthesis of sung syllables. Goldsmiths, University of London. In: Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, June 30 - July 03, London, United Kingdom , Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expressio. Goldsmiths, University of London, London, United Kingdom . pp. 86-87 (doi: http://www.nime.org/archives/).

Feugère, Lionel , d'Alessandro, Christophe, Doval, Boris (2013), Performative voice synthesis for edutainment in acoustic phonetics and singing: a case study using the "Cantor Digitalis". Springer. In: , , In: Matei Mancas, Nicolas d'Alessandro, Xavier Siebert, Bernard Gosselin, Carlos Valderrama, Thierry Dutoit (eds.), Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment, INTETAIN 201. Springer, Cham, Switzerland Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment, INTETAIN 2013. Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, 124 . pp. 169-178 . ISBN: 9783319038919ISSN: 1867-8211 (Print), 1867-822X (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-03892-6_20).

Feugère, Lionel and , d'Alessandro, Christophe (2013), Digitartic: bi-manual gestural control of articulation in performative singing synthesis. KAIST. In: , , , Proceedings of the 13th Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME'13. KAIST, Proceedings of the 13th Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME'13) . pp. 331-336 ISSN: 2220-4806 (Print), (doi: https://nime.org/proceedings/2013/nime2013_143.pdf).

Dataset

Feugère, Lionel , Gibson, Gabriella, Roux, Olivier (2020), Audio and 3D flight-track recordings of mosquito responses to opposite-sex sound-stimuli. Dryad. In: , , , . Dryad, (doi: https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.9cnp5hqhj).

Performance

Feugère, Lionel , Doval, Boris, d'Alessandro, Christophe, Perrotin, Olivier (2015), Cantor Digitalis: First-Prize Winners of the Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition.. In: Guthman Musical Instrument Competition, 30 February 2015, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, USA , . , (doi: ).

Video

Gibson, Gabriella and , Feugère, Lionel (2017), Participation in lecture ‘Say It with Sound’ of the Royal Institution Christmas lectures 2017. BBC 4. In: ‘Say It with Sound’, Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 2017: The Language of Life (Episode 1 of 3), 26 Dec 2017, Royal Insitute, London, UK , . BBC 4, (doi: https://youtu.be/MbvoQoOn2YE?t=1073).