Faculty Information

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Jiayue Cecilia Wu

Assistant Professor
  • Music and Entertainment Studies (CAM)

Jiayue Cecilia Wu, PhD is an award-winning scholar, musician, multimedia technologist, and audio engineer. She has 10 years of diversified work experience in music and media technology companies such as Universal Music Group, EMI Records, and Shazam. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Music, Science, and Technology from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Media Arts and Technology with an emphasis in Computer Music from the University of California Santa Barbara. Her research focuses on how music technology can augment the healing power of music. Her music has been performed in Asia, the U.S., Canada, Australia, South Africa, Brazil, and Europe. Her audiovisual work has been exhibited at museums and international arts and engineering societies such as the National Museum of China, Audio Engineering Society (AES), and IEEE. Her audiovisual composition "Mandala" was selected by the Denver Art Museum for its permanent collection.

Currently, Dr. Wu is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado’s College of Arts and Media. She is the chairperson of the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Committees at both AES and Colorado MahlerFest. She also serves as a voting member of the Recording Academy (GRAMMY), the Editor-in-Chief of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the US (SEAMUS), and the board director-at-large at the International Computer Music Association (ICMA).

Areas of Expertise

Electronic Music
Sound Design
Sound Synthesis
Music Technology
Network Audio
Audiovisual Production
Creative Coding

Education, Licensure & Certifications

University of California Santa Barbara 
Ph.D.; Media Arts and Technology 

Stanford University 
MA; Music Science & Technology 

Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology
BS; Design and Engineering 


2021-present Comcast Fellow at Comcast Media and Technology Center, University of Colorado
2021 Mandala (2018), Permanent Collection, Denver Art Museum’s Asian Art exhibition
2020 University of Colorado Denver, ORS New Faculty Research Award
2019, 2020 New Faculty Grant Awards, Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru)
2018 Sackler Graduate Research Award, National Academy of Sciences
2019-2020 University of Colorado Denver, CRC Interdisciplinary Research Grant Award
2019,2021,2022 University of Colorado Denver, Teaching Enhancement Grant Awards
2018-2022 University of Colorado Denver, YUMPs Grant Awards
2019-2020 University of Colorado Denver, College of Arts and Media, Seed grant
2018-2019 University of Colorado Denver, College of Arts and Media, Innovation grant
2015 Young Alumni Arts Award, Stanford Arts Institute, Stanford University


Recording Academy