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Photo by Amelia Williams.

Roger B. Dannenberg

Emeritus Professor of
  Computer Science, Art & Music
Carnegie Mellon University

Office: Maybe after the pandemic.
  I'm working at home now.
Fax: 412-268-5576
Email: rbd at
Assistant: Christina Contreras

For More Information

Newsicon says new

  • Jun 6 Panelist at Arts Engagement in an AI World at Indiana University Center for Cultural Affairs, AI Hallucinations roundtable, 2:45-3:45pm (online).
  • May 9 Panelist at Tech-Enhanced Music Education Symposium (TEMES) at McGill University's Schulich School of Music (online).
  • Feb 19 Performance of Felicità, composed by Jorge Sastre and Roger Dannenberg, Casa de Misericordia, Valencia, Spain. Two performances.
  • Jan 24, 2024 I am proud to become a Fellow of the ACM.

Courses Taught

Research Interests

  • Computer Music: sound synthesis, interactive performance systems, music representation, music understanding.
  • Real-Time and Multimedia Systems: especially the problems of constructing reliable, modular, complex interactive systems.
  • Computer-Based Instruction: using Instructional Design concepts and Multimedia for practical, large curriculum, effective instruction systems.
  • Research description from the CMU CSD Faculty Research Guide


True story:

In Pittsburgh called to interview me. At one point the reporter asked if “Roger Dannenberg, trumpeter” would be right, and I said “trumpeter, composer, computer scientist, whatever you want.” The reporter got excited, ”ooh, I like that, ‘trumpeter, composer, computer scientist’. They may edit out ‘computer scientist’ but I'll put it in anyway.”

Dannenberg playing trumpet.
Photo by Alisa.
roger "dot" dannenberg "at" cs "dot" cmu "dot" edu