Knowledge for a sustainable world

BA Physics, MSc, PhD, PGCHE equivalent

Dr Lionel Feugère joined the University of Greenwich in March 2019, after a 2 year secondment to the NRI on a research collaboration between the University of Greenwich and the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (Montpellier). Lionel studied Physics and Acoustics at the University Paris Sud 11 in France and at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India (Bachelor, 2006; Master of Sciences with a specialization in Physical Acoustics, 2008) with research internships and a Master thesis at ENSTA in France (non-linear vibrations of cymbals, with Cyril Touzé), MTG – Pompeu Fabra University in Spain (automatic labelling of percussion sounds, with Perfecto Herrera) and LIMSI-CNRS in France (audio binaural cues used by the visually impaired, with Lorenzo Picinali & Brian Katz). In 2009, he received a Master’s degree in Engineering Sciences from University Paris VI specialisingin Acoustics, Signal Processing and Computer Science applied to Music (ATIAM, Ircam) and with a Master thesis in industry at Voxler (automatic detection and classification of syllables for Karaoke games, with Bruno Verbrugghe and Pedro Cardoso). 

From 2010 to 2013 he worked at LIMSI CNRS in the OrJo (Joystick Orchestra) European project on the gestural control of the synthesized singing voice for his PhD under the supervision of Christophe d’Alessandro, for which he received the 2012 Science and Music award from the French Computer Music Society (AFIM).
After his PhD completion in 2013, he worked for one year as a lecturer (ATER) at University Pierre et Marie Curie teaching signal-processing and computer-science tutorials. In 2014 he joined the Institut Jean Le Rond d’Alembert (Sorbonne University) to work with Boris Doval on automatic categorization of various vocal productions from ethno-musicological audio archives under the ANR DIADEMS project. In 2015, he went back to LIMSI-CNRS to continue work on the main singing instrument of his PhD project, the Cantor Digitalis, through the ANR ChaNTeR project, for which he co-received the 1st prize of the Margaret Guthman competition, an international award about innovative musical instruments (with C. d’Alessandro, B. Doval and O. Perrotin).

In 2017, as a computer scientist specialized in sound processing, he joined the MIVEGEC - Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, on the ANR Anofeel project led by Olivier Roux to study long-range hearing of female mosquitoes to swarm sound, for which he was an invited researcher at Natural Resources Institute working with Gabriella Gibson. In 2019, Gibson and Feugère were awarded a Human Frontier Science Program grant to conduct a study on the relationship between a mosquito’s flight and acoustic behaviours, in collaboration with Rajat Mital from the John Hopkins University.

Since 2010, he has taught signal processing and computer science for almost 500h in five different universities in the Paris region and participated in general public conferences (Royal Institution Christmas Lectures on BBC 4, Pint of Science, and French major science festivals). In 2010 he created the Chorus Digitalis with Christophe d’Alessandro, Boris Doval and Sylvain Le Beux; 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 (Seoul, Paris, Vancouver, Atlanta, Metz, Rennes and a range of other venues).

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 design species-specific traps to control pest, and 3) for artistic purposes.

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.

2019-2021 Human Frontier Science Program

Decoding the Biomechanics of Flight-Tone Based Acoustic Communication in Mosquitoes.

2017-2019 ANOFEEL Project at IRD / NRI (French ANR funding)

Visual, Chemical and acoustic cues used by Anopheles females to find male swarms

2015-2016 ChaNTeR project at LIMSI, CNRS (French ANR funding)

Synthesis systems for high quality singing voices

2014-2015 DIADEMS project at LAM – Institut Jean Le Rond d’Alembert, UPMC (French ANR funding)

Description, Indexing, Accessibility to Ethnomusicologist and Sound Documents

2009-2013 OrJo project at LIMSI, CNRS (European FEDER funding)

Joystick orchestra of digital musical instruments


2015 L. Moreau-Gaudry, Masters student, Univ Pierre et Marie Curie
Acoustic clues characterizing voice lament around the world
Co-supervision with B. Doval, LAM-d’Alembert, UPMC

2012 G. Mahenc, Masters student, Univ Pierre et Marie Curie
Model of sung-vowel perturbations for voice synthesis
Co-supervision with C. d’Alessandro, LIMSI, CNRS

D'Alessandro, Christophe, Delalez, Samuel, Doval, Boris and Feugère, Lionel (2019) Les instruments chanteurs. Acoustique & Techniques (89). pp. 36-43

D'Alessandro, Christophe, Feugère, Lionel, Perrotin, Olivier, Delalez, Samuel and Doval, Boris (2018) Le contrôle des instruments chanteurs. In: 14ème Congrès Français d’Acoustique (CFA ’18). Société Française d'Acoustique, Le Havre, France, pp. 1249-1255

Amy de la Bretèque, Estelle, Doval, Boris, Feugère, Lionel and Moreau-Gaudry, Louis (2017) Liminal utterances and shapes of sadness: Local and acoustic perspectives on vocal production among the Yezidis of Armenia. Yearbook for Traditional Music, 49. pp. 129-148. ISSN 0740-1558 (doi:

Feugère, Lionel, d'Alessandro, Christophe, Doval, Boris and Perrotin, Olivier (2017) Cantor Digitalis: chironomic parametric synthesis of singing. EURASIP Journal on Audio, Speech, and Music Processing, 2017 (2). ISSN 1687-4714 (Print), 1687-4722 (Online) (doi:, PDF:

Goudard, Vincent, Genevois, Hugues and Feugère, Lionel (2017) Stratégie de contrôle de la hauteur dans les instruments de musique numériques. Revue Francophone d'Informatique et Musique (5) (HTML:

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

Feugère, Lionel, Doval, Boris and Mifune, Marie-France (2015) Using pitch features for the characterization of intermediate vocal productions. In: 5th International Workshop on Folk Music Analysis (FMA). University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris. ISBN 979-10-95209-00-3 (PDF:

Feugère, Lionel and d'Alessandro, Christophe (2015), Contrôle gestuel de la synthèse vocale: instruments Cantor Digitalis et Digitartic. Traitement du signal, 32 (4). pp. 417-442. (doi:, PDF:

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

Goudard, Vincent, Genevois, Hugues and Feugère, Lionel (2014) On the playing of monodic pitch in digital music instrument. In: 40th International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) joint with the 11th Sound & Music Computing conference (SMC). Michigan Publishing, Athens, pp. 1418-1425 (PDF:

Feugère, Lionel and d'Alessandro, Christophe (2014) Rule-based performative synthesis of sung syllables. In: Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression. Goldsmiths, University of London, London, United Kingdom, pp. 86-87 (PDF:

Feugère, Lionel, d’Alessandro, Christophe and Doval, Boris (2013) Performative Voice Synthesis for Edutainment in Acoustic Phonetics and Singing: A Case Study Using the “Cantor Digitalis”. In: Mancas M., d’ Alessandro N., Siebert X., Gosselin B., Valderrama C., Dutoit T. (eds) Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment. INTETAIN 2013. Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, vol 124. Springer, Cham (doi:, PDF:

Feugère, Lionel and d’Alessandro, Christophe (2013), Digitartic: bi-manual gestural control of articulation in performative singing synthesis, 13th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Daejeon, Korea Republic, May 27-30, 2013, 331-336. ISSN 2220-4806 (PDF:

Le Beux, Sylvain, Feugère, Lionel and d’Alessandro, Christophe (2011), Chorus digitalis : experiment in chironomic choir singing, 12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (INTERSPEECH 2011), Firenze, Italy, August 27-31, 2011, 2005-2008. ISSN 1990−9772 (PDF:

2015 First Prize of the Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition.
One of the most prestigious International contest on new musical instruments (, 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,

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)

Send an Email