I am a researcher, musician, and entrepreneur. I recently co-founded Telepathic, a company that uses analytics and machine learning to enhance creativity, with my wife Prerna Gupta.  

Before that, I was Chief Scientist at Smule, where I developed intelligent music algorithms that did things like turn speech into rap (AutoRap), talking into singing (Songify), and automatically compose music to match someone's singing (LaDiDa). Smule apps have reached over a 150 million people world-wide. As part of that journey, I co-founded Khush, a company that made intelligent music apps, which we merged with Smule in 2011.   

I was a professor at Georgia Tech, for six years where, I founded and directed the Music Intelligence Lab. My research focused on marrying music and machine learning to create and model music. I also did research on the neural underpinnings of musical emotion. I received an NSF CAREER award in the Robust Intelligence program for research on predictive models of music.  

I actively perform on sarod, a fretless, plucked instrument used in North Indian classical music and am fortunate to be a senior disciple of the legendary Padma Bhushan Pandit Buddhadev Das Gupta.

I received my PhD at Stanford's CCRMA (Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics), did my post-doc with Professor David Huron in Music Cognition at Ohio State, and my undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics from Yale University. 


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My research focuses on the intersection of machine learning and art, particularly music. 

My Google Scholar profile lists many of my publications

Some talks about my research for general audiences:

Music is a universal form of human expression that moves us in sublime and silly ways. When you hum a melody or tap a rhythm, complex mathematical patterns are created that your brain interprets as "music."

Parag Chordia, Head of the Music Intelligence Group at the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, combined his two passions – music and math – into a successful career as a professor and creator of music technology. Listen in to hear how he found this connection between music and technology at the inaugural X-STEM Symposium in Washington, D.C. on April 24, 2014. The X-STEM Symposium is sponsored by MedImmune and the Northrop Grumman Foundation and is a program of the USA Science & Engineering Festival. Lockheed Martin is the Founding and Presenting Host of the USA Science & Engineering Festival.


I am an Indian classical musician. I play sarod, a 21-string fretless instrument. 

I also produce electronic music, sometimes combining elements of Indian music, with electronic music, ranging form highly abstract to more rhythmically oriented. 

A few videos of me performing on Sarod. 


You can reach me at paragchordia at gmail dot com