Hugues Vinet has been since 1994, as IRCAM's Scientic Director, in charge of IRCAM's R&D Department and IRCAM-CNRS STMS (Science and Technology of Music and Sound) joint lab (http://www.ircam.fr/recherche.html).
He is Coordinator of the CUIDADO (Content-based Unified Interfaces and Descriptors for Audio/music Databases available Online) and SemanticHIFI (Browsing, listening, interacting, performing, sharing, on future HIFI systems, http://shf.ircam.fr) European IST projects.
His fields of activity have successively included real-time systems, digital audio signal processing, man-machine interfaces, cognitive technologies applied to musical information, and more generally speaking theoritical syntheses on the relationships between scientific research, technological development and musical production. After a scientific and musical education, he previously worked at the Musical Research Group of the National Institute of Audiovisual (Ina-GRM) as Senior Engineer. He designed and developed a direct-to-disk and mixing application on the SYTER real-time audio workstation, and headed, from 1987 to 1994, the GRM R&D activities, which produced in particular the GRM Tools
(http://www.grmtools.org), Acousmographe and MIDI Former software applications.
He participates in many scientific advisory boards, since 2006, he is the Regional Director Europe of the International Computer Music Association (ICMA).