Melody Khair is CEO of music.iLuv and a technology leader in software, mobile, and software as a service (SaaS) for voice, video, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR), and cloud technology. Known for her passion for music, art, and inspiring future generations, she is dedicated to providing all children and their parents access to quality STEM and fine arts education through ground-breaking technology.
The seed for Music.iLuv grew out of Khair’s love of children and music. She believes that technology can make complex skills - like learning to play music - easier and more engaging for digital-age children. That is grounded in her conviction that every kid is talented and deserves a well-balanced education that includes music and art.
Khair’s conviction, along with her deep technology skills, led to the development of the Music.iLuv app. This revolutionary, new social platform allows future artists to create, practice, and perform songs in a collaborative and fun AR environment.
Widely recognized for her skill at finding innovative solutions for both startups and global corporations, Khair has directed numerous products from the ground up. She has also managed many product teams while holding key positions at Digital Fairway Corporation, Omnigenius Media (which she founded in 2004), and Cisco.
Khair also holds multiple patents for pitch detection, AI, AR, cloud management, security, video collaboration, data center management, and network/service analytics. A number of her projects have been acquired by Cisco, Oracle, MetaSolv, and Orchestream Networks, among others.
Khair frequently writes about children and technology, and she is a sought-after speaker at international conferences. She holds a Master’s Degree in Software Engineering & Telecommunications from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
When not absorbed by her work with the Music.iLuv app, Khair enjoys playing piano, listening to global music, and playing with sound mixing and engineering.
Dr. Sanaz Fallah-Khair
Dr Sanaz Fallah-Khair is the Chief Technology Officer of music.iLuv and faculty member at the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics (CEM), University of Brighton where she both teaches and leads research and development projects. She is also a member of "Centre for Secure, Intelligent and Usable systems", and "Centre for Digital Media Cultures".
Dr Fallah-khair specializes in Human Computer Interaction, Intelligent Tutoring and Human Robotic Interaction including augmented and mixed-reality application. She has lead many different European and National projects where their focus was human-centred development of new technologies that incorporate studies of user's experiences, cognition and collaboration in designing a novel intelligent systems delivered via multiple platforms: mobile devices, interactive television, augmented and mixed-reality application, tag-based technologies, wearable technologies, and robotic interactions.
Dr. Fallah-Khair is a research active and have authored or co-authored more than 40 papers in peer-reviewed Journal, Book chapters, and Conference proceedings Worldwide.
She has received her M.Phil and Ph.D. in Computer Science specializing in human user interface design from University of Brighton, UK. She also holds the Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from University of Brighton, UK.
Dr. Robert Cutietta
Dr. Robert Cutietta is Dean of the Thornton School of Music and the Kaufman School of Dance at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles and a key advisor for the creation and launch the Music.ILUV app. He is a specialist in music education, particularly in the areas of the middle-school learner, learning theories, and the psychology of music.
Dr. Cutietta has published a wide range of articles on music education for journals such as The Music Educators Journal, Journal of Research in Music Education, The Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Psychology Today, The Psychology of Music, and more. He is also a well-respected author whose books include Raising Musical Kids: A Parent’s Guide (2013) and Who Knew? Answers to Questions About Classical Music You Never Thought to Ask (2016), both published by Oxford University Press. He has also contributed chapters to books such The Handbook of Research on the Teaching and Learning of Music.
Listed in “Who’s Who in America,” Dr. Cutietta has sat on the editorial boards of the Journal of Research in Music Education and Contributions to Music Education. He is a founding member of Montana Public Broadcasting and a member of the Advisory Board of Classical KUSC Radio in Los Angeles, The Orange County School of the Arts, The Maestro Foundation, and the GRAMMY Blue Ribbon Adjudication Committee.
Prior to his appointment as Dean at USC, Dr. Cutietta had a successful career as a musician and researcher. He served as the director of the School of Music and Dance at the University of Arizona and held faculty positions at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, and Montana State University in Bozeman. He received his Ph.D. in music education and psychology from Penn State University in Centre County, Pennsylvania, and his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Cleveland State University in Ohio.
Dr. Sam Heidari
As a widely-recognized leader in electrical engineering technology, Dr. Sam Heidari is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Quantenna Communications. He serves as an advisor on both business and technology development for the Music.iLuv app. He also provides proven expertise in pitch detection.
Previously, Dr. Heidari served as Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering at Ikanos Communications Inc. He joined Ikanos as one of the original team members and provided meaningful contributions to its IPO. Dr. Heidari rejoined Ikanos in 2006 following the acquisition of Doradus Technologies Inc., where he served as President and CEO. Under his management, Doradus grew from founding to profitability within 18 months. Dr. Heidari has also held a variety of other senior management and technical positions during his long and distinguished career, including at firms such as Sony Electronics, Linkabit Wireless Inc., and Torrey Communications Inc.
Dr. Heidari is a member of the Global Semiconductor Alliance Board of Directors, as well as the advisory board for the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and holds more than 43 U.S. and international patents. He has authored multiple refereed journal and conference papers and continues to provide significant contributions, covering wireline and mobile technologies, to the IEEE and other organizations.
Dr. Heidari was named the 2014 Executive of the Year by the Golden Bridge Awards and the 2017 Executive of the Year by UBM. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor's degree in science from Northeastern University.
Dr. Umida Avloni
Dr. Umida Avloni received her MM degree with honors from Tashkent State Conservatory, and her Ph.D. from Uzbek Institute of Arts (USSR). Her expertise is in piano, music theory and composition.
Dr. Avloni has taught at Tashkent Conservatory, Uspensky Music School in Former Soviet Union, the Suburban School of Music in Pennsylvania and the Amadeus School of Music in California. Currently she is the Director of the Avloni Academy f Music in Silicon Valley, and the Lamorinda Academy of Music and Arts in Lafayette, CA. She has performed in many concerts on stage as well as on Uzbek Radio and Television. She has also lectured in Europe and Asia during National and International Symposiums, Conferences and Music Festivals, published numerous articles, and wrote a monograph. As a member of the Governing board of Tashkent Conservatory, Dr. Avloni has served as the Acting Head of the Eastern Musicology Department and the Vice-President of the Young Composers Association of Soviet Union /Uzbek Division.
Besides teaching and running the school Dr. Avloni served as a judge at numerous international competitions, including the US Open Music Competition, North China International Piano Competition, World Piano Pedagogy Competition, Junior Bach Festival, Sacramento Baroque Festival, The Valencia Young Pianist Competition; adjudicated numerous competitions, organized by various musical organizations, including, CAPMT, Cal State Sacramento, NMTA, and MTAC; served as a member of the Master Mind Committee of The Academy of Music and Dance, in Vancouver, Canada, a member of the Board of Directors of the Junior Bach Festival, the Pro Arte Symphony , and as the Director of the Awards for Excellency Competition of CCMTAC. Her work has been recognized by the National Piano Guild and in 2015 she was honored to be in the Hall of Fame of the American College of Musicians. At the same time Dr. Avloni has maintained contacts with her Alma Mater - Tashkent Conservatory and Uspensky School of Music, where she gave lectures and taught master classes from 2005 to 2017.
Every year Dr. Avloni’s piano students win top prizes at international, national, regional and local piano competitions. Some of them have pursued higher education and are established in the musical communities worldwide.
Dr. Sven Dickinson
Dr. Sven Dickinson is a Professor and past Chair of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada. He is also Vice President, Chief Scientist, and Head of the new Samsung Toronto AI Research Center, which opened in May of 2018.
Prior to these positions, Dr. Dickinson was a faculty member at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where he held a joint appointment between the Department of Computer Science and the Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science (RuCCS). His research interests revolve around the problem of shape perception in computer vision and, more recently, in human vision. Much of his recent work focuses on perceptual grouping and its role in image segmentation and shape recovery.
Dr. Dickinson has received the National Science Foundation CAREER award, the Government of Ontario Premier's Research Excellence Award (PREA), and the Lifetime Research Achievement Award from the Canadian Image Processing and Pattern Recognition Society (CIPPRS). He currently serves on eight editorial boards, including the role of Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, and the role of co-editor of the Morgan & Claypool Synthesis Lectures on Computer Vision. Dr. Dickinson is also a Fellow of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR).
Dr. Dickinson received a B.A.Sc. degree in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Canada, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland.