|The Virtual Flute has served flutists and composers since its launch in 2001.
The Virtual Flute is the work of Andrew Botros,
a graduate of Computer Science and Engineering and
Music Acoustics at The University of New South Wales.
The Virtual Flute began as Andrew's undergraduate engineering thesis under the supervision of
Professors Joe Wolfe and John Smith, and for this work, Andrew won the University Medal for
Computer Engineering in 2001.
The Virtual Flute also won the Siemens Prize for Innovation in 2002 and the
Australian Acoustical Society Excellence in Acoustics Award in 2003. Andrew went on to be named
Engineers Australia's Young Engineer of the Year in 2006.
For a complete description of the engineering and musical applications of the The Virtual Flute,
see the 2006 article in the Journal of New Music Research:
BOTROS, A., SMITH, J. & WOLFE, J. (2006).
The Virtual Flute: An advanced fingering guide generated via machine intelligence.
Journal of New Music Research, 35(3), 183-196.
The flutist upon whose playing the 'playability' model is based is Jane Cavanagh, former Principal Flute of the
University of New South Wales Orchestra. Further modelling is also based on the playing of
Cécile van der Burgh and Caoimhe McMillan. This research was also supported by the
Australian Research Council.