Sebastián Mealla C. holds a B.S. in Audiovisual Communication and a MSc. in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Media (CSIM). He is a PhD candidate in the Music Technology Group(MTG) of Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in Barcelona, and member of the Musical and Advanced Interaction team (MTG-UPF) where the Reactable, a tabletop musical instrument which has gained wide popularity since its presentation in 2005, was developed.
Mealla’s research work focuses on Human-Computer Interaction and Physiological Computing, publishing articles and conducting workshops in Europe and the Americas. In 2008, he received the MAEC- AECID scholarship to pursue his research on neuroscience and HCI at UPF and, since then, has obtained the support of the Ministry of Science and Innovation of Spain (TEC2010) and of Starlab Living Science for the development of Brain-Computer Interfaces for multimodal interaction.
As curator, he has coordinated projects for several institutions, as the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (AECID), UNESCO, Universitat de Girona, The Centre de Cultura Contemporànea de Barcelona (CCCB), Telefónica Foundation, Sonar Festival, among others. Mealla has also collaborated in the organization of several academic and dissemination events, such as the 7th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI) in Barcelona, the Barcelona Music Hack Day, and the National Short Film Festival “Cortópolis” (Argentina).