Juan Carlos Vasquez Gomez @ SCT, XJLTU

Juan Carlos Vasquez Gomez

Assistant Professor, Programme Director, BA in Arts, Technology and Entertainment with Contemporary Entrepreneurialism.

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Dr. Juan Carlos Vasquez (www.jcvasquez.com) boasts a remarkable trajectory as an award-winning composer, video game designer, and researcher. With two decades of dedicated engagement in intermedia projects, his innovative journey has illuminated the global stage. His creations, ranging from spatial audio works to immersive interactive experiences and game art, have resonated across continents, being featured in over 30 countries spanning the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Prof. Vasquez is the current Programme Director of the BA in Arts, Technology, and Entertainment with Contemporary Entrepreneurialism at the School of Cultural Technology.

Vasquez has received grants, commissions, and/or prizes from numerous esteemed institutions, including the ZKM, the Nokia Research Center, Colombia's Ministry of Culture, the Sibelius Academy Foundation, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the Arts Promotion Centre in Finland, the Finnish National Gallery, and CW+ in partnership with the Royal College of Music in London, UK. Events and venues featuring Vasquez’s works include Ars Electronica (AU), the Ateneum Art Museum (FI), The Lincoln Center (NY, USA), Hanshan Art Museum (CN), Matera Intermedia Festival (IT), Sonorities Festival Belfast (UK), along with numerous academic events at universities worldwide.

As a researcher, Vasquez's writings can be found in journals and proceedings from leading conferences in the field. He earned his M.A. in New Media from Aalto University (Finland) and pursued further academic pursuits, achieving both a Ph.D. and M.A. in Composition and Computer Technologies from the University of Virginia (United States).

Note: Prof. Vasquez is currently accepting inquiries for potential Ph.D. supervision in the fields of game studies, video game development, music technology and sound-related research, 

Research interests

Artistic Research

Sound Art

Music Composition and Performance

New Media Art


Game Design and Development

Spatial Audio

Music Technology


Assistant Professor - Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University - January 2024 to Present

Jefferson Fellow - University of Virginia - August 2021 to August 2023

Graduate Teaching Assistant - University of Virginia - August 2018 to July 2021

Lecturer and Researcher - Aalto University - March 2015 to 2018


CAT208TC - Audio Landscape Design

CAT403TC - Interactive Technology

CAT105TC - Entertainment Technology

Awards and honours

”Best Computer Music” Award | Latin American Showcase of the International Computer Music Association | July 2023

Sound of the Year Awards 2021 | Composed with Sound Category | Highly Commended | 2022

Recipient of the Jefferson Fellowship | The premier graduate fellowship offered at the University of Virginia | Jefferson Scholars Foundation | Charlottesville, VA, USA | 2021

Outstanding Leonardo Peer Reviewer of the season | MIT Press | Boston, MI, USA | 2020

WOCMAT 2019 International Electroacoustic Music Young Composer Award | National Tsing Hua University | Taiwan | 2019 | Nominated

Primus Master at the Conferment Ceremony of the School of Arts, Design, and Architecture | Aalto University | Espoo, Finland | 2019

The Engine Room 2019: International Sound Art Competition | London, UK | 2019 | Finalist

Concept Award DigiDemo | The Promotion Center for Audiovisual Culture (AVEK) | Helsinki, Finland | 2017

ACM/SIGCHI Best of CHI awards - Honorable mention (Paper) | CHI’17, Denver | 2017

Dean’s Grant for Exceptional Merit | Aalto University | 2016

Award to Excellence in Art, Design, and the Production of Sound | Klingtgut Symposium on Sound, the Audio Engineering Society’s president, and the AES Student Section in Hamburg | Germany | 2016

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

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Education/Academic qualification

Master, M.A. in New Media (2016), Aalto University

PhD, in Composition and Computer Technologies (2023), University of Virginia

Master, M.A. in Music (Composition) (2020), University of Virginia

External positions

Honorary Associate, University of Liverpool UK

10 Jan 202410 Jan 2027


  • M Music
  • Sound Art
  • Electroacoustic Music
  • Spatial Audio
  • Game Studies
  • Gamification
  • Game Development

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