Memories of Bob Keller, Page 3

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William Jesset

Online student

I found late last year 2019, IMPRO-VISOR and the possibilities of this software for composing/ learning Music.
Professor Keller personally emailed me solutions to facilitate my understanding the process and best ways to navigate the application as I’d never done so before.
His kindness left a indelible mark and I wish I’ve could have know Professor Keller on a more personal basis.
Once I had heard him play the trumpet on Youtube I said “here’s someone who possibly can give me advice about playing a trumpet.”
I continue to use IMPRO-VISOR daily and it’s just the most useful of tool’s.
I have introduced many friends to the wonders of Professor Keller Musical software app.
God bless you Professor Keller. You are sorely missed.

Andrew Brown

Research colleague and friend

I will miss my conversations with Bob about different approaches to algorithmic music making. I will always remember his passion for Jazz music and his kindness and integrity.

Peter Mawhorter '08


I remember taking Prof. Keller’s neural networks class, in which I was a fairly mediocre student. But nevertheless I had some positive interactions with him at colloquia and the like, and years later when I was in graduate school, I ended up running into him at the International Conference on Computational Creativity, which I learned he attends regularly. Despite the intervening years, he remembered me and was happy to chat a bit about Mudd and my new research directions, which was fun. And despite my performance in his class, I still use neural networks in parts of my research today, and Prof. Keller’s influence also indirectly introduced me to logic programming which I also use, so I owe a lot to his teaching.

Anna Jordanous

Research colleague and friend

So sad to hear that Bob Keller passed away last Sunday. One of two hugely influential B. Kellers in my academic life. I met Bob while doing my PhD, and during my PhD corrections he helped me through the really difficult discovery that I had mis-analysed the work of his system Impro-Visor in a fundamental part of my experiments. His input was hugely helpful and he gave so willingly of his time.

I used to see him pretty much every year at conferences and always made a beeline for him to hear what he’d been up to and to have the pleasure of his intelligent and entertaining company. Even recently we were involved in the steering committee of a conference together for this October, and he thought of me during my maternity leave, to tell me about this fascinating meeting of two computational improvisers

The world will be a poorer place without him.

I hope that his website on Impro-Visor can be preserved; his research was world-leading and is of huge importance.

Roger Dannenberg

Friend and colleague

I only wish I I could have spent more time with Bob. We had some great discussions especially years ago when I visited him at Harvey Mudd. I’ve always admired and followed his work. What a great guy. We’ll all miss him.