Originally from Uriangato, Mexico, Iran R. Roman is a Postdoctoral Scholar at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering. He holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University in Computer-based Music Theory and Acoustics. Iran aims at developing machines that can listen to music and speech like humans do. With this goal in mind, Iran has developed mathematical models that explain how the human brain synchronizes with the rhythms present in music and speech. In parallel to his PhD studies, Iran pursued industry research in machine listening at Apple, Tesla, Osillo biosciences, and Plantronics.