Torin Hopkins
ATLAS Institute

Torin Hopkins graduated from Iowa State University with a master’s degree in human computer interaction (HCI). While at Iowa, he developed “JamTabs," an application and LED-based system of playing music in a jam session, released an omnidirectional music notation for virtual reality, iOS applications and a 3D Unity music ed. game. Torin has taught lessons in guitar, piano, voice, ukulele and bass for more than 5 years and founded SolJAMM LLC, where he provided jamming workshops through the use of new technology. He hopes to continue creating collaborative technology as a PhD student with his advisor Ellen Do, professor of computer science in the ATLAS Institute.

Member of the ACME Lab



  • Torin Hopkins, Peter Pascente, Wayne Seltzer, Kellie Masterson, and Ellen Yi-Luen Do. 2021. The Jam Station: Gamifying Collaborative Musical Experiences Through Algorithmic Assessment. In Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI '21). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Article 58, 1–6. DOI: (Salzburg, Austria (virtual)–Feb. 14-19, 2021).
  • Torin Hopkins, S. Sandra Bae, Julia Uhr, Clement Zheng, Amy Banic and Ellen Yi-Luen Do. 2021. User Interfaces in Smart Cities (book chapter). In Handbook of Smart Cities. Springer Publishing Company, Inc.

  • Sarah Beemer, Zak Boston, April Bukoski, Daniel Chen, Princess Dickens, Andrew Gerlach, Torin Hopkins, Parth Anand Jawale, Chris Koski, Akanksha Malhotra, Piyush Mishra, Saliha Muradoglu, Lan Sang, Tyler Short, Sagarika Shreevastava, Elizabeth Spaulding, Testumichi Umada, Beilei Xiang, Changbing Yang, Mans Hulden. 2020. Linguist vs. Machine: Rapid Development of Finite-State Morphological Grammars, in Proceedings of the 17th SIGMORPHON Workshop on Computational Research in Phonetics, Phonology, and Morphology, July 2020, 162-170. (Seattle, Washington (virtual)–July 10, 2020).

  • Torin Hopkins and Ellen Yi-Luen Do. 2020. Jam Tabs: A Color Based Notation System for Novice Improvisation. In Proceedings of International Conference on Technologies for Music Notation and Representation (TENOR'20) (Hamburg, Germany–May 12-14, 2020). (Due to COVID-19, conference moved to 2021; proceedings published in 2020).