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Pantelis Vassilakis earned a Post Doctoral Certificate in Auditory Science from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Arts degrees in Ethnomusicology, specializing in Systematic Musicology (music cognition, acoustics, and aesthetics) also from UCLA, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Composition and Technology from Kingston University, Surrey, England. He has also completed course studies in physics and digital systems of communication at the National Polytechnic of Athens, Greece.  
Dr. Vassilakis has composed for the English National Ballet and the London Chinese Orchestra and is a lifelong rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter with several releases and contributions to other artists.
Since 1997, he has been presenting at US national and international conferences, publishing several abstracts, articles, and book chapters, engaging in event production and acoustical consulting, chairing
Columbia College Chicago's Audio Arts & Acoustics department, and serving as reviewer for publications that include the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, the Journal of Comparative Physiology, the Computer Music Journal, Psychomusicology, and Oxford University Press. Recognitions include awards from the London Arts Board, UK, the National Training Council, UK, and the Acoustical Society of America.
Pantelis is the founder and lead of AcousticsLab, specializing in Acoustics, Sound Perception, and Multi-Modal Cognition Consulting for Arts and Entertainment Events. Clients include The Hollywood Bowl, and The KAABOO Experience. His research interests include cross-cultural dissonance perception, psychoacoustics, signal analysis, hearing, film music theory and aesthetics, and instructional design.
Pantelis teaches at LMU's School of Film and Television and lives in El Segundo, CA with his wife, Maria E. Vassilakis, a biologist
with a Masters degree in Nursing, currently working at Astellas Pharma US, Inc.