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Best papers awards at FMA 2016 and at CBMI 2016

In the same week, two papers from the MTG obtained the best paper award in two conferences. Georgi Dzhambozov, first author, obtained the best paper award at FMA 2016 for the paper entitled "Automatic Alignment of Long Syllables In A cappella Beijing Opera".  Jordi Pons, first author, obtained the best paper award at CBMI 2016 for the paper entitled "Experimenting with Musically Motivated Convolutional Neural Networks".

24 Jun 2016 - 17:31 | view
Participation to the Data-driven Knowledge Extraction Workshop at UPF

Several members of the MTG present their research projects at the next María de Maeztu DTIC-UPF Data-driven Knowledge Extraction Workshop that takes place at the UPF on June 28th-29th 2016. The workshop is open to the public, free registration at www.upf.edu/mdm-dtic.

Here are the presentations with MTG participation:

 

21 Jun 2016 - 16:55 | view
Participation to CBMI 2016

Jordi Pons participates to the 14th International Workshop on Content-based Multimedia Indexing (CBMI 2016) that takes place in Bucharest from June 15th to the 17th 2016. He is presenting the following article:

15 Jun 2016 - 10:33 | view
Participation to Sonar+D 2016

As in the past years, the MTG participates in the Sonar Festival that takes place from June 16th to 18th, 2016 specifically in its professional area Sonar+D.

Our participation this year is focused on the following activities:

Sonar Innovation Challenge:

After 5 years of successfully organising the Barcelona Music Hack Day (MHD) in collaboration with Sonar+D, the MTG is now pushing forward a new activity within the festival: the Sónar Innovation Challenge (SIC).

The SIC is a platform for the collaboration between innovative tech companies and creators (programmers, designers, artists) that aims to produce disruptive prototypes to be showcased in the main stage of Sonar+D. The interaction between companies and creators happens through challenges proposed by the companies themselves, seeking to boost the impact and visibility of the featured technologies motivated by the market needs for innovation. Challenges are not exclusively technology driven, but also driven by content or artistic motivation.

In this first edition, the SIC hosts 4 challenges: Extended electronic music festival experience (Absolut Labs), Interactive playlist based on crowd behaviour (Deezer), Expressive gaming through gesture interaction (RAPID-MIX) and Collective smartphone experience (RAPID-MIX and CoSiMa).

We were truly thrilled by the quantity (over 100) and quality of the applications we got in this first edition. The Sónar Innovation Challenge has been designed to attract creators with a wide variety of profiles and skills, and from this perspective the Open Call has been completely successful. There is a great balance of artists, coders, makers, designers, researchers… the perfect combination to form great multidisciplinary teams.

The SIC started with an online phase where each team of challengers collaborated over the internet together with the mentors of their challenge in order to define their roles in the team, describe the team’s proposed solution, create a first prototype and prepare a work plan for the 3 intensive days of the on-site phase of the SIC that will take place from June 15th to June 17th, with a kick-off meeting at IronHack, and two more days of intensive work before presenting the outcomes of each challenge at Sonar+D.

Giant Steps Booth at Market Lab area:

As part of the dissemination activities of Giant Steps project, several prototypes and products developed during the project will be demoed in a booth dedicated to Giant Steps at the Market Lab area.

The MTG will present the “House harmonic filler”, an expert agent for harmony specialized in House music, and “Drumming with Style”, an expert agent for the variation and generation of rhythmic patterns. Reactable Systems will introduce ROTOR, a new app which, by allowing the use of tangible control objects on capacitive screens, brings the unique tangible experience of the Reactable tabletop for the first time to the iPad, and RhytmCat, a concatenative synthesis VST plugin, developed in collaboration with the MTG. Native Instruments will present iMaschine2 for iOS and JKU will present “Rhythm Variation".

Users will be able to play with all these applications, which will run synchronized in a shared session.

13 Jun 2016 - 14:35 | view
María de Maeztu DTIC-UPF Data-driven Knowledge Extraction Workshop
28 Jun 2016 - 29 Jun 2016

Presentation of DTIC-UPF research in the context of the Maria de Maeztu Strategic Research Program on Knowledge Extraction.

13 Jun 2016 - 09:32 | view
Seminar by Clarence Barlow on the use of speech analysis for the resynthesis by acoustic instruments
14 Jun 2016

On Tuesday, June 14th 2016, at 15:30h in room 55.410, Clarence Barlow, composer from UC Santa Barbara, gives a talk on: "On Synthrumentation - the Spectral Analysis of Speech for Subsequent Resynthesis by Acoustic Instruments".

Abstract: ‘Synthrumentation’ is a technique for the resynthesis of speech with acoustic instruments developed by the composer Clarence Barlow in the early 1980s. Over the past decade instrumental speech synthesis has been thematised by a diverse range of composers (e.g. Peter Ablinger or Jonathan Harvey); however, Barlow’s work is rarely accorded the credit it deserves for the pioneering role it played in this field. This presentation seeks to explain the basic mechanics of the synthrumentation technique and also demonstrate its practical application through an analysis of Barlow’s ensemble piece Im Januar am Nil composed between 1981 and 1984. It should become apparent that Barlow never uses synthrumentation in its conceptually pure form, but rather its realisation is always integrated into an overarching musical context, which reflects Barlow’s general approach to musical invention allowing different factors to interact.
 
8 Jun 2016 - 16:56 | view
Audiophiles Meetup
9 Jun 2016

An open platform & discussion group for the audiophiles in UPF
AUDIOPHILES MEETUP – 9TH JUNE– 4PM
(DEMO ROOM AT MTG)

What is it ? & Objectives !
• An open platform and discussion group for the students to share and discuss their projects related to sound & music computing.
• Networking with the audio-junkies.
• To bring closer SMC master and Audio-Visual engineering undergraduate students in UPF.
• Discuss and share career prospects and research areas within Sound and Music computing.
• Introducing researchers and their projects at MTG.
• Involves open discussions, presentations, workshops, performances, etc.
• Moreover it is a casual gathering and the limitations of the meet-up are within your innovations.

Some topics to be discussed during the meeting
• ‘GlovAid’: a digital musical instrument using a glove.
New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NiME)
• ‘Freesound drumsets using unconventional sounds’.
Music Information Retrieval (MIR)

8 Jun 2016 - 14:20 | view
SMC Master Students' Project Defenses
8 Jul 2016 - 13 Jul 2016

The students of the Master program in Sound and Music Computing are defending their projects next July 8-13 at room 55.410, Tanger Building. Presentations are open to the public. 

Student Title Supervisor(s) Jury members Date Time
Laia Ermi Carbonell Non-invasive prediction of intubation difficulties in general anesthesia Jordi Bonada Jordi Janer Xavier Serra

8/07/2016
 

 

 

 

9:30
           
Pritish Chandna Audio source separation using deep neural networks Jordi Janer, Marius Miron Emilia Gómez Xavier Serra 10:00
Blai Meléndez Catalán Key estimation using deep learning strategies Emilia Gómez Agustín Martorell Xavier Serra 10:30
Yile Yang Structure analysis of Beijing opera music Xavier Serra Agustín Martorell Emilia Gómez 11:00
Ignasi Adell Arteaga Automatic detection of audio defects in personal music collections Perfecto Herrera Dmitry Bogdanov Xavier Serra

11/07/2016
 

 

 

 

 

9:30
Pere Calopa Piedra Bass and drums interlocking Sergi Jordà/Perfecto Herrera Perfecto Herrera Xavier Serra 10:00
Chaithanya Jade Interface for rythmic interpolation Sergi Jordà/Perfecto Herrera Panos Papiotis Xavier Serra 10:30
Javier Nistal Hurlé Drum pattern and sample recommendation from beat-box recordings Sergi Jordà/Perfecto Herrera Panos Papiotis Xavier Serra 11:00
Jaume Parera Bonmatí Automatic Dj Perfecto Herrera/Sergi Jordà Sergi Jorda Xavier Serra 11:30
Vincent Zurita Turk Exploring relations between consecutive tracks in EDM Dj sessions with the help of automatic music descriptors Perfecto Herrera & Giuseppe Bandiera Sergi Jordà Xavier Serra 12:00
Íñigo Angulo Otegui Hexaphonic guitar transcription and visualization Rafael Ramirez, Sergio Giraldo Alfonso Pérez Xavier Serra

12/07/2016
 

 

 

9:30
Angel-David Blanco Casares Musical neurofeedback Rafael Ramirez, Sergio Giraldo Alfonso Pérez Xavier Serra 10:00
Kosmas Kristis Gesture recognition for music learning assesment Rafael Ramirez, Zacharias Vamvakousis Alfonso Pérez Xavier Serra 10:30
Konstantinos Patlatzoglou Neural and music correlates of music-evoked emotions Rafael Ramirez Agustín Martorell Xavier Serra 11:00
Roman Tsukanov Tools for building and evaluating new MIR datasets Dmitry Bogdanov Julián Urbano Xavier Serra

13/07/2016

 

 

 

9:30
Pedro Lladó González Adaptive music similarity for music search and recommendation systems Dmitry Bogdanov Julián Urbano Xavier Serra 10:00
Carmen Yaiza Rancel Gil Classification & description of electronic music Dmitry Bogdanov Frederic Font Corbera Xavier Serra 10:30
Deniz Saglam Feature annotation and evaluation for musical loops Frederic Font Corbera Dmitry Bogdanov Xavier Serra 11:00
Daniele Scarano Automatic classification of musical instrument samples Frederic Font, Dmitry Bogdanov Dmitry Bogdanov Xavier Serra 11:30
Eleftherios Stamellos Freesound drumsets using unconventional sounds Frederic Font Cobrera Dmitry Bogdanov Xavier Serra 12:00

 

8 Jun 2016 - 09:49 | view
SMC students & former MTG member winners of an international musical Turing test

AlgoRhythms is a dance music Turing test for live DJ-ing, co-sponsored with Dartmouth College's Program in Digital Music and Darmouth’s Neukom Institute for Computational Science. AlgoRhythms was one of the three tests (the other two consisting of writing stories and sonnets) proposed to gauge the current intelligence that state-of-the-art creative software is able to demonstrate. 

The eight participants in AlgoRhythms submitted automatic DJing algorithms capable of creating a 15-minute DJ set, only using songs from a prior unseen music collection and an unknown seed song to start with. First, a selected jury of experts and afterwards a jury of listeners/dancers decided on the "human-likeness" of the 15-minute sessions. The system “DadaBots – Jungle Bot” made 50% of the experts believed it was human, whereas in the “field-test”, this one and “DJ Codo Nudo” reached the highest ratings (just 40% of “human-likeness”) and both shared the first price ($2000 each).

“DJ Codo Nudo” was submitted by two UPF Sound and Music Computing Master’s students, Jaume Parera & Pritish Chandna. Jaume is precisely developing his Master’s thesis on the topic of automatic DJing under the supervision of professors Sergi Jordà and Perfecto Herrera, and in connection with the Giantsteps EU project, targeted to research and develop on tools for music creation). On the other hand, “Dada Bots – Jungle Bot” was a system developed by CJ Carr + Zack Zukowski from Medford, MA, USA.

The second prize ($1000) was granted to a former MTG member, Gerard Roma, who submitted “Dub Life”. Gerard was for many years one of the main developers of Freesound. He finished his PhD thesis at the MTG last year and he is now working as research software developer in the Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing of Surrey University.

More info about the contests:

http://bregman.dartmouth.edu/turingtests/

You can listen (and apparently vote, using Chrome or Safari) to the different sessions here:
http://bregman.dartmouth.edu/turingtests/DJPoll

You can soon read about state-of-the-art on Intelligent Music Systems in a special issue of the ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technologies, co-edited by Markus Schedl, Yi-HsuanYang and Perfecto Herrera.

20 May 2016 - 10:58 | view
Open PhD position on Information Retrieval Evaluation

The Department of Information and Communication Technologies, Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona is opening a PhD fellowship in the area of Information Retrieval Evaluation to start in the Fall of 2016.

Topics: evaluation, experimental design, datasets, statistics, user studies, reliability, music similarity, melody extraction.

Requirements: Candidates must have a good Masters Degree in Computer Science, Statistics or Mathematics. Candidates must be confident in some of these areas: information retrieval, machine learning, statistics, have excellent programming skills, be fluent in English and possess good communication skills. Musical knowledge is not necessary. Previous experience in research and a track record of publications is preferable.

Application closing date: 25/05/2016

Start date: 01/10/2016

Duration: 3+1 years

Research lab:  Music Information Research lab, Department of Information and Communication Technologies, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Supervisors: Julián Urbano and Emilia Gómez

More information on grant details:

http://portal.upf.edu/web/etic/doctorat

http://portal.upf.edu/web/etic/predoctoral-research-contracts

Application: Interested candidates should send a motivation letter, a CV (preferably with references), and academic transcripts to Prof. Julián Urbano (julian [dot] urbano [at] upf [dot] edu) before May 20th 2016. Please include in the subject [PhD IR].The Department of Information and Communication Technologies, Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona is opening a PhD fellowship in the area of Information Retrieval Evaluation to start in the Fall of 2016.

Topics: evaluation, experimental design, datasets, statistics, user studies, reliability, music similarity, melody extraction.

Requirements: Candidates must have a good Masters Degree in Computer Science, Statistics or Mathematics. Candidates must be confident in some of these areas: information retrieval, machine learning, statistics, have excellent programming skills, be fluent in English and possess good communication skills. Musical knowledge is not necessary. Previous experience in research and a track record of publications is preferable.

Application closing date: 25/05/2016

Start date: 01/10/2016

Duration: 3+1 years

Research lab:  Music Information Research lab, Department of Information and Communication Technologies, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Supervisors: Julián Urbano and Emilia Gómez

More information on grant details:

http://portal.upf.edu/web/etic/doctorat

http://portal.upf.edu/web/etic/predoctoral-research-contracts

Application: Interested candidates should send a motivation letter, a CV (preferably with references), and academic transcripts to Prof. Julián Urbano (julian [dot] urbano [at] upf [dot] edu) before May 20th 2016. Please include in the subject [PhD IR].

 

17 May 2016 - 12:39 | view
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