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Participation to DAFx'11

Panos Papiotis, Sašo Musevic and Justin Salamon participate at the 14th International Conference on Digital Audio Effects that takes place in Paris, France on September 19-23, 2011. MTGs participation includes 3 poster presentation.


18 Nov 2011 - 16:37 | view
Phonos: Octophonic concert
On Tuesday November 22nd 2011 at 19:30h in the Espai Polivalent of the Communication Campus of the UPF, Phonos is organizing an Octophonic concert of electroacoustic music in the frame of the AMEE Barcelona meeting point 2011.
17 Nov 2011 - 19:47 | view
Presentation of Teclepatía at Interface Culture Lab (Linz)

Speakers: Sebastian Mealla and Dr. Aleksander Valjämäe (BCI Lab, TU Graz)
Title: Multimodal Display of Brain and Body Signals in Collaborative Experiences Using a Tabletop Interface and Physiology-driven Tangible Objects
Date: Tuesday, Nov 22nd, 2011
Location: Interface Culture Lab (Universität für Künstlerische und Industrielle Gestaltung in LINZ)

Abstract: Physiological Computing has been applied in different disciplines such as Human-Computer Interaction, neuroscience and medical rehabilitation, and is becoming widespread due to device miniaturization and improvements in real-time processing. However, most of the current physiology-based technology focuses on single-user paradigms and traditional Graphical User Interfaces. Therefore, Its application in collaborative scenarios is still emerging. Our  work explores how sonification and visualization of human brain and body signals, and its presentation through tangible objects (physiopucks), can enhance user experience in collaborative, multiuser tasks. We present a multimodal interactive system built using a musical tabletop interface (Reactable) and an electro-physiology sensing system measuring Electroencephalogram (EEG) and heart rate (Enobio headset, Starlab) that allows performers to generate and control sounds using their own or their fellow team member’s physiology, and visualize all ongoing processes in an interactive surface.

Bio: Aleksander Väljamäe has received his PhD in applied acoustics at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2007. During his PhD studies concerning multisensory perception he has being a visiting researcher at University of Barcelona (Dr. Soto-Faraco) and NTT Communication Science Labs, Japan (Dr. Kitagawa). He has being active in a number of EU funded projects: POEMS, PRESENCCIA, BrainAble, Future BNCI. In 2007-2010 he has being a postdoc and a psychophysiology lab director at Laboratory for Synthetic Perceptive, Emotive and Cognitive Systems (SPECS), Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, obtaining several grants as PI from national Spanish funding (TEC2009-13780, TEC2010-11599-E). Currently he is a senior postdoctoral researcher at BCI Lab, Technical University of Graz, Austria. His psychophysiology research concerns how audiovisual media influence humans on perceptual and cognitive level, with particular stress on the novel methods for diagnosis and treatment of various brain disorders (e.g. autism, depression, chronic pain, migraine) and new applications (BCI, neurocinema).

16 Nov 2011 - 18:51 | view
Application for SMC Master open
The application for the Master in Sound and Music Computing that will start in the academic year 2012-2013 is open on-line.

For more information on the UPF master programs and specifically on the SMC Master check here.

9 Nov 2011 - 14:36 | view
Seminar by Andruid Kerne on Computing for Creativity and Expression

Title: Human-Centered Computing for Creativity and Expression
Date: Thursday, Nov 10, 2011, 3:30pm
Location: room 52.321, Roc Boronat building

Abstract: The Interface Ecology Lab develops computing as a medium of expression, coordination, and ideation. The interface-as-ecosystem is a border zone that juxtaposes disparate representational systems. We synthesize diverse fields to investigate -- art, design, cognitive psychology, ethnography, and cultural studies -- with computer science and engineering. We develop human-centered computing for creativity and expression: interaction and information visualization techniques, creativity support tools, games, metadata semantics, programming languages, cultural theories, and evaluation methodologies.
The IEL fosters integrative research projects that span hardware and software. ZeroTouch is a high-resolution multi-finger sensor for free-air interaction or to augment LCD, pen-based, and haptic displays with multi-touch. Trans-surface interaction techniques connect personal and social multi-touch surfaces. Zero-fidelity simulation games, based on fire emergency response practice, teach team coordination in motivating, fun environments. Information composition is a holistic, integrative representation for information collections connecting visual semantic clippings and annotations as a connected whole. Information-based ideation is an evaluation methodology deriving ideation metrics to validate creativity support tools. Support for Information Mapping in Programming Languages (S.IM.PL) constitutes an open-source cross-language type system to support practical distributed computing, connecting iOS, Java, and .NET. Meta-metadata extends the cross-language type system to develop an outrageous alternative to RDF for representing a metadata semantics web.
We observed that these metrics clearly demonstrate an increased level of confusion and unsuccessful search sessions among children. We also found a clear relation between the reading level of the clicked pages and the demographics characteristics of the users such as age and average educational attainment of the zone in which the user is located.

Biography: Andruid Kerne is a researcher working at the intersection of arts and sciences. He is associate professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, and director of the Interface Ecology Lab. Andruid holds a B.A. in applied mathematics / electronic media from Harvard, an M.A. in music composition from Wesleyan, and a Ph.D. in computer science from NYU.
Kerne's output has been presented by the Guggenheim Museum (New York), ACM CHI, SIGGRAPH, JCDL, Multimedia, CIKM, Creativity and Cognition, TEI, and Document Engineering, ISEA (Paris, San Jose), New York Digital Salon (New York, Spain, London, Beijing), the Milia New Talent Competition (Cannes), the Ars Electronica Center (Linz), the Boston Cyber Arts Festival, the Pan-African Theater Festival (Ghana), and the town square of the village of Anyako (Ghana). His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, Dance Theater Workshop, the Spaulding-Potter Fund for Innovative Education, and the Texas A&M Department of Computer Science, Arts Foundation, and Humanities Informatics Initiative. He has served as co-chair of the ACM Multimedia Interactive Art program for 3 years, and on program committees including CHI, JCDL, C&C, TEI, WWW, IUI, and DocEng. Press coverage includes Time, MSNBC, Discovery News, Popular Science, PC World, New Scientist, Slashdot, Engadget, Gizmodo,, and Le Monde.

8 Nov 2011 - 12:52 | view
Xavier Serra gives a keynote at ECSS 2011

Xavier Serra has been invited to give a keynote speech at the 7th European Computer Science Summit that takes place from the 7th to the 9th of November 2011 in Milan, Italy. The talk is on "The need of a multicultural approach in IT research".

The ECSS 2011 is the 7th Summit of deans, department chairs and senior faculty of leading European Computer Science and Informatics faculties, departments, research institutes and laboratories. Like its previous editions, ECSS 2011 is the meeting place for anyone interested in issues of research, education and policy in Informatics.

3 Nov 2011 - 23:29 | view
Participation to ISMIR 2011

Joan Serrà, Gopal Koduri, Ferdinand Fuhrmann, Dmitry Bogdanov and Xavier Serra participate at the 12th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference that takes place in Miami, Florida (USA) on October 24–28, 2011. MTGs participation includes 2 oral presentations, 3 posters, 3 demos, 1 tutorial and 4 successful entries to MIREX.

Oral Presentations:

Poster Presentations:




21 Oct 2011 - 19:10 | view
First Spanish voices for Vocaloid3 (Bruno & Clara)

On October 21 2011 the first Spanish voices for Vocaloid3 (Bruno & Clara) are presented in the launching event of Vocaloid3 in Japan. These two voices will be commercialized in December through Voctro Labs.

Voctro Labs is an initiative of a team of MTG researchers (Jordi Bonada, Merlijn Blaauw, Jordi Janer and Oscar Mayor). This spin-off company will specialize on voice technologies for the entertainment industry. Voctro Labs was awarded with the second prize in the VALORTEC entrepreneurship contest last April organized by ACC1O.

21 Oct 2011 - 17:51 | view
Kick-off of MIReS project

On the 20th and 21st of October 2011 there is the kick-off meeting of the project MIReS at the UPF. The MIReS project is a Coordination and support action funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission and coordinated by the Music Technology Group in collaboration with Stromatolite . MIReS will last 18 months starting the first of October 2011 and the partner institutions involved are:

20 Oct 2011 - 19:43 | view
Seminars by Geoffroy Peeters and Petri Toiviainen

On Wednesday, 19th November, at 18:00h in room 52.412, Geoffroy Peeters from IRCAM and Petri Toiviainen from University of Jyväskylä will give two seminars.

18h: Geoffroy Peeters on "Recent Advances in Music Information Retrieval at IRCAM"
19h: Petri Toiviainen on "Acoustic, behavioural and neural correlates of polyphonic timbre"

Abstract Geoffroy Peeters: In this talk, we review recent advances in  Music Information Retrieval at IRCAM. We focus on the "copy and scale" method which aims at replacing signal-processing algorithm for the estimation of local features; the use of Universal-Background-Model for music classification and similarity and the description of the Production Effects of recorded music.

Abstract Petri Toiviainen: Polyphonic timbre is has perceptual significance in, for instance, the identification of genre, artist, and  musical affect. It also has significance for computational categorization of music. Its perceptual constituents have however so far received little attention. I will review the work performed in our lab on the perception of polyphonic timbre. This includes determining the dimensionality and configuration of perceptual polyphonic timbre space  as well as the acoustical correlates of the perceptual dimensions of polyphonic timbre. A further question that we have tackled is the effect
of enculturation and musical training on the aforementioned issues. Moreover, I will discuss our research on neural correlates of polyphonic timbre and other musical elements. Our approach utilizes a novel paradigm, in which real music is presented to participants while their brain activity is scanned using functional magnetic resonance imaging. Subsequently, the thus obtained dynamic brain activity patterns are correlated with musical features that are computationally extracted from the stimulus to identify brain areas involved in the processing of these features.

17 Oct 2011 - 14:35 | view