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TEI 2013 Conference at the UPF

TEI 2013, the Seventh International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction, will be held at the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona (Spain), in February 2013.

TEI is an international conference dedicated to present the latest results in tangible, embedded, and embodied interaction. The work presented at TEI addresses HCI issues, design, interactive art, user experience, tools and technologies, with a strong focus on how computing can bridge atoms and bits into cohesive interactive systems. The intimate size of this single-track conference provides a unique forum for exchanging ideas and presenting innovative work through talks, interactive exhibits, demos, hands-on studios, posters, art installations and performances.

The conference will be co-chaired by Sergi Jordà and Narcis Parès (both from Pompeu Fabra University), with the collaboration of many international researchers in the field, including Martin Kaltenbrunner (Kunstuniversität Linz, Austria), David Kirk (University of Newcastle, UK), Paul Marshall (University of Warwick, UK), Alvaro Casinelli (University of Tokyo, Japan), Tom Moher (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA), Yvonne Rogers (Open University, UK) and Bill Verplank (Stanford University, USA).

With a diverse group of organizers and institutions, the excellence of Pompeu Fabra's venues and facilities, and the well-known charms of the city of Barcelona, we believe we will be able to offer one of the most exciting TEI conferences yet!

See you in Barcelona in February 2013!

3 Aug 2011 - 12:08 | view
Seminar by Preeti Rao on Indian classical singing

On Wednesday July 20th 2011 at 5pm in room 55.410, Preeti Rao, from IIT Mumbai, will give a talk on "Objective assessment of ornamentation in Indian classical singing"

Abstract: Important aspects of judging a singing performance include musical accuracy and voice quality. In the context of Indian classical music, not only is the correct sequence of notes important to musical accuracy but also the nature of pitch transitions between notes. A higher level of singing skill involves achieving the necessary expressiveness via correct rendering of ornamentation, and this ability distinguishes a well trained singer from an amateur. We explore objective methods to assess the quality of ornamentation rendered by a singer with reference to a model rendition of the same song. Computational methods are proposed for the perceptually relevant comparison of complex pitch movements, and validated with respect to subjective ratings by human experts.

17 Jul 2011 - 10:51 | view
Open MTG/Phonos position for a cultural and financial manager

The Music Technology Group of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Phonos Foundation are seeking a cultural and financial manager.

Minimum requirements of candidates:

  • University degree in a related field;
  • proficient knowledge of Spanish, Catalan and English;
  • experience with management of R&D or cultural projects (2-3 years minimum experience expected); and
  • knowledge of the funding sources for cultural projects at European, national and regional level.

Desired capacity to demonstrate:

  • Experience in budget elaboration, control and reporting of research and cultural projects;
  • excellent communication and inter-personal skills, including written communication and networking or dissemination activities; and
  • experience in events organization and capacity to plan, organize, lead, supervise and monitor activities.

The overall target of the position is to contribute to group success such that:

  • The efficiency and efficacy of the management processes in the MTG and Phonos Foundation increases;
  • researchers in the MTG are more productive and satisfied with the service provided;
  • visibility of MTG and Phonos Foundation results increases within the international scientific community and general society; and
  • management fundraising and development for Phonos Foundation projects and activities.

And will include the following responsibilities:

  • Contribute to consolidate the activities of Phonos Foundation;
  • the relation with internal (UPF Research Services, Secretary of the Department) and external stakeholders (project partners, providers, clients, public administration, etc); and
  • content management of the Phonos Foundation website.

Main tasks:

  • Cultural and research projects:
    • Fundraising for cultural projects and activities;
    • management of projects and reporting to public administration (including ERC grants, FP7 projects, Plan Nacional I+D+i, other cultural programs, etc.);
    • financial reporting of the research and cultural projects to the responsible person, and collaboration in the future budget projection; and
    • driving legal and financial aspects to completion.
  • Communication and events organization:
    • Social media (twitter, linkedin, distribution lists, etc.);
    • dissemination activities (with special emphasis in the generation of communication material); and
    • events planning and organization.

About the position:

This position is full-time (dedication to be shared between MTG and Phonos Foundation), on-site in Barcelona, at the 22@ district. Traveling might be required from time to time.

The Music Technology Group (MTG) at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, integrating researchers from different disciplines with the unified vision to improve the information and communication technologies related to sound and music, carries out competitive research at the international level and at the same time transferring its results to society.

Phonos Foundation promotes the use of technology, especially computers, in music. Thanks to a tight collaboration with the MTG it offers a work environment based on the most advanced technologies with the objective to experiment with new forms of creation and sound control.To carry out the objectives of the Foundation, activities are organized in the areas of education, production, research and promotion.

Selection process: CVs will be evaluated following the criteria above. A reduced set of candidates will be contacted for personal interviews

If you are interested in this position, please send your CV together with a brief motivation letter to alba [dot] rosado [at] upf [dot] edu with the reference Operational Manager before July 18th 2011

8 Jul 2011 - 17:49 | view
Seminar by Ichiro Fujinaga on his research on digital libraries

On July 4th at 18:00h in room 55.410, Ichiro Fujinaga, from McGill Univ., gives a seminar on "Current Research at Distributed Digital Music Archives and Libraries Laboratory".

 Abstract: The main goal of this research program is to develop and evaluate practices, frameworks, and tools for the design and construction of worldwide distributed digital music archives and libraries. Over the last few millennia, humans have amassed an enormous amount of information and cultural material that is scattered around the world. It is becoming abundantly clear that the optimal path for acquisition is to distribute the task of digitizing the wealth of historical and cultural heritage material that exists in analogue formats, which may include books, manuscripts, music scores, maps, photographs, videos, analogue tapes, and phonograph records. In order to achieve this goal, libraries, museums, and archives throughout the world, large or small, need well-researched policies, proper guidance, and efficient tools to digitize their collections and to make them available economically. The research conducted within the program addresses unique and imminent challenges posed by the digitization and dissemination of music media. In this talk various research currently conducted at our laboratory will be presented, including optical music recognition, workflow management for automatic metadata extraction of LP recordings, Networked Environment for Music Analysis (NEMA), creation of ground truth for music structural and chord analysis, and evaluation of digitization methods for analogue recordings.

26 Jun 2011 - 22:39 | view
Phonos: Octophonic Concert
On Tuesday June 28th 2011 at 19:30h in the Espai Polivalent, Phonos is organizing an Octophonic concert.
23 Jun 2011 - 19:16 | view
Col·laboració amb el Programa Joves i Ciència de CatalunyaCaixa
Per tercer  any consecutiu el MTG col·labora amb el Programa Joves i Ciència de l'Obra Social de CatalunyaCaixa. Deu estudiants de secundaria han estat seleccionats per participar en el projecte "Els Sons de la Natura" que es fa al Centre Natura CatalunyaCaixa a Planes de Son del 27 de juny al 10 de juliol del 2011. La Emilia Gómez, el Jordi Bonada, el Jordi Janer i el Josep Maria Comajuncosas són els professors d'aquest any. A més, dos estudiants de primer de batxillerat, estudiants de la promoció de l'any 2010, treballaran al MTG durant el mes de Juliol en projectes de recerca sota la supervisió de Perfecto Herrera.
23 Jun 2011 - 15:39 | view
Master thesis presentations

On June 22nd, 23th and 27th 2011, there will be the presentations of the thesis of the Sound and Music Computing Master that have been carried out during the academic year 2010-2011. The presentations will take place in Room 55.410 of the Tanger building. 

Wednesday June 22nd 2011, room 55.410 

  • 09:30 ANDRES BUCCI IRWIN "Digital equalization of the electric violin: Method for obtaining acoustic violin body frequency response based on machine bowing" (tutor: Alfonso Pérez)
  • 10:00 JORGE GARCÍA MARTÍN "Interaction centered modeling for soundscapes using sample homogenization and transformation techniques" (tutor: Jordi Janer)
  • 10:30 CARLES ROIG GARCIA "Vocal Riffs Library for Vocaloid 3" (tutor: Jordi Bonada)
  • 11:15 ANTONIO GARZON LORENZO "Live identification of songs" (tutor: Xavier Anguera)
  • 11:45 JOHN O'CONNELL "Semantic Mosaicing" (tutor: Perfecto Herrera)
  • 12:15 ADRIAN MATEO PRESSER "Assessment of Car Audio Sound Quality using Audio Content Features"    (tutor: Perfecto Herrera)

Thursday June 23d 2011, room 55.410

  • 09:00 TIMOTHY SCHMELE "Exploring 3D Audio Space as a New Musical Language" (presentation in Barcelona Media) (tutors: Pau Arumi, Josep Comajuncosas)    
  • 09:30 JUAN JOSÉ BOSCH VICENTE "Musical Source Separation for Instrument Recognition" (tutor: Jordi Janer)
  • 10:00 JAN VAN BALEN "Recognition of sampled song material in musical audio" (tutors: Joan Serrà, Martin Haro)
  • 10:30 BRUNO MIGUEL MACHADO ROCHA "Genre classification based on predominant pitch contours" (tutors: Emilia Gómez, Justin Salamon)
  • 11:00 ALVARO SARASUA BERODIA "Automatic mood detection: expanding current tags and using active learning for personalized systems" (tutors: Perfecto Herrera, Cyril Laurier)
  • 11:45 MARIUS MIRON "Automatic identification of Tala in Hindustani music" (tutor: Xavier Serra)
  • 12:15 MARIA PANTELI "Music from Cyprus: A study on ""fones"" and similarity with Greek and Turkish music" (tutors: Hendrik Purwins, Emilia Gomez)
  • 12:45 CARLOS GUSTAVO ROMÁN ECHEVERRI "Detection of genre-specific musical instruments" (tutors: Perfecto Herrera, Ferdinand Fuhrmann)

Monday June 27th 2011, room 55.410 

  • 11:00 LINA MARIA VILLA BETANCOURT "Analyzing Room Acoustics for recording different musical genres" (tutors: Enric Giné, Ferran Conangla)
  • 11:30 HEBER MANUEL PÉREZ TORRES "Optimizing guitarLab gesture acquisition prototype" (tutor: Enric Guaus)
  • 12:00 ALEXANDROS KATSAPRAKAKIS "Integration of multi-touch mobile phones with tangible tabletops for developing a musical interface" (tutor: Sergi Jordà)
  • 12:30 LEONARDO MIGUEL ALDREY ALONSO "Tonality in Reactable" (tutor: Sergi Jordà)
  • 13:00 IMANOL GÓMEZ RUBIO "fMRI Sonification" (tutor: Rafael Ramirez)
  • 13:30 ZACHARIAS VAMVAKOUSIS "EyeHarp: an eye tracking-based musical instrument" (tutor: Rafael Ramirez)
  • 15:30 KATERINA KOSTA "Unsupervised Generation of Chord Sequences from a Sound Example" (tutor: Hendrik Purwins)
  • 16:00 FELIX TUTZER "Real-time drum performance tool based on rhythm- and sound-similarity" (tutor: Hendrik Purwins)
  • 16:30 SRIKANTH CHERLA "Automatic Phrase Continuation from Audio Melodies" (tutor: Hendrik Purwins)   


21 Jun 2011 - 09:50 | view
Phonos: Concert of Hindustani music
On Wednesday June 22nd at 19:30 in the Espai Polivalent, Phonos organizes a concert of Hindustani music with Parag Chordia on the sarod, accompanied by Amos Korman on the tabla.
19 Jun 2011 - 13:38 | view
Seminar by Parag Chordia on Computational Models of Hindustani music

On Tuesday June 21st at 12:00h in room 55.309, Parag Chordia, from Georgia Tech, give a seminar on "Computational Modeling of North Indian Classical Music".

Abstract: This talk will present an overview of computational and cognitive research on North Indian classical music (NICM). NICM is one of the world's most sophisticated musical traditions, with an emphasis on melody and rhythm. The talk will discuss experiments in raga recognition, the melodic abstraction around which almost all NICM is organized, with an emphasis on features and classification methods that have proved effective. NICM is characterized by flowing melodies, with a variety of ways of connecting and ornamenting notes. I will describe recent work on expressive pitch modeling based on parametric modeling. Tabla, a pair of drums played with the hands, is synonymous with NICM, and is one of the most developed solo percussion traditions in the world, possessing a sophisticated repertoire of compositions and improvisation techniques. Tabla is based on timbral patterns that are often arranged hierarchically leading to complex patterns. I will describe sequence models that we have used for tabla recognition and prediction from both audio and symbolic scores. Additionally I will present a generative tabla system, tabla gyan, that attempts to model the creative process of tabla improvisation.  The theory and practice of NICM is based on the idea that raags predictably evoke certain emotions. In several large-scale surveys, we show that such emotions are recognized in nearly the same way by enculturated and novice listeners, and that the valence of responses is closely related to the scale type. In a follow-up experiment, we show that these responses may be due to comparison with established scale norms, with lowered scale degrees leading to more negatively valenced emotions, and raised scale degrees leading to more positively valences emotions.

19 Jun 2011 - 13:32 | view
Seminar by Jean Mary Zarate on auditory processing
On Thursday June 16th 20100 at 3:30pm in room 52.321, Jean Mary Zarate from New York University gives a seminar on "Musical tasks: testing the brain's dorsal auditory stream".

Abstract:Although the neural networks involved in auditory processing have been identified, the functional role of one particular network has been debated over the past 10 years. Several models have been proposed and I will present neuroimaging research in which musical tasks have helped inform this debate.

16 Jun 2011 - 11:18 | view