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MTG creates Voctro Labs, a new spin-off company

Voctro Labs starts operating today, which is the third spin-off of the MTG. This business initiative is led by Jordi Bonada, Jordi Janer, Merlijn Blaauw and Oscar Mayor and has its headquarters in the new UPF spaces for incubation and entrepreneurship, the Almogàvers Business Factory.

Voctro Labs is founded with the goal of becoming the world leader in the market of voice processing technologies and targets the entertainment industry (film, music and video games), offering advanced technologies for audio processing.

As a result of an agreement with Yamaha Corp. (Japan), Voctro Labs has developed the world first Spanish virtual singers for the software Vocaloid 3, composed of a male voice (Bruno) and female (Clara). These voices are marketed through an online distribution platform and will be available for this Christmas campaign. With the new Spanish voices developed, Voctro Labs aims at spreading the Vocaloid phenomenon among all Spanish speaking territories worldwide.

Find out more information about it in this Press Release

22 Dec 2011 - 10:44 | view
Seminar by Yi-Hsuan Yang on perceived emotion of music

Title: Dimensional Music Emotion Recognition
Date: Tuesday, Dec 13, 2011, 12:30pm
Location: room 52.S31, Roc Boronat building

Abstract: Automatic recognition of the perceived emotion of music allows users to retrieve and organize their music collections in a fashion that is content-centric and intuitive. A typical approach to music emotion recognition categorizes emotions into a number of classes and applies machine learning techniques to train a classifier. This approach, however, faces a granularity issue that the number of emotion classes is too small in comparison with the richness of emotion perceived by humans. In this talk, I would introduce some research that takes a very different perspective and views emotions as points in a 2-D space spanned by two latent dimensions: valence (how positive or negative) and arousal (how exciting or calming). In this approach, MER becomes the prediction of the valence and arousal values of a song corresponding to a point in the emotion plane. This way, the granularity and ambiguity issues associated with emotion classes no longer exist since no categorical class is needed. Moreover, because the 2D plane provides a simple means for user interface, new emotion-based music organization, browsing, and retrieval can be easily created for mobile devices that have small display area.

Biography: Yi-Hsuan Yang received the Ph.D. degree in Communication Engineering from National Taiwan University, Taiwan, in 2010. Since September 2011, he has been with the Academia Sinica Research Center for Information Technology Innovation, where he is an Assistant Research Fellow. His research interests include music information retrieval, multimedia signal processing, machine learning, and affective computing. He was awarded the Microsoft Research Asia Fellowship in 2008 and the MediaTek Fellowship in 2009. He is the author of the book Music Emotion Recognition, published by CRC Press in 2011.

12 Dec 2011 - 18:47 | view
Phonos Concert: Quartet Sax-Sons
On Friday December 16th 2011 at 19:30h in the Espai Polivalent of the Communication Campus of the UPF, Phonos is organizing a concert of saxos and electroacoustic music
9 Dec 2011 - 12:30 | view
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 - 15:37 | 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 - 18:47 | 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 - 17:51 | 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 - 13:36 | 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 - 11:52 | 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 - 22:29 | 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 - 18:10 | view