Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

The Music Technology Group, MTG, which is part of the Audiovisual Institute of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona, specializes in audio processing technologies and their musical and multimedia applications.

With more than 40 researchers coming from various disciplines, the MTG carries out research and development projects in areas such as audio processing and synthesis; audio identification; audio content analysis, description and transformation; singing voice synthesis and transformation; interactive systems; and software tools.

The MTG was created in 1994 by its current director, Xavier Serra, as one of the research groups of the Audiovisual Institute (IUA), a centre for interdisciplinary research in the different areas of Audiovisual Communication.

Contact: Xavier Serra [ web ]


Matrix Data, an SME company with roughly 50 employees, was founded in 1985, in response to a demand from the retail and financial sectors for quality information on high net worth private individuals. Matrix Data created a unique database of private individuals invested in a variety of savings vehicles.

Today, the 50-strong company's Matrix Investor Database contains nearly 2 million such individuals, and is supported by a whole range of complimentary products and services including the publication of print and electronic directories. Since then the company's Data Analysis Services Division has built a suite of analytical tools and provides data mining services. In addition to IT services Matrix Data's Business Consultancy Services Team provide strategic business consultancy for high profile clients.

Contact: David Wallace

Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (ÖFAI)

The Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (ÖFAI) is a private, non-profit research institute devoted to basic and applied research in all areas of Artificial Intelligence. It currently employs more than 30 full-time researchers.

In the current project it will be represented by its Machine Learning and Data Mining group, which has extensive expertise both in the areas of general machine learning and data mining, and in the specific application of such methods to musical problems.

Contact: Gerhard Widmer [ web ]

Philips Research Eindhoven (PRE)

Royal Philips Electronics is one of the world's biggest electronics companies and Europe's largest, with sales of over US$ 31,8 billion in 2002. It is a global leader in colour television sets, lighting, electric shavers, colour picture tubes for televisions and monitors, and one-chip TV products. Its 170 000 employees in more than 60 countries are active in the areas of lighting, consumer electronics, domestic appliances, components, semiconductors and medical systems.

Philips' research activities are conducted in the laboratories of the corporate research organisation, which comprises a research laboratory in Eindhoven and other (smaller) laboratories in Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium, China, India, the United States, and Taiwan. Six to seven percent of turnover is spent on research and development. The product divisions take up the research results transforming them into new products. Philips Electronics Nederland B.V. is Philips' national organisation in The Netherlands. It holds the Dutch activities of Philips Research and the Product Divisions.

Contact: Fabio Vignoli

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)

Queen Mary University of London is one of the largest colleges of the federal University of London. Established in 1887, and joining the University of London in 1915, it now provides education across a full range of academic disciplines from a campus close to the heart of London. It has over 9000 undergraduate students, 1600 of them being postgraduates, including PhD students.

The DSP and Multimedia Research group is one of three such research groups in the Department of Electronic Engineering at QMUL. It comprises 8 full-time academic staff and a post-doctoral research officer, as well as 20 researchers (PhD students and contract staff). Four academics work on Video and on Intelligent Agents, while four more focus on Digital Audio and Digital Music.

The group came into being in September 2001 when Mark Sandler moved from King’s College London with his entire laboratory of 10 researchers and two academic colleagues, joining a pre-existing group working on video and computer vision.

Contact: Mark Sandler [ web ]