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SMC Master 2010-2011 starts

The academic year 2010-2011 of the Master in Sound and Music Computing has just started.

The students enrolled this year are: Srikanth Cherla (India), Schmele Timothy (Ireland), Heber Manuel Pérez Torres (México), Carlos Gustavo Romá (Colombia), Lina María Villa Betancourt (Colombia), Maria Panteli (Cyprus), Miron Marius (Romania), Juanjo Bosch (Spain), Alexandros Katsaprakakis (Greece),  Katerina Kosta (Greece), John  O'Connell (Ireland),  Zacharias Vamvakousis (Greece),  Jan Van Balen (Belgium), Antonio Garzón (Spain), Emilio Molina (Spain), Carles Roig Garcia (Spain), Stylianos Togias (Greece), Carlos Vaquero Patricio (Spain), Imanol Gómez (Spain), Adrian Mateo (Spain), Andres Bucci (Venezuela), Felix Tutzer (Germany), Alvaro Sarasua (Spain), Jorge García (Spain).

27 Sep 2010 - 09:53 | view
Jordi Bonada wins a price for his PhD thesis
Jordi Bonada has been awarded a price of the Board of Trustees of the UPF dedicated to promote the knowledge transfer within the members of the university. The price is in the category of recent PhD thesis with big knowledge transfer potential. Jordi's thesis was on "Voice Processing and Synthesis by Performance Sampling and Spectral Models" and was carried out in the context of a long lasting collaboration with the company Yamaha.
25 Sep 2010 - 18:12 | view
Seven new PhD students
Seven new PhD students are joining the MTG this academic year. Panos Papiotis, Marco Marchini, Marti Umbert, Frederic Font, Josep M. Comajuncosas, Mathieu Bosi and Sebastián Mealla have been accepted to the PhD program of the DTIC in the academic year 2010-2011 and will carry their thesis within various research projects of the MTG.
8 Sep 2010 - 10:16 | view
Seminar on tactile sound by Miha Ciglar

On Friday September 3rd 2010 at 13:00h and in room 55.410, Miha Ciglar, from the Institute of Sonic Arts Research in Ljubljana, Slovenia, will give a seminar on: "An ultrasound based instrument generating audible and tactile sound".

 Abstract: The presentation will give an overview of the Institute for Sonic Arts Research (IRZU) from Ljubljana, Slovenia and its projects. A particular focus will be put on one of the most recently developed interface prototypes - a “hands free” instrument, utilizing a non-contact tactile feedback method based on airborne ultrasound. The three main elements/components of the interface that will be discussed are: 1. Generation of audible sound by self-demodulation of an ultrasound signal during its propagation through air; 2.The condensation of the ultrasound energy in one spatial point generating a precise tactile reproduction of the audible sound (its temporal and harmonic texture); and 3. The feed-forward method enabling a real-time intervention of the musician, by shaping the tactile (ultra)sound directly with his hands.

In addition to the presentation, the interface functionality will also be practically demonstrated, 

31 Aug 2010 - 12:21 | view
MTG and BMAT organize a MusicHackDay in Barcelona on 2-3 October

The MTG-UPF and BMAT organize the Barcelona MusicHackDay to be held at Universitat Pompeu Fabra on the 2nd and 3rd of October, 2010.

A MusicHackDay ( is a full weekend of hacking in which participants conceptualize, create and present their projects. Music + software + mobile + hardware + art + the web. Anything goes as long as it's music related.

The initial program and some initial info is online, you can now register your initial interests. We are also looking for sponsors to help with the event, if interested visit the Sponsors page.

13 Aug 2010 - 16:51 | view
SMC 2010 papers online
The papers presented at the 7th Sound and Music Computing Conference that took place at the UPF from the 21st to the 24th on July 2010 are now online. The papers have been published on the website under a Creative Commons license.
30 Jul 2010 - 09:35 | view
Sound and Music Computing Conference starts on July 17th

The 7th edition of SMC Conference starts on July 17th at the Communication Campus of the UPF. It starts with a Summer School, then on July 21st there are some tutorials and the regular conference sessions start on the 22nd.

14 Jul 2010 - 09:48 | view
Amaury Hazan defends his PhD thesis on July 16th

Amaury Hazan defends his PhD thesis entitled "Musical expectation modelling from audio: a causal mid-level approach to predictive representation and learning of spectro-temporal events" on Friday 16th of July 2010 at 12:00h in room 55.309 at the Tanger building of the Communication-Poblenou Campus.

The members of the jury's are: José Manyuel Iñesta (Universidad de Alicante), Jordi Janer (UPF), Gérard Assayag (IRCAM, Paris), Fabien Gouyon (INESC Porto), and Josep Lluis Arcos (IIIA-CSIC).

Abstract: We develop in this thesis a computational model of music expectation, which may be one of the most important aspects in music listening. Many phenomenons related to music listening such as preference, surprise or emotions are linked to the anticipatory behaviour of listeners. In this thesis, we concentrate on a statistical account to music expectation, by modelling the processes of learning and predicting spectro-temporal regularities in a causal fashion.

The principle of statistical modelling of expectation can be applied to several music representations, from symbolic notation to audio signals. We first show that computational learning architectures can be used and evaluated to account behavioral data concerning auditory perception and learning. We then propose a what/when representation of musical events which enables to sequentially describe and learn the structure of acoustic units in musical audio signals.

The proposed representation is applied to describe and anticipate timbre features and musical rhythms. We suggest ways to exploit the properties of the expectation model in music analysis tasks such as structural segmentation. We finally explore the implications of our model for interactive music applications in the context of real-time transcription, concatenative synthesis, and visualization.

12 Jul 2010 - 11:38 | view
Seminar on Complex Networks by Massimiliano Zanin
On July 12 (Monday) of 2010 at 15:30 there will be a talk on Complex Networks by Massimiliano Zanin from INNAXIS Foundation & Research Institute in room 55.410.

"An introduction to Complex Networks"
Abstract: The last decade has witnessed the birth of a new paradigm in the study of complex systems. Through the use of networks, it is possible to extract the inner structure of many systems, both tangible objects in Euclidean space, or more abstract entities. The massive analysis of networks from different research fields has produced a series of unexpected results: for instance, the identification of some unifying principles and statistical properties common to almost all real networks. In turn, there results have been used to understand how those real systems work, and to improve their performance. In this talk, we will give an overview of some aspects of Complex Networks: main definitions, techniques and methods which are used to understand the inner structure of different complex systems and describe their internal dynamics and evolution.
6 Jul 2010 - 11:04 | view
Col·laboració amb el Programa Joves i Ciència de Caixa Catalunya
Per segon any consecutiu el MTG col·labora amb el Programa Joves i Ciència de l'Obra Social de Caixa Catalunya. Deu estudiants de secundaria han estat seleccionats per participar en el projecte "Els Sons de la Natura" que es fa al Centre Natura Caixa Catalunya a Planes de Son del 28 de juny al 11 de juliol del 2010. El Jordi Janer i  Josep Maria Comajuncosas són els professors d'aquest any. A més, dos estudiants de primer de batxillerat, estudiants de la promoció de l'any 2009, treballaran al MTG durant el mes de Juliol en projectes de recerca sota la supervisió d'investigadors del MTG.
28 Jun 2010 - 18:31 | view