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Professor Simon Dixon

Professor of Computer Science

Research Interests

My research interests are in the fields of music informatics (music information retrieval), computer music, music signal processing, digital audio, artificial intelligence and cognitive science. In recent years I have been working on various problems related to extracting musical content from audio signals, with a focus on rhythm and harmony. For example, I have worked on beat tracking, audio alignment, chord and note transcription, classification and performance visualisation.


AMusA LMusA BSc(Hons) PhD

Professional Highlights

  • President, International Society for Music Information Retrieval (2014-2015)
  • Programme Co-chair, 14th International Society For Music Information Retrieval Conference, (4-8 November, 2013)
  • General Co-chair, 9th International Symposium on Computer Music Modelling and Retrieval (June 19-22, 2012)
  • Editorial Board, Journal of New Music Research (2011-)
  • General Co-chair, Dagstuhl Seminar on Multimodal Music Processing, Jan 2011
  • Advisory Board, Music Information Retrieval Evaluation Exchange
  • Member, Music and Science Steering Group, Institute of Musical Research, University of London (2010-)
  • Guest Editor, Journal of New Music Research, 39 (4), 2010, Special Issue on Music Informatics and the OMRAS2 Project
  • Programme Committee Co-chair, 2007 International Conference on Music Information Retrieval
  • Reviewer of projects for EPSRC, ESRC, Leverhulme Trust, NSF (USA), ANEP (Spanish Ministry of Education and Science), NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research), STW (Dutch funding agency for academic research in applied sciences), SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada)
  • PhD examiner for Universitat Pompeu Fabra, University of Milan, Tampere University of Technology, University of London, University of Vigo, Dublin Institute of Technology, KTH Stockholm, Johannes Kepler University of Linz, University of Bristol, Telecom ParisTech
  • PC member for conferences, including International Computer Music Conference, International Conference on Music Information Retrieval, Sound and Music Computing Conference
  • Reviewer for journals including IEEE Trans. Acoustics Speech and Language Processing, IEEE Trans. Multimedia, Machine Learning, Computer Music Journal, Journal of New Music Research, Communications of the ACM, Musicae Scientiae, International Journal on Digital Libraries
  • Recent invited talks: Institute of Musical Research Study Day: Tuning and Temperament, 2011; 1st International Folk Music Analysis Workshop (FMA 2011); Music is Motion Symposium (MIM'11); Digital Preservation Coalition meeting, 2011; 7th International Symposium on Computer Music Modeling and Retrieval (CMMR 2010); Information Processing Society of Japan Special Interest Group on Music and Computer (SIGMUS 2009); Kings College London, invited talk, 2010; University of Bristol, seminar, 2010

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