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Contact Details

Position: Reader;
Director of Graduate Studies;
Deputy Director of the Centre for Digital Music
Tel: Internal: [13] 7681
International: +44 20 7882 7681
Office: Eng. E201 (bridge block)
Office Hours: Tue 4pm and Wed 2pm during semester.
Please mail me in advance to confirm availability or to request an appointment at other times.
Research Group: Centre for Digital Music
Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=9GvyqXEAAAAJ
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-6098-481X

News & Events

Research Staff & Students

Eita Nakamura
(Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow)
Note Value Recognition for Rhythm Transcription
Adib Mehrabi
(PhD student)
Applications of the Voice in the Search for Sounds
Maria Panteli
(PhD student)
Signal Processing and Data Mining Tools for the Analysis of Musical Evolution
Jiajie Dai
(PhD student)
Intonation and Interaction in Unaccompanied Singing
Saumitra Mishra
(PhD student, co-supervised with Bob Sturm)
Analysing Deep Architectures for Audio-based Music Content Analysis
Daniel Stoller
(PhD student, co-supervised with Sebastian Ewert)
Machine Listening with Limited Annotations

Writing Up

Zulfadhli Mohamad
(PhD student, co-supervised with Chris Harte)
Modelling Guitar Sounds from Recorded Audio Signals
Siying Wang
(PhD student, co-supervised with Sebastian Ewert)
Improving Accuracy and Robustness of Automatic Music Alignment Methods for Highly Expressive Music

Completed PhDs

Siddharth Sigtia
(completed Feb 2017)
Neural Networks for Analysing Music and Environmental Audio
Tian Cheng
(completed Nov 2016)
Exploiting Piano Acoustics in Automatic Transcription (co-supervised with Matthias Mauch)
Magdalena Chudy
(completed Sept 2016)
Discriminating music performers by timbre: On the relation between instrumental gesture, tone quality and perception in classical cello performance
Robert Tubb
(completed May 2016)
Creativity, Exploration and Control in Musical Parameter Spaces
Shengchen Li
(completed Mar 2016)
Expressive Timing Analysis in Classical Piano Performance by Mathematical Model Selection (supervised with Mark Plumbley)
Yading Song
(completed Jan 2016)
The Role of Emotion and Context in Music Preference
Peter Foster
(completed Apr 2015)
Information-Theoretic Measures of Predictability for Music Content Analysis (co-supervisor: Anssi Klapuri)
Holger Kirchhoff
(completed May 2014)
A User-Assisted Approach to Multiple Instrument Music Transcription (co-supervisor: Anssi Klapuri)
Amélie Anglade
(completed Apr 2014)
Logic-based Modelling of Musical Harmony for Automatic Characterisation and Classification
Lesley Mearns
(completed May 2013)
The Computational Analysis of Harmony in Western Art Music
Emmanouil Benetos
(completed Dec 2012)
Automatic Transcription of Polyphonic Music Exploiting Temporal Evolution
Robert Macrae
(completed Mar 2012)
Linking Music Metadata
Matthias Mauch
(completed Mar 2010)
Automatic Chord Transcription from Audio using Computational Models of Musical Context

Recently Finished

Lasse Vetter
(Research student, co-supervised with George Fazekas)
Polytimbral Instrument Activity Detection using Deep Recurrent Neural Networks
Peter Foster
(Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Nov 2015 - Oct 2016)
Automatic Transcription of Music (with DoReMIR Music Research AB)
Bruno Di Giorgi
(Visiting PhD Student, Apr - Jul 2016)
Modelling the Complexity of Tonal Chord Sequences
Matthias Mauch
(Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow, 2012-2015)
Software Systems for Computer-Aided Music Understanding
Emilia Gomez
(Visiting Researcher, Jun - Sep 2015)
Intonation in Flamenco Singing
Julien Osmalskyj
(Visiting PhD Student, Feb - Jun 2015)
Cover Song Detection
Peter Foster
(RA Nov 2014 - Aug 2015)
Audio Data Exploration (with Audio Analytic Ltd)
Siddharth Sigtia
(RA Nov 2014 - Aug 2015)
Audio Data Exploration (with Audio Analytic Ltd) and Smart Microphone v2.0 (with Audio Analytic Ltd)
Gabrielle Medeot
(Visiting Research Student, Nov 2014 - Apr 2015)
Memory-enhanced RNN-NADE networks for modelling polyphonic musical sequences
Christof Weiss
(Visiting PhD Student, Feb, Nov 2014)
A musicologically motivated approach to automatic classification of music data
Lucas Thompson
(Vacation bursary Jun - Aug 2013)
Analysis of Intonation in Unaccompanied Singing
Alo Allik
(RA Oct 2012 - May 2013)
A Shared Open Vocabulary for Audio Research and Retrieval
Stephen Welburn
(RA Dec 2011 - Feb 2013)
Sustainable Management of Digital Music Research Data (2011-12) and Sound Data Management Training (2012-13)
Joachim Ganseman
(Visiting PhD Student, November 2011 - September 2012)
Sinusoidal modeling based on score-to-audio alignment
Magdalena Chudy
(RA Oct 2011 - Mar 2013)
MIReS: Roadmap for Music Information ReSearch
Marco Fabiani
(RA October 2011 - May 2012)
Sustainable Management of Digital Music Research Data
Adam Stark
(RA Dec 2011 - Mar 2012)
Musicology for the Masses
Xue Wen
(RA Dec 2011 - Mar 2012)
Musicology for the Masses
Dan Stowell
(RA Sept 2010 - March 2012)
Musicology for the Masses
Mathieu Barthet
(RA Sept 2010 - Nov 2011)
Musicology for the Masses
Ivan Damnjanovic
(RA Oct-Nov 2011)
Sustainable Management of Digital Music Research Data
Asma Rafiq
(Research student)
Modeling Users' Intentions for the Enhancement of Music Recommendation Systems
Barry Norton
(RA April-July 2011)
Linked Music Metadata
Thomas Gängler
(RA July 2011)
Linked Music Metadata
Cedric Mesnage
(RA March-July 2011)
Linked Music Metadata
Kurt Jacobson
(Research Assistant, 2010)
Linked Music Metadata



Articles about some of these projects have appeared in:


Beat tracking software BeatRoot (requires: Java, any platform)
BeatRoot is also available as a VAMP plugin for Sonic Visualiser.

Audio alignment software MATCH (requires: Java, any platform)
MATCH is also available as a VAMP plugin for Sonic Visualiser. There is a tutorial here .

Slides from the IMA 2012 Tutorial on Music Signal Processing, by Mark Plumbley and Simon Dixon.

Slides from the ISMIR 2006 Tutorial on Computational Rhythm Description, by Fabien Gouyon and Simon Dixon.


I completed my BSc(Hons) (1986-1989) and PhD (1990-1994) degrees in Computer Science at the University of Sydney, and also learnt Classical Guitar at the NSW Conservatorium of Music, obtaining the AMusA (1987) and LMusA (1988). I was a lecturer in Computer Science at Flinders University of South Australia from 1994 until mid 1999, and a research scientist in the Intelligent Music Processing Group at the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence from 1999 to 2006. In December 2006 I joined QMUL's Centre for Digital Music as a Lecturer (now Reader), where I am now Deputy Director and lead the Music Informatics theme. I was Programme Co-chair for the 8th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (2007) and the 14th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (2013), and General Co-chair for the Dagstuhl Seminar on Multimodal Music Processing (2011) and the 9th International Symposium on Computer Music Modeling and Retrieval (CMMR 2012): Music and Emotions. I was President of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval (2014-15); and am on the Editorial Board of the Journal of New Music Research, and the Advisory Board of the Music Information Retrieval Evaluation Exchange (MIREX).

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