Emerging Technologies in Music Research

Discover a mobile physiological sensing system, a sound lab, and other novel tools for studying music listening.

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swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


May 17, 2013 from 7:30 am to 11:15 am America/Los Angeles (UTC-07:00)

A 3D, ambisonic sound studio helps make decisions in architecture, urban planning, and multimedia art, while new devices like the MobileMuse estimate the emotional impact of a live performance. Learn about these and other new technologies in music research in Session 3 of “Feel the Music,” a forum on music and emotions.

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8:30 am

 registration and coffee

9:00 am

 Interactive Mobile Systems for Social and Mobile Active Experience of Audiovisual Content

Antonio Camurri, Associate Professor of Engineering, University of Genoa, SIEMPRE Project and Alberto Massari, Software Engineer, University of Genoa, SIEMPRE Project

9:30 am

 Listening to Design – Immersive Acoustics Modeling in the Arup SoundLab

Shane Myrbeck, Acoustics and Audiovisual Consultant, ARUP

10:00 am

 Psychoacoustic Cues to Emotion in Speech Prosody and Music

Eduardo Coutinho, Postdoctoral Fellow, Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, University of Geneva

10:30 am

 coffee break

11:00 am

 A Mobile Physiological Sensing System for Measuring Emotional State in Music Performance and other Ecological Environments

Brennon Bortz, doctoral researcher in the Center for Human-Computer Interaction, Department of Computer Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

11:30 am

 Large-scale machine listening and automatic mood labeling for music discovery in consumer applications

Peter DiMaria, Senior Director of Product & Content Strategy, Gracenote, Inc. and Ching-Wei Chen, Research Manager, Music Technologies, Gracenote, Inc.

12:00 am

 audience Q&A

12:15 am




Antonio Camurri

Antonio Camurri is an associate professor in the faculty of engineering at DIST-University of Genoa, where he teaches the courses, “Human Computer Interaction” and “Multimodal Systems.” As the founder and scientific director of InfoMus Lab and of Casa Paganini – InfoMus Research Centre at the University of Genoa, he coordinates and is local project manager of several European Commission Projects. His research interests include computational models of nonverbal expressive gesture, emotion and KANSEI information processing, nonverbal social behavior, sound and music computing, and multimodal interactive systems for theatre, music, dance, and museums, as well as for therapy and rehabilitation.


Alberto Massari

Alberto Massari is a software engineer from Genova, where he earned a degree in electronic engineering at the local university. As a researcher in the InfoMus lab, he explores how to make machines understand users’ intentions. As a software developer, he is a proud member of the Apache community working on XML technologies that make machines talk to each other.


Shane Myrbeck

Shane A. Myrbeck is an acoustician, sound artist, and composer living in San Francisco. He operates in a variety of sonic contexts, including installation design, composition, architectural acoustics consulting, music performance, lecturing, and sound recording. His work explores the visceral and immersive nature of sound through spatial audio display and multi-sensory pieces. His work has been exhibited at Fort Mason Center, the Intersection for the Arts, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, the Lab, California Academy of Sciences, the ODC Theatre, Arup SoundLab, the Whitehaus, IBM Tokyo, and the streets of San Francisco. He spends his professional life as an acoustics consultant at Arup, and is currently in charge of the San Francisco SoundLab, an immersive, full-sphere ambisonic sound studio used for composition and acoustic simulation.


Eduardo Coutinho

Eduardo Coutinho earned a doctorate from the University of Plymouth (UK). His thesis, “Computational and Psycho-Physiological Investigations of Musical Emotions,” explores the link between emotional responses to music, low-level psychoacoustic features, and self-perception of physiological activation. Currently, Coutinho is interested in various topics related to music and emotion research, namely, the types of emotions elicited by music, the modulatory effects of individual, contextual, and cultural factors, and the similarities and differences between vocal and musical expression of emotion. Coutinho is a postdoctoral fellow at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences and an honorary research fellow in the School of Music at the University of Liverpool (UK).


Peter DiMaria

Peter DiMaria is Senior Director of Product & Content Strategy at Gracenote, Inc. DiMariaha has over 20 years of experience in the digital music and interactive entertainment industries, with a focus on new product concept development, information architecture, and user experience. Prior to joining Gracenote, DiMaria was Director of Product Management and Strategy forListen.com Inc., developers of Rhapsody, the first on-demand digital music service, where he championed the company’s transition to personalized, cloud-based offering.
From 1996-1999, DiMaria was co-founder and Vice President of Planning & Content for Tunes Network, Inc., creators of Tunes.com, a pioneering music discovery web site. At Tunes, he was responsible for product management and music information architecture and launched numerous innovative services in the areas of music taste profiling, personalization, navigation, and recommendation. DiMaria holds an M.B.A. in Strategic Management and Marketing from the Wharton School and a B.S. degree from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He also holds patents in the fields of media navigation and perceived tempo determination.


Ching-Wei Chen

Ching-Wei Chen is the Research Manager of Music Technologies at Gracenote, where his team develops systems for large-scale music information retrieval, recommendation, and data mining. He received his Master’s Degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara, specializing in Computer Music and Computer Vision. He has been working in the digital music industry for over a decade and holds several patents and publications on sound spatialization, perceptual tempo estimation, visual rhythm detection, and mood classification. In his spare time he enjoys playing with APIs and has built music hacks at hackathon events around the world.


Brennon Bortz

Brennon Bortz is a doctoral researcher in the Center for Human-Computer Interaction within the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is a member of the new Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT), and a member of the the Integrated Mind & Performance through the Arts, Creativity, and Technology studio within ICAT. He is interested in new developments and creative applications in mobile, multiuser environments that leverage affective technologies. His research focuses on music and emotion, psychophysiology, and mobile interaction. Specifically, his current work investigates which features of music most effect a listener’s emotional response, and develops means of informing music and interactions with this knowledge.
Most recently, Brennon has worked in mobile development at Ecliptic Labs in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and prior to this as a researcher at the Centre for Affective Solutions for Ambient Living Awareness in Dundalk, Ireland. He is also a classically-trained composer and experienced choral and instrumental conductor holding degrees in music from Pepperdine University; the University of California, Riverside; and Queen’s University Belfast. His works have been performed across the United States, South America, and Europe. Bortz performs regularly with a range of musical ensembles.



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