Digital Music Research Network

Digital Music Research Network

EPSRC Network GR/R64810/01

Funded by
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council


Digital Music Research:
One-day Workshop and Roadmap Launch

Queen Mary, University of London
Wed 21 December 2005

Presentation slides available

Roadmap Website

Contents: Introduction | Deadlines | Poster Instructions | Programme | Registration | Venue | Hotels | Posters | Associated Event


Digital music is an important and fast-moving research area. Sophisticated digital tools for the creation, generation and dissemination of music have established clear synergies between music and leisure industries, the use of technology within art, the creative industries and the creative economy. Digital music research is emerging as a "transdiscipline" across the usual academic boundaries of computer science, electronic engineering and music.

To mark the the completion of the EPSRC-funded phase of the Digital Music Research Network (DMRN), we will be holding a 1-day Workshop and Roadmap Launch at Queen Mary University of London on Wednesday 21 December 2005.

This event, including the launch of the UK Digital Music Research Roadmap, will provide a unique forum to meet leaders in the field of digital music research, and gain detailed knowledge of recent research in this area. The event will partciularly consider:

  • What is the state of the art in Digital Music Research in the UK?
  • How is the Digital Music field changing?
  • What are the major goals for digital music research over the next 10 years?
  • What opportunities are there for collaborative research and partnerships between the commercial and academic sectors?

The Workshop will include a number of invited speakers who will talk about their work in the field of Digital Music Research, and future activities starting in this area. Posters will be on display describing work of groups within the Network, and there will be opportunity for networking with other people working in the area.

The workshop will be immediately followed by the Roadmap Launch. The Roadmap seeks to point the way to productive and fruitful integration of digital music research into UK, European and global creative industries, and to capitalize on the talent, energy and expertise of UK digital music researchers.

There will be an opportunity to continue discussions after the Workshop and Roadmap Launch in a nearby Pub/Restaurant.

Thanks to financial support from EPSRC, the event is free, but delegates must register by 14 Dec (see Registration below).

Invited speakers include:

The Workshop is scheduled to begin at 12:00 midday to allow as many people as possible to travel to and from the event in one day.


  • 28 Nov 2005: Abstract submission deadline for posters
  •   5 Dec 2005: Notification of poster acceptance
  • 14 Dec 2005: Registration Deadline (free)
  • 21 Dec 2005: Workshop and Roadmap Launch

Call for Posters

You are invited to submit a one (A4) page abstract about your research relevant to the Digital Music Research Network. We strongly encourage UK digital music research groups to submit at least one abstract. Accepted abstract authors will be invited to produce a poster (A0) which will be displayed throughout the event.

The abstracts will be collated into a digest and distributed on the day, and authors will be encouraged to submit an electronic versions of posters (e.g. in PDF format) to allow the posters to be viewed after the event.

Abstract Submission

Please submit your poster abstract (maximum 1 page of A4) in an email to Mark Plumbley at giving the Authors, Title and Abstract of your poster.

Abstract submission deadline: 28 November 2005.

You will be notified of poster acceptance by 5 December 2005.

Poster Instructions

Each poster has to fit on a poster board that is 3 feet (91.4 cm) wide and 6 feet (182.9 cm) tall. However, posters should not reach down to the floor as this makes them hard to read. Posters should therefore be no more than 85 cm (33.5 in) wide and no more than 119 cm (46.9 in) tall (i.e., no larger than A0 portrait or A1 landscape).

IMPORTANT: Posters wider than the stated dimensions will not fit on the poster boards. A0 landscape is TOO WIDE.

Provisional Outline Programme

Part 1: Workshop

11:30 Registration opens

Dr Mark Plumbley, Digital Music Research Network


Interacting with Digital Music
Prof Mark Sandler, Queen Mary University of London


Buffet Lunch, Networking
Poster Session
Posters from Network Partners will be on display


Sound to Sense, Sense to Sound
Damien Cirotteau, Media Innovation Unit - Firenze Tecnologia, Italy

  Trans-disciplinary Routes to Innovation in Computer Music Research: A Snapshot
Prof Eduardo Miranda, University of Plymouth
  Report on DMRN Summer Conference 2005
Douglas McGilvray & Nick Bailey, University of Glasgow
15:15 Tea/Coffee
Posters from Network Partners will be on display
15:45 Staying "in-between" – Music Technology in Higher Education [Slides (PDF)]
Dr Carola Böhm, University of Glasgow
  Spatial Audio Creative Engineering Network (SpACE-Net)
Dr Tim Brookes, University of Surrey

Part 2: Roadmap Launch

16:30 Reception
Posters from Network Partners will be on display
17:00 Launch of UK Digital Music Research Roadmap
Dr Tony Myatt, University of York
Prof Barry Eaglestone, University of Sheffield
Prof Eduardo Miranda, University of Plymouth
Dr Mark Plumbley, Queen Mary University of London
Dr Francis Rumsey, University of Surrey
17:30 Panel discussion and questions
18:00 Close
(Opportunity to continue discussions over meal/drinks nearby)


Delegates must register, to plan rooms and catering. Places are strictly limited, and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

To register, please email the following information to

  1. Name (Title, First name, Last name)
  2. University/company affiliation (for badge)
  3. Postal address (including postcode)
  4. Email
  5. Any dietary requirements (vegetarian, etc.)
  6. Whether attending (a) Roadmap Launch Only or (b) both Workshop and Roadmap Launch

Alternatively, post or fax this information to: Mrs. Theresa Willis, Department of Electronic Engineering, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS, United Kingdom. Tel: 020 7882 7513, Fax: 020 7882 7997.

Registration deadline: Wednesday 14 December 2005.


The Event will take place at the People's Palace, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS.

Map of People's Palace, Queen Mary University of London

The venue is easily accessible by public transport. It is within a five minute walk of both Mile End Underground station (Central, District, and Hammersmith & City lines) and Stepney Green Underground station (District, and Hammersmith & City lines).

For travel information, see [opens in new window]:


Suggested hotels for staying before or after the workshop:

For relative locations and travel between these hotels and Queen Mary University of London (as well as the preceding Live Algorithms for Music workshop at Goldsmiths on 19/20 Dec), see ISMIR 2005 Maps (maps for the recent conference held at Queen Mary and Goldsmiths).


Efficient variational inference for the dynamic harmonic model
A. T. Cemgil and S. J. Godsill, Cambridge University Engineering Department
University of Cambridge

Musical Acts and Musical Agents
D Murray-Rust and A Smaill, University of Edinburgh

N-ISM: Network for the Interdisciplinary study of Science, technology and Music
Dr. Nick Bailey, Carola Boehm, Prof. Graham Hair
Centre for Music Technology (CMT), University of Glasgow

Analysing Musical Structure
A J Anderson& Dr N J Bailey
Centre for Music Technology (CMT), University of Glasgow

Intelligent Tools for Interacting with a Corpus of Lute Music
David Lewis and Christophe Rhodes
Goldsmiths College, London

An Electronic Corpus of Lute Music
David Lewis, Tim Crawford and Michael Gale
Goldsmiths College, London

Rhythm discovery in musical sequences
Manolis Christodoulakis, Costas S. Iliopoulos, W.F. Smyth
King's College London

Necklace Swap Problem for Rhythmic Similarity Measures
Yoan José Pinzón Ardila, Raphaël Clifford, Costas Iliopoulos, Manal Mohamed, Gad Landau
King's College London

Strategies, Requirements and Tools for the Analysis of Time-based Media
Adam T. Lindsay and Alan Marsden
Lancaster University

A Matrix-Filling Approach to Schenkerian Analysis by Computer
Alan Marsden
Lancaster University

I-MAESTRO: Interactive Multimedia Environment for technology enhanced music education and creative collaborative composition and performance
Kia Ng
University of Leeds, ICSRiM

Variational Bayes for real-time 1D hierarchical perception, with an application to automated musical accompaniment
Charles Fox, Steve Roberts
University of Oxford

An Idiomatic Plucked String Player
L. L. Costalonga, E. R. Miranda
University of Plymouth, ICCMR

Studying rhythm evolution in a society of virtual agents
J. M. Martins and E. R. Miranda
University of Plymouth, ICCMR

Body-driven Music Performance
E. Coutinho and E. R. Miranda
University of Plymouth, ICCMR

Musical Ontogenesis and the computer modelling of musical influence
M. Gimenes, E. R. Miranda, C. Johnson
University of Plymouth, ICCMR

Engaging Collaborations: Designing for Creative Groups
N. Bryan-Kinns, J. Leach, and P. G. T. Healey
Queen Mary University of London, Department of Computer Science

Enforcing Sparsity, Shift-Invariance And Positivity In A Bayesian Model Of Polyphonic Piano Music
T. Blumensath, M. Davies
Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary University of London

Overview of a Bayesian Music Segmenter
Samer Abdallah, Katy Noland, Mark Sandler, Michael Casey, Christophe Rhodes
Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary University of London

SoundBite: Automatically Extracting Musical Audio Thumbnails
Mark Levy, Mark Sandler and Michael Casey
Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary University of London

Information systems and creativity: an empirical study
Barry Eaglestone, Nigel Ford, Guy J. Brown, Adrian Moore
University of Sheffield

Perceptually Unidimensional Control of Spatial Audio :a Pilot Study
Tim Brookes & Tobias Neher
University of Surrey

Prediction of Basic Audio Quality for multichannel audio recordings: Initial developments
Sunish George, Slawomir Zielinski, Francis Rumsey
University of Surrey

Associated Event

This DMRN Workshop (21 December 2005) at Queen Mary University of London is preceded by the Live Algorithms for Music Dec 2005 Meeting (19-20 Dec 2005) at Goldsmiths College, London. Delegates wishing to attend both events might like to see the ISMIR 2005 Maps to see relative locations and suggestions for possible hotels.