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C4DM at the ISMIR 2017 Conference

The 18th International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR 2017) Conference took place from 23 - 27 October in Suzhou, China. ISMIR is a world-leading research conference that focuses on the processing, search, synthesis and modelling of musical data. In this highly-interdisciplinary annual conference researchers from academia and industry present their latest research, demos and ideas around the central theme of ‘music’.

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), through its Centre for Digital Music (C4DM) has been a regular participant to the conference, publishing several high impact papers in the recent years. This year too C4DM had a strong presence with participations both at the organisational and at the research programme level.

On day two of the conference Prof. Elaine Chew, professor of Digital Media at QMUL and member of C4DM gave a keynote talk on “Structures: Performed, Perceived and Constructed”.

During the week C4DM researchers presented (oral or poster) the following full length papers:

A Late-breaking/demo session was scheduled on the last day of the conference. This session encourages researchers to present their work in progress, in the form of an extended abstract. C4DM had the following works accepted for the session:

In ISMIR 2017, the award for the “Best Paper” was presented to the research work lead by C4DM researchers. The work by Keunwoo Choi titled “Transfer Learning for Music Classification and Regression Tasks” employed the technique of transfer learning to use a neural network trained for music-auto tagging for other MIR tasks.

On the organisational side, two members of C4DM were part of the organising committee. Professor Simon Dixon, deputy director of C4DM, was on the advisory board and Jiajie Dai, a third-year PhD student at C4DM, was local-organising co-chair.

(Author: Saumitra Mishra - 15 November 2017)

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