Highlights/Upcoming events

New paper on Singing Voice Estimation in Neural Computing and Applications (Springer)

Together with Eward Lin, Enyan Koh, Dr. Balamurali BT from SUTD, and Dr. Simon Lui from Tencent Music (former SUTD) we published a paper on using an ideal binary mask with CNN for separating singing voice from its musical accompaniment:

Lin K.W.E., BT B, Koh E., Lui S., Herremans D.. In Press. Singing Voice Separation Using a Deep Convolutional Neural Network Trained by Ideal Binary Mask and Cross Entropy. Neural Computing and Applications. DOI: 10.1007/s00521-018-3933-z.

New publication on modeling music with word2vec in Springer's Neural Computing and Applications

Together with Prof Ching-Hua Chuan from the University of Miami and Prof. Kat Agres from IHPC, A*STAR, I've just published a new article on 'From Context to Concept: Exploring Semantic Relationships in Music with Word2Vec', in Springer's Neural Computing and Applications (impact factor 4.213). The article describes how we can use word2vec to model complex polyphonic pieces of music using the popular embeddings model. The preprint is available here.

New Frontiers in Psychology paper on A Novel Graphical Interface for the Analysis of Music Practice Behaviors

The paper I wrote together with Janis Sokolovskis and Elaine Chew from QMUL, called A Novel Interface for the Graphical Analysis of Music Practice Behaviours was just poublished in Frontiers in Psychology - Human-Media Interaction. Read the full article here or download the pdf.

Grant from MIT-SUTD IDC on "An intelligent system for understanding and matching perceived emotion from video with music"

A few months ago, Prof. Gemma Roig (PI, SUTD), Prof. Dorien Herremans (co-PI, SUTD), Dr. Kat Agres (co-PI, A*STAR) and Dr. Eran Gozy (co-PI, MIT, creator of Guitar Hero) got awarded a new grant from the International Design Center (joint research institute of MIT and SUTD) for 'An intelligent system for understanding and matching perceived emotion from video with music'. This is an exiting opportunity and the birth of our new Affective Computing Lab at SUTD that links the computer vision lab and AMAAI lab.

New grant from MIT-SUTD IDC on an AR Game for Climate Change Awareness

Prof. Lucienne Blessing (co-PI, SUTD), Prof. Lynette Chea (Co-PI, SUTD) and Prof. Takehiko Nagakura (co-PI, MIT) and myself (PI) have just been awarded a grant from the International Design Center (MIT-SUTD). The topic of the grant is to build an Augmented Reality Game to stimulate Climate Change Awareness and support Project P280 within SUTD. The game design will be done by SUTD Game Lab.

Channel News Asia documentary on MorpheuS music generation algorithm

My research was featured in a documentary called 'Algorithms' by Channel News Asia. MorpheuS is a music generation algorithm developed by Prof. Elaine Chew and myself at Queen Mary University of London. In the documentary, a string quartet consisting of musicians from the Singapore Symphony Orchestra perform a piece composed by MorpheuS (at around 17min in), followed by an interview about my research (21min in).

Episode 1: Rage Against The Machine

Talk at One-North Festival on Music and AI: Generating Music and More!

I'll be giving an invited talk on Music and AI: Generating Music and More!, coming Friday at the One-North Festival. The one-north Festival is an annual celebration of research, innovation, creativity and enterprise. Jointly organised by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and JTC, and supported by Science Centre Singapore, this very exciting event welcomes the public to immerse in science and technology through fun interactive displays, inspiring talks, workshops and tours for the whole family.

PhD defence of Nathalie Angus - Real-Time Binaural Auralization - August 1st

I'm very happy to announce that Natalie Angus will be doing her PhD defence on Real-Time Binaural Auralization on August 1st. Natalie is supervised by myself and Dr. Simon Lui (Director of Tencent Music). Some information about the seminar:

Title: Real-Time Binaural Auralization

When: 15:00, August 1st, 2018.

Where: Think Thank 20 (Building 2, Level 3), SUTD


Postdoc & Eng. job opening in affective computing for video/music. MIT-SUTD IDC center Singapore

I am excited to announce the following job openings for a new SUTD-MIT Project on emotion recognition in video and audio, start date is as soon as possible.

We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow and a research engineer to work on an affective computing research project related to emotion recognition for videos and music. The PIs of the project include Prof. Gemma Roig, Prof. Dorien Herremans, and Dr. Kat Agres. The position is for one year extendable to 2 years.


Upcoming talk at the Women in Data Science (WiDS) event

I am excited to give a talk at the upcoming Data Science Women in Data Science (WiDS) 2018 event taking place on 11 April 2018 at Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD). This is part of the growing global WiDS community and conference series, taking place in 150+ locations around the world coinciding with the WiDS Stanford on 5 March 2018. #sheinnovates

Guest lecture at NUS on music modelling

Today, prof. Wang Ye, general chair of this year's ISMIR, was nice enough to invite me to teach a guest lecture in his Sound and Music Computing class at NUS. The class was introduced by a lecture of Prof. Lonce Wyse, who talked about sound modelling with machine learning. In my talk, we focused on music modelling from a generative perspective. For those interested, you can download my slides here.

How convolution works - Certified NVIDIA Deep Learning Insititute Ambassador Instructor

I'm happy to announce that I just got certified as an official NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute instructor and ambassador.
"The NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute (DLI) offers hands-on training for developers, data scientists, and researchers looking to solve the world’s most challenging problems with deep learning.

New article on the MoprheuS music generation system in IEEE Transactions of Affective Computng

I'm please to announce the latest article I wrote together with Prof. Elaine Chew on MorpheuS, published in IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing. The paper explains the inner workings of MorpheuS, a music generation system that is able to generate pieces with a fixed pattern structure and given tension.

Herremans D., Chew E.. 2017. MorpheuS: generating structured music with constrained patterns and tension. IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing. PP (In Press)(99)

New Survey article on music generation in ACM Computing Surveys

A new journal article was published that I wrote together with Prof. Ching-Hua Chuan and Prof. Elaine Chew. The article is a survey on current music generation systems from a functional point of view, thus creating a nice overview of current challenges and opportunities in the field. The articles covers systems ranging from game music, to real-time improvisation systems and emotional movie music generation systems.

ISMIR in Suzhou, China - presenting hit prediction through social media listening behaviours

Last week the National University of Singapore hosted the International Society for Music Information Retrieval conference in lovely Suzhou, China. It featured a ton of interesting presentations by established academics in the field including Prof. Elaine Chew (who also talked about MorpheuS), Roger Dannenberg and others; but also industry leaders such as Jeffrey C. Smith (Smule) and E. Humprey (Spotify).

PhD position available for Machine Learning/optimization in novel topics such as music

Update: while this particular grant has expired, there are some other opportunities available in my lab.

I am looking for a strong PhD candidate in music and machine learning at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). SUTD is a relatively new university, founded in collaboration with MIT, that has a strong interdisciplinary focus on design. The available PhD position is at the department of Information Systems Technology and Design (ISTD).