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[2016-11-23] Dr. Downie, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, " Lyric Investigations and Exploring Jazz Session Linkages: Recent Music Information Retrieval Work at Illinois"

Poster:Post date:2016-11-14
Title: Lyric Investigations and Exploring Jazz Session Linkages: Recent Music Information Retrieval Work at Illinois

  2016-11-23  2:20pm-3:30pm

  R101, CSIE

 Dr. Downie.UIUC

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The School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois is home the International Music Information Retrieval Systems Evaluation Laboratory (IMIRSEL). Many in the Music Information Retrieval world know IMIRSEL as the organization that runs the annual Music Information Retrieval Evaluation eXchange (MIREX) where researchers from around the world come together to formally examine the performance of their cutting-edge MIR algorithms. When not running MIREX, however, the members of IMIRSEL also conduct their own MIR research programs. This talk highlights the recent findings from two such endeavours. The first project to be presented is being led by Kahyun Choi, a PhD student member of IMIRSEL under the guidance of IMIRSEL leader, Prof. J. Stephen Downie. This project is exploring how text mining and topic analysis techniques to might be applied to lyric data to automatically create subject classification/subject labelling information that can be used to describe the “aboutness” of lyrics. The second project, being led by IMIRSEL PhD student Yun Hao, also under the guidance of Prof. Downie, explores the informetric of, and the performer linkage properties found in, a database of jazz recording session information call J-DISC (http://jdisc.columbia.edu/). This part of the talk will demonstrate some possible research questions that could be examined using the J-DISC data. Because the J-DISC data is now available to be shared, the audience will be invited to consider possible MIREX evaluations that could be constructed around the data. Similarly, the talk will conclude with a further invitation to discuss possible collaboration opportunities stemming from both the lyric and JDISC research avenues.


J. Stephen Downie is the Associate Dean for Research and a Professor at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Downie is the Illinois Co-Director of the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC). He is also Director of the International Music Information Retrieval Systems Evaluation Laboratory (IMIRSEL) and founder and ongoing director of the Music Information Retrieval Evaluation eXchange (MIREX). He was the Principal Investigator on the Networked Environment for Music Analysis (NEMA) project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He was Co-PI on the Structural Analysis of Large Amounts of Music Information (SALAMI) project, jointly funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and the UK’s Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). Dr. Downie is the leader of the Hathitrust + Bookworm (HT+BW) text analysis project that is creating tools to visualize the evolution of term usage over time. Professor Downie represents the HTRC on the NOVEL(TM) text mining project and the Single Interface for Music Score Searching and Analysis (SIMSSA) project, both funded by the SSHRC Partnership Grant programme. All of these aforementioned projects share a common thread of striving to provide large-scale analytic access to copyright-restricted cultural data. Stephen has been very active in the establishment of the Music Information Retrieval (MIR) community through his ongoing work with the International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR) conferences. He was ISMIR's founding President and now serves on the ISMIR board. Over the past year, Professor Downie has been working with Dunhuang Academy on the "Digital Dunhuang" project to help connect Digital Humanities scholars with the high-resolution digital materials capturing the Mogao Caves. Dr. Downie currently serves on the JCDL steering committee. Professor Downie holds a BA (Music Theory and Composition) along with a Master's and a PhD in Library and Information Science, all earned at the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.

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