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Dec. 11, 2015

J. Stephen Downie, GSLIS professor and associate director for research, gave a keynote at the 16th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (ISMIR) held in Malaga, Spain, this fall.

Downie reflected on how far music information retrieval (MIR) research has come in making access to music resources quick and simple over the last three decades.

“I am constantly surprised by the totally groovy and jaw-droppingly spiffy new music applications developed by my fellow MIR researchers. This represents the extraordinary vibrancy of the MIR community,” said Downie.

This year marked the eleventh running of MIREX, the Music Information Retrieval Evaluation eXchange, which was held in conjunction with the ISMIR conference. MIREX is an evaluation campaign of music information retrieval systems and algorithms that takes place annually at the conference. Nearly 100 researchers...

Mar. 11, 2014
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Two research projects at GSLIS recently received support from the Illinois-Sweden Program for Educational and Research Exchange (INSPIRE) program. 

Michael Twidale, professor, and Cathy Blake, associate professor and associate director of the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS), have received a $7,000 grant from INSPIRE. Their project, “Collaborative Information Seeking and Data Use,” is a partnership with Preben Hansen, associate professor at Stockholm University and 2013-2015 GSLIS Research Fellow.

The use of data is often more collaborative than we allow for in current settings. Scientists work...

Oct. 15, 2013

GSLIS Professor and Associate Dean for Research J. Stephen Downie will deliver a keynote address at the Brazilian Symposium on Computer Music (SBCM), which will be held October 31 to November 2 at the Escola de Música de Brasília in Brasília, Brazil. The invited talk, “Using MIREX to Examine the Evolution of Music Information Retrieval Research,” will be given on November 2:

Abstract: The "Music Information Retrieval Evaluation eXchange" (MIREX) is the annual cycle of events wherein music information retrieval (MIR) researchers come together to investigate how well their innovative MIR algorithms perform. Since its launch in 2005, MIREX has been directed by J. Stephen Downie at his International Music Information Retrieval Systems Evaluation Laboratory (IMIRSEL), Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. MIREX has played a pivotal...

Oct. 16, 2012

The GSLIS International Music Information Retrieval Systems Evaluation Laboratory (IMIRSEL) is the principal organizer of the 2012 Music Information Exchange (MIREX), which took place at the 13th International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR) Conference in Porto, Portugal held from October 8-12, 2012.

MIREX is an evaluation campaign of music information retrieval systems and algorithms that takes place annually at the ISMIR conference. J. Stephen Downie, GSLIS professor, associate dean for research, and director of IMIRSEL, attended the conference along with several other IMIRSEL members, including GSLIS doctoral student Kahyn Choi and GSLIS alum Xiao Hu (PhD ’10).

Additionally, GSLIS faculty and students presented the following papers at the conference:

  • Julián Urbano, J. Stephen Downie, Brian McFee, Markus Schedl. ...
Jul. 9, 2012

J. Stephen Downie, professor and associate dean for research, was quoted in the article "When computers listen to music, what do they hear?" that was published in the Boston Globe on Sunday, July 8, 2012. The article covers work being done in computational musicology and music information retrieval. Downie, an expert in music information retrieval, is the principal investigator for the project Structural Analysis of Large Amounts of Music Information, or SALAMI. His co-PIs are David De Roure from the University of Oxford and Ichiro Fujinaga from McGill University. He is also the director for The International Music Information Retrieval Systems Evaluation Laboratory (IMIRSEL) at GSLIS. IMIRSEL is the principal organizer of MIREX 2012, an annual evaluation campaign for music information retrieval algorithms.

From the article:

One of the groups working on making...

Oct. 19, 2011

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign a $390,000 grant for Professor J. Stephen Downie to lead the “Music Information Retrieval Evaluation eXchange: Next Generation” (MIREX: NG) project,” which runs from October 1, 2011, through December 31, 2013.

Since 2005, Downie has directed MIREX from his International Music Information Retrieval Systems Evaluation Laboratory (IMIRSEL) at GSLIS. MIREX allows music information retrieval (MIR) researchers to come together to investigate how well their innovative MIR algorithms perform. MIREX has played a pivotal role in the growth and success of the MIR research community, having performed more than 1,200 evaluations of algorithms across 23 unique task categories.

As part of this project, Professor Downie will partner with Ithaka S+R to develop formal models for the financial and organizational sustainability of MIREX. Once these models have been created, Ithaka S+R will work...

Jul. 7, 2010

Doctoral student Xiao Hu and Associate Professor J. Stephen Downie received the Best Student Paper Award at the 2010 ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL). This award is given to the best paper presented at JCDL having a student as the first author. All full papers with a student as the first author that are accepted for presentation are eligible.

Hu, along with her director of research, Downie, were recognized for their submission, Improving Mood Classification in Music Digital Libraries by Combining Lyrics and Audio. The study presented a comprehensive investigation of the usefulness of both music audio and lyrics in music mood classification. The review committee deemed the paper to be a “compelling approach to classifying the mood of music” as well as a “clever synthesis and integration of a broad range of DL techniques to effectively solve a hard problem.”

This paper is based on part of Hu’s dissertation research, which has also garnered...

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