ISMIR 2005
6th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval

London, UK        11 - 15 September 2005

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Panel Sessions

Panel 1: Professional Users of MIR

Chair: Tim Crawford (Goldsmiths College, University of London)


  • Prof. Nicholas Cook (Royal Holloway, University of London)
    - musicologist
  • Prof. Dalia Atlas (Technion, Haifa, Israel)
    - conductor
  • Chris Banks (Head of Music Collections, British Library, London)
    - music librarian
  • Prof. Francis Rumsey (Surrey University)
    - researcher in psychoacoustics and sound quality
  • Prof. Eric Isaacson (Indiana University)
    - teacher of music information technology and music theory


Music Information Retrieval has witnessed a steady increase in interest from 'professional' users, both actual and - much more often - potential.

While there are many unresolved issues in the mapping of the high-level, 'musical', descriptions of tasks to low-level MIR queries, work in this crucial area is likely to form the basis for much research which will be reported at future ISMIRs. This panel brings together a number of those whose work is likely to be much affected by MIR technology, under the chairmanship of one whose work straddles both domains. All are distinguished and very experienced in their fields, and this will provide an opportunity for each of the panellists to give a brief account of their experiences, their hopes and dreams for, and their disappointments and frustrations in the domain of our fledging discipline. It will also be a chance for MIR researchers to engage in discussion from the floor with a group of well-informed professional 'clients' whose interests are mainly in the music rather than the technology.

Panel 2: Creative Applications of MIR

Chair: Michael Casey (Goldsmiths College, University of London) Director "Creative Computing"


  • Nick Collins (Cambridge University)
    - Composer/laptop performer/Computer scientist
  • Adam Lindsay (Lancaster University)
    - Editor/Co-Chair MPEG-7 Audio
  • Francois Pachet (Sony CSL-Paris)
    - Researcher / Musician / Inventor
  • Martyn Ware (Illustrious Company)
    - Record producer (Terrence Trent D'Arby, Tina Turner, Marc Almond) Founding member of The Human League and Heaven-17


How are music information retrieval tools being adopted by music creators? What MIR tools will composers and producers use in the future?

This panel will consider generative music systems and music performance systems that employ music information retrieval tools and will consider new research areas for MIR in the context of musical creativity. The panel will explore these themes from the perspective of the music industry, music technology research and live musical performance with computers.

Panel 3: 2005 Music Information Retrieval Evaluation eXchange (MIREX 2005) Community Forum Panel

Chair: J. Stephen Downie (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)


  • Kris West (University of East Anglia)
  • Andreas Ehmann (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Daniel P.W. Ellis (Columbia University)
  • Emmanuel Vincent (Queen Mary, University of London)


MIREX 2005 is the second large scale evaluation of state-of-the-art algorithms related to MIR. It involves sixty algorithms addressing ten tasks proposed by the participants. The first half of this panel will feature a presentation and a short discussion of testing data, performance measures and evaluation results for each task. The second half will be dedicated to issues concerning the organization of future MIREXes, such as the developement of the M2K (Music-to-Knowledge) computing framework and web interface, the collection of larger databases and the evaluation of new tasks.

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