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ISMIR 2002
3rd International Conference on
Music Information Retrieval

IRCAM – Centre Pompidou
Paris, France
October 13-17, 2002


The following ½-day panels will be held on the morning of Thursday, 17 October 2002. Attendance is free to ISMIR attendees, but there is a limited number of seats available.

Panel I: Music Information Retrieval Evaluation Frameworks. Moderator: J. Stephen Downie

At ISMIR 2000, symposium organizers presented attendees with the challenge to begin thinking about what a formal framework for meaningful MIR evaluation might look like. At ISMIR 2001, an informal session to discuss the creation of standardized MIR test collections, tasks and evaluation metrics was convened that resulted in two important outcomes. First, it led to the adoption of a formal resolution expressing the pressing need to establish a MIR evaluation framework that could be used by all in the multidisciplinary and multinational MIR research community. This resolution now bears the signatures of 80+ researchers and interested parties and faithfully represents the breadth of MIR’s contributing disciplines and nationalities ( Second, it led directly to the upcoming Workshop on the Creation of Standardized Test Collections, Tasks, and Metrics for Music Information Retrieval (MIR) and Music Digital Library (MDL) Evaluation at the Second Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2002) to be held in July 2002 ( This ISMIR 2002 panel on MIR Evaluation Frameworks will build upon and extend the findings of the JCDL workshop. I hope to have this panel session lead to the development of prototype collections, tasks, and metrics that could be unveiled at ISMIR 2003. [See full description: Word, PDF]

Panel II: The OMRAS approach to music information retrieval in the real world Moderator: Tim Crawford

Music information retrieval is truly a new discipline, in that it is only recently—especially through the ISMIR conferences—that representatives from most of the interested communities of MIR have been able to meet, discuss techniques and common problems and begin to plan a united strategy. The joint US/UK award in 1999 of three years of research funding to the OMRAS project ( was a direct catalyst of the ISMIR conferences: the first ISMIR was organized largely by OMRAS staff, and the series would have been unlikely to receive the generous support of the U.S. National Science Foundation without the existence of OMRAS.

This panel will seek to show how the very diverse group of OMRAS researchers have been able to combine their various insights and talents in a complex project which draws on several distinct academic disciplines. We also hope to give the first full, public demonstration of an integrated OMRAS MIR system, from polyphonic audio query to score-notation result-display, at the panel session. [See full description: Word, PDF]

Panel III: Similarity in Music. Moderator: Ludger Hofmann-Engl

This panel will bring together researchers from a variety of fields in order to discuss the different approaches to an understanding of musical similarity. This will contribute to a better understanding of the requirements the future development of search engines and related software will have to fulfil. The invited speakers (subject to confirmation) on the panel will be:

-          Simha Arom, ethnomusicologist, France

-          Irène Deliège, director of the Unité de Recherche en Psychologie de la Musique, Université of Liège, Belgium and editor, Musicae Scientiae, The Journal of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music

-          Jonathan Dunsby, Professor of Music, Reading University, UK

-          Eric Isaacson, Associate Professor of Music Theory, Indiana University, USA

-          François Pachet, Sony Computer Science Laboratory, Paris

-          Eleanor Selfridge-Field, Center for Computer Assisted Research in the Humanities, Stanford University, USA

-          Geraint Wiggins, senior lecturer, Department of Computing in City University's School of Informatics, UK

[See full description: Word, PDF]


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