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ISMIR 2002
3rd International Conference on
Music Information Retrieval

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


The following people have confirmed their acceptance to speak at ISMIR 2002.

Chris Barlas
Senior Consultant, Rightscom Ltd

Special Keynote Session on Metadata:
“Beating Babel - Identification, Metadata and Rights

Chris Barlas has nearly twenty years experience of rights management for publishers and authors. As leader of the European Commission backed Imprimatur project he gained an extensive knowledge of Internet based IPR protection and trading. He was also actively involved with several other successful EC projects, including <indecs>, the fundamental analysis of metadata interoperability. For many years he served as a non-executive director of the Copyright Licensing Agency and is a member of the editorial board of Copyright World.

Since joining Rightscom, Chris has become a key influencer in the international eBook environment and is chairman of the Open eBook Forum Systems Group. Chris has also forged close working relationships with major technology companies in relation to digital rights management issues, particularly in addressing the needs of all parties in the value chain. He presents Rightscom's DRM Survival Kit Seminar and manages the <indecs>2rdd rights data dictionary initiative.


Leonardo Chiariglione
Vice President, Multimedia of Telecom Italia Lab

Special Keynote Session on Metadata:
“Technology and Art – Putting Things in Context

Dr. Leonardo Chiariglione, a national of Italy, is Vice President, Multimedia of Telecom Italia Lab, the Corporate Research Centre of the Telecom Italia Group. In February 1999, he was appointed Executive Director of the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI), charged with developing technical specifications for secure digital delivery of music, position he held until March 2001.

Dr. Chiariglione originated and chairs the Moving Pictures Experts Group (MPEG), the ISO standardization group which produced the MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 standards that support digital audio-visual applications on diverse delivery systems. Dr. Chiariglione also originated the Digital Audio-Visual Council (DAVIC), the Foundation for Intelligent Physical Agents (FIPA) and the EURASIP journal "Image Communications".

Dr. Chiariglione obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo, and graduated in Electronic Engineering from the Polytechnic of Turin.

Dave Datta
Vice-President Technology, All Media Guide

Special Keynote Session on Metadata:
“Managing Metadata

Mr. Datta has a bachelor's degree in Computing Science from the  University of Wisconsin-Parkside and a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He was formerly Assistant Director of Academic Computing and Networking at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Mr. Datta is one of the pioneers of music information on  the Internet. During his tenure at Parkside, he created and  maintained the "University of Wisconsin-Parkside Music archives", the first Music information archive on the Internet, which included  the well known "UWP Lyrics Archive". These archives were  available via Gopher and FTP from 1989 to 1997 when he moved to the All Media Guide (AMG). AMG is the leading business-to- business provider of entertainment descriptive content and content  management technology. AMG also hosts a network of award winning websites on music (, movies (, and games (

Harriette Hemmasi
Associate Dean of the Libraries and Director of Technical Services, Indiana University. Project Investigator, Digital Music Library Project, Indiana University

Special Keynote Session on Metadata:
“Why not MARC
[Abstract3]  ?”

Ms. Hemmasi earned a bachelor's degree in music from Baylor University, a master's degree in music from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a master's in library and information science from University of California, Berkeley.  She is a member of the ALA ALCTS Directors of Large Research Libraries Technical Services Directors, RLG Strategy Focus Group, and a past member of the ALA SAC Subcommittee on Form Headings/Subdivisions Implementation and SAC Subcommittee on Subject Relationship/Reference Structures.  Ms. Hemmasi also maintains an active role in the Music Library Association as director of the Music Thesaurus Project, chair of the MLA Form and Genre Working Group for the Music Thesaurus, former chair of the MLA Subject Access Subcommittee and former MLA representative to the ALA Subject Analysis Committee.

Ms. Hemmasi has authored several articles on subject access and enhanced end user searching, with particular emphasis on form and genre access and the Music Thesaurus Project.  She has given numerous presentations on these topics, both nationally and internationally.  In addition to her administrative duties at IU, Ms. Hemmasi serves on the research team of the NSF-funded Digital Music Library grant, with a primary focus on developing metadata specifications and improved searching capabilities for web-based resources.

Douglas Hofstadter
College Professor of Cognitive Science and Computer Science, Adjunct Professor of History and Philosophy of Science, Philosophy, Comparative Literature and Psychology, Indiana University

Opening Keynote Speech:
“Variations on the Theme of Musical Similarity

Douglas Hofstadter is College of Arts and Sciences Professor of Cognitive Science at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he is also Director of the Center for Research on Concepts and Cognition. In addition, he is a professor in several departments, ranging from Computer Science to Psychology and Comparative Literature.

His first book, "Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid", won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction in 1980. Aside from his pioneering work in cognitive science and the philosophy of mind, Hofstadter has done research that has had a wide impact in theoretical physics, has done work in various areas of mathematics, has written about and composed music, has created many idiosyncratic types of visual art, has been deeply involved for many years in poetry translation and other creative types of translation, has made noteworthy contributions to our awareness of the pervasive sexism in our society, especially in the American language -- and there are yet other areas that could be mentioned.

One of Douglas Hofstadter's lifelong passions is to explore and characterize the many unconscious cognitive mechanisms that collectively underlie human creativity (to which he incidentally prefers the term "discoverativity") -- and indeed, the fact that Hofstadter's major focus in cognitive science is human creativity makes perfect sense for the precise reason that he is himself a genuine innovator and creator in many diverse fields, ranging from art to science to literature.

Hofstadter's own dozen-word self-characterization is that he is someone who is "forever in love with and in search of deep and hidden beauty".

Eric Scheirer
Media technology researcher, Bose Corporation

Special Keynote Session on Metadata:
“About this Business of Metadata

Dr. Eric Scheirer is a prominent researcher and business analyst with a broad perspective on the world of multimedia. His technical research on the compression, synthesis, perception, and retrieval of sound is internationally recognized, and he also has detailed understanding of business and technology trends in the media industry.

Dr. Scheirer received B.A. degrees from Cornell University and his S.M. and Ph.D. from the MIT Media Lab.  While at MIT, he served as an Editor of the MPEG-4 Audio International Standard and led the technical development of the groundbreaking MPEG-4 Structured Audio and MPEG-4 AudioBIFS standards.

Dr. Scheirer has a broad range of interests.  He has published dozens of technical papers centering around the general theme of applying perceptual and signal-processing models to problems in musical multimedia.  Two of his current interests include the development of the new technique of generalized audio coding, and the use of novel psychoacoustic methods to create musically intelligent search and retrieval algorithms.

From 2000 until early 2002, Dr. Scheirer was a media-industry analyst at Forrester Research, a leading market research and technology consulting firm. In that position, he studied technology trends in the entertainment industry, wrote in-depth reports assessing opportunities and making business recommendations, and assisted Forrester's media-industry clients in developing technology strategies.

He has recently joined the Bose Corporation, where he leads a new technology-strategy initiative.


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 [Abstract1]A set of standard technologies already developed or under development by the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) promises to bring back to authors the control of their works. The technologies are those of Content Representation, Digital Item Declaration, Interoperable Intellectual Property Management and Protection, and Metadata.

 [Abstract2]The All Media Guide (AMG) is a technology company that maintains the world’s largest database of metadata relating to the entertainment industries. This document describes some of the goals of AMG, the issues uncovered during the evolution of our databases, and discusses some of the implementations we have chosen.

 [Abstract3]Traditional library cataloging records in the United States, based on AACR2R cataloging rules and MARC standards, constitute a solid foundation for many of the descriptive metadata elements needed for searching and retrieving works of music.  However, there are significant weaknesses associated with these records and the online environment in which they live as users seek access to digitized representations of music.  While music metadata in the library catalog records offer less than a perfect solution, they can and should have an important role in the total solution.  Variations2, the Indiana University Digital Music Library, builds on the advantages of AACR2R and MARC and offers a domain-specific data model and search environment that address many of the  identified problems.

 [Abstract4]I will take a number of musical examples and explore the question of how far away a variation can be from a theme and still be considered "the same theme".  Some of my examples will, naturally, be taken from well-known (or possibly not-so-well-known) classical sets of variations on a theme (e.g., Rachmaninoff/Paganini, Bach/Goldberg, Beethoven/Diabelli, etc.), but I will also use some other kinds of variations on a theme (e.g., different popular musicians performing the same popular song).

 [Abstract5]A brief discussion presents some of the opportunities and challenges involved with creating metadata-centric businesses that bring Music Information Retrieval technologies to the marketplace.  In particular, two related difficulties -- that of the difficulty of proving incremental value for new metadata systems, and that of the relative influidity of the marketplace for MIR -- are highlighted.  Potential directions for resolving these issues are also discussed.