PhD Theses and Doctoral Dissertations Related to Music Information Retrieval

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Related: See also Don Byrd's MIR related bibliography and the complete list of ISMIR papers.

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Last updated on: 07-Mar-2010


Automatic Characterization of Music for Intuitive Retrieval
Tim Pohle, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria, January 2010. [BibTex, External Link]

Signal Processing Methods for Drum Transcription and Music Structure Analysis
Jouni Paulus, Tampere University of Technology, Finnland, January 2010. [BibTex, Abstract]


Fuzzy techniques in the usage and construction of comparison measures for music objects
Klaas Bosteels, Ghent University, Belgium, October 2009. [BibTex, Abstract, PDF]

Audio content processing for automatic music genre classification: descriptors, databases, and classifiers
Enric Guaus, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, 2009. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]

Poolcasting: an intelligent technique to customise music programmes for their audience
Claudio Baccigalupo, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain, November 2009. [BibTex, Abstract, PDF]

Signal Processing Methods for Audio Classification and Music Content Analysis
Antti Eronen, Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland, June 2009. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]

Computational Tonality Estimation: Signal Processing and Hidden Markov Models
Katy Noland, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK, March 2009. [BibTex, Abstract, PDF]

A computational Framework for Sound Segregation in Music Signals
Luis Gustavo Martins, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal, February 2009. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]

A Distributed Music Information System
Yves Raimond, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK, January 2009. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]


Perception and Modeling of Segment Boundaries in Popular Music
Michael J. Bruderer, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 2008. [BibTex, PDF]

Music Recommendation and Discovery in the Long Tail
Óscar Celma, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, 2008. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]

Automatic Transcription of Pitch Content in Music and Selected Applications
Matti Ryynänen, Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland, December 2008. [BibTex, Abstract, PDF]

Modeling musical anticipation: From the time of music to the music of time
Arshia Cont, University of California in San Diego, CA, USA, October 2008. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]

Novel Techniques for Audio Music Classification and Search
Kris West, University of East Anglia, UK, September 2008. [BibTex, Abstract, PDF]

Cross-Domain Content-Based Retrieval of Audio Music through Transcription
Iman S. H. Suyoto, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Melbourne, September 2008. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]

From Sparse Models to Timbre Learning: New Methods for Musical Source Separation
Juan José Burred, Technical University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany, September 2008. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]

Real Time Automatic Harmonisation (in French)
Giordano Cabra, University of Paris 6, Paris, France, July 2008. [BibTex, Abstract]

Automatically Extracting, Analyzing, and Visualizing Information on Music Artists from the World Wide Web
Markus Schedl, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria, July 2008. [BibTex, Abstract, PDF]

A System for Acoustic Chord Transcription and Key Extraction from Audio Using Hidden Markov Models Trained on Synthesized Audio
Kyogu Lee, Stanford University, CA, USA, March 2008. [BibTex, Abstract, PDF]

Computer-Based Music Theory and Acoustics
Matt Wright, Stanford University, CA, USA, March 2008. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]

Studies on Hybrid Music Recommendation Using Timbral and Rhythmic Features
Kazuyoshi Yoshii, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, March 2008. [BibTex, Abstract, PDF]

A Study on Developing Applications Systems Based on Singing Understanding and Singing Expression (in Japanese)
Tomoyasu Nakano, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan, March 2008. [BibTex, Abstract]


Anchors and hubs in audio-based music similarity
Adam Berenzweig, Columbia University, NY, USA, 2007. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]

Content-based visualisation to aid popular navigation of musical audio
Gavin Wood, University of York, York, UK, 2007. [BibTex]

SWIPE: A Sawtooth Waveform Inspired Pitch Estimator for Speech and Music
Arturo Camacho, University of Florida, FL, USA, December 2007. [BibTex, Abstract, PDF]

Towards Automatic Rhythmic Accompaniment
Matthew Davies, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK, August 2007. [BibTex, Abstract, PDF]

Transcription des signaux percussifs. Application à l'analyse de scènes musicales audiovisuelles
Olivier Gillet, Telecom ParisTech - ENST, Paris, France, June 2007. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]

Spectral Processing Of The Singing Voice
Alex Loscos, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, May 2007. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]

Content-Based Audio Search from Fingerprinting to Semantic Audio Retrieval
Pedro Cano, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, April 2007. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]

Statistical Approach to Multipitch Analysis
Hirokazu Kameoka, University of Tokyo, Japan, March 2007. [BibTex, Abstract, PDF]

Computational Musical Instrument Recognition and Its Application to Content-based Music Information Retrieval
Tetsuro Kitahara, Kyoto University, Japan, March 2007. [BibTex, Abstract, PDF]

Music Retrieval based on Melodic Similarity
Rainer Typke, Utrecht University, Netherlands, February 2007. [BibTex, PDF]

Structural Analysis and Segmentation of Music Signals
Bee Suan Ong, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, February 2007. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]

Music Complexity: A Multi-faceted Description of Audio Content
Sebastian Streich, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, February 2007. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]

A Study on a Universal Platform for Digital Content Annotation and its Application to Music Information Processing (in Japanese)
Katsuhiko Kaji, Nagoya University, Japan, January 2007. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]

Analysis of Systems for Melody Search and Methods for Functional Testing (in German)
Johann-Markus Batke, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany, January 2007. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]


Towards Autonomous Agents for Live Computer Music: Realtime Machine Listening and Interactive Music Systems
Nicholas M. Collins, University of Cambridge, UK, November 2006. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]

Sound Source Separation in Monaural Music Signals
Tuomas Virtanen, Tampere University of Technology, Finland, November 2006. [BibTex, Abstract, PDF]

Expressivity-aware Tempo Transformations of Music Performances Using Case Based Reasoning
Maarten Grachten, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, November 2006. [BibTex, Abstract, PDF]

Feature Extraction of Musical Content for Automatic Music Transcription
Ruohua Zhou, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Swiss, October 2006. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]

Melody Detection in Polyphonic Audio
Rui Pedro Paiva, University of Coimbra, Portugal, September 2006. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]

Automatic Annotation of Musical Audio for Interactive Applications
Paul Brossier, Queen Mary University of London, UK, August 2006. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]

Tonal Description of Music Audio Signals
Emilia Gómez, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, July 2006. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]

A Method for Discovering Musical Patterns Through Time Series Analysis of Symbolic Data
Tamar C. Adler-Berman, Northwestern University, IL, USA, June 2006. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]

Ten Experiments on the Modelling of Polyphonic Timbre
Jean-Julien Aucouturier, University of Paris 6, Paris, France, May 2006. [BibTex, Abstract, PDF]

Computer-Supported Cooperative Work for Music Applications
Álvaro Barbosa, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, April 2006. [BibTex, Abstract, PDF]

Computer Models for Musical Instrument Identification
Nicolas D. Chétry, Queen Mary University of London, UK, April 2006. [BibTex, Abstract]

Computing Pitch Names in Tonal Music: A Comparative Analysis of Pitch Spelling Algorithms
David Meredith, University of Oxford, UK, April 2006. [BibTex, Abstract]

Temporal Feature Integration for Music Organisation
Anders Meng, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark, April 2006. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]

Computational Models of Music Similarity and their Application in Music Information Retrieval
Elias Pampalk, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria, March 2006. [BibTex, Abstract, PDF]

Music Genre Classification Systems - A Computational Approach
Peter Ahrendt, Technical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark, February 2006. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]

Separation of Musical Sources and Structure from Single-Channel Polyphonic Recordings
Mark Every, University of York, UK, February 2006. [BibTex, Abstract, PDF]


A Multi-Dimensional Entropy Model of Jazz Improvisation for Music Information Retrieval
Scott J. Simon, University of North Texas, TX, USA, December 2005. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]

Research on Key Techniques of Music Data Management and Retrieval (in Chinese)
Chaokun Wang, Harbin Institute of Technology, China, December 2005. [BibTex, Abstract]

Music Information Retrieval: Conceptual Framework, Annotation and User Behavior
Micheline Lesaffre, Ghent University, Belgium, December 2005. [BibTex, Abstract]

Automatic Classification of Audio Signals: Machine Recognition of Musical Instruments (in French)
Slim Essid, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France, December 2005. [BibTex, External Link]

A Computational Approach to Rhythm Description --- Audio Features for the Computation of Rhythm Periodicity Functions and their use in Tempo Induction and Music Content Processing
Fabien Gouyon, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, November 2005. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]

Profiles of Pitch Classes --- Circularity of Relative Pitch and Key: Experiments, Models, Music Analysis, and Perspectives
Hendrik Purwins, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany, October 2005. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]

Instrument Recognition and Melody Estimation in Polyphonic Music Based on Limited Time-Frequency Representations
Jana Eggink, University of Sheffield, UK, September 2005. [BibTex]

Creating Music by Listening
Tristan Jehan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, USA, September 2005. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]

Automated Analysis of Musical Structure
Wei Chai, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, USA, September 2005. [BibTex, Abstract, PDF]

Learning the Meaning of Music
Brian Whitman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, USA, June 2005. [BibTex, Abstract, PDF]

Artificial Listening Systems: Models for the Approximation of the Subjective Perception of Music Similarity (in German)
Stephan Baumann, Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Germany, March 2005. [BibTex, PDF]


A Multipitch Prediction-driven Approach to Polyphonic Music Transcription
Giuliano Monti, Queen Mary University of London, UK, 2004. [BibTex]

Automatic Drum Transcription and Source Separation
Derry FitzGerald, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland, 2004. [BibTex, Abstract, PDF]

Polyphonic Music Retrieval: The N-gram approach
Shyamala Doraisamy, Imperial College London, London, UK, 2004. [BibTex]

Instrument Models for Source Separation and Transcription of Music Recordings
Emmanuel Vincent, University of Paris 6, France, December 2004. [BibTex, Abstract, PDF]

Towards Automatic Musical Instrument Timbre Recognition
Tae Hong Park, Princeton University, NJ, USA, November 2004. [BibTex, Abstract, PDF]

Bayesian Music Transcription
A. Taylan Cemgil, Radboud University of Nijmegen, Netherlands, November 2004. [BibTex, Abstract, PDF]

Inferring Score Level Musical Information From Low-Level Musical Data
Jürgen F. Kilian, Darmstadt University of Technology, Darmstadt, Germany, October 2004. [BibTex, Abstract, PDF]

Extraction de descripteurs musicaux: une approche évolutionniste
Aymeric Zils, University of Paris 6, Paris, France, September 2004. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]

Techniques for the Automated Analysis of Musical Audio
Stephen Webley Hainsworth, University of Cambridge, UK, September 2004. [BibTex, Abstract, PDF]

Automatic Singer Identification in Polyphonic Music
Mark A. Bartsch, University of Michigan, MI, USA, August 2004. [BibTex, PDF]

Harmonic Modeling for Polyphonic Music Retrieval
Jeremy Pickens, University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA, USA, May 2004. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]

Signal Processing Methods for the Automatic Transcription of Music
Anssi Klapuri, Tampere University of Technology, Finnland, March 2004. [BibTex, Abstract, PDF]

Data-Driven Concatenative Sound Synthesis
Diemo Schwarz, Ircam - Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, January 2004. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]


Computationally Measurable Differences Between Speech and Song
David Gerhard, Simon Fraser University, CA, USA, April 2003. [BibTex, Abstract, PDF]

Towards the Automated Analysis of Simple Polyphonic Music: A Knowledge-based Approach
Juan P. Bello, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK, January 2003. [BibTex, Abstract, PDF]


Towards Music Perception by Redundancy Reduction and Unsupervised Learning in Probabilistic Models
Samer A. Abdallah, King's College London, London, UK, 2002. [BibTex, Abstract, PDF]

Time-frequency Methods for Pitch Detection
Herbert Griebel, Vienna University of Technology, Austria, September 2002. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]

On Quantitative Aspects of Musical Meaning
Kalev Tiits, University of Helsinki, Finland, August 2002. [BibTex, Abstract, PDF]

Music Information Retrieval Technology
Alexandra L. Uitdenbogerd, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, July 2002. [BibTex, Abstract, PDF]

Manipulation, Analysis and Retrieval Systems for Audio Signals
George Tzanetakis, Princeton University, NJ, USA, June 2002. [BibTex, Abstract, PDF]

Automatic Transcription of Piano Music with Neural Networks
Matija Marolt, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, January 2002. [BibTex, Abstract]


Redundancy Reduction for Computational Audition, a Unifying Approach
Paris Smaragdis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, USA, June 2001. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]

Emotion and the Experience of Listening to Music: A Framework for Empirical Research
Matthew Levy, University of Cambridge, UK, April 2001. [BibTex, Abstract, PDF]


Automatic Transcription of Lithuanian Folk Songs
Gailius Raskinis, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania, 2000. [BibTex]

String Matching Techniques for Music Retrieval
Kjell Lemström, University of Helsinki, Finland, November 2000. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]

A Multiresolution Time-Frequency Analysis and Interpretation of Musical Rhythm
Leigh M. Smith, University of Western Australia, Australia, October 2000. [BibTex, Abstract]

Signal Separation of Musical Instruments
Paul Joseph Walmsley, University of Cambridge, UK, September 2000. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]

Content Based Retrieval and Navigation of Music Using Melodic Pitch Contours
Steven G. Blackburn, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK, September 2000. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]

Segmentation et indexation des signaux sonores musicaux
Stéphane Rossignol, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France, July 2000. [BibTex, External Link]

Music-Listening Systems
Eric Scheirer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, USA, April 2000. [BibTex, Abstract]

Meter Through Synchrony: Processing Rhythmical Patterns with Relaxation Oscillators
Douglas S. Eck, Indiana University, IN, USA, April 2000. [BibTex, Abstract, PDF]

Towards a Mathematical Model for Tonality
Elaine Chew, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, USA, February 2000. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]


Timbre Models of Musical Sounds
Kristoffer Jensen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 1999. [BibTex, Abstract, PDF]

Model-Based Segmentation of Time-Frequency Images for Musical Transcription
Andrew Sterian, University of Michigan, MI, USA, 1999. [BibTex, PDF]

ARTIST: Adaptive Resonance Theory to Internalize the Structure of Tonality (A Neural Net Listening to Music)
Frederic Georges Paul Piat, University of Texas at Dallas, TX, USA, December 1999. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]

Evaluating a Simple Approach to Music Information Retrieval: Conceiving Melodic N-Grams as Text
J. Stephen Downie, University of Western Ontario, Canada, July 1999. [BibTex, Abstract, PDF]

Sound-source Recognition: A theory and Computational Model
Keith Dana Martin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, USA, June 1999. [BibTex, Abstract, PDF]


Identification de sons polyphoniques de piano (Identification of polyphonic piano sounds)
Lucile Rossi, Université de Corse, Corte, France, 1998. [BibTex, Abstract]

Découverte Automatique de Régularités Dans les Séquences et Application à l'Analyse Musicale
Pierre-Yves Rolland, University of Paris 6, Paris, France, July 1998. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]

Towards a General Computational Theory of Musical Structure
Emilios Cambouropoulos, University of Edinburgh, UK, May 1998. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]

A Study of Real-time Beat Tracking for Musical Audio Signals (in Japanese)
Masataka Goto, Waseda University, Japan, March 1998. [BibTex, Abstract]


Computer Modeling of Sound for Transformation and Synthesis of Musical Signals
Paul Masri, University of Bristol, UK, 1996. [BibTex]

Prediction-driven Computational Auditory Scene Analysis
Dan P. W. Ellis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, USA, June 1996. [BibTex, Abstract, PDF]


A Quantitative Rule System for Musical Performance
Anders Friberg, KTH - Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, 1995. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]

A Perceptual Approach to the Description and Analysis of Acousmatic Music
William Luke Windsor, City University, London, UK, September 1995. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]


Event Formation and Separation in Musical Sound
David K. Mellinger, Stanford University, CA, USA, 1991. [BibTex, Abstract, External Link]


An Approach for the Separation of Voices in Composite Musical Signals
Robert C. Maher, University of Illinois, IL, USA, 1989. [BibTex]

A System for Sound Analysis/Transformation/Synthesis based on a Deterministic plus Stochastic Decomposition
Xavier Serra, Stanford University, CA, USA, 1989. [BibTex]


Computer Tools for Music Information Retrieval
Stephen Dowland Page, Oxford, New College, UK, 1988. [BibTex]


The Computer Analysis of Polyphonic Music
Charles R. Watson, University of Sydney, Australia, 1985. [BibTex]

On the Automatic Transcription of Percussive Music: From Acoustic Signal to High Level Analysis
W. Andrew Schloss, Stanford University, CA, USA, May 1985. [BibTex, Abstract, PDF]


On the Segmentation and Analysis of Continuous Musical Sound by Digital Computer
James A. Moorer, Stanford University, CA, USA, July 1975. [BibTex, External Link]