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Xavier Serra

Music Technology Group
Dept. of Information and Communication Technologies
, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

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 "Since my PhD in Computer Music from Stanford University obtained in 1989, my academic career has been moving and evolving within the field of music technology, always interested in the analysis, description and synthesis of sound and music signals, always trying to find a balance between basic and applied research, and always exploring approaches from both scientific/technological and humanistic/artistic disciplines. My current research is mainly framed by three large projects of which I am the Principal Investigator. In the CompMusic project, funded by the European Research Council, we aim to advance in the automatic description of music by emphasizing cultural specificity. In the AudioCommons project, funded by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 programme, we are developing technologies with which to facilitate the use Creative Commons audio content by the creative industries. Finally, in the Maria de Maeztu strategic research program, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, we focus on data-driven knowledge extraction methodologies and promote open and reproducible research initiatives at the Department level. In the last few years, and in the context of these projects, my research has been moving from core topics in Audio Signal Processing and Music Information Retrieval towards the more musical and cultural focus of Computational Musicology on topics related to the creation of large and structured sound and music corpora and the extraction of useful musical knowledge from them."

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Current research projects

  • CompMusic, "Computational Models for the Discovery of the World's Music", is a research project funded by the European Research Council that runs from 2011 to 2017. Its main goal is to advance in the field of Music Information Research by approaching a number of the current challenges from a culture specific perspective. It aims to advance in the automatic description of music through the development of information modeling techniques applicable to five non-Western music traditions: Hindustani (North India), Carnatic (South India), Turkish-makam (Turkey), Andalusian (Maghreb), and Beijing Opera (China).
  • AudioCommons is a research project funded by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 programme that runs from 2016 to 2019. Its aim is to promote the use of open audio content and to develop technologies with which to support the ecosystem composed by content repositories, production tools and users. These technologies should enable the reuse of this audio material, facilitating its integration in the production workflows of the creative industries.
  • DTIC-MdM Strategic Program on Data-Driven Knowledge Extraction, is a research initiative funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness as part of the Maria de Maeztu Acreditation that the DTIC has obtained. The initiative, that runs from 2016 to 2019, is dedicated to promote data-driven knowledge extraction research within the department and to boost synergies across our different research areas.


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Teaching activities

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