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WiMIR Workshop 2018 @ Télécom ParisTech

Prof. Chew will be leading an investigation on applying music information retrieval (MIR) rhythm analysis techniques to arrhythmia ECG sequences (details below) at the inaugural WiMIR (Women in MIR) Workshop to take place at Télécom ParisTech on 28 September 2018. The workshop is scheduled to follow the annual ISMIR (International Conference on MIR) conference in Paris 23-27 September 2018. Workshop participation is free, and does not require ISMIR registration. Registration details below.

The projects are led by leaders in MIR and represent prototyping and early research investigations. The leaders include prominent women—Rachel Bittner (Spotify), Johanna Devaney (CUNY), Xiao Hu (HKU), Cynthia Liem (Delft), Anja Volk (Utrecht)—and industry experts—Doug Eck (Google),  Ryan Groves (Melodrive), Christine Ho, Oriol Nieto & Kristi Schneck (Pandora) and Matt McVicar (JukeDeck).

WiMIR Workshop 2018 Project Guide [ full listing ]
Elaine Chew: MIR Rhythm Analysis Techniques for Arrhythmia ECG Sequences

Cardiac arrhythmia has been credited as the source of the dotted rhythm at the beginning of Beethoven’s “Adieux” Sonata (Op.81a) (Goldberger, Whiting, Howell 2014); the authors have also ascribed Beethoven’s “Cavatina” (Op.130) and another piano sonata (Op.110) to his possible arrhythmia. It is arguably problematic and controversial to diagnose arrhythmia in a long-dead composer through his music. Without making any hypothesis on composers’ cardiac conditions, Chew (2018) linked the rhythms of trigeminy (a ventricular arrhythmia) to the Viennese Waltz and scored atrial fibrillation rhythms to mixed meters, Bach’s Siciliano, and the tango; she also made collaborative compositions (Chew et al. 2017-8) from longer ventricular tachycardia sequences. Given the established links between heart and musical rhythms, in this workshop, we shall take the pragmatic and prosaic approach of applying a wide variety of MIR rhythm analysis techniques to ECG recordings of cardiac arrhythmias, exploring the limits of what is currently possible.

Chew, E. (2018). Notating Disfluencies and Temporal Deviations in Music and Arrhythmia. Music and Science. [ html | pdf ]
Chew, E., A. Krishna, D. Soberanes, M. Ybarra, M. Orini, P. Lambiase (2017-8). Arrhythmia Suite [recordings]
Goldberger, Z. D., S. M. Whiting, J. D. Howell (2014). The Heartfelt Music of Ludwig van Beethoven. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 57(2): 285-294. [synopsis]

Elaine Chew is Professor of Digital Media at Queen Mary University of London, where she is affiliated with the Centre for Digital Music in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science. She was awarded a 2018 ERC ADG for the project COSMOS: Computational Shaping and Modeling of Musical Structures, and is recipient of a 2005 Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering / NSF CAREER Award, and 2007/2017 Fellowships at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. Her research, which centers on computational analysis of music structures in performed music, performed speech, and cardiac arrhythmias, has been supported by the ERC, EPSRC, AHRC, and NSF, and featured on BBC World Service/Radio 3, Smithsonian Magazine, Philadelphia Inquirer, Wired Blog, MIT Technology Review, etc. She has authored numerous articles and a Springer monograph, Mathematical and Computational Modeling of Tonality: Theory and Applications, and served as ISMIR Program co-Chair in 2008 and on the ISMIR steering committee until the formation of the society.

From: WiMIR Workshop <>
Date: Tue, Sep 4, 2018 at 7:38 PM
Subject: [ISMIR-Community] WiMIR Workshop 2018 Projects Announced

Dear WiMIR community,

The first-ever Women in MIR Workshop will take place on Friday, September 28 at Télécom ParisTech in Paris, France as a satellite event of ISMIR2018. The workshop is free and open to all members of the MIR community.

Register here:

The WiMIR Workshop will be a day of networking, developing early project ideas with lead researchers in the WiMIR community, and highlighting technical work of women in the field. The Workshop will thus be of interest to anyone who is recruiting, would like to become more involved with WiMIR, is seeking to expand their network, or is interested in exploring early-stage collaborations with MIR colleagues.

The workshop will feature a project development session with the following projects guided by top researchers in MIR:

  • MIR with Stems – Rachel Bittner (Spotify)
  • Expanding the Human Impact of MIR with Mixed Reality – Tom Butcher (Microsoft)
  • MIR Rhythm Analysis Techniques for Arrhythmia ECG Sequences – Elaine Chew (Queen Mary University of London)
  • Cover Songs for Musical Performance Comparison and Musical Style Transfer – Johanna Devaney (Brooklyn College, City University of New York)
  • Building Collaborations Among Artists, Coders and Machine Learning – Doug Eck (Google)
  • Discovering Emotion from Musical Segments – Ryan Groves (Melodrive)
  • Large-scale Karaoke Song Detection – Christine Ho, Oriol Nieto, & Kristi Schneck (Pandora)
  • MIR for Mood Modulation: A Multidisciplinary Research Agenda – Xiao Hu (University of Hong Kong)
  • Modeling Repetition and Variation for MIR – Anja Volk, Iris Yuping Ren, & Hendrik Vincent Koops (Utrecht University)
  • Beyond the Fun: Can Music We Do Not Actively Like Still Have Personal Significance? – Cynthia C. S. Liem & Andrew Demetriou (Technical University at Delft)
  • Creative applications of MIR Data – Matt McVicar (Jukedeck)

Read more about the projects here:

Sign up for a project here:

Information about the Workshop:

Questions? Email

We look forward to seeing you at the Women in Music Information Retrieval 1st Annual Workshop!

The WiMIR Workshop Organizers
Blair Kaneshiro, Katherine M. Kinnaird, Eric Humphrey, Thor Kell