Highlights/Upcoming events

Singapore's first annual Music Research Symposium - A success!

Thanks to everyone who attended the first Music Research Symposium to take place in Singapore. More than 70 (!) researchers, scientists, professors, students, and musicians attended the event for a fun day of talks, music, and research discussions. Here are some of the speakers' slides for reference. And below are some lovely memories from the day (click post title to see photo slideshow):

New paper out in the Psychology of Music!

How good is our memory for melodies? And why do we remember some aspects of music better than others? To discover some answers to these questions, check out my new paper entitled 'Change detection and schematic processing in music', now out in the journal Psychology of Music! The paper is available for download here.

IEEE ICOT conference presentation next month!

I'm excited to be speaking at IEEE ICOT's special session on 'Music and Music Technology for Health and Learning' next month! I will be presenting a paper describing my lab's new music and motion detection game for rehabilitation and strengthening in the elderly. More info here.

ISMIR 2017 is coming up soon!

I'm thrilled to be headed to Suzhou, China, soon for the 18th International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR) Conference.
I will be speaking on the Future of Music-IR Research Panel (Thursday, 12:40pm – 1:40pm), and my colleagues and I have two papers in the conference:
Cancino-Chacon, Grachten, and Agres (2017). From Bach to the Beatles: The simulation of human tonal expectation using ecologically-trained predictive models

Keynote at the PGVIM International Symposium in Bangkok

I'm honoured to be a keynote speaker at the PGVIM international symposium later this month in Bangkok, Thailand. I will be presenting some of my recent research in music cognition, as well as my current work to develop music technology for healthcare and well-being. More information here: www.pgvim.ac.th/sym/speaker_2017_Topic-Kat_Agres.php

One-North Festival talk: The Power of Music for Health And Well-being

Newsflash: THIS FRIDAY at 2pm I'll be speaking at the one-north festival (Biopolis, nearest MRT: Buona Vista). This event is free and open to the public!
I'll cover some of my recent music cognition research and applications for healthcare. Information & registration here: https://onenorthfestival.sg/events/the-power-of-music-for-health-and-wel...
Hope to see you there. :-)

Postdoc positions available for Music Cognition group at A*STAR

If you have a PhD in an area related to Music Cognition, Music Information Retrieval / CS, or Neuroscience, and you're interested in applying your knowledge of music psychology / technology / AI to create music applications to improve people's lives, this position may interest you!
Join a new team of music cognition scientists at A*STAR to research the psychology of music, and create music technology for cutting edge AI and healthcare applications. For more information, please contact Dr. Kat Agres, at kat_agres[at]ihpc.a-star.edu.sg

New research area focused on Music Cognition at A*STAR, Singapore!

I'm honoured to announce that I've recently joined one of the premier science and research organisations in Asia - A*STAR! I'm working to set up a new research group at the Institute of High Performance Computing (Social & Cognitive Computing department) focused on music cognition, exploring such topics as musical memory, computational modelling & AI, and music technology for healthcare.
My profile may be found here: www.a-star.edu.sg/ihpc/People/tid/376/Kat-Agres.aspx

Workshop announcement: International Workshop on Deep Learning for Music

The International Workshop on Deep Learning for Music (DLM 2017) is now accepting submissions!
I am pleased to announce that I have been invited to be a speaker, as an interdisciplinary (cognitive science) voice in the mix.
Details may be found *here*.

New paper published: Harmonic structure and trance music!

Our trance paper (behavioral psychology + computational modeling of music perception) is now out! Paper is free to read/download... click *here* to read about how the harmonic structure of trance music influences our enjoyment of the music.

From Computational Creativity to Creativity Science

The workshop will pave the way for a new interdisciplinary research direction: Creativity Science. It gathers the world-leading researchers in computational creativity specialising in a number of application areas, such as visual art, language, mathematics, and music. Methodologically, creativity will be modelled using computational frameworks based on cognitively inspired and psychologically informed theories such as, for example, analogy and conceptual blending.

Now Published online! 'From Distributional Semantics to Conceptual Spaces: A Novel Computational Method for Concept Creation' by McGregor, Agres, et al

In this paper, we investigate the relationship between lexical spaces and contextually-defined conceptual spaces, offering applications to creative concept discovery. We define a computational method for discovering members of concepts based on semantic spaces: starting with a standard distributional model derived from corpus co-occurrence statistics, we dynamically select characteristic dimensions associated with seed terms, and thus a subspace of terms defining the related concept.

Cog Sci 2015

Last week I presented a talk entitled "A Computational Approach to Modelling the Perception of Pitch and Tonality in Music" at the 37th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society took place in Pasadena, California, 23-25 July 2015. The theme was Mind, Technology, and Society. A copy of the conference proceedings paper may be found here: https://mindmodeling.org/cogsci2015/