A collaboration with Prof Ching-Hua Chuan from the U of Miami and Prof. Dorien Herremans from SUTD has just been accepted for publication in Springer's Neural Computing and Applications (impact factor = 4.213). The manuscript is entitled 'From Context to Concept: Exploring Semantic Relationships in Music with Word2Vec', and describes how a popular NLP model called word2vec can be used to capture meaningful musical structure in complex polyphonic pieces of music. A copy of the preprint is available on my Publications page.
I'm thrilled to be giving one of the keynote talks at this year's International Music and Performing Arts Conference (IMPAC2018) in Malaysia, 13-15 November. I will be speaking on: Expectations, expectations, expecta...: Highlighting a fundamental concept in music cognition, and exploring its relevance to healthcare
Curious about why the music in horror films sounds so scary? Watch this!
I'm very happy to announce that, as of July 1, I'm an adjunct Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS). I'm truly honoured to be part of this prestigious university community. For those interested, check out this recent article about NUS: www.straitstimes.com/singapore/education/nus-is-back-on-top-as-asias-no-...
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):
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.
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.
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
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
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. :-)
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
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
'Information-Theoretic Properties of Auditory Sequences Dynamically Influence Expectation and Memory'
Very excited to see this in print! A link to the paper may be found here. (Click on header to read more...)
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*.
Interested in how to evaluate computational creativity (or systems that claim to be computationally creative)? Have a look at our ACM paper, hot off the press!
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.