Music Information Retrieval by Dr. Sertan Şentürk

This Wednesday, Dr. Sertan Şentürk (soon to join the R&D team in Kobalt music) is going to give a seminar titled “What is Music Information Retrieval? Applications and the State-of-the-Art” for Multimedia Informatics - Research Methods (MMI 700) course. You are all kindly invited.

Location: Conference Room (124), METU Informatics Institute
Time: December 20, 2017, 11:30-12:30

Abstract: What is Music Information Retrieval? Applications and the State-of-the-Art

Music, without a doubt, is one of the pinnacles of human creativity, communication and culture. With the digital media revolution and the rise of music streaming services, there has recently been a growing interest and a high demand to process large-scale musical material such as audio recordings, music scores and album reviews. In this talk, I will provide a gentle introduction to music information retrieval (MIR), an interdisciplinary field which “incorporates elements from signal processing, machine learning, psychology, musicology, and many more” to retrieve relevant information from music. From recommendation systems to automatic music generation, I will present a wide variety of examples involving MIR and discuss how such technologies are being used in academic and industrial settings, for example in music streaming, computational musicology and music education.

I am a data scientist, specializing in music information retrieval, soon to join the R&D team in Kobalt music. My research involves developing signal processing and machine learning based computational methodologies to automatically describe and discover music. Throughout the years, I have worked on creating robust and scalable solutions for a vast number of tasks such as audio-score alignment, automatic genre/mode classification, music structure analysis, and audio fingerprinting.

In February 2017, I obtained my Ph.D. degree in Information and Communication Technologies from the Music Technology Group in Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain. I received my MSc. degree in Music Technology from Georgia Institute of Technology, the USA in 2011, and my BSc. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Turkey in 2009. I have also completed a four-year, part-time classical guitar program from Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory in 2009.