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PhD position in Music Information Retrieval at Utrecht University

Dear colleagues,

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I am pleased to announce the opening of a PhD position in Music Information Retrieval at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. The PhD student will be a team member of the NWO-VIDI project “Modelling musical similarity over time through the variation priniciple”, funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. The project will last for 5 years, principal investigator is Anja Volk.

The aim of the project is to develop a cognition-based computational model of music similarity in the symbolic domain that grounds in the variation principle. The project will investigate the fundamental principle of variation in music studied in Musicology and Cognitive Science as a means to establish similarity. Specifically, it will develop computational approaches to music similarity by modeling the interaction between global and local features of the music. The project will deliver both a theoretic framework and a computational model of music similarity that covers three major styles, namely classical, folk and popular music. The project team will include the principal investigator, a postdoc, a PhD student and a scientific programmer.

Detailed information: http://www.cs.uu.nl/research/projects/vidi-volk/

The PhD student will concentrate on methods of Music Retrieval. Specific tasks include:
*developing segmentation methods
*extracting relevant musical features
*designing similarity measures and algorithms
*performing system evaluation


* Master's degree in Computer Science, Information Science, Artificial Intelligence, Mathematics, Humanities Computing, or any other relevant discipline *proven affection with and knowledge of music (notation, basic theory) and programming.

For more information on the project you can contact Dr. Anja Volk, tel: +31 (0)30 253 5965, email: volk@xxxxxxxx, http:// people.cs.uu.nl/volk

For information on the application procedure (please apply before 8 april 2011) see

Anja Volk
Assistant Professor
Department of Information and Computing Sciences
Utrecht University, the Netherlands