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The North East Music Informatics Special Interest Group (NEMISIG) workshop is a yearly informal workshop which brings together researchers from various institutions in the Northeastern America (and occasionally other continents) who work on music information retrieval to discuss mutual interests, foster community, and encourage collaboration. This gathering will offer principals the opportunity to present their research interests and visions of the feld, and to participate in discussions of the field and future directions it might take. It features keynote talks, lab overview talks, lecture and poster presentations, as well as a jam session. In the past, NEMISIG has been held at Columbia (2008), New York University (2010), Drexel (2011), Dartmouth College (2012), The Echo Nest (2013), Columbia (2014), Ithaca College (2015) and Drexel (2016).


HAMR (Highlighting Audio and Music Researchathon) is an event that applies the hackathon model to the development of new techniques for analyzing, processing, and synthesizing audio and music signals. HAMR provides a space for individuals from various institutions, backgrounds, and experience levels to test out novel ideas as opposed to finishing a polished project and paper. You'll have the opportunity to pitch your project and invite peers to collaborate with you. The best projects will be awarded at the end of the event!


Registration is free and researchers from any stage in their career are encouraged to participate. The workshop is free and covers breakfast, lunch, afternoon coffee and evening drinks. However, all individuals who would like to attend, regardless if you are presenting, should register here before February 1, 2017. This gives us enough time to make program and food arrangements. Researchers from any stage in their career are encouraged to participate.

Call for Abstract

Participants are invited to present research either as a short talk or during a poster session. Discussion of any work related to music information retrieval is invited. We also encourage representatives from each institution to give a short lab overview talk on the work being done in their research lab. Those interested in attending and giving a talk or presenting a poster should submit a short abstract on the workshop website.


We can't wait to see you. 
For any questions, be in touch! 

Committee Information

Workshop Chairs: Zhiyao Duan & David Temperley

Jam Session Chair: Stephen Roessner

HAMR Session Chair: Andrea Cogliati

Webmaster: Bochen Li

Logistics manager: Yichi Zhang


THANK YOU to the bzdesign company for the laser engraving on the HAMR prize.

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Car Rental:

Select from a wide variety of rental choices at the Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC). Counters of rental companies can be found on the lower level of the airport.


Taxi service is available at the Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC)


Regional Transit Service (RTS) provides a fast and cheap way to explore Rochester.

Maps & schedules.

From Hilton Garden Inn to campus

If you stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Rochester/University & Medical Center or another hotel in the college town, you can take the College Town Express shuttle to the river campus. Get off at the Rush Rhees Library and the Morey hall is within 1-minue walk. You can also walk from the college town and it takes about 20 minutes to get to the Morey hall.

On-campus Parking

If you plan to drive to the campus, you can purchase a parking permit ($5 for a day) at the parking information booth on the South entrance of the campus, located at the intersection of Wilson Blvd and Trustee Rd. The parking staff will guide you to a parking spot. Parking is free on Saturday and Sunday on non-reserved spots. Check more information here.



Brown University

Carnegie Mellon University

Drexel University

Georgetown University

Ithaca College

Indiana University Bloomington

New York University

Northwestern University

University at Buffalo

University of Rochester & Eastman School of Music


NEMISIG & JAM -- Fri, Feb 10

9:00 am - 12:00 pm    Meetings & Lectures

Location: Morey 525

  • 9:00 am - Registration & Breakfast

  • 9:30 am - Opening

  • 9:35 am - Mark Bocko - Audio and Music Engineering Program at the UR

  • 9:50 am - Bryan Pardo - Interactive Audio Lab Overview

  • 10:05 am - Chris Raphael - Piano Score Following with a Switching Kalman Filter

  • 10:20 am - David Rosen - MET-Lab Overview

  • 10:35 am - Rachel Bittner - MARL Lab Overview

  • 10:50 am - David Temperley - A Corpus of Text- and Stress-annotated Rock Melodies

  • 11:05 am - Coffee Break

  • 11:20 am – Oliver Schneller - Acoustic Models and Composed Structures

12:15 pm - 2:15 pm    Lunch & Poster

Location: Rettner Hall

2:20 pm - 5:00 pm    Meetings & Lectures

Location: Morey 525

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm    NEMIJAM

Location: Rettner Hall

We have Drums, Piano, Amps, and some Guitars/Bass .

Please bring any other instruments you wish to use. 

Soda, beers are also provided. Come and enjoy!

Campus Map with Venue Sites

There are plenty of choices to stay near the University of Rochester.


Hilton Garden Inn Rochester/University & Medical Center (3-star hotel)

            30 Celebration Drive, Rochester, NY 14620

~ $125 per night


Courtyard Rochester Brighton (3-star hotel)

33 Corporate Woods, Rochester, NY 14623

~ $87 per night


Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside (3-star hotel)

120 E Main St, Rochester, NY 14604

~ $112 per night


Staybridge Suites Rochester University (4-star hotel)

1000 Genesee St, Rochester, NY 14611

~ $122 per night


Hyatt Regency Rochester (4-star hotel)

125 E Main St, Rochester, NY 14604

~ $139 per night


Radisson Hotel Rochester Airport (3-star hotel)

175 Jefferson Rd, Rochester, NY 14623

~ $111 per night

Things to do in Rochester


The Strong National Museum of Play: Toy & game exhibits for kids of all ages

1 Manhattan Square Dr, Rochester, NY 14607

Rochester Museum and Science Center: Exhibits & shows exploring Earth & space

657 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

George Eastman Museum: Museum of photos & films in 1905 mansion

900 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

Susan B. Anthony House: Museum devoted to the civil rights hero

17 Madison St, Rochester, NY 14608

Highland Park: Serene retreat with arboretum & gardens

180 Reservoir Ave, Rochester, NY 14620

Seneca Park Zoo: 19th-century park with an African safari

2222 St. Paul Street, Rochester, NY 14621

Ontario Beach Park: Great park located on the shore of Lake Ontario

50 Beach Ave, Rochester, NY 14612


Finger Lakes: The largest wine producing region in New York


            Niagara Falls: Grand falls straddling the border between Canada and the United States

332 Prospect St, Niagara Falls, NY 14303

HAMR -- Sat - Sun, Feb 11 - 12

Location: Computer Studies Building 601


Sat, Feb 11

  • 9:30 am - Light Breakfast

  • 10:00 am - Hacking Starts

  • 12:30 am - Lunch

  • 6:00 pm - Dinner

  • 9:00 pm - Hacking Ends for the Day

Sun, Feb 12

  • 9:30 am - Light Breakfast

  • 10:00 am - Hacking Continues

  • 12:30 pm - Lunch

  • 1:30 pm - Hacking Ends, Project Demos

  • 2:30 pm - Prizes Awarded

Breakfast, lunch, coffee, soft drinks and snacks will be provided throughout the two days

Keynote Speakers

Oliver Schneller

Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester

Title: Acoustic Models and Composed Structures

Abstract: In the mid-60ies a novel approach emerged in contemporary composition, which integrated spectrographic sound analysis with composition. This technique, which has since become known as “spectral composition”, opened up new ways of combing computer-based sound analysis and resynthesis with instrumental composition, and made the science of sound, acoustics, and psychoacoustics part of the compositional process. Extracting data from sound analysis to use in a piece of composed music raises several interesting challenges and possibilities. In my talk, I will describe this approach in some detail, using several examples from other composers as well as my work.

Peter Pfordresher

University at Buffalo

Title:  Cognitive and sensorimotor factors in singing: Implications for music information retrieval

Abstract: Singing is distinctive among forms of music performance in that it requires no formal training. As such, singing is a broadly accessible source of data for music information retrieval, such as in ‘query by humming’ algorithms. However, singing accuracy of pitch is also notoriously subject to large individual differences, which may compromise the effectiveness of such retrieval algorithms. In this talk I discuss how singing accuracy is manifested in the general population, drawing on data from both controlled experiments and from a large online database (The Seattle Singing Accuracy Protocol, I will discuss results based on different measures of accuracy, as well as different timescales within the structure of melodies ranging from melodic contour (pitch direction) to stability of pitch within sung notes. These data will be considered in light of the underlying mechanisms that may guide the planning and control of pitch in the human voice, and also with respect to how the empirical results and theoretical underpinnings alike may contribute to music information retrieval.

David Heid, Marko Stamenovic

Katherine Kinnaird

Tejas Cokhale

David Rosen, Shaun Barry, Jeff Gregorio

Scott Miles

Luke Waldner, Doug Turnbull, Daniel Akimchuk, 

Christopher Perez

Christopher Raphael, Sanna Wager

Duncan MacConnel, Jong Wook Kim, Mark Cartwright, Brian McFee, Rachel Bittner, Justin Salamon, 

Vincent Lostanlen

Bryan Pardo

Peter Pfordresher

Zhiyao Duan, David Temperley, Oliver Schneller,

Ethan Lustig, Yichi Zhang, Andrea Cogliati, Bochen Li, Arvind RM, Jonathan Cedarleaf, Ming-lun Lee, Stephen Roessner, Sattwik Basu, Saarish Kareer,

Cory Finlinson, Michael Heilemann, Mark Bocko 

Eric Humphrey, Jonathan Marmor 







Feb 10-12, 2017 | University of Rochester

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