North East Music Information Special Interest Group

An informal, one-day workshop at Columbia University on Friday, January 25th, 2008

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In several recent discussions, we have been struck by the phenomenal emergence of groups researching music information retrieval and related areas in schools and labs close to the top right hand corner of the North American continent. This event will bring all these groups together to discuss our mutual interests, foster community, and encourage collaboration.

This gathering will provide graduate students with an informal and safe environment in which to share current research and discuss ideas for future research. It will offer principals the opportunity to present their research interests and visions of the field, and to participate in discussions of the field and future directions it might take.


8:30-9:00 Registration and refreshments
9:00-11:00 Introductory talks from a member of each institution (10 minutes or less each)
Columbia, CMU, ConnColl, Dartmouth, Drexel, McGill, NYU, TCNJ, Cooper, UdM, USC, The Echo Nest
11:00-12:00 Panel discussion:"What are the breakthroughs needed for useful music IR?"
Adobe, Amie St., Sun, The Echo Nest
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:00 Student poster presentations
3:00-4:00 Break-out group discussions
Bridging engineering and humanities, musicology, neuroscience ...
Application scenarions: Recommendation, tagging ...
Funding MIR - collaboration, outreach, sources ...
4:00-5:00 Wrap-up, including report-backs from discussion groups

Discussion topics

This is a quick list of potential discussion topics (for panel and/or breakouts). Please send us your further suggestions.


We have confirmed the participation of the following institutions and organizations:

  • Adobe Labs
  • Amie Street
  • Carnegie Mellon
  • The College of New Jersey
  • Columbia
  • Connecticut College
  • Cooper Union
  • Dartmouth
  • Drexel
  • The Echo Nest
  • Harvard / USC
  • McGill
  • NYU
  • Princeton
  • QTrax
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Université de Montréal


We aim to keep the costs minimal. We should be able to get space at Columbia for no cost, but we may have a nominal registration fee (<$50) for refreshments and possibly lunch.

The workshop will be help in the Interschool Lab on the 7th floor of the Shapiro Center (also known as CEPSR) at 530 west 120th street. Here is a full campus map and directions for getting to campus. There are a number of hotels and guest rooms affiliated with the university at which people can stay overnight:

International House
Has both rooms and suites. The rooms are $130, $150, and $165 for one, two, or three people, respectively. The suites are $140, $160, and $175.

Union theological seminary
(212) 280-1313
Rooms are $135 for a single, $165 for a double. They require a two night stay on the weekend

Teacher's college
(212) 678-3235
The website says that rooms are $100 - $135 depending on the length of stay

East Campus
(212) 854-0365
Can't book until Jan 15th. Rooms are $170 plus tax

There are also a couple other listings of hotels near columbia that could be helpful: from the journalism school and from the radiological research facility.


The meeting will be held in the Interschool Lab, room 750, 7th floor Shapiro CEPSR, Columbia University. This is down the corridor from LabROSA; here are our directions to LabROSA.

Contact information

Dan Ellis and Michael Mandel, {dpwe, mim} at


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With thanks to our sponsors, the Columbia University Department of Electrical Engineering, and the National Science Foundation.

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