Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Matthew Davies – Sound and Music Computing Group, INESC TEC

Matthew Davies is a music information retrieval researcher with a background in digital signal processing. His main research interests include the analysis of rhythm in music, MIR evaluation methodology, creative-MIR, harmony, music therapy and reproducible research. Matthew coordinates the Sound and Music Computing Group in the Centre for Telecommunications and Multimedia at INESC TEC.

Peter Keller – MARCS Institute, Western Sydney University

Peter Keller conducts research that is aimed at understanding the behavioural and brain bases of human interaction in musical contexts. His specific interests include the cognitive and motor processes that enable ensemble musicians to coordinate with one another. Peter has served as Editor of the interdisciplinary journal ‘Empirical Musicology Review’ (2010-2012) and as a member of the Editorial Board at ‘Advances in Cognitive Psychology’ (2005-2015). He is currently an Associate Editor at ‘Royal Society Open Science’ and a Consulting Editor for ‘Music Perception’ and ‘Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain’.


Sebastian Böck, Department of Computational Perception, Johannes Kepler University

MoCap Toolbox
Birgitta Burger, Finnish Centre for Interdisciplinary Music Research, University of Jyväskylä
This workshop will introduce the MoCapToolbox, a freely available Matlab toolbox for analyzing and visualizing motion capture data developed at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. The toolbox offers about 70 functions to handle various kinds of mocap data. The workshop will give an overview on the structure of the toolbox and its data representations as well as an on the use of the toolbox for research and analysis purposes, covering general data handling, creating stick-figure images and animations, kinematic and kinetic analysis, and methods used for periodicity and synchronization estimation.

Jason Hockman, Digital Media Technology Lab, Birmingham City University

Exploring rhythm through the movements of the body
Arnould Massart, Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles
Western music teaching methods have led to an abstract conception of musical rhythm. In many cases the basic link between rhythm and body experience is overlooked or simply ignored. This results in a global withering of rhythmic sense, feeling and, hence, of potential musical significance. An alternative approach is illustrated in this practical workshop where all participants can experiment the interactions between body movement and rhythm perception and production. We will step, clap, bounce, twist, and sway together in a circle, using our legs, our arms, and our voices to explore various rhythmic situations in a relaxed and creative atmosphere.

Bayesian approaches to time and timing
Darren Rhodes, Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, University of Sussex
Time is a fundamental dimension of perception, action and cognition. In recent years, Bayesian principles have been applied to the perception of time and timing. Bayesian models have been applied to a variety of temporal dimensions, including perceived event timing, duration, and the relative timing between two events. The fundamental principle of these models is that the perception of temporal properties is the result of combing temporal expectations with current sensory evidence. A broad distinction exists between summary and dynamic Bayesian models of time. Summary models have been tied to the internal clock model, whilst dynamic models have been connected to the idea that timing can be accomplished in the absence of clocks. The aim of this symposium is to bring together these different approaches to time in order to facilitate research and theory towards a general unified model of human time perception.