PhD scholarship: Evaluation of Interactive Systems for Music Retrieval and Analysis

8. juni 2013 | Posted by | Category: larm-news research

The Royal School of Library and Information Science at the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for a PhD scholarship commencing 1 October 2013 or soon thereafter. The position is part of the Danish strategic research project CoSound.

CoSound is a strategic research project that focuses on methods and tools for an augmented audio experience and making the information actionable, i.e., enable users to interpret, organize, analyze, share, co-create, and facilitate story-telling and audio management. The project is led by the Technical University of Denmark – see this website for more information on the project and partners.

The PhD scholarship is associated to the work packages on Human-computer interactive modelling, crowd sourcing and evaluation and Music context analysis and end-use grounding, that both form integrated parts of the CoSound project. The overall purpose of the PhD project is to analyse and evaluate the automatic extraction techniques and results produced by CoSound, and to evaluate them in relation to real user needs and requirements in a music research setting. The focus should be on creating solutions for the design of personalized interaction mechanisms that can make information systems more usable and receptive to user needs by exploiting advanced interactive learning strategies and personalization (models of individuals) in combination with automatically extracted features from audio data. The project should extract representations of the user needs, and combine them with audio features based onmachine learning methods from user generated feedback striving to create and evaluate improved search and navigation based on models of individual users and groups of users. The case chosen for the project is music and music research. The PhD project is truly interdisciplinary. It should rely on methods from information science, including theories of information behaviour and methods to extract representations of the user needs, and to combine them with audio features based on machine learning methods from user generated feedback, as well as for instance genre and discourse analysis and studies of rhythm, intonation/melody, and other non-semantic aspects of music, speech and sound patterns.

The application should include a proposal outlining the overall aims and methodology of the PhD project as well as a time-plan. Follow the link for more information. Furthermore, it is expected that the candidates hold a Master´s degree or equivalent in a field relevant to information science and/or cultural studies. Programming experience, especially in interaction design and programming interfaces is a strong advantage. Experience in carrying out empirical studies is also an advantage. Fluency in English is required.
The project proposal is expected to focus on the themes outlined above in the description of the CoSound project and work packages.

For further information on the CoSound research project, please contact Associate Professor Birger Larsen ( or Associate Professor Morten Michelsen (

For further information on the PhD programme at the Royal School of Library and Information Science, please contact PhD coordinator,Hans Dam Christensen (

The application deadline is August 1, 2013.

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