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QCIS Seminar: Playing with Cases: Rendering Expressive Music Performance with Case-Based Reasoning - Prof Ramon Lopez de Mantaras, CSIC, Spain

Presented by Prof Ramon Lopez de Mantaras, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) (invited by Prof John Debenham

Abstract: Rendering expressive music performances involves complex processes that constitute a challenging research area for computer music research. Besides, it is a rich field for investigating aspects of human intelligence, emotion, and creativity. Case-based reasoning is one of the AI techniques that have produced more promising results in rendering expressive music performances. Furthermore, it has advanced the state of the art in case-based reasoning through the invention of new approaches to case representation, case retrieval and case reuse adapted to musical knowledge. In this talk I will describe in some detail two successful case-based reasoning systems applied to expressive music performance that have been developed at the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute.

Short Bio: Ramon Lopez de Mantaras. Research Professor of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and Director of the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA). Master of Sciences in Computer Science from the University of California Berkeley, PhD in Physics (Automatic Control) from the University of Toulouse, and PhD in Computer Science from the Technical University of Barcelona. A pioneer of Artificial Intelligence in Spain, with contributions, since 1976, in Pattern Classification, Approximate Reasoning, Expert Systems, Machine Learning, Case-Based Reasoning, Autonomous Robots, and AI & Music. Author of around 250 papers. Invited plenary speaker at numerous international conferences. Former Editor-in-Chief of Artificial Intelligence Communications, current editorial board member of several international journals, and Associate Editor of the prestigious Artificial Intelligence Journal. Program committee member in numerious conferences. Program committee Chairman or Conference Chairman of several top AI Conferences (UAI-94, ECML’00, ECAI-04, ECML-07, PKDD-07, and IJCAI-07). ECCAI Fellow. Co-recipient of five best paper awards at international conferences. Recipient of the “City of Barcelona” Research Prize, and the “2011 Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Robert S. Engelmore Memorial Award” (first time that this major AI award has been given to a scientist working outside the US). Recipient of the “Spanish National Computer Science Award” from the Spanish Computer Society. President of the Board of Trustees of IJCAI (the major AI organization) from 2007 to 2009. He serves on a variety of panels and advisory committees for public and private institutions based in the USA and Europe. Presently working on case-based reasoning, machine learning for autonomous robots and AI applications to music. Among the top 6% most cited computer scientists according to Google Scholar. For additional information please visit:



19 March 2013
15:00 - 16:00
City - Broadway CB10 Level 4, Room 460
All Welcome
Barbara Munday

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