Dr. Anja Volk

Assistant Professor, MSc, MA, PhD
VIDI-laureate
, Head of MUSIVA

visiting address:
Utrecht University
Department of Information and Computing Sciences
Buys Ballot Laboratory, office 484
Princetonplein 5, De Uithof
3584 CC Utrecht

Tel.:+31 (30) 253 5965
Email: "a . v o l k "(at)"  uu .  nl   (please remove spaces)
Profile and postal address at the Faculty of Science
Profile at AcademiaNet: Leading Women Scientists
 

  Anja Volk
















About me

My research lies at the intersection of Computer Science, Mathematics, Cognition and Music. I strive to connect fundamental research in Computer science with the human processing of music information. This comprises a broad spectrum of research questions from theoretical to technology-related issues, engaging areas such as Computational Music Analysis, Music Information Retrieval, Computational Musicology, Mathematical Music Theory, Digital Humanities and Music Cognition.

Upcoming


I give a lecture in the Stadsgehoorzaal at the city of Leiden during  the Public Symposium There is Music in the Brain, organized by the Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition, on November 30, 2018. Speakers are Rebecca Schaefer, Henkjan Honing, Psyche Loui, Aniruddh Patel, Anja Volk and Sonja Kotz.

I will serve as a Project Guide on Modeling Repetition and Variation for MIR at the upcoming Women in Music Information Retrieval workshop, Paris, September 2018.

Recent Highlights

On September 4 I received the Westerdijk Award 2018 for diversity and inclusion from the Faculty of Science, Utrecht University.

Check out my Women in MIR Mentoring Program Report 2018: On the “only meeting that should last longer” about our ever growing mentoring program.

We launched the first issue of Transactions of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval, the open access journal of the ISMIR society, on September 4 2018.

WiMIR mentoring program 2018 with nearly 80 mentee-mentor pairs successfully concluded in June 2018! I have co-organized it with Emilia Gomez, Ryan Groves and Blair Kaneshiro.

I gave the public lecture Ritme en algoritme: patronen herkennen in muziek during NWO's Night of Science Music inside Out, on October 6, 2017. Video summary.

WiMIR Mentoring Program Report 2017: the many faces of diversity is online. Check out results of the international mentoring program with 50 mentees and 50 mentors!

I gave the public lecture Lekker (algo)ritme at Culturele Zondag Utrecht Centraal on June 5, 2017. Podcast. Blog Studium Generale.

We launched the Transactions of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval, the open access journal of the ISMIR society at Ubiquity press. I am serving as Editor-in-Chief, together with Simon Dixon and Emilia Gomez.

TISMIR

Transactions of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval

TISMIR publishes novel scientific research in the field of music information retrieval (MIR).

We welcome submissions from a wide range of disciplines:
computer science, musicology, cognitive science,
library & information science and electrical engineering.

We currently accept submissions for the first issue.
View our submission guidelines for more information.







Lorentz
                    Computational Ethnomusicology

Computational Ethnomusicology: Methodologies for a New Field

Workshop at the Lorentz Center, International Center for Workshops in the Sciences
March 27-31, 2017, Leiden, the Netherlands

Scientific Organizers:
Andre Holzapfel, Peter van Kranenburg, Julia Kursell, Anja Volk

Aim: Connecting ethnomusicological research questions and computational methods




I gave a talk at the CompMusic Seminar accompanying the PhD thesis defenses of Gopala Krishna Koduri and Sertan Şentürk, on Feb 23, 2017 at Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona. Video.


Special Issue Music similarity: Concepts, cognition and computation,
Journal of New Music Research, Volume 45(3), appeared in September 2016. Guest Editors: Anja Volk, Elaine Chew, Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis, Christina Anagnostopoulou. Follow up to Lorentz workshop on Music similarity.

I gave the opening keynote speech "Computational pattern search in folk music: challenges and opportunities" at the 6th International Workshop on Folk Music Analysis in Dublin, Ireland on June 15, 2016. Watch the video recording here, photo impression here.


Poster

5th Biennal International Conference on Mathematics and Computation in Music (MCM2015)

Queen Mary University of London, June 22-25, 2015.

General Chairs: Oscar Bandtlow and Elaine Chew
Program Chairs:
David Meredith and Anja Volk
Publication Chair: Tom Collins
Workshop Chair: Johanna Devaney

Proceedings: Lecture Notes in Artifical Intelligence 9110




Lorentz
                        workshop

Music similarity: concepts, cognition and computation

Workshop at the Lorentz Center, International Center for Workshops in the Sciences
January
19-23, 2015, Leiden, the Netherlands
Scientifc Organizers:
Christina Anagnostopoulou, Elaine Chew, Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis, Anja Volk
Group photo



Journal of Mathematics and Music, Special Issue

JMM

Mathematical and Computational Approaches to Music: Three Methodological Reflections

Journal of Mathematics and Music, Vol. 6(2).
Guest Editors: Anja Volk and Aline Honingh

*NEWS: Introduction to the Special Issue more than 4000 times accessed*




In the media

On June 2, 2015 I received the Spotlight award from the Dean of the Faculty of Science, Utrecht University, for my activities in disseminating my work to the general public

I gave the public lecture Ritme en algoritme: patronen herkennen in muziek during NWO's Night of Science Music inside Out, on October 6, 2017. Video summary.

Concertzender live at Utrecht Centraal: Live interview at radio station Concertzender on 5 June 2017 about my public lecture "Lekker (algo)ritme" during the Culturele Zondag Utrecht Centraal.
 
Professoren op het podium
(Professors on stage): A theater evening over Music and Mathematics, organized and moderated by Jan van den Berg. Guests: Anja Volk, Jan Neerven and Frank Redig. Theater de Veste, Delft. 1 April 2015, 20:30.

KennisCafe Amsterdam: Rocking Science, with Anja Volk, Tom ter Bogt, Fleur Bouwer, Louis Grijp, organized by De Volkskrant, KNAW, science center NEMO, de Balie Amsterdam, 15 December 2014, 20:00-22:00. Watch at De Balie TV, listen at Kennis van Nu, Radio 5.

Radio Interview at Science 071 Sleutelstad, 17 December 2014, listen here, photo here.  Update: This interview has been submitted to the NTR Radio Award 2015

Interview "De Volkskrant", 10 December 2014, pdf

Presentation at Bessensap 2014 (Science meets press): "Hoe herken je muziek?", 6 June 2014, photo impression

Portrayal in De Groene Amsterdammer, 31st October 2013, download print version here

Computational musicology in De Groene Amsterdammer, October 2013

e-data & research nr. 4 March 2011

Board member

International Society for Music Information Retrieval (2013-2015)

Society for Mathematics and Computation in Music

Computational Science Advisory Board of the Lorentz Center, International Center for Workshops in the Sciences, Leiden

Education

2002: PhD in Computational Musicology at Humboldt University Berlin.

1998 Master in Mathematics at Humboldt University Berlin.

1996 Master in Musicology at Humboldt University Berlin.

Employment

since 2011: Assistant Professor at Utrecht University

2006-2010: PostDoc in the WITCHCRAFT project at the Utrecht University and the Meertens Institute Amsterdam.

2003- 2005: Postdoctoral Fellow in the at the Integrated Media Systems Center, Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California.

1998-2003: PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Research Group for Mathematical Music Theory at the Technical University Berlin.

Research Interests

  • Music Information Retrieval
  • Computational Musicology
  • Computational Music Analysis
  • Music Cognition
  • Mathematical Music Theory
  • Performance Theory
  • Digital Humanities

Journal Publications

Conference Proceedings

Books and edited volumes

Invited lectures

Presentations