Dr. Anja Volk
Professor, MSc, MA, PhD
My research lies at the intersection of Computer Science, Mathematics 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 Cognitive Science.
UpcomingI will give the public lecture "Lekker (algo)ritme" at Culturele Zondag Utrecht Centraal on June 5, 2017.
Iris Yuping Ren will join the lab in February, working on a PhD on Computational music structure analysis using functional programming.
I am co-organizing the workshop Computational Ethnomusicology: Methodologies for a New Field, at the Lorentz Center in Leiden, March 27-31, 2017, with Andre Holzapfel, Julia Kursell, and Peter van Kranenburg.
The second round of our international WiMIR mentoring program has started! 50 mentees from high school student to associate professor residing in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia are participating. Check the latest news.
I gave an invited talk about the WiMIR mentoring program at ACM Multimedia, in Theater Tuschinsky, Amsterdam, October 17, 2016.
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.
Peter Boot received the runner up award of the Graduate School of Natural Sciences for his master thesis “Using Discovered and Annotated Patterns as Compression Method for determining Similarity between Folk Songs”. Download the corresponding journal article here.
In August I attended ISMIR 2016 in New York with two papers of the MUSIVA-group (Meter Detection in Symbolic Music Using Inner Metric Analysis, Integration and Quality Assessment of Heterogeneous Chord Sequences using Data Fusion). As a member of the WiMIR-mentoring program committee I organized the WiMIR session. Check out https://twitter.com/hashtag/wimir and https://twitter.com/ismir2016 for impressions from the presentation of the mentoring program.
Marcelo Rodríguez López successfully defended his PhD Thesis Automatic Melody Segmentation on June 20, 2016.
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.
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
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
Journal of Mathematics and Music, Special Issue:
Journal of Mathematics and Music, Vol. 6(2).
Guest Editors: Anja Volk and Aline Honingh
*NEWS: Introduction to the Special Issue more than 3000 times accessed*
In the mediaOn 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
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
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
Education2002: PhD in Computational Musicology at Humboldt University Berlin.
1998 Master in Mathematics at Humboldt University Berlin.
1996 Master in Musicology at Humboldt University Berlin.
Employmentsince 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.
- Music Information Retrieval
- Computational Musicology
- Computational Music Analysis
- Music Cognition
- Mathematical Music Theory
- Performance Theory
- Digital Humanities
Books and edited volumes