• All individuals who would like to attend, regardless if you are presenting, should register here before January 15th, 2016. 
  • Registration is free and researchers from any stage in their career are encouraged to participate.
  • For updates, questions, and suggestions, please join the NEMISIG Google group.
  • Get the year started right with a fun-filled music-IR weekend in Philadelphia!

Call for Abstracts

Participants are invited to present research either as a short talk or during a poster session. Discussion of any work related to music information retrieval is invited. We also encourage representatives from each institution to give a short talk on the work being done in their research group. Those interested in attending and giving a talk or presenting a poster should submit a short abstract (registration form will be available shortly).


NEMISIG Workshop

The North East Music Informatics Special Interest Group (NEMISIG) workshop is an informal, one-day workshop intended to bring together groups researching music information retrieval and related areas in schools and labs in the northeastern region of North America to discuss our mutual interests, foster community, and encourage collaboration. This gathering will provide graduate students with an informal and safe environment in which to share current research and discuss ideas for future research. It will offer principals the opportunity to present their research interests and visions of the feld, and to participate in discussions of the field and future directions it might take.


HAMR (Highlighting Audio and Music Researchathon) is an event which applies the hackathon model to the development of new techniques for analyzing, processing, and synthesizing audio and music signals. HAMR provides a space for individuals from various institutions, backgrounds, and experience levels to test out novel ideas as opposed to finishing a polished project and paper.


Friday, January 29th

  • Slainte Pub & Grill (8pm - 10pm), 3000 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
  • Time Restaurant, Whiskey Bar & Taproom (10pm - until), 1315 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Saturday, January 30th

  • Lab Overview Talks - 10:00am - 11:30am
    • Youngmoo Kim - Drexel University
    • Brian McFee - NYU
    • Colin Raffel - Columbia
    • Zhiyao Duan - University of Rochester
    • Michael Mandel - CUNY Brooklyn College
    • Douglas Turnbull - ISMIR 2016
  • Research Poster Session - 11:30am - 12:30pm
    • Zhaoyu Zhang  - Organization of Musically Effective Materials
    • Yichi Zhang - TBA
    • Xinzhao Liu - TBA
    • Andy Sarnoff  - Learning Representations Using Complex-Valued Nets
    • Bochen Li  - Score Following for Piano Music with Sustain-pedal Effects
    • Jong Wook Kim  - Improvement of Music Recommender Systems based on Relational Data
    • Scott Miles & David Rosen  - Surprise! Music Enjoyment and the Brain
    • Brandon Morton - Acoustic Features For Recognizing Musical Artist Influence 
    • Matthew Prockup - Modeling Rhythm with the Music Genome Project
    • Jeff Gregorio - Graphical Models for Phrase-level Segmentation of Symbolic Jazz Solos
    • Mariah Flaim, Shane Moore - MegsRadio: Local Music Discovery
  • Lunch - 12:30pm - 1:30pm
  • Breakout Session 1 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm
  • Breakout Session 2 - 2:30pm - 3:30pm
  • Wrap Up - 3:30pm - 4pm
  • HAMR Intro/Happy Hour - 4pm - 7pm
  • Jam Session! - 7pm - 9pm

Sunday, January 31st

  • HAMR - 9:00am - 12:30pm
  • Lunch - 12:30pm - 1:30pm
  • More HAMR - 1:30pm - 4:00pm
  • Demo Session/Awards - 4:00pm - 5:30pm



The Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center was established in 2013 as a University-wide strategic initiative for research innovation. The Center pursues activities at the intersection of Technology, Design, and Entrepreneurship, a reframing of Drexel’s founding pillars of Art, Science, and Industry for the modern age. The highly multidisciplinary approach of ExCITe employs a diversity of perspectives to foster creativity, personal expression, curiosity, and collaboration. The Center's activities span research, education, entrepreneurship, and civic engagement

The ExCITe Center is a street-level, highly visible space at the corner of Market and 34th Streets in University City, serving as a showcase for multidisciplinary collaboration. Ultimately, ExCITe serves to integrate Drexel's leadership in technology, design and entrepreneurship for profound impact beyond the University.


Traveling by Rail/Bus to Philadelphia

MegaBus and BoltBus stop at 30th Street station, and travel to and from Philly from many locations on the east coast.

Take Amtrak directly to 30th Street Station (Amtrak code PHL).

Regional Rail / Subway
Take SEPTA to the center city 30th Street Station stop.

From 30th Street Station
Exit the station at 30th Street and Market Street and walk one block west on Market Street (towards the blue-painted overhead train bridge marked Drexel University) to 31st and Market. The conference venue is on the south side of Market Street (to the left).

Local Travel

Driving Directions
Driving directions to Drexel University

Metered parking is available on the street in front of Bossone Research Center ($1 per hour, 3 hour time-limit). There are several paid parking lots nearby, including across the street from the conference venue and on the corner of 31st and Market (approximately $15 per day).

Transportation from PHL Airport to Drexel University

Regional rail: US $7 one-way
Take SEPTA Airport Regional Rail towards Center City. Disembark at 30th Street Station. Exit the station at 30th Street and Market Street and walk one block west on Market Street (towards the blue-painted overhead train bridge marked Drexel University) to 31st and Market. The conference venue is on the south side of Market Street (to the left).

Taxi: US $28.50 flat rate to Center City
Taxis from the airport cost a flat fee to Center City Philadelphia, independent of the number of passengers. If you need to pay by credit card, notify the dispatcher when you arrive at the taxi area, as not all taxi companies accept credit card. Take taxi to 3401 Market Street, Philadelphia (Drexel University campus).

Rental Car: Cost of rental varies
Follow signs to airport exit. Take I-95 north and follow signs to I-76 West (via PA-291). After 2.4 miles on I-76 West, take exit 345 (Drexel University / 30th Street Station). Turn left at the second light onto Market Street and travel approximately two blocks. The conference venue is on the south side of Market Street (to the left). See parking information below.

Where to Stay

Sheraton Philadelphia University City (1 Block)
3549 Chestnut Street
(215) 387-8000

The Inn at Penn, A Hilton Hotel (2 Blocks)
3600 Sansom Street
(215) 222-0200

Spruce Hill Manor Bed & Breakfast (4 Blocks)
3709 Baring Street
(215) 472-2213

Homewood Suites by Hilton University City (6 Blocks)
4109 Walnut Street
(215) 382-1111