Joint Seminar between Austria (FWF) and Taiwan (MOST):
Culture- and Location-aware Music Recommendation and Retrieval

Date: February 22-24, 2016
Location: Academia Sinica,
Taipei, Taiwan

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Research and development in music information retrieval (MIR) and music recommender systems has seen a remarkable increase during the last couple of years, driven by academia and industry alike  (e.g., Spotify, Deezer, or Pandora). While the need for user-centric approaches in these fields was highlighted several times, little effort has been devoted to the study of culture- and location-specific differences between users when accessing possibly huge music collections. Investigating such differences will likely pave the way for improvements in respective music access systems. Addressing this lack of research, the joint seminar will foster the exchange of ideas and will shed light on the subject matter from several perspectives. In particular, we will contemplate novel approaches in music retrieval and music recommender systems in the context of different cultural background and locations of users.



Johannes Kepler University, Linz
University of Innsbruck
Vienna University of Technology


Academia Sinica, Taipei
National Taiwan University, Taipei
National Chengchi University, Taipei


Day 1: Workshop

Day 2: Forum

Day 3: Networking


Austrian coordinator:

Markus Schedl
Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU), Department of Computational Perception
E-Mail: markus [dot] schedl [at] jku [dot] at

Taiwanese coordinator:

Yi-Hsuan Yang
Academia Sinica, Research Center for IT Innivation (CITI), Music and Audio Computing (MAC) Lab
E-Mail: yang [at] citi [dot] sinica [dot] edu [dot] tw

last edited by ms on Feb 22, 2016