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I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science, head of the Music Informatics Research Group and a member of the Machine Learning Group, Director of Postgraduate Studies, Technical Stream. I work on Machine Learning methods for data analysis with applications in audio, music, health and education. Before I joined City I was a researcher and coordinator of the MUSITECH project at the Research Department of Music and Media Technology at the University of Osnabrück. I hold degrees in Computer Science, Music, and Mathematics and obtained my PhD in Music Technology on the topic of on combining knowledge and machine learning in the automatic analysis of rhythms. I am is an associated member of the Institute of Cognitive Science and the Research Department of Music and Media Technology of the University of Osnabrück. I am co-author of the educational software "Computer Courses in Music Ear Training" Published by Schott Music, which received the Comenius Medal for Exemplary Educational Media in 2000 and co-editor of the Osnabrück Series on Music and Computation. Tillman was a consultant to the NEUMES project at Harvard University and I am a member of the MPEG Ad-Hoc-Group on Symbolic Music Representation (SMR), working on the integration of SMR into MPEG-4. I was the principal investigator at City in the music e-learning project i-Maestro which was supported by the European Commission (FP6). I currently work on methods for automatic music analysis and transcription, audio-based similarity and recommendation, Semantic Web representations for music and general applications of audio processing and machine learning in industry and science. I have received funding from the AHRC for the Digital Transformations Project Digital Music Lab - Analysing Big Music Data (DML), a joint project with the British Library, Queen Mary University of London, University College London, and I Like Music. More recently we started the AHRC Amplification Project on An Integrated Audio-Symbolic Model of Music Similarity where we apply the results from the DML. I am also engaged as a co-investigator in a project funded by Innovate UK (formerly Technology Strategy Board) and EPSRC on Advancing Consumer Protection Through Machine Learning: Reducing Harm in Gambling.


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