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Institute: Centre for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience
Work at the Centre for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience, University of Plymouth, is aimed at applying rigorous quantitative approaches, including mathematical and computational modelling and psychophysics, to study how information is represented, processed, and stored in the brain, in perception and action. Special areas of study include: visual and auditory perception; sensorimotor control, in particular oculomotor control; and mathematical and computational modelling of the neural circuitry underlying perception and action. Academic staff in the Centre currently include: Prof Roman Borisyuk; Prof Mike Denham; Dr Susan Denham; Dr Daniel Durstewitz; Prof Chris Harris; and Dr Thomas Wennekers. The research in this area was deemed to have attained a level of international excellence in the 2001 UK Research Assessment Exercise, as part of the Psychology and Computer Science submissions from the University, which were both rated 5.
The Centre has dedicated laboratories for psychophysical experiments in vision, audition and sensorimotor control, and a 64-channel system for the measurement and analysis of high-resolution electroencephalography (EEG) and evoked potential (EP) signals, together with visual and auditory stimulus presentation equipment. It also has access to the 1.5T fMRI research facility within the Peninsula Medical School, which is equipped to carry out visual and auditory experiments. The Centre has a number of dedicated high-performance computers for modelling and simulation, including a Compaq ES45 AlphaServer multiprocessor computer running True64 Unix, with NEURON and Matlab software. The Centre is collocated with the Department of Psychology, the School of Biological Sciences and the Peninsula Medical School and has its own seminar and library space, as well as offices for academic staff, research students and visiting academics.
Eduardo Reck Miranda leads the University's Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research, which focuses on the development of intelligent systems for musical composition and interaction.
Groups: Computational Neuroscience Group, Music Technology Group
The Fundació Barcelona Media Universitat Pompeu Fabra (FBM-UPF) is a non-profit organisation set up by Universitat Pompeu Fabra at the beginning of 2002 to promote innovation projects and technology transfer of the communication areas of Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Acknowledging its success, it has recently become a Technology Centre supported by the Catalan government to drive the competitiveness of the media industry by further promoting innovation initiatives and projects.
The Computational Neuroscience Group, directed by Prof. Gustavo Deco, investigates mechanisms of human visual cognition underlying the intelligent and flexible analysis of complex visual scenes. The group builds models of the neuronal mechanisms of visual attention and investigate how attention is controlled by the interplay between conflict detection/management and short term memory. This approach follows the hypothesis that cognitive phenomena like visual information selection, reasoning and decision making about which information to select, are generated by the mutual recurrent influences and interactions between brain areas related to visual perception, conflict detection, learning and memory. The group also applies computational neuroscience based techniques in other cognitive areas, like psycholinguistics.
The Music Technology Group (MTG) will also participate in this project. MTG was created in 1994 by its current director, Dr. Xavier Serra, as one of the research groups of the Audiovisual Institute (IUA), a centre for interdisciplinary research in the different areas of Audiovisual Communication. The MTG is currently working on many publicly funded projects, both at the EU and national levels; and privately funded projects with companies like Yamaha, SGAE, Telefónica I+D, Roland, Tape Gallery and DUY. The MTG participates in the following European projects,: CUIDADO (development of technologies for content-based products and services using the emerging MPEG-7 standard), RAA (automatic audio recognition methodology for broadcast monitoring), OPENDRAMA (definition, development and integration of a novel platform to author rich cross-media digital objects of lyric opera and other vocal dramatic music), AGNULA (A GNU Linux Audio distribution with software applications and development platforms related with sound and music to be part of Red-Hat and Debian Linux distributions), and MOSART (a research network in the area of sound and music computing). Other relevant projects are AUDIOCLAS (sound effects classification and retrieval, Eureka E! 2668), TABASCO (content-based audio transformation, TIC-2000-1094- C02-01), AIDA (Audio Analysis and Identification, SGAE: Spanish Authors Society), SIMAC (Semantic Interaction with Music Audio Contents), SEMANTIC HIFI (Browsing, Listening, Interacting, Performing, Sharing on Future HIFI Systems) HARMOS (European Multilingual Digital Data Collection for Multimedia Content in Music Heritage) and S2S2 (Sound to Sense, Sense to Sound). The MTG organized ISMIR 2004 (5th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval) and ICMC 2005 (International Computer Music Conference).
Institute: MTAPI Általános Lélektani Osztály (Department of General Psychology of the Institute for Psychology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
MTAPI (Director: Prof. Dr. István Czigler; http://www.mtapi.hu/bemutatkozas.htm) is a non-profit centralized research institute financed by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The research program of the Department of General Psychology (the Department; Head: Dr. István Winkler; http://www.mtapi.hu/altalanos.htm) includes human visual and auditory perception, attention, and memory with the focus on object-related perceptual processing. The central questions addressed in both sensory modalities are: 1) How do humans structure incoming sensory information (temporal integration, feature binding, sequential and spatial grouping, stream segregation and object formation, contextual effects); 2) What kind of resources are used in various stages of the processes leading to the veridical perception of distal objects (reliance on sensory, working, and long-term memory, pre-attentive and attentive processes, the effects of task-load and time constraints); 3) Developmental aspects of the above questions (are there innate processes in organizing the sensory input, changes in grouping processes in childhood and with aging). Investigation of the above-described topics is mainly conducted with behavioural and electrophysiological methods. Presently, the department includes four senior researchers, a post-doc researcher, two PhD students, a technician, and two research assistants.
The Department has two fully equipped laboratories for behavioural and electrophysiological research. The laboratories have electrically shielded and sound-attenuated chambers, equipment for auditory and visual stimulation, 32/40-channel state-of-the-art EEG recording (NeuroScan), general-purpose computers and both commercial and custom-made ERP analysis software. One of the laboratories will be available with priority to the proposed project. The research assistants will recruit subjects and the technician will provide any help needed to conduct the experiments.
Institute: Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC)
The Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (Music Cognition Group) is a research institute of the Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA), in which researchers from the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences collaborate. ILLC's central research area is the study of fundamental principles of encoding, transmission and comprehension of information. Emphasis is on natural and formal languages, but other information carriers, such as images and music, are studied as well. Research at ILLC is interdisciplinary, and aims at bringing together insights from various disciplines concerned with information and information processing, such as linguistics, logic, computer science, cognitive science, artificial intelligence and philosophy. The group's expertise is in topics such as rhythmic categorization, tempo tracking and beat induction: temporal aspects that are fundamental to any system of musical cognition. The concepts, methods, and visualizations that have been developed at UvA/ILLC will provide significant support for the research aims of this proposal.