As Ben pointed out last week, the ISMIR site has posted the tutorial schedule for ISMIR 2009. I’m happy to see that the tutorial that Justin Donaldson and I proposed was accepted. Our tutorial is called Using Visualizations for Music Discovery. Here’s the abstract:
As the world of online music grows, tools for helping people find new and interesting music in these extremely large collections become increasingly important. In this tutorial we look at one such tool that can be used to help people explore large music collections: data visualization. We survey the state-of-the-art in visualization for music discovery in commercial and research systems. Using numerous examples, we explore different algorithms and techniques that can be used to visualize large and complex music spaces, focusing on the advantages and the disadvantages of the various techniques. We investigate user factors that affect the usefulness of a visualization and we suggest possible areas of exploration for future research.
I’m excited about this tutorial – mainly because I get to work with Justin on it. He’s a really smart guy who really knows the state-of-the-art in visualizations. I’ll just be tagging along for the ride.
We are in the survey phase of talk preparation now. We’ve been gathing info on various types of visualizations and tagging them with the delicious tag MusicVizIsmir2009. Feel free to tag along (pun intended) with us and tag items that you encounter that you feel may be particularly interesting, unique or salient.