The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) a $390,000 grant for Professor J. Stephen Downie to lead the “Music Information Retrieval Evaluation eXchange: Next Generation” (MIREX: NG) project,” which runs from 1 October 2011 through 31 December 2013.


Since 2005, Downie has directed MIREX from his International Music Information Retrieval Systems Evaluation Laboratory (IMIRSEL) at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at UIUC. MIREX allows music information retrieval (MIR) researchers to come together to investigate how well their innovative MIR algorithms perform. MIREX has played a pivotal role in the growth and success of the MIR research community, having performed more than 1200 evaluations of algorithms across 23 unique task categories.


In partnership with experts from Ithaka S+R, the MIREX: NG project will allow Downie to develop formal models for the financial and administrative sustainability of MIREX. Once the organizational structures have been created, the partners will work with the MIR community to finalize, and then implement, a sustainable business plan model to ensure the long term vitality of MIREX.


For more information, contact J. Stephen Downie.



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