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Workshop on optical music recognition

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This workshop is organized by CIRMMT Research Axis 3 (Musical Information Retrieval, Archiving, and Analysis). It will take place on March 27, 2011, from 9:30am-1:00pm in A832 (New Music Building). This workshop is free and open to all. Registration is required.

  • Research Workshop
When Mar 27, 2011
from 09:30 AM to 01:00 PM
Where A832, New Music Building, 527 Sherbrooke St. West.
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Registration is mandatory as seating is limited, and is on a first-come first-served basis (30-35 seats): Workshop on optical music recognition - Registration form


This workshop is organized in conjunction with the Renaissance Society of America meeting held in Montreal this year (March 24-26), where several papers using optical music recognition (OMR) technology will be presented. In this workshop a brief history, the current state, and the future of OMR technology will be discussed including its impact on music research in general.


  • John Ashley Burgoyne, McGill University
  • Daniel Donnelly, McGill University
  • Julie Cumming, McGill University
  • Richard Freedman, Haverford College
  • Andrew Hankinson, McGill University
  • Alastair Porter, McGill University
  • Laurent Pugin, RISM Switzerland
  • Gabriel Vigliensoni, McGill University
  • Susan Weiss, Johns Hopkins University


  • 9:30 - Light breakfast
  • 10:00 - Introduction and brief history of optical music recognition (OMR) research
  • 10:10 - Ichiro Fujinaga: Brief history and overview of Gamera
  • 10:20 - Laurent Pugin: Brief history and overview of Aruspix
  • 10:30 - John Ashley Burgoyne, Laurent Pugin and Ichiro Fuginaga: Brief overview of past OMR-related research at McGill (binarization, cost reduction, border detection, lyric extraction, etc.)
  • 10:40 - Andrew Hankinson: BagIt: Packaging music
  • 10:50 - Andrew Hankinson: Music Encoding Initiative (MEI) and OMR
  • 11:00 - John Ashley Burgoyne: Overview of the Liber Project
  • 11:10 - Gabriel Vigliensoni: Training Gamera
  • 11:20 - Alastair Porter: Neumatic editor
  • 11:30 - Coffee
  • 12:00 - Daniel Donnelly and Andrew Hankinson: Training dataset for optical music recognition of early printed music sources
  • 12:10 - Laurent Pugin: Future of RISM and Aruspix
  • 12:20 - Ichiro Fujinaga: Future of Gamera and beyond
  • 12:20-13:00 - Open discussion with Julie Cumming, Richard Freedman, and Susan Weiss
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