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SMART COGSCI 2015 : Music Cognition: Where Computational and Cognitive Models Meet (Part of SMART Cognitive Science: the Amsterdam Conference)


When Mar 27, 2015 - Mar 28, 2015
Where Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Submission Deadline Jan 4, 2015
Categories    cognitive science   artificial intelligence   computational modelling

Call For Papers

Call for Abstracts

Music Cognition: Where Computational and Cognitive Models Meet

Location & Organisation

University of Amsterdam
The Netherlands
25–26 March 2015

Organisers: John Ashley Burgoyne and M. Paula Roncaglia-Denissen
Advising committee: Henkjan Honing, Aline Honingh and Makiko Sadakata

Important Dates

· 4 January 2015: Deadline to submit abstracts
· 15 January 2015: Notification of acceptance


Music is a complex human phenomenon, motivating researchers to develop a wide variety of models to understand it. Scholars have been developing and revising musical models for more than two thousand years, ranging from the intervallic theories of Pythagoras to the models for large-scale music data mining used at music intelligence companies such as Spotify and Deezer. Different types of models have been developed to suit different academic purposes, including a number of cognitive models (Deutsch & Feroe, 1981; Koelsch, 2011; Lerdahl & Jackendoff, 1983; Narmour, 1992; Peretz & Coltheart, 2003) and a number of computational models of music cognition (Wiggins, Pearce, & Müllensiefen, 2009; Temperley, 2007; Honing, 2006), and at times, partisans of one model have criticized alternative models for the ways in which they are inevitably wrong or inadequate.

The study of music cognition has been a notable flashpoint in these debates, specifically whether ‘cognitive’ or ‘computational’ models are most appropriate and where to draw the boundary between them (Volk & Honingh, JMM special issue 2012). Such polemics may well have resulted in missed collaborations among researchers with the common goal of understanding the mechanisms underlying music cognition. This workshop aims to uncover new areas where cognitive models and computational models of music cognition could profit from one another, promoting a better understanding of music as a human phenomenon and improving the communication between music cognitive and computational scientists.

This workshop will feature keynote presentations, tutorials on computational and cognitive modelling (by the keynote speakers), and oral presentations. We welcome submissions for oral presentations (see submission guidelines).

Keynote Speakers

· Marcus Pearce (Queen Mary, University of London)
· Stefan Koelsch (Freie Universität Berlin)

Submission Guidelines

We invite abstract submissions on topics relating to computational and/or cognitive models of 200 to 400 words (not including references) in PDF or plain text. Please send your abstract to by 4 January 2015, 23:59 (GMT) with “SMART workshop submission” in the subject header.

This workshop on Music Cognition is embedded in the SMART Cognitive Science International workshop. For more information, see

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