ISE575b
CSCI575b
EE675b
PSYCH675

 
  Topics in Engineering Approaches to Music Cognition
2003-2007   Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
University of Southern California Andrew and Erna Viterbi School of Engineering


Instructor: Elaine Chew ( echew (at) usc.edu )
GER 241, (213) 8.212.414
Description: This course surveys computational research in music cognition, each semester focusing on a particular topic, such as expressive performance, composition and improvisation, and computational analysis.
Text: Selected technical papers from current literature.
Pre-requisites: Graduate standing in engineering or by instructor's consent.
Programming experience (C++ or Java) and/or formal music knowledge desirable.
Open Courseware: [ 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003 ]


A Brief History...

An experimental course surveying engineering approaches to music perception and cognition was proposed in the Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California in 2002, and offered in Spring 2003.

2003 (Spring): ISE 599 Engineering Approaches to Music Perception and Cognition [ syllabus'03, projects'03 ]

2004 (Spring): ISE 599 Engineering Approaches to Music Perception and Cognition [ syllabus'04, projects'04 ]

The course received a permanent course number with cross listing in three departments, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science, in 2004. It was also approved as an elective for credit towards the Masters degree programs in Multimedia and Creative Technologies (EE-MCT and CSCI-MCT), and the Integrated Media Systems Center's Masters degree in Integrated Media Systems. The titled was modified to focus on engineering approaches to music cognition.

2005 (Spring): ISE 575 / CSCI 575 / EE 675 Engineering Approaches to Music Cognition [ syllabus'05, projects'05 ]

The course was additionally cross-listed as PSYCH 675 in 2005, and guest lectures branched out as a separate series (see the Viterbi Early Career Chair Lecture Series). The title was changed to emphasize the new topical orientation of the course. A special topics course was offered in 2006 while awaiting approval for ISE/CSCI/EE/PSYCH 575/675 to be changed to a [ 3 units, 9 max ] option. The change is vehemently opposed by certain members of the engineering curriculum committee who view this as a dilution of their curriculum.

2006 (Spring): ISE 599 Topics in Engineering Approaches to Music Cognition
Computational Modeling of Expressive Performance [ syllabus'06, projects'06 ]

After much persistence, the change to [ 3 units, 9 max ] was finally approved in Spring 2006. Due to a transcription error, the course is listed as [ 3 units, 6 max ]. Nine months have passed and numerous email requests for the correction ignored; we are still waiting for the correct listing. Meanwhile, the EE-MCT degree program is terminated by the host department in Fall 2006, and the first official Topics course takes place Spring 2007:

2007 (Spring): ISE 575 Topics in Engineering Approaches to Music Cognition
Human-Centered Computing for Generating Music [ syllabus'06 ]

Updated 11 Jan 2007.