[My website has moved to https://serrjoa.github.io/]
Dolby Laboratories (2019-Present). Staff researcher. Audio AI team, Advanced Technology Group.
Telefónica R&D (2015-2019). Research scientist. Machine Learning, Data Mining and User Modeling Group.
Spanish National Research Council (2011-2015). Postdoctoral researcher. Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA-CSIC). Dept. of Learning Systems.
Max Planck Institute for Computer Science (Nov 2011-Jan 2012). Invited postdoctoral researcher. Research group on Multimedia Information Retrieval and Music Processing.
Universitat Pompeu Fabra (2006-2011). MSc candidate, PhD candidate, postdoctoral researcher, and teaching assistant. Dept. of Information and Communication Technologies. Music Technology Group.
Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (Feb-Jun 2010). Guest scientist. Research group on Nonlinear Dynamics and Time Series Analysis.
Polyphonic HMI (2005-2006). Research engineer. R&D Dept.
Enginyeria La Salle, Universitat Ramon Llull (1998-2004). Undergraduate studies. Electronics Engineering and Telecommunications Engineering (two degrees).
Journal referee: Connection Science (2007), EURASIP Journal on Advances on Signal Processing (2010), IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing (2011), Journal of New Music Research (2012-2014), Journal of Intelligent Information Systems (2012), Artificial Intelligence (2013-2014), IEEE Trans. on Audio, Speech and Language Processing (2013-2014), IEEE Trans. on Multimedia (2014-2015), Knowledge and Information Systems (2014), PLoS ONE (2014), Information Sciences (2014), EURASIP Journal on Audio, Speech, and Music Processing (2015), ACM Trans. on Multimedia Computing, Communications, and Applications (2015-2016), Mathematical Problems in Engineering (2016), Knowledge-Based Systems (2017).
--- Since 2017, I am not reviewing for journals that have publication or article access paywalls.
Conference reviewer or area chair: ISMIR (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), ICMC (2009, 2010), SMC (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), ICASSP (2011, 2012, 2013, 2016), ACM-MM (2013, 2014), AES (2013), TRI (2015), UbiComp (2015), AAAI (2016, 2017, 2018), ICWSM (2017), NIPS-ML4Audio (2017), CCIA (2018), KDD (2019), IJCAI (2019), NeurIPS (2020, 2021), ICLR (2021, 2022), ICML (2021, 2022), INTERSPEECH (2021, 2022).
--- Since 2018, I am not reviewing for conferences that have publication or article access paywalls.
Conference organization: MIRUM (2011, 2012), SMC 2010, IberSpeech 2018, DLBCN (2018, 2019, 2021).
Research funding agencies: CONICYT (2017).
Member of the ELLIS Society (2022).
Others: Panelist at AAAI Doctoral Consortium (2012), reviewer for MIT Technology Review - Innovators under 35 (2018), advisor at bcn.ai (2018-2020).
Merits, Awards & Competitive Grants
Best student paper nomination to Santi Pascual for our paper on "Learning problem-agnostic speech representations using multiple self-supervised tasks". Conf. of the Int. Speech Comm. Assoc., (INTERSPEECH), 2019.
Juan de la Cierva Incorporación postdoctoral fellowship (IJCI-2014-19901; Ranked 1/58). Spanish Government, Spanish Ministry for Economy and Competitiveness, 2015. Declined.
Top 1% performer (Ranked 11/1528) in the Kaggle AXA Driver Telematics Analytics challenge, 2015.
Best paper award for our paper "Cognitive prognosis of acquired brain injury patients using machine learning techniques". Int. Conf. on Advanced Cognitive Technologies and Applications (COGNITIVE), 2013.
Best-in-class award in the 2012 Music Information Retrieval Evaluation eXchange contest (MIREX12 Structure Segmentation task).
Knowledge transfer award in the Information and Communication Technologies area (PhD thesis modality). Board of Trustees of Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 2011.
European doctorate mention. Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 2011.
JAE-DOC postdoctoral grant (JAEDOC069/2010). Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC, Spanish National Research Council), 2011-2014.
Best-in-class award in the 2010 Music Information Retrieval Evaluation eXchange contest (MIREX10 Audio Classical Composer Identification task).
One to six month grant for PhD students and junior researchers (A/09/96235). Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD, German Academic Exchange Service), 2010.
Predoctoral scholarship for short research stays abroad (BE-DGR-2009). Catalan Government, Agency for Administration of University and Research Grants (AGAUR), 2010. Declined.
Best-in-class awards in the 2009 Music Information Retrieval Evaluation eXchange contest (MIREX09 Audio Cover Song Identification task and MIREX09 Audio Classical Composer Identification task).
Best-in-class award in the 2008 Music Information Retrieval Evaluation eXchange contest (MIREX08 Audio Cover Song Identification task).
Best-in-class award in the 2007 Music Information Retrieval Evaluation eXchange contest (MIREX07 Audio Cover Song Identification task).
R+D+I scholarship. Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 2006-2010.
Selected Media Appearances of Our Work
[Sorry for the broken links, I promise these all worked at some point]
An artificial intelligence that does not forget what it learns (2018) --- BlogThinkBig, TechWorld News.
Just four tweets can reveal the identity of an anonymous troll (2018) --- New Scientist, Comm. of the ACM.
¡Sistemas de recomendación en forma! (2018) --- BlogThinkBig.
Note onset deviations as musical piece signatures (2013) --- Ara.
The computer as music critic (2012) --- NYTimes, ACIA Nodes.
Measuring the evolution of contemporary western popular music (2012) --- Nature Asia, TVE (Informativos, min 42:30) [Local link], Antena3 (Telediario, part 3, min 3:40), La Vanguardia, El País, Scientific American, The Economist (Babbage), Onda Cero (Herrera en la Onda), Reuters, CNet, UPF e-Notícies, stern.de, Cadena SER (La ventana), RNE (En Días Como Hoy), The Guardian, Daily Mail, The Telegraph, The Australian, Welt, Hindustan Times, Corriere della Sera, FranceTV Info, ... Also highlighted in Nature.com.
Identification of versions of the same musical composition by processing audio descriptions (2011) --- UPF e-Notícies.
MTG Technology (2010) --- TVE (Tres 14, min 19).
Unsupervised detection of cover song sets: accuracy improvement and original identification (2010) --- UPF e-Notícies.
Cross recurrence quantification for cover song identification (2009) --- COM Radio (Extraradi), Diario ABC, Science Daily, Innovations-report, PhysOrg, SINC, Asian News Int., ...