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LTU CS student stuns the world with a novel method of music analysis

LTU Computer Science student Joe George has been studying computational methods for analyzing music. With assistance from LTU faculty, he digitally processed songs and albums of some well-known popular music bands, and applied novel computational tools to study the machine perception of their music, quantifying the differences between their albums. By doing that he was able to make a dramatic scientific breakthrough, demonstrating that computers can profile the progression of the artistic styles of popular music bands. For instance, his algorithm was able to sort all of the Beatles albums in their chronological order by just processing the music data, and without using any information other than the sound itself.

The work published in the scientific journal “Pattern Recognition Letters” –  one of the world’s most prestigious machine learning journal. It was also featured by numerous articles published in the world’s premier popular press such as NBC News, Discovery, Scientific American, Science, Yahoo News, Bloomberg Business Week, and many more, including daily newspaper and TV stations all over the world, from Trinidad to Kazakhstan.


LTU wins $293K grant for computer and information science education

LTU received a $293K grant for developing innovative educational programs that will embed actual information science research in its undergraduate programs. The undergraduate research will be interdisciplinary, and in the first stage will combine computer science research with art, biology, and psychology. The unique education programs aims at changing core courses such that instead of focusing on lectures, assignments, and exams, the students will have the opportunity to learn the foundations of these disciplines by conducting actual research using computational and information science tools.

Previous studies, including the US President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PACT), show that participation in research is a primary contributor to student engagement and student satisfaction, and consequently to student retention in STEM disciplines. It is therefore expected that research-based education will gradually offer an alternative to the traditional lecture-based education. The new LTU programs will utilize the power of undergraduate research experience and will make research accessible to a broad population of students as part of their formal education.  According to the program computer science students and students from other disciplines will team up to tackle scientific questions using computer methodologies that have not been applied before to these problems with the goal of making new discoveries in the field.

In addition to research experience, the new programs will provide knowledge and experience in information science also to non-computer science students. That experience will improve computer literacy and enhance the computer skills of students who do not have computer science as their major, but their efficacy as professionals in their discipline can be substantially improved by having strong computer skills and ability to solve problems using computational tools.

LTU was one of 14 colleges and universities selected by AACU (Association of American Colleges and Universities) as recipient of the grant from almost 200 academic institutes that participated in the competition.



Official AACU press release