Prof. Sergi Jorda

Head, Music & Advanced Interaction (MAIN) team and Music Technology Group, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain

Dr. Sergi Jordà holds a B.S. in Fundamental Physics (1986) and a PhD in Computer Science and Digital Communication (2005). He is a senior researcher at the Music Technology Group of Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, where he directs the Music & Advanced Interaction (MAIn) team, and an Associate Professor in the same university, where he obtained his tenure-track position in 2011, and where he teaches courses in Computer Music, Audio Signal Processing, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), and Interactive Media.

During his undergraduate years in the 1980s, he discovered computer programming and decided to fully devote himself to live computer music. Throughout the 1990s he conceived and developed award winning interactive installations and multimedia performances, in collaboration with internationally renowned Catalan artists such as Marcel·lí Antúnez or La Fura dels Baus.

Back in the academia since the late 1990s, his current main research interests are in the confluence of HCI and tangible and musical interaction, in the application of novel interactive techniques in education, and in the possibilities of augmented communication using tabletops and brain computer interfaces. He has authored more than 20 articles
in journals and book chapters, more than 50 peer-reviewed conference papers, as well as given more than 20 invited presentations and keynote talks.

Sergi Jorda is the founder and head of the “Music and Multimodal Interaction” (MMI) lab within the Music Technology Group (MTG) at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in Barcelona. His current interests combine research from the fields of Human Computer Interaction, Music Information Research, Machine Learning and Physiological Computing, aiming at the development of the next generation of multimodal interactive expressive interfaces, also addressing the needs of the new creative industries. He currently continues to explore the applications of artificial intelligence into computational creativity (with a focus on Deep Learning techniques and music applications), covering also other application domains such as Virtual Reality, music education and well-aging.

Jorda has received several international awards, including the Ciutat de Barcelona (1999 and 2007) and the prestigious Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica (2008). He is best known as one of the inventors of the Reactable, a tabletop musical instrument that accomplished mass popularity after being integrated in Icelandic artist Bjork’s 2007-08 world tour Volta, and since 2009 he is one of the founding partners of the spin-off company Reactable Systems.

Selected publications:

  • Haki, B., and Jorda, S. (2019). A Bassline Generation System Based on Sequence-to-Sequence Learning. Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression.
  • Gómez-Marín, D., Jordà, S. and Herrera P. (2018) Drum Rhythm Spaces: From Global Models to Style-Specific Maps. In: Aramaki M., Davies M., Kronland-Martinet R., Ystad S. (eds) Music Technology with Swing. CMMR 2017. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 11265. Springer, Cham.
  • Ó Nuanáin, C., Herrera, and Jordà, S. (2017). Rhythmic Concatenative Synthesis for Electronic Music: Techniques, Implementation, and Evaluation. Computer Music Journal 2017 41:2, 21-37.
  • Faraldo, A., Jordà, S., & Herrera, P. (2017). A multi-profile method for key estimation in EDM. In Audio Engineering Society Conference: 2017 AES International Conference on Semantic Audio. Audio Engineering Society.
  • Jordà, S., Geiger, G., Alonso, M., and Kaltenbrunner, M. (2007). The reacTable: exploring the synergy between live music performanc and tabletop tangible interfaces. In Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Tangible and embedded interaction (pp. 139-146). ACM.

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