Dr. Hendrik Purwins, Associate Prof., Dipl.-Math.

Mountain View
In the music hall of the Ali Qapu Palace.

Before joining the Audio Analysis Lab and the Sound and Music Computing group at AAU in Copenhagen in August 2013, I have been researcher at Neurotechnology Group and the Machine Learning Group at Technische Universität Berlin where I worked on the discovery of neural correlates of music and 3D vision. Before I had been lecturer at theMusic Technology Group at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. I have also been head of research and development at PMC Technologies. I have been visiting researcher at Perception and Sound Design Team, IRCAM, CCRMA, Stanford, Auditory Lab, McGill, and visiting professor at UPF. I have obtained my PhD "Profiles of Pitch Classes" at the Neural Information Processing Group at Technische Universität Berlin, receiving a scholarship from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (by then only awarded to the 0.5 % best students in Germany). Before that I studied mathematics at Universität Bonn and Universität Münster, completing a diploma in pure mathematics (all grades 'A'). Starting with playing the violin at age of 7, I have played several string quartet and orchestra concerts during my mandatory military service with the professional German head quarters chamber orchestra. I have (co-)authored 80+ scientific papers. I am first author of three articles with a JCR impact factor of 14. I am responsible for the admission of research grants worth more than 800 000 Euros ( full CV).


Research Interests

In general, my research hypothesis can be stated as: Music perception and cognition can be modelled as a statistical procedure. In particular I am working on:

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