The SUTD Audio Research Group  is hiring!

1. Postdoc Fellow. Music emotion classification and auto labelling.
2. PhD Student. Audio Research.

1. Postdoc Fellow. Music emotion classification and auto labelling

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Project Title
An audio content based semantic emotional music search algorithm


The purpose of this project is to develop an algorithm that can search for semantic music from its audio content with machine learning technique. User can search for music on a 2D emotional plane, with semantic keywords, or by their own biofeedback. The global digital music sale was US$6.9 billion in 2014. There was a huge 39% increase in the music subscription business model, which is now the key driver of the global music market. People subscribe for music service for a wide variety of music choice. For example, they are not just looking for a particular music title, but they need 100 energetic songs for jogging. So they need music suggestion. They need a powerful music search tool. Currently the available music search engines can only search with manually created label such as music title. We plan to launch a start-up company, sell the music search service in a freemium subscription business model. We will also use the algorithm to develop specialized apps for different customer segments such as car manufacturers.
This is a new 1.5-year project funded by Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART).
We aim for publication as well as commercialisation. The goal is to spin-off with the patented technology and launch a startup business. We expect the postdoc to participate/lead the spin-off company after we complete this project.

Skill requirement

  1. Audio information retrieval (e.g. MFCC, LPC, FFT, formant analysis, temporal feature analysis).
  2. Machine learning (e.g. Deep neural network, Bayesian network, SVM, HMM, PCA) and statistical analysis.
  3. Some knowledge in affective computing (e.g. emotion, semantics, EEG, EKG, Skin conductance).
  4. (Optional) experience in mobile app programming (web or native app, in any programming language).

Contract duration
1.5 year. Expect to start at 1-Oct-2016.

To Apply: please send your CV to Dr. Simon LUI: simon_lui [at]


2. PhD Student. Audio research

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About the SUTD PhD Programme: here
Application Deadline: Recruitment will continue until all positions are filled
Commencement Date: Jan or Sep
Residency: 3-5 years, Full-time

Dr. Simon LUI, from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), The Pilliar of Information System Technology and Design (ISTD), is now looking for PhD student(s) to work on any interesting topic in audio research.

The SUTD Audio Research Group
Successful candidate will be working with the SUTD audio research group (ARG). The SUTD ARG is a brand new group formed by young and energetic faculties/researchers with strong passion on novel and pioneer audio research. We are in close collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU), The National University of Singapore (NUS), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), and Purdue University Calumet. We also have various industry partners including Apple Inc, SingTel, HTC Singapore, Sennheiser, as well as close connection with the music production individuals.

A highly competitive package will be offered. As an example, here it is the package received by the three Ph.D. students in the SUTD Audio Research Group.

  1. Full tuition fees
  2. Monthly stipend of SG$3,000
  3. Annual conference funding support
  4. Opportunities for overseas research attachments
  5. Research Project Funded by the SUTD Audio Research Group

Please find the full list of scholarships:

To Apply
For further discussion, please send a CV to Dr. Simon LUI: simon_lui [at]

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