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Anja Volk holds masters degrees in both Mathematics (1998) and Musicology (1996) and a PhD in the field of computational musicology (2002) from Humboldt University Berlin, Germany. Her area of specialisation is the development and application of computational and mathematical models for music research. The results of her research have substantially contributed to areas such as music information retrieval, computational musicology, digital cultural heritage, music cognition, and mathematical music theory. In 2003 she has been awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship Award from the Women in Science and Engineering Program at the University of Southern California, USA and worked two years at the university's Music Computation and Cognition Laboratory (2003-2005). In 2006 she joined Utrecht University as a Postdoc in the CATCH-WITCHCRAFT project in the area of Music Information Retrieval. In 2010 she has been awarded a highly prestigious NWO-VIDI grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, which allowed her to start her own research group. Her current project ‘Modelling musical similarity over time through the variation principle’  (MUSIVA) investigates music similarity in an interdisciplinary manner comprising Music Information Retrieval, Musicology and Cognitive Science.

In 2012 Anja has been nominated by NWO to join "AcademiaNet: Profiles of Leading Women Scientists" in Europe, a database of renowned female professors and distinguished researchers. She is a board member of the International Society for Mathematics and Computation in Music (SMCM) and of the Computational advisory board of the Lorentz Center, International center for workshops in the sciences.  She was co-organizer of the interdisciplinary workshop Music similariy: concepts, cognition, and computation with internationally renowned researchers from Computer Science, Cognitive Science and Musicology at the Lorentz center in Leiden in 2015, and of the workshop Computational Ethnomusicology: Methodologies for a New Field in 2017. She served as Program Co-Chair of the 5th Biennal International Conference on Mathematics and Computation in Music 2015, London.  In 2017 she co-organized the launch of the Transactions of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval, the open access journal of the ISMIR society at Ubiquity press, and is serving as co-Editor-in-Chief for the journal's first term. 

Scientific expertise
bridging science and humanities research
music information retrieval
mathematical music theory
computational musicology
computational humanities
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All publications
  2016 - Scholarly publications
Boot, Peter, Volk, A. & de Haas, W.B. (2016). Evaluating the Role of Repeated Patterns in Folk Song Classification and Compression. Journal of New Music Research, 45 (3), (pp. 223-238) (16 p.).
Koops, Hendrik Vincent, de Haas, W.B., Bountouridis, D. & Volk, A. (2016). Integration And Quality Assessment Of Heterogeneous Chord Sequences Using Data Fusion. International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (pp. 178-184) (7 p.).
de Haas, W.B. & Volk, A. (09.08.2016). Meter Detection in Symbolic Music Using Inner Metric Analysis. International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (pp. 441) (447 p.). New York.
Volk, A., Chew, Elaine, Margulis, Elizabeth Hellmuth & Anagnostopoulou, Christina (2016). Special Issue: Music similarity: Concepts, Cognition and Computation. Journal of New Music Research, 45 (3).
  2015 - Scholarly publications
Janssen, Berit, van Kranenburg, Peter & Volk, A. (2015). A comparison of symbolic similarity measures for finding occurrences of melodic segments. Proceedings of the 16th ISMIR Conference, Málaga, Spain, October 26-30, 2015 (pp. 659-665). Malaga, Spain: ISMIR press.
Koops, Hendrik Vincent, Volk, A. & de Haas, W.B. (26.10.2015). Corpus-Based Rhythmic Pattern Analysis of Ragtime Syncopation. In Meinard Müller & Frans Wiering (Eds.), Proceedings of the 16th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference, ISMIR 2015 (pp. 483-489) (7 p.). Málaga, Spain: ISMIR press.
Rodríguez López, M.E. & Volk, A. (2015). Location Constraints for Repetition-Based Segmentation of Melodies. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference in Mathematics and Computation in Music (MCM) (pp. 73-84) (12 p.). Springer.
Collins, Tom, Meredith, David & Volk, A. (2015). Mathematics and Computation in Music - 5th International Conference, MCM 2015, London, UK, June 22-25, 2015, Proceedings. (392 p.). Springer International Publishing.
Rodríguez López, M.E., Bountouridis, D. & Volk, A. (2015). Novel Music Segmentation Interface and the Jazz Tune Collection. Proceedings of the 5th International Workshop on Folk Music Analysis (pp. 99-105) (7 p.). Paris: CNRS.
Rodríguez López, M.E. & Volk, A. (2015). On the Evaluation of Automatic Segment Boundary Detection. Music, Mind, Embodiment - Proceedings of the 11th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research (CMMR) (pp. 234-246) (14 p.). Plymouth: LMA publications.
Rodríguez López, M.E. & Volk, A. (2015). Selective Acquisition Techniques for Enculturation-Based Melodic Phrase Segmentation. Proceedings of the 16th Conference of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR) (pp. 218-224) (7 p.). Malaga: ISMIR press.
  2014 - Scholarly publications
Akimoto, C., Volk, A., van Blitterswijk, M.M., van den Broeck, M., Leblond, C.S., Lumbroso, S., Camu, W., Neitzel, B., Onodera, O., van Rheenen, W., Pinto, S., Weber, M, Smith, B., Proven, M., Talbot, K., Keagle, P., Chesi, A., Ratti, A., van der Zee, J., Alstermark, H., Birve, A., Calini, D., Nordin, A., Tradowsky, D.C., Just, W., Daoud, H., Angerbauer, S., Dejesus-Hernandez, M., Konno, T., Lloyd-Jani, A., de Carvalho, M., Mouzat, K., Landers, J.E., Veldink, J.H., Silani, V., Gitler, A.D., Shaw, C.E., Rouleau, G.A., van den Berg, L.H., van Broeckhoven, C., Rademakers, R., Andersen, P.M. & Kubisch, C. (2014). A blinded international study on the reliability of genetic testing for GGGGCC-repeat expansions in C9orf72 reveals marked differences in results among 14 laboratories. Journal of Medical Genetics, 51 (6), (pp. 419-424) (6 p.).
Rodríguez López, M.E., de Haas, Bas & Volk, Anja (2014). Comparing repetition-based melody segmentation models. Proceedings of the 9th Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology (CIM14) (pp. 143-148) (6 p.). Berlin: SIMPK and ICCMR.
Rodríguez López, M.E., Volk, Anja & Bountouridis, D. (2014). Multi-strategy Segmentation of Melodies. Proceedings of the 15th Conference of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR 2014) (pp. 207-212) (6 p.). Taipei: ISMIR press.
Volk, Anja (2014). Rhythmic patterns as constituents of the Ragtime genre. EuroMac Leuven
Rodríguez López, M.E. & Volk, Anja (2014). Symbolic Segmentation: A Corpus-Based Analysis of Melodic Phrases. Sound, Music, and Motion - Post Proceedings of the 10th international symposium, CMMR 2013 (pp. 548-557) (10 p.). Cham: Springer.
  2013 - Scholarly publications
van Kranenburg, P., Volk, A. & Wiering, F. (2013). A comparison between global and local features for computational classification of folk song melodie. Journal of New Music Research, 42 (1), (pp. 1-18) (18 p.).
Volk, A. & de Haas, W.B. (2013). A corpus-based study on ragtime syncopation. Proceedings of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference volk2013.
Jansen, B., de Haas, W.B., Volk, A. & van Kranenburg, P. (2013). Discovering repeated patterns in music: state of knowledge, challenges, perspectives. 10th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research (CMMR) janssen2013.
de Haas, W.B., Volk, A. & Wiering, F. (2013). Structural segmentation of music based on repeated harmonies. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Multimedia (pp. 255-258) (4 p.). Anaheim: IEEE.
Rodríguez López, M.E. & Volk, A. (2013). Symbolic Segmentation: A Corpus-Based Analysis of Melodic Phrases. 10th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research (CMMR) (pp. 381-388) (8 p.).
  2013 - Professional publications
Volk, A. (2013). Musikalische Variation und Ähnlichkeit: Ein Plädoyer für interdisziplinäre Musikforschung. Wahrnehmung – Erkenntnis – Vermittlung. Musikwissenschaftliche Brückenschläge. Hildesheim: Georg Olms Verlag.
  2012 - Scholarly publications
Volk, A. (2012). ICT voor muziekonderzoek: kansen en uitdagingen. SURF onderzoekdsdag 2012 SURF, VolkSURF.
Volk, A. & Honingh, A. (2012). Mathematical and computational approaches to music: challenges in an interdisciplinary enterprise. Journal of Mathematics and Music, 6 (2), (pp. 73-81) (9 p.). VolkJMM2012 Paper gepresenteerd in het symposium ‘De rol van docenten en studenten tijdens feedback in interactie’ op de Onderwijs Research Dagen (ORD), 20-22 juni.
Rodríguez López, M.E. & Volk, A. (2012). Melodic Segmentation Using the Jensen-Shannon Divergence. Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications (ICMLA) (pp. 351-356) (6 p.). IEEE.
Volk, A. & van Kranenburg, P. (2012). Melodic similarity among folk songs: An annotation study on similarity-based categorization in music. Musicae Scientiae, 16 (3), (pp. 317-339) (23 p.). VolkMS2012.
Volk, A. (2012). Modelling music similarity in MUSIVA: addressing interdisciplinary challenges of computational humanities. New Trends in e-Humanities e-Humanities Group of KNAW, VolkEHumanities.
Biro, D., van Kranenburg, P., Ness, S., Tzanetakis, G. & Volk, A. (2012). On Computational Transcription and Analysis of Candences in Oral and Semi-Oral Chant Traditions. Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Analytical Approaches To World Music, Vancouver, Canada University of British Columbia, Biro:AAWM.
van Kranenburg, P., Volk, A. & Wiering, F. (2012). On Identifying Folk Song Melodies Employing Recurring Motifs. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (pp. 1057-1062) (6 p.). Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, VanKranenburg12:ICMPC.
Volk, A. & Honingh, A.(Eds.) (2012). Special Issue: Mathematical and Computational Approaches to Music: Three Methodological Reflections. Journal of Mathematics and Music, 6 (2). Eds.)".
Biro, D., van Kranenburg, P., Ness, S., Tzanetakis, G. & Volk, A. (2012). Stability and Variation in Cadence Formulas in Oral and Semi-Oral Chant Traditions - a Computational Approach. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (pp. 98-105) (8 p.). Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Biro:ICMPC.
Volk, A., de Haas, W.B. & van Kranenburg, P. (2012). Towards Modelling Variation in Music as a Foundation for Similarity. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (pp. 1085-1094) (10 p.). Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Volk12:ICMPC.
Volk, A. (2012). Variation and data richness. 19th International Musicological Society Congress VolkIMS COST-INTIMATE workshop De Lutte.
  2011 - Scholarly publications
van Kranenburg, P., Wiering, F. & Volk, A. (2011). On Operationalizing the Musicological Concept of Tune Family for Computational Modeling. SDH 2011 Supporting Digital Humanities: Answering the unaskable Supporting Digital Humanities.
Volk, A., Wiering, F. & van Kranenburg, P. (04.07.2011). Unfolding the Potential of Computational Musicology. 13th International Conference on Informatics and Semiotics in Organisations (pp. 137-144) (8 p.). Leeuwarden, International Conference on Informatics and Semiotics in Organisations.
  2011 - Professional publications
Volk, A. (2011). Musikalische Informatik. In W. Wolfgang Auhagen (Eds.), Systematische Musikwissenschaft (Kompendien Musik, Band 9) (pp. 141-153) (13 p.). Laaber: Laaber Verlag.
  2009 - Scholarly publications
Wiering, F., Veltkamp, R.C., Garbers, J., Volk, A., van Kranenburg, P. & Grijp, L.P. (2009). Modelling Folksong Melodies. Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, 34 (2-3), (pp. 154-171) (18 p.). Wiering09:isr.
van Kranenburg, P., Volk, A., Wiering, F. & Veltkamp, R.C. (2009). Musical Models for Folk-Song Melody Alignment. Proceedings of the 10th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (pp. 507-512) (6 p.). International Society for Music Information Retrieval.
  2008 - Scholarly publications
Volk, A., Garbers, J., van Kranenburg, P., Wiering, F., Grijp, L.P. & Veltkamp, R.C. (2008). A manual annotation method for melodic similarity and the study of melody feature sets. In J.P. Bello, E. Chew & D. Turnbull (Eds.), Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Music Information Retrieval. (ISMIR) (pp. 101-106) (6 p.). Volk08:ISMIR.
de Nooijer, J., Wiering, F., Volk, A. & Tabachneck-Schijf, H.J.M. (2008). Cognition-based segmentation for music information retrieval systems. In C. Tsougras & R. Parncutt (Eds.), Proceedings of the Fourth Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology (CIM08) Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Nooijer08:CIM.
Volk, A. (2008). Persistence and Change: Local and Global Components of Meter Induction using Inner Metric Analysis. Journal of Mathematics and Music, 2:2, (pp. 99-115) (17 p.). VolkJMM.
Volk, A. & Chew, E. (2008). Reconsidering the Affinity between Metric and Tonal Structures in Brahms' Capriccio Op. 76, No. 8. Computing in Musicology, 15, (pp. 138-171) (34 p.). VolkChew European Conference on Information Systems.
  2007 - Scholarly publications
Volk, A., Garbers, J., van Kranenburg, P., Wiering, F., Grijp, L.P. & Veltkamp, R.C. (2007). Applying Rhythmic Similarity Based on Inner Metric Analysis to Folksong Research. In S. Dixon, D. Bainbridge & R. Typke (Eds.), Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Music Information Retrieval. (ISMIR) (pp. 293-296) (4 p.). Volk07:ISMIR.
Volk, A., Garbers, J., van Kranenburg, P., Wiering, F., Grijp, L.P. & Veltkamp, R.C. (2007). Comparing Computational Approaches to Rhythmic and Melodic Similarity in Folksong Research. Proceedings of the First International Conference of the Society of Mathematics and Computation in Music Volk07:MCM.
Garbers, J., Volk, A., van Kranenburg, P., Wiering, F., Grijp, L. & Veltkamp, R.C. (2007). On pitch and chord stability in folk song variation retrieval. Proceedings of the First International Conference of the Society for Mathematics and Computation in Music (to be published) Garbers07:MCM.
van Kranenburg, P., Garbers, J., Volk, A., Wiering, F., Grijp, L.P. & Veltkamp, R.C. (2007). Towards Integration of MIR and Folk Song Research. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (pp. 505-508) (4 p.). Austrian Computer Society, VanKrannenburg2007:ISMIR.
Garbers, J., van Kranenburg, P., Volk, A., Wiering, F., Grijp, L. & Veltkamp, R.C. (2007). Using Pitch Stability among a Group of Aligned Query Melodies to Retrieve Unidentified Variant Melodies. In S. Dixon, D. Bainbridge & Rainer Typke (Eds.), Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (pp. 451-456) (6 p.). Garbers07:ISMIR.
  2006 - Scholarly publications
van Kranenburg, P., Garbers, J., Volk, A., Wiering, F., Grijp, L.P. & Veltkamp, R.C. (2006). Composer Attribution by Quantifying Compositional Strategies. Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (pp. 375-376) (2 p.). University of Victoria, VanKrannenburg2006:ISMIR.
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Additional functions and activities
  • Board member of the Society for Mathematics and Computation in Music
  • Board member of the Computational advisory board of the Lorentz Center, International center for workshops in the sciences
  • Editor-in-Chief of the Transactions of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval (TISMIR)
  • Editorial board member of the Journal of New Music Research
  • Associate editor at Musicae Scientiae, Journal of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music
  • Foundig Member of the Program committee of the Women in MIR mentoring program of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval 
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