Dr. Peter Knees

Assistant Professor

Vienna University of Technology
Institute of Software Technology and Interactive Systems
Information & Software Engineering Group (188/1)
Favoritenstraße 9-11/188, 1040 Vienna, Austria

Office: Room HE 01 46
Hours: by appointment
Phone: +43 1 58801 188 312

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Peter Knees
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Courses offered in WS 2017/18

Courses offered in SS 2017

  • Advanced Information Retrieval (VU, 2h, 3.0 ECTS)
  • Seminar aus Medieninformatik (SE, 2h, 3.0 ECTS) and Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten (SE, 2h, 3.0 ECTS)
    Exemplary seminar topics are state of the art reports on selected tasks in Music Information Retrieval, such as Automatic Beat Detection, Key Estimation, Chord Detection, Source Separation, or Audio Fingerprinting (e.g. Shazam). Contact me if you are interested in these or related topics.
If you are interested in a practical project, Bachelor's thesis, or Master's thesis on Music Information Retrieval, Recommender Systems, or the digital arts, please also contact me. More details and exemplary topics will be provided soon.

Courses taught at Johannes Kepler University Linz until 2016

Courses taught at universities of applied science

  • Digital Media Systems: Multimedia Search and Retrieval (FH Salzburg, Lehrgang MMT, SS 2016)
  • Adaptive Systeme: Recommender Systems (FH Oberösterreich Hagenberg, Lehrgang KWM, SS 2015)


Research Interests

  • Music Information Retrieval (MIR)
  • Web Information Retrieval
  • Multimedia Retrieval
  • Recommender Systems
  • Digital Media Arts


I recently co-authored the book Music Similarity and Retrieval: An Introduction to Audio- and Web-based Strategies published in the Springer Information Retrieval series and the chapter "Music Recommender Systems" in the Recommender Systems Handbook (2nd ed.), also published by Springer.

The full list of my publications can be found here.

For citation counts etc. please refer to my Google Scholar profile.


Invited Talks, Tutorials, etc.

Current Projects

  • SmarterJam – Automatische Empfehlung von Musiktracks und Musikern zur Zusammenarbeit in einer Online Jam Community
    (FFG Bridge 1, project no. 858514, 2017-2019; in collaboration with sofasession) The aim of SmarterJam is to recommend suited music material and potential collaborators to users of an online jam community to support and enhance the creative process and output of musical collaborations by means of MIR and collaborative filtering.

Past Projects

  • GiantSteps – Seven League Boots for Music Creation and Performance
    (EU FP7-ICT-2013-10, project no. 610591, 2013-2016) The GiantSteps project unites leading music research institutions, industrial R&D companies, and music practitioners, to combine techniques and technologies in new ways, including state-of-the-art interface design techniques with MIR methods new in the areas of real-time interaction and creativity.
  • sound/tracks
    This art project aims at capturing the visual impressions of train journeys and translating them into a musical composition in real-time. The passing scenery is captured with a camera and translated into instantaneously played back piano music, adding a synaesthetic sound dimension to the visual experience and deepening the state of contemplation.
  • The nepTune Interface
    Given a digital music collection, nepTune creates a virtual landscape which allows the user to freely navigate in this collection. This is accomplished by automatically extracting features from the audio signal and clustering the music pieces, generating a 3D island landscape in which the user can hear the closest sounds with respect to the current position. Additionally, knowledge extracted automatically from the Web is incorporated to enrich the landscape with semantic information.

Scientific Services

Service on Program Committees

Program Committee Member of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference

Program Committee/Technical Program Committee Member

  • 27th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence and 23rd European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-ECAI 2018), Stockholm, Sweden
  • 26th Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization (UMAP 2018), Singapore
  • 25th Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization (UMAP 2017) LBR/TOR/Demo, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 7th International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII 2017), San Antonio, TX, USA
  • 2017 ACM International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval (ICMR 2017) Open Source Session, Bucharest, Romania
  • 20th ACM Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI 2015), Atlanta, GA, USA
  • 12th Sound and Music Computing Conference (SMC-15), Maynooth, Ireland
  • 21st International Conference on MultiMedia Modelling (MMM 2015) – Special Session on Social Geo-Media Analytics and Retrieval, Sydney, Australia
  • ACM Multimedia 2014, Orlando, FL, USA
  • 36th European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR 2014) Tutorials, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • 21st European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO 2013), Marrakech, Morocco
  • 35th European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR 2013) Tutorials, Moscow, Russia
  • ACM Multimedia 2012, Nara, Japan
  • ACM Multimedia Interactive Arts Program 2010, Florence, Italy
  • ACM Multimedia Interactive Arts Program 2009, Beijing, China

Workshop Program Committee Member

  • Workshop on Theory-Informed User Modeling for Tailoring and Personalizing Interfaces (HUMANIZE 2018), Tokyo, Japan
  • Workshop on Theory-Informed User Modeling for Tailoring and Personalizing Interfaces (HUMANIZE 2017), Limassol, Cyprus
  • 4th Workshop on Emotions and Personality in Personalized Systems (EMPIRE 2016), Boston, MA, USA
  • 10th International Workshop on Adaptive Multimedia Retrieval (AMR 2012), Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2nd Workshop on Music Recommendation and Discovery (WOMRAD 2011), Chicago, IL, USA
  • 9th International Workshop on Adaptive Multimedia Retrieval (AMR 2011), Barcelona, Spain
  • Workshop on Music Recommendation and Discovery (WOMRAD 2010), Barcelona, Spain

Organization of Workshops

Editorial Service


  • IEEE Computer
  • Machine Learning
  • Fuzzy Sets and Systems
  • Computers & Electrical Engineering
  • ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Applications (TIST)
  • IEEE MultiMedia
  • IEEE Transactions on Multimedia
  • IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing
  • IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering
  • IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computational Intelligence
  • Information Retrieval
  • Information Processing Letters (IPL)
  • Information Processing and Management (IPM)
  • International Journal on Digital Libraries (IJDL)
  • Multimedia Tools and Applications (MTAP)
  • Journal of New Music Research (JNMR)
  • Interaction Design and Architecture(s) Journal (IxD&A)
  • Open Journal of Information Systems (OJIS)

  • AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)
  • International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI)
  • European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI)
  • German Conference on Artificial Intelligence (KI)
  • International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR)
  • International Computer Music Conference (ICMC)
  • Sound and Music Computing Conference (SMC)
  • European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO)
  • ACM International Conference on Interactive Experiences for TV and Online Video (TVX)
  • International Conference on Semantics and Digital Media Technology (SAMT)
  • IEEE Visualization (VIS)
  • Designing Interactive Systems (DIS)
  • alt.chi

  • National Science Foundation (NSF)