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NEMISIG (North East Music Information Special Interest Group) is a yearly informal meeting for Music Information Retrieval researchers who work at the intersection of computer science, mathematics, and music. NEMISIG gathers researchers from the Northeastern United States and has previously been hosted at Columbia (2008, 2014), NYU (2010), Drexel (2011, 2016), Dartmouth (2012), The Echo Nest (2013), Ithaca College (2015), and University of Rochester (2017).

Register here by January 22, 2018!

If you have any questions, please direct them to the Google Group! You may also wish to join the group.


This year, NEMISIG will be in Providence, RI at Brown University, 27-28 January 2018. It is co-hosted by Brown’s Data Science Initiative and the MEME Department. NEMISIG is supported by the C.V Starr Foundation Lectureship fund with additional support from Spotify NYC.



Saturday, January 27

Morning Schedule in MacMillan 115 Science Quad

MacMillan Hall - image from Brown University Image Gallery

8:00a – Breakfast / coffee / check-in (PVD + Blue State Coffee)
9:00a – Welcome – Katie Kinnaird
9:15a – Overview lab talks

Afternoon Schedule in Applied Mathematics 170 Hope Street

Applied Mathematics - image from Brown University Image Gallery

12:00p – Lunch + posters (Kabob & Curry)
3:00p – Coffee + Unconference planning
3:30p – Three 30’ unconference sessions
5:00p – Unconference recap and closing remarks


Saturday January 27 7:30p - 10:00p Grant Hall, Room 115

Grant Hall - image from Brown University Image Gallery

There will be a piano provided, but please bring your instruments if possible.

Please note: No food or drink will be allowed in the gallery, so please do enjoy your dinner before coming back to rock out.


Hacking Audio and Music Research Sunday January 28 DSI Space, 9th Floor SciLi

SciLi - image from Brown University Image Gallery

Proposed Schedule 8:00a – Breakfast / coffee / check-in 9:00a – Hacking begins 12:00p – Lunch 3:00p – Hacking ends, presentations and recap

Local Map

The above buildings are marked on the map below.

Local Map of Brown

Travel and Accommodations

Known as the “Creative Capital”, Providence is a cozy mix of urban culture and small town charm, with renowned dining, a bustling arts scene, an expanding innovation and design district, and several universities.

Getting to Providence

Getting around Providence

Staying in Providence

Most hotels are located in central Providence, down the hill and across the river from Brown University, 20min on foot // 10 min in a car. Price quotes are approximate, based on a quick Google search:

AirBnBs are also an option, with an average price around $98.

Student Travel Grants

There are travel grants available for students. Please note on your registration form if you are interested in travel support.