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We are pleased to announce the Symposium on Music Cognition that brings together leading international and national researchers in the interdisciplinary field of Cognitive Neuroscience of Music. The two-day symposium is intended to facilitate faculty and student interaction and exchange of ideas around the various themes surrounding Music Cognition ranging from psychology and emotion, perception, wellbeing, therapy, movement, to computational modelling. This event will include presentations by the speakers in addition to several panel discussions, interactive Q&A sessions, and live music and dance performances.
All are welcome!

Prof. Petri Toiviainen
University of Jyväskylä

Dr. Iballa Burunat
University of Jyväskylä

Adjunct Prof. Suvi Saarikallio
University of Jyväskylä

Assoc. Prof. Jonna Vuoskoski
University of Oslo

Prof. Preeti Rao
I.I.T. Bombay

Asst. Prof. Shantala Hegde
NIMHANS, Bengaluru

Asst. Prof. Vinoo Alluri
IIIT Hyderabad


Please click here to download the current version of the schedule.

Important Dates


Participants are required to confirm their participation for the Symposium by paying the fees online by March 22 (Thursday) midnight. Please pay online towards the account details mentioned below. The registration fee for students is INR 500 and others is INR 1000 . The registration fee includes lunch and coffee/tea for both the days. After payment, please fill out the form here.

Details of payment are as follows:
Name of the Bank Axis Bank Ltd
Address of the Bank G Pulla Reddy Building, Main Road, Begumpet, Hyd-16
Account Name International Institute of Information Technology,Hyderabad
Account Number 008010101074084
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The Symposium will be held in International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad adjacent to Gachibowli Stadium. Male participants are allotted to Bakul Nivas and Female participants are allotted to Parijaat Nivas respectively. Rent for students is INR 300 and for others is INR 400 per day, which can be paid on arrival. Alternatively, participants can choose to book rooms at nearby hotels. Details of these hotels are as follows:

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Student Coordinator:

Pramod Kaushik



Email us at mcs2018@iiit.ac.in


Prof. Petri Toiviainen

Talk title: Kinematics of Music-Induced Movement

Bio: Prof. Petri Toiviainen received the degree of MSc in theoretical physics in 1987 and the degree of PhD in musicology in 1996, both at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Since 2002 he holds the position of Professor of Music at the University of Jyväskylä, where he leads the Music, Mind, and Technology Master's Programme. He has been visiting professor at Cornell University and visiting fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. In 2008-2013, he was the head of the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Music Research, located at the Universities of Jyväskylä and Helsinki. Since 2014 he holds an Academy Professorship by the Academy of Finland. His research interests include music processing in the brain, music and movement, sound and music computing, and music visualization.

Dr. Iballa Burunat

Talk title: The advantageous study of the music-listening brain

Bio: Iballa Burunat has an interdisciplinary background in systematic musicology (MA in Music, Mind and Technology) from the University of Jyväskylä, where she defended her PhD dissertation in 2017 entitled "Brain integrative function driven by musical training during real world music listening". She studies the brain processes underlying naturalistic auditory stimulation - thereby increasing the validity of the findings - and how they are modulated by listeners' musical training by using a variety of methodological approaches. In particular, she is interested in how musical expertise impacts auditory and motor brain networks. This line of work contributes to a better understanding of the brain-music interaction, which may be potentially useful in designing music-based therapeutic interventions. At present she works as a postdoctoral researcher in the project 'Dynamics of Music Cognition' led by professor Petri Toiviainen at the Finnish Centre for Interdisciplinary Music Research (CIMR) in Jyväskylä, Finland.

Adjunct Prof. Suvi Saarikallio

Talk title: Music as a therapeutic medium

Bio: (Docent of Music Psychology) is a researcher at the Center for Interdisciplinary Music Research, at University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Since 2007, she has been working both in research and lecturing positions and rapidly established an internationally acknowledged research career combining approaches from music psychology, music therapy, and music education, using methods from qualitative theory development to motion capture, neural measures, and psychometrics. She is an expert of music as a part of emotionality, wellbeing, and psychosocial development and has recently been running research projects on topics like Music-related emotional competence and adolescent mental health (Academy of Finland 2010-2016) and Affect from Art (Kone Foundation, 2015-2017).

Associate Prof. Jonna Vuoskoski

Talk title: The role of empathy in music-induced emotion

Bio: Jonna Vuoskoski is an Associate Professor in Music Cognition at the University of Oslo, Norway. She has previously worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Oxford, UK, and the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Her main areas of interest are music and emotion, and the social and embodied cognition of music. She studies individual differences and empathy in the context of music-induced emotions, and investigates the psychological mechanisms underlying music's emotional effects.

Prof. Preeti Rao

Talk title: Bridging the gap between music knowledge and performance practice with audio MIR

Bio: Preeti Rao is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, I.I.T. Bombay. She received the B.Tech. EE degree from I.I.T. Bombay in 1984, and Ph.D. from the University of Florida, Gainesville in 1990. She has been on the faculty in EE at I.I.T. Bombay since 1999. Her research interests lie in speech and audio signal processing. She has been actively involved in development of technology for Indian music and spoken language learning applications. In the course of trying to achieve the effective transfer of technology out of the lab to the community, she co-founded SensiBol Audio Technologies, incubated by I.I.T. Bombay in 2011, with her Ph.D. and Masters students.

Assistant Prof. Shantala Hegde

Talk title: Neuroscientific perspective on music based interventions in Neurorehabilitation

Bio: Dr. Shantala Hegde, is an Assistant Professor and Consultant at the Neuropsychology Unit, department of Clinical Psychology and Consultant to the Department of Neurorehabilitation, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru. She obtained her M.Phil in Clinical Psychology and PhD in the field of Clinical Neuropsychology, both from NIMHANS. Her research interest is in the area of Clinical Neuropsychology and neuropsychological rehabilitation. Her specific focus is in the area of music perception and cognition and the application of music based intervention in neuropsychological rehabilitation. She has established and currently heads the Music Cognition Laboratory at NIMHANS, the first of its kind in India. She is a trained in Neurologic Music Therapy from the International Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy. She has several fellowships and awards to her credit. She is also a musician (Vocalist) trained in the Hindustani Classical Music tradition and composed and sung for a music CD named ‘Uma Sahasram’. She continues to learn under the tutelage of Smt Bharathi Prathap, disciple of the Vidushi Lalith j Rao of the Agra Atrauli Gharana.

Assistant Prof. Vinoo Alluri

Talk title: Why the fuss about Music Research

Bio: Dr. Vinoo Alluri is a cognitive scientist working in the areas of Music Cognition and Computational Neuroscience. She has a background in engineering (B.E, ECE) with a focus on music technology (M.Sc, Music Engineering Technology) in addition to a PhD in the field of Cognitive Neurosciences of Music. Her research has primarily involved investigating music processing in the brain in the novel naturalistic paradigm, which she introduced as part of her PhD and has hence focused on developing, validating and improving methods concerning the same. The method is based on functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), Music Information Retrieval (MIR), and multivariate analysis, and has recently been acknowledged as a new trend in the field of neuromusicology. Furthermore, her recent work in the field of computational connectomics involved investigating the effect of musical expertise on specific brain networks that are known to process musical emotions in addition to whole-brain functionally connected networks using a graph-theoretical approach. Her current focus is to identify musicality or the musical phenotype by combining brain data and behavioral data via multimodal fusion techniques. She is also interested in understanding the behavioural aspects related to musical reward, depression, and addiction.