IAN SIMON


I currently work on the Magenta project at Google. We're trying to teach computers how to create music and other art. Before that, I worked at Smule on music recommendations. And before that, I was a member of David Nister's Augmented Reality group at Microsoft, as part of a small team building a music recognition service.

I received my Ph.D. from the University of Washington for my work with Steve Seitz on organizing community photo collections using computer vision. You might have also heard of MySong, which I worked on at Microsoft Research and has now been transformed into Songsmith. My other academic work is listed here.

You can email me at ian@iansimon.org. Or friend me on Facebook.


Stuff I've Done

Bing Audio
The music recognition system developed by my team at Microsoft, included in Windows Phone.
CineBeat
An automatic music video-izer I worked on at Smule. It has since perished.
MySong
Automatically chooses chords to accompany a vocal melody, and is now Songsmith.
Scene Summarization
Using the distribution of images on Flickr to automatically select a set of summary views for a scene.
Thesis
My Ph.D. thesis. You probably don't want to read this, but if you do, here it is.
HatBeam
This does what Apple's Find My Friends app does, but uses hat icons.
Obamatron
Uses video clips from Barack Obama's weekly addresses to make him sing anything.
Audio Analogies
Given an example solo recording and its score, synthesize audio to play a new input score in the style of the example.
Rewind
I played keyboards in this Seattle-area '80s cover band for 4 years.
Fingrophone
A theremin-like iPhone app. Also check out this related hack I made.