IAN SIMON


I recently 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.

I was a member of David Nister's Augmented Reality group at Microsoft until October 2012, as part of a small team building a music recognition service for Windows Phone. I have now moved from Seattle to San Francisco to work at Smule.

You can reach me at ian@iansimon.org. Or find me on Facebook or track me down in Real Life.


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 we've been working on at Smule.
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.
LeechBlockList
Maintain a list of time-wasting sites to be blocked by the Firefox plugin LeechBlock.
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
An iPhone app that gives you continuous pitch control, but also makes it easy to play notes from a scale.