Curriculum Vitae


Prof. Dr. Meinard Müller
International Audio Laboratories Erlangen
Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Lehrstuhl für Semantische Audiosignalverarbeitung
Am Wolfsmantel 33
91058 Erlangen

Office: Room 3R4.03
Phone: +49 9131 85 20504
Fax: +49 9131 85 20524

Recent Positions

09/2012 - present Professor, Semantic Audio Processing, International Audio Laboratories Erlangen, University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
03/2012 - 08/2012 Professor, Praktische Informatik/Audiosignalverarbeitung, Universität Bonn, Germany
12/2007 - 02/2012 Senior Researcher, Cluster of Excellence, Multimodal Computing and Interaction (MMCI), MPI Informatik and Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany
09/2007 - 11/2007 Senior Researcher, Max Planck Center for Visual Computing and Communication, MPI Informatik, Saarbrücken, Germany
04/2003 - 08/2007 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Universität Bonn, Germany
04/2002 - 03/2003 Postdoctoral Research, Mathematical Department, Keio University, Japan


2007 Habilitation, Computer Science, University of Bonn
2001 Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Bonn
1997 Diplom, Mathematics, University of Bonn
1988 Abitur, Otto-Hahn-Gymnasium Böblingen

Research Stays / Study

02/2006 - 03/2006 Postdoctoral research stay, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan, (JSPS Post-doctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers)
04/2002 - 03/2003 Postdoctoral research stay, Mathematical Department, Keio University, Japan (Monbukagakusho scholarship program)
09/2001 - 03/2002 Japanese Language Program, Keio University, Japan (DAAD scholarship Stipendium zum Studium ostasiatischer Sprachen)
07/2000 - 09/2000 Research stay, Hitachi Central Research Laboratory, Japan (JISTEC-REES Program)
02/2000 - 03/2000 Research stay, Mathematical Department, University of California at Berkeley
08/1999 - 06/2001 Ph.D. Scholarship, German National Merit Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes)
09/1997 - 08/1998 Japanese Language Program, Keio University, Japan (East-Asia-Scholarship, Daimler-Benz AG and Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes)
07/1997 - 08/1997 Study visit (Japanese), Lewis & Clark College, Portland, USA, (Waseda/Oregon Summer Program)
08/1993 - 06/1994 Study visit (mathematics, music), Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA (Exchange program Akademisches Auslandsamt Bonn)


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Short Bio

Meinard Müller received the Diploma degree (1997) in mathematics and the Ph.D. degree (2001) in computer science from the University of Bonn, Germany. After his postdoctoral studies (2001-2003) in Japan and his habilitation (2003-2007) in multimedia retrieval in Bonn, he worked as a senior researcher at Saarland University and the Max-Planck Institut für Informatik (2007-2012). Since 2012, he has held a professorship for Semantic Audio Signal Processing at the International Audio Laboratories Erlangen, a joint institute of the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS. His recent research interests include music processing, music information retrieval, audio signal processing, and motion processing. He was a member of the IEEE Audio and Acoustic Signal Processing Technical Committee (2010 to 2015), a member of the Senior Editorial Board of the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine (2018 to 2022), and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval (2009 to 2021, being its president in 2020/2021). Currently, he is a member of the Editorial Board of the Transactions of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval (since 2017). In 2020, he was elevated to ACM Senior Member and to IEEE Fellow for contributions to music signal processing.

Teaching and Education

Besides his scientific research, Meinard Müller has been very active in teaching music and audio processing. He gave numerous tutorials at major conferences, including ICASSP (2009, 2011, 2019) and ISMIR (2007, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2017, 2019). Furthermore, he wrote a monograph titled Information Retrieval for Music and Motion (Springer-Verlag, 2007) as well as a textbook titled Fundamentals of Music Processing (Springer-Verlag, 2015. Recently, he released a comprehensive collection of educational Python notebooks, referred to as FMP Notebooks, designed for teaching and learning audio signal processing using music as an instructive application domain.

Interdisciplinary Projects and Supervision

While Meinard Müller's scientific background lies in computer science, mathematics, and engineering, he has a long-term experience in conducting interdisciplinary research in close collaboration with historical musicologists (e.g., within the projects Computer-Assisted Analysis of Harmonic Structures for Wagner's Ring and Freischütz Digital – Paradigmatic Implementation of an Authentic Digital Edition Concept) and ethnomusicologists (e.g., within the project Computational Analysis of Traditional Georgian Vocal Music). In the last ten years, Meinard Müller has been the principal investigator of more than ten research projects funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). These projects were funded for three years, with at least one full staff member in each project. Besides managing the projects, one specific focus of Meinard Müller is the support and training of young scientists. As a result, all staff members working on his projects could complete a doctorate with a topic closely related to the project work. In this way, Meinard Müller has successfully led 15 students to a Ph.D. degree within a doctoral period of four years (parallel to the project work).