Values and Guiding Principles
At the MTG we aim to conduct cutting-edge research within the field of Sound and Music Computing while considering its social, economic, legal, ethical, cultural, and artistic implications. We emphasize the idea that our research has to be guided by the principles surrounding wellbeing and social good.
1. Music as a driving force for social change
Music makes it possible to gather, unite or even synchronize humans from different countries, cultures and socio-economic status. We believe in the power of music as a personal, emotional, moral, social and cultural positive driving force. With our work on music technology we aim to enhance all this music potential and promote values such as freedom, equality, diversity, and multiculturality.
2. Research with impact
We wish to contribute to a number of strategic topics of significant social and economic impact:
Artistic creation: We develop tools to empower people's creativity.
Cultural preservation: We work on the understanding, access, and preservation of our world's music heritage.
Education: We develop technologies for enhancing musical practice, thus promoting music learning.
Health and wellbeing: We investigate the personal and social benefits of music.
Sustainable development: We develop methodologies to describe our sonic surroundings, aiming to contribute to the preservation of our environment.
We want to have a positive impact on our society, thus our technologies should not be used in harmful, malicious, or unethical contexts.
3. Technology transfer through open innovation
We want to engage in networks of individuals, entities, resources, and structures, joining forces to catalyze new products, ideas, methods, systems, and even ways of life.
4. Research-driven education and outreach
We want to educate people through our research activities and set of values. We want to open minds, open ears, and to help to become aware of the world by means of acoustic, and more in general, of music information.
5. Open science
We emphasize open and collaborative ways to produce and share knowledge, using:
Open access: We make our publications freely available online.
FAIR data: We promote Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable data.
Open source: We promote the use and development of open-source software.
Reproducibility: We strive for reproducibility and replicability of our research.
Citizen science: We promote public participation in our research.
6. University principles
We embrace the ethical principles of our public higher education context (UPF Code of Ethics): Integrity, Academic freedom, Professional responsibility, Honesty, Equality, Privacy and confidentiality, Respect, and Behaviour involving personal and social risk.
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