Short CV

Xavier Serra is Associate Professor of the Department of Information and Communication Technologies and Director of the Music Technology Group at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. After a multidisciplinary academic education, he obtained a PhD in Computer Music from Stanford University in 1989 with a dissertation on the spectral processing of musical sounds that is considered a key reference in the field. His research interests cover the computational analysis, description, and synthesis of sound and music signals, with a balance between basic and applied research and approaches from both scientific/technological and humanistic/artistic disciplines. Dr. Serra is very active in fields of Audio Signal Processing, Sound and Music Computing, Music Information Retrieval and Computational Musicology at the local and international levels, being involved in the editorial board of a number of journals and conferences and giving lectures on current and future challenges of these fields. He was awarded an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council to carry out the project CompMusic aimed at promoting multicultural approaches in music information research.
 

Education

  • 1989. PhD in Computer Music, Stanford University, USA.
  • 1983. Master in Music, Florida State University, USA.
  • 1981. Bachelor in Biology, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain.

Professional experience

  • 1991 - 2009: Teacher in the summer workshops of the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University (USA).
  • 2000 - 2010: Vice-President of Phonos Foundation.
  • 2004 - 2007: Director of the Department of Information and Communication Technologies (DTIC) at the UPF.
  • 2002 - 2005: Head of the Sonology Department at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya.
  • 2000 - 2004: Director of the Audiovisual Institute of the UPF.
  • 1999 - 2004: Director of the Doctoral program in Computer Science and Digital Communication of the UPF.
  • 1998 - 2000: Vice-Director of the Audiovisual Institute at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
  • 1991 - 1999: Executive Director of Phonos Foundation.
  • 1989 - 1991: Chief Engineer at Yamaha Music Technologies USA, Inc.
  • 1989 - 1991: Visiting Scholar at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), Stanford University.
  • 1985 - 1989: Researcher and teaching assistant at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), Stanford University.

Distinctions

  • Prize "ICREA Academia" by the Generalitat de Catalunya in 2013.
  • Advanced Grant from the European Research Council 2010.
  • Prize "ICREA Academia" by the Generalitat de Catalunya in 2008. 
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra Medal 2007.
  • Prize Ciutat de Barcelona 2005.
  • Scholarship by the Caixa de Barcelona, 1981 to 1983; Scholarship by Comité Conjunto Hispano Norteamericano para Asuntos Educativos y Culturales, 1983 to 1984; Scholarship by Stanford University, 1984 to 1989. Grant by the Ministerio Educación y Ciencia, 1991 to 1994.
  • Pi Kappa Lambda, 1983; Phi Kappa Phi, 1983.

Patents

  • Co-inventor of 29 patents related to sound synthesis, owned by Yamaha Corporation and filled in Japan and the USA
  • Serra et. al. 1996. "Method of and Apparatus for Analyzing and Synthesizing a Sound by Extracting and Controlling a Sound Parameter", U.S.A patent 5,536,902.
  • Serra et. al. 1991. "Musical Synthesizer Combining Deterministic and Stochastic Waveforms", U.S.A. patent 5,029,509.

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