Peter DiMaria, Senior Director of Product & Content Strategy, Gracenote, Inc., and Ching-Wei Chen, Research Manager, Music Technologies, Gracenote, Inc., discuss the future of machine listening and automated music discovery.
Ching-Wei Chen is the Research Manager of Music Technologies at Gracenote, where his team develops systems for large-scale music information retrieval, recommendation, and data mining. He received his Master’s Degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara, specializing in Computer Music and Computer Vision. He has been working in the digital music industry for over a decade and holds several patents and publications on sound spatialization, perceptual tempo estimation, visual rhythm detection, and mood classification. In his spare time he enjoys playing with APIs and has built music hacks at hackathon events around the world.
Peter DiMaria is Senior Director of Product & Content Strategy at Gracenote, Inc. DiMariaha has over 20 years of experience in the digital music and interactive entertainment industries, with a focus on new product concept development, information architecture, and user experience. Prior to joining Gracenote, DiMaria was Director of Product Management and Strategy forListen.com Inc., developers of Rhapsody, the first on-demand digital music service, where he championed the company's transition to personalized, cloud-based offering. From 1996-1999, DiMaria was co-founder and Vice President of Planning & Content for Tunes Network, Inc., creators of Tunes.com, a pioneering music discovery web site. At Tunes, he was responsible for product management and music information architecture and launched numerous innovative services in the areas of music taste profiling, personalization, navigation, and recommendation. DiMaria holds an M.B.A. in Strategic Management and Marketing from the Wharton School and a B.S. degree from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He also holds patents in the fields of media navigation and perceived tempo determination.