Gerhard Widmer talked about what makes music come alive, what it means for a computer to learn fundamental principles of expressive (piano) performance, and how, by using this learned knowledge, it can contribute to expressive music making – not as a replacement for human pianists, but as a musical companion.
Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
Gerhard Widmer is a computer scientist, head of the Institute of Computational Perception at Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria, and deputy director of the AI Lab at the Linz Institute of Technology. Widmer is one of the international pioneers of interdisciplinary research at the interface between computing, AI, and music. His work has been recognised by numerous national and international awards, including the Austrian START and Wittgenstein Prizes and two ERC Advanced Grants of the European Research Council (2015, 2021). 2021 he was elected into the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
Zulfikar Abbany is a Senior Science Editor and multimedia journalist for Germany’s international broadcaster, DW (Deutsche Welle). He has produced and presented events for the European XFEL, DESY and World Health Summit in Germany, DATA.SPACE in Glasgow and spoken at the Battle of Ideas in London. Before that he was in news and current affairs with Australia Network television and Radio Australia for the Asia Pacific region. He has written for New Scientist, The Independent, The Observer, Sydney Morning Herald and The (Melbourne) Age newspapers.