Music and Audio Computing Lab

The Music and Audio Computing Lab (MACLab) is a music research group in the Graduate School of Culture Technology at KAIST. Our mission is to improve ways people enjoy, play, and make music through technology. We are particularly interested in "Music AI" that can understand music, represent the meanings in a human-friendly manner, and generate new musical content to assist human creativity. The followings are the main research fields and broad research topics that we are working on:

  • Music Informational Retrieval
  • Audio Signal Processing
  • Machine Learning and Deep Learning for Music and Audio
  • Human-AI Interaction for Music
  • Computational Analysis and Modeling of Music Performance
  • Sound Synthesis and Digital Audio Effects


  • [Jul-14-2022] Two papers have been accepted to ISMIR 2022!
  • [Jun-01-2022] Seungheon goes to NYU as a visiting PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Kyunghyun Cho, Data Science Center, NYU.
  • [May-13-2022] Sumi Jo Performing Arts Research Center Opens​ [link].
  • [Apr-15-2022] The KAIST and Sogang piano performance research team participates in the Daejeon Arts Center 2022 Spring Festival Music, Haydn Avent [link].
  • [Feb-20-2022] Prof. Nam participated in the Dagstuhl Seminar on "Deep Learning and Knowledge Integration for Music Audio Analysis" as a co-organizer [link]
  • [Jan-22-2022] Two papers have been accepted to ICASSP 2022!
  • [Jan-06-2022] Our AI pianist "VirtuosoNet" accompanied Soprano Sumi Jo (Distinguished Visiting Professor at KAIST) during the Special Concert at KAIST [link].
  • [Nov-17-2021] Prof. Nam gives a keynote talk titled "Deep Learning for Expressive Piano Performance Rendering" in the Workshop on AI in Music and Live Concert in conjunction with the 4th IEEE Artificial Intelligence & Virtual Reality [link].
  • [Nov-12-2021] Prof. Nam gives an invited talk titled "Music Auto-Tagging: From Audio Classification To Word Embedding" in the 2nd Workshop on NLP4MusA [link].
  • [Jul-28-2021] Prof. Nam gives a special talk titled "AI for Classical Music Performance" in Asia Culture Center [link].
  • [Jul-07-2021] Our lab alumnus Dr. Dasaem Jeong will be joining Art & Technology at Sogang University as an assistant professor. Congratulations!
  • [Jun-08-2021] Media art exhibition, "Game and Art: Auguries of Fantasy", is open. The exhibition was co-organized by KAIST and Daejeon Museum of Art and was supported by NCSoft and the Korea Creative Content Agency.
  • [Apr-01-2021] Saebyul is introduced in Science Dong-A (과학 동아), a science magazine in Korea, [link].
  • [Apr-01-2021] An interview article with Prof. Nam is introduced in Auditorium (객석), a performing arts magazine in Korea. [link].
  • [Mar-20-2021] Prof. Nam has been appointed as an associate editor of the Journal of Audio Engineering Society [link].
  • [Feb-17-2021] Prof. Nam has received an international joint research award in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of KAIST.
  • [Feb-16-2021] Our AI Pianist, VirtuosoNet, performs with pianist Jong Hwa Park in the 50th anniversary ceremony of KAIST [video].
  • [Feb-05-2021] Prof. Nam serves as a scientific program co-chair of ISMIR 2021 [link].

Address: 291 Daehak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon (34141)

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