With multi-disciplinary expertise focused on singing voice modeling and synthesis, Jordi has co-authored over 40 patents and received several awards. Jordi obtained a MSc in electrical engineering from the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya in 1997 in Barcelona, and a PhD in computer science and digital communications from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in 2009 in Barcelona. Since 1996 Jordi has been a researcher at the Music Technology Group of the UPF where he led several projects. In 2003 he was a visiting researcher at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and, in 2010, at the CIRMMT (McGill University) in Montreal. In 2013, the Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation (JIII) awarded Jordi with the National Commendation for Invention. In 2010 and 2012, Jordi was awarded a prize by the Board of Trustees of the UPF. In 2012, the Epson Foundation also awarded Jordi with the first prize for his PhD thesis on “Singing Voice Processing by Performance Sampling and Spectral Models”.
Jordi is an audio technologist, senior researcher and entrepreneur. Graduated in electronic engineering, he worked as a DSP engineer at Creamware (Germany, 2000-2003), designing and developing audio effects and virtual synthesizers. In 2004 he joined the Music Technology Group of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, where he obtained a PhD in 2008. His academic experience includes visiting research stays at McGill University (Canada, 2005) and at Northwestern University (USA, 2009). His activities as a researcher have involved various public-funded research projects and industrial joint-research collaborations with Yamaha.
Franck is an investor and an entrepreneur – with 2 successful exits (US and China) – from companies he created from scratch. Franck’s abilities to understand complex environments and build global brands allow him to turn big ideas into profitable businesses. He is currently CEO & co-founder of WowTune (creating VR human voices), founder of PROFETERNITY (focused on Blockchain’s apps & crypto-trading), and MD at Tempo2 Ventures. Previously, Franck founded CHINICT – he turned into a global brand as China’s largest conference on tech entrepreneurship & innovation. Franck also founded DEVELOPNEUR – a series of global pitch competitions & hackathons. Before that, Franck co-founded with Renaud Laplanche – TripleHop – acquired by Oracle. Before TripleHop, based in Silicon Valley, Franck served as a managing director at Gemplus Associates (now Gemalto), making venture capital investments in tech companies. Prior to Gemplus Associates, Franck occupied technical, sales, and business development positions in the smart card industry in Latin America, the US, and Europe. Franck has lived and worked in several locations (including Silicon Valley, France, Brazil, Mexico, and China), speaks five languages, and holds a Msc. in telecom from Telecom EM (France) as well as a BA in business from the University of Paris-Dauphine.
Oscar is a researcher and an entrepreneur. He received a MSc in computer science from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 2000 and co-founded BMAT in 2005. Oscar has also worked as a researcher at the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA-CSIC) and then at the Music Technology Group of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra on different EU-backed and privately funded research projects – including RAA (Recognition and Analysis of Audio), DAISY (singing synthesis), ESPRESSO (singing performance rating), SALERO (semantic & audiovisual intelligent technologies for media production), BUSCAMEDIA (multimodal search & retrieval), SIEMPRE (computational models to study social interaction using music performance) and PHENICX (Performances as Highly Enriched aNd Interactive Concert eXperiences).
Merlijn is specialized in design and development of musical software and algorithms for audio processing and synthesis. Past experiences as a researcher and developer in the music software industry include work at Sonic Timeworks (Denmark, 1998-2000), Audio Ease (The Netherlands, 2001), IK Multimedia (Italy, 2003), and Music Technology Group of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona – working on various joint research projects with Yamaha, such as VoiceFX (2003-2004), Violin Synthesis (2006-2008) and VOCALOID (2004-2005, 2008-2015). More recent research activities focus on the application of machine learning techniques to singing voice synthesis and processing. Merlijn has a master degree in music technology from the HKU (The Netherlands).