Building an Optical Music Recognition system

Tom Powell presented his Part II project on Optical Music Recognition.

Abstract: Modern stave notation is used by musicians and composers
around the world. I am building an Optical Music Recognition system to
allow this notation to be read by computers. This would allow computers
to play back musical scores, to analyse them and to even transform them
into something new. In this talk I will describe how the sorts of
algorithms used in Google image search or auto-recognition of a friend
on Facebook can be also be used to recognise musical notes. I will show
how even the simple task of converting an image to black-and-white can
be surprisingly tricky. I will finish with a demonstration of my system
showing that computers, along with all of their other abilities, can now
become musicians too.

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