Thierry Bertin-Mahieux

Work Experience
Co-founder / CTO – early stage AI + retail startup, 2019-
Software Engineer – YouTube, Google, Paris France, 2016-2019
Software Engineer – Play Books, Google, New York NY, 2015-2016
Director of Data Science, Oyster, New York NY, 2014-2015
Data Scientist, Birchbox, New York NY, 2013-2014
Intern, Google, New York NY, 2012
Intern, The Echo Nest, Somerville MA, 2011
Intern, IREQ, Quebec, CAN, 2009
Intern, Sun Microsystems, Burlington MA, 2007

Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Columbia University
M.Sc. Computer Science, University of Montreal
B.Sc. Mathematics,University of Montreal (1 year spent in France, Université Paris VII)


  1. T. Bertin-Mahieux, Large-Scale Pattern Discovery in Music, Ph.D. thesis, Columbia University, 2013. [pdf] [bib]
  2. T. Bertin-Mahieux and D. Ellis, Large-scale cover song recognition using the 2D Fourier transform magnitude, In Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR), 2012. [pdf] [bib] [code]
  3. B. McFee, T. Bertin-Mahieux, D. Ellis and G. Lanckriet, The Million Song Dataset Challenge, In Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Advances in Music Information Research (AdMIRe ’12), 2012. [pdf] [bib] [web]
  4. T. Bertin-Mahieux, D. Ellis, B. Whitman and P. Lamere, The Million Song Dataset, In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR), 2011. [pdf] [bib] [dataset] [code]
  5. T. Bertin-Mahieux and D. Ellis, Large-scale cover song recognition using hashed chroma landmarks, In Proceedings of the IEEE Workshop on Applications of Signal Processing to Audio and Acoustics (WASPAA), 2011. [pdf] [bib] [code] (Best Paper Nominee)
  6. T. Bertin-Mahieux, G. Grindlay, R. Weiss and D. Ellis, Evaluating music sequence models through missing data, In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP), 2011. [pdf] [bib] [code]
  7. T. Bertin-Mahieux, R. Weiss and D. Ellis, Clustering beat-chroma patterns in a large music database, In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR), 2010. [pdf] [bib] [poster] [code]
  8. T. Bertin-Mahieux, D. Eck and M. Mandel, Automatic tagging of audio: The state-of-the-art. In Wenwu Wang, editor, Machine Audition: Principles, Algorithms and Systems. IGI Publishing, 2010. [amazon] [draft] [bib]
  9. T. Bertin-Mahieux. Apprentissage statistique pour l’étiquetage de musique et la recommandation. M.Sc. thesis, University of Montreal. [pdf] (in French)
  10. P.-A. Manzagol, T. Bertin-Mahieux and D. Eck. On the use of sparse time relative auditory codes for music. In Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR), 2008. [pdf] [bib] (Best Student Paper Award)
  11. T. Bertin-Mahieux, D. Eck, F. Maillet and P. Lamere, Autotagger: a model for predicting social tags from acoustic features on large music databases. In Journal of New Music Research, special issue: ”From genres to tags: Music Information Retrieval in the era of folksonomies.“, 37(2):151–165, 2008. [journal] [draft] [bib]
  12. B. Kégl, T. Bertin-Mahieux and D. Eck, Metropolis-Hastings sampling in a FilterBoost music classifier, at International Workshop on Machine Learning and Music (ICML08 Workshop), 2008. [pdf] [slides] [video] [bib]
  13. D. Eck, P. Lamere, T. Bertin-Mahieux and S. Green. Automatic generation of social tags for music recommendation. In Neural Information Processing Systems Conference (NIPS) 20, 2007. [pdf] [bib] [code]
  14. D. Eck, T. Bertin-Mahieux and P. Lamere. Autotagging music using supervised machine learning. In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR), 2007. [pdf] [6 pages submission] [bib]

Academic Activities
ISMIR Steering Committee, student member (nominated), 2012
Creator, Million Song Dataset, 2011
General Chair, Workshop on the Future of MIR – f(MIR), 2009-2011
Registration Chair, WASPAA 2011
Program Committee, WOMRAD 2011
Invited Speaker, McGill CIRMMT Workshop, 2012
Invited Speaker, NYU Music Tech Seminar, 2008
CIRMMT co-leader, information retrieval axis, 2007-2008
Reviewed for ISMIR, ICASSP, Journal of New Music Research

Awards & Others
NSERC Scholarship, 2009-2012
FQRNT Scholarship, 2009-2012 (declined)
MSTA Fellowship, Columbia University, 2008-2009
Best Student Paper Award, ISMIR08, 2008
Dean’s list, University of Montreal, 2006
Quebec Mobility Scholarship, 2003-2004
Exchange Scholarship, University of Montreal, Mathematics Department, 2003-2004
“Bourse d’accueil” Scholarship, University of Montreal, 2002