Dr Peyman Heydarian

Peyman Heydarian

Research Fellow (Computer Science)


  • 2016, PhD, London Metropolitan University
  • 2008, MPhil, Queen Mary, University of London
  • 2000, MSc, Tarbiat Modarres University
  • 1997, BSc, Shiraz University

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About Peyman

Peyman is a computer scientist and a musician/composer. He completed his BSc and MSc in Electronic Engineering in Shiraz University (1997) and in Tarbiat Modarres University (2000) respectively. He continued his DSP research at Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary, University of London and received his Master of Philosophy degree (2008), followed by research in Ethnomusicology and music performance at SOAS University of London (2009-2010). He was awarded his PhD degree in Musical Signal processing by London Metropolitan University, a multidisciplinary field, involving Computer Science, Musicology, and Music performance (2016).


Peyman was highly commended at SSMS 2007 European contest in the University of Glasgow for his algorithm on Analysis and Classification of the Persian Musical Modes.

His performance with audience participation with mobiles won the first prize in Audio Mostly European contest in 2017.

Peyman is a Committee member of Signal Processing Chapter, in charge of links and communications, and the Industry Liaison on Young Professionals at the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), UK and Ireland. In 2017, he was elevated to a senior member of IEEE.

Peyman joined the department in April 2019 and is currently working on a content-based musical affects personal music recommender system.

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Papers Taught

Research Interests

Digital Signal Processing (DSP), Music Information Retrieval (MIR), Music Recommendation, Musicology.

Past Teaching

Computer Networks, Audio Electronics, Digital Signal Processing, Acoustics, Santur and Daf Performance, Electronic Musical Instrument Design.

Recent Publications

  • Heydarian, P. (2020). The pulse of the sunrise. In 21st International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference. Virtual, Montreal Canada.

  • Proutskova, P., Volk, A., Heydarian, P., & Fazekas, G. (2020). From music ontology towards ethno-music-ontology. In J. Cumming, J. H. Lee, B. McFee, M. Schedl, J. Devaney, C. McKay, . . . T. de Reuse (Eds.), Proc 21st International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (ISMIR 2020) (pp. 923-931). Virtual, Montreal Canada. Open Access version:

  • Heydarian, P., & Bainbridge, D. (2019). Dastgàh recognition in Iranian music: different features and optimized parameters. In Proc 6th International Conference on Digital Libraries for Musicology (DLfM '19) (pp. 53-57). The Hague, Netherlands: ACM Press. doi:10.1145/3358664.3361873 Open Access version:

  • Heydarian, P. (2018). Tonic and Dastgàh recognition in Iranian music. In P. Kudumakis, & S. Dixon (Eds.), DMRN+13: Digital Music Research Network Workshop Proceedings 2018 (pp. 1 page). London, UK.

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Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: G.2.27
Phone: +64 7 838 4893