The Pythagoras Graduate School is funded by the Finnish Ministry
of Education and the Academy of Finland. It is a
collaboration between several Finnish universities where music-related research is conducted.
The Pythagoras Graduate School is named after the famous Ancient Greek philosopher and mathematician,
of Samos, who first hypothesized a link between ratios between numbers
and sound frequencies.
The Pythagoras Graduate School provides a forum where doctoral students from different universities
and with different backgrounds meet and learn from each other and from their supervisors. The common
ground on which research projects are centered is that of musical sound. Different research
fields make the School interdisciplinary:
The Pythagoras Graduate School has about 4 meetings a year,
usually in Jyväskylä, Helsinki or Espoo. The students give presentations
on their research, and they get feedback from the other participants in the
meeting. A multi-disciplinary forum like this teaches scientific communication
skills to cope with audiences with limited and different prior knowledge
on their topic. Supervisors provide short tutorial talks on their field.
In some meetings, respected researchers from other universities or from
abroad are invited to give lectures or short courses. The research topics
of the Pythagoras doctoral students vary from computer music and music technology
to brain research of music cognition.
The institutions involved are the following:
The aim of the graduate school is to combine the knowledge of Finnish
Universities in order to provide the students with interdisciplinary resources
with the final goal of understanding human perception of music and to implement
computer audio-music processing.
From the technological side, this work serves as a foundation to
improve the position of the Finnish audio and music technology industry within
the international multimedia market. From the scientific side, the School
improves the level of scientific work on music in Finnish academies.