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ISMIR 2012 - 13th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference

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Call For Participation (CfP)

ISMIR 2012 Call for Participation
13th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference

8th and 12th of October 2012
Porto, Portugal
(organised by INESC Porto, in partnership with the TNSJ in Porto)

The annual Conference of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR) is the world's leading research forum on processing, searching, organizing and accessing music-related data. The revolution in music distribution and storage brought about by digital technology has fueled tremendous research activities and interests in academia as well as in industry. The ISMIR Conference reflects this rapid development by providing a meeting place for the discussion of MIR-related research, developments, methods, tools and experimental results. Its main goal is to foster multidisciplinary exchange by bringing together researchers and developers, educators and librarians, as well as students and professional users.

ISMIR 2012 will feature
introductory and in-depth tutorials
oral and poster presentations of research papers
invited talks reflecting the true interdisciplinary nature of MIR research
a late-break/demo session
a music programme


ISMIR 2012 welcomes paper submissions for oral or poster presentation in the (non-exclusive) areas of:
content-based querying and retrieval
database systems, indexing and query
fingerprinting and digital rights management
music transcription and annotation
music signal processing
sound source separation in music signals
score following, audio alignment and music synchronization
optical music recognition
melody and motives
rhythm, beat, tempo and form
harmony, chords and tonality
timbre, instrumentation and voice
performance analysis
modification and transformation of music data
computational musicology
music perception and cognition
emotion and aesthetics
applications of MIR to the performing arts and multimedia
automatic classification
genre, style and mood analysis
similarity metrics
music summarization
user interfaces and user models
music recommendation and playlist generation
text and web mining
knowledge representation, social tags and metadata
libraries, archives and digital collections
evaluation and annotation issues
methodological and philosophical issues
social, legal, ethical and business issues
applications to traditional/folk/ethnic music

To ensure a high quality of the contributions, all papers will go through a double-blind selection process with at least three reviewers per submission.
Paper submissions must be no more than 6 pages long when formatted with the conference template, and in PDF. Accepted papers will be designated by the Program Committee to be presented either as posters or as lectures. All accepted papers have the same status, assignment as poster or lecture is not indicative of the relevance or potential impact but on the type of content and way to better reach the intended audience.

More details on http://ismir2012.ismir.net/authors/submission#paper


ISMIR 2012 welcomes submissions of musical works for selection and possible inclusion in the conference's concert programme. We particularly encourage works that explore the notion of music information in the widest sense of the term. As the use of technology in music creation develops across composition and performance practices, structured data plays an increasingly important role in the processing of musical materials, their analysis and their manifestation in a live environment. From the use of timbral analysis in spectral music to the design of live improvisation systems, the handling of information is critical to the role technology plays in music.

The aim of ISMIR 2012 concert programme is two-fold: to encourage the use of Music Information Retrieval (MIR) techniques in the creation of new music and to explore music that can suggest novel ideas for research in the MIR field.

The music programme in the conference will be centred around two curated concerts. Professional musicians will be available to perform the pieces.
Submitted musical works will go through a selection process by the conference music chairs and music curators.

More details on http://ismir2012.ismir.net/music/


The first day of ISMIR 2012 will consist of parallel sessions of tutorials, each lasting three hours and concentrating on a single topic. The tutorials are intended to provide a stimulating coverage of that topic appealing to a general audience.

More details on http://ismir2012.ismir.net/authors/submission#tutorial


As in previous years, ISMIR 2012 will also include a special track for demos and late-breaking news, with a later deadline than the main paper/poster track. Demos consist of live, hands-on presentations of working software which incorporate MIR algorithms or are relevant to MIR research. Late-breaking news are quite the opposite: unpolished, not-quite-understood-yet puzzles and findings that may barely hold together, but are guaranteed to foster debate and discussion. Both are things better interacted with than lectured about.

While recent years have seen a majority of submissions in the demo category, we will endeavor to reach a better balance of both types of submission this year. In particular, we envision to differentiate the presentation format for demos and late-breaking news - the former, in the walk-around exhibition style that has been successful at previous ISMIRs; the latter, in a more participative, un-conference style. Details will be posted at a later date.

Both types of submissions will consist of extended abstracts of 1-2 pages, which will be peer-reviewed in a double-blind manner by members of the programme committee like the submissions for the main paper track. In the case of demo submissions, abstracts should describe what the typical user scenario will be as well as the technical requirements for the presentation. In the case of late-breaking news, abstracts should make the case of why the result is inspirational and topical for the MIR community.

More details on http://ismir2012.ismir.net/authors/submission#latebreak


Conference Chairs: Fabien Gouyon (INESC Porto) and Carlos Guedes (INESC Porto)
Scientific Chairs: Perfecto Herrera (UPF, Barcelona), Luis Gustavo Martins (UCP, Porto), Meinard Mueller (MPI, Saarbrucken)
Music Chair: Carlos Guedes (INESC Porto) and Pedro Rebelo (SARC, Belfast)
Music Curators: Francois Pachet (Sony CSL, Paris), Daniel Teruggi (INA-GRM, Paris)
Tutorial Chair: Emilia Gmez (UPF, Barcelona)
Late-break/Demo Chair: Jean-Julien Aucouturier (LEAD, Dijon)
Local Organisation: U-Mind Lda


Printed proceedings will be provided, at an extra (reasonable) cost, to participants who specifically ask for them. (Note the deadline for printed proceedings request.)


Tutorials deadline: 12th March 2012
Notification of acceptance for Tutorials: 13th April 2012
Papers/Posters and Music deadline: 13th April 2012
Notification of acceptance for Papers/Posters and Music: 18th June 2012
Early registration starts: 18th June 2012
Author registration deadline: 17th August 2012
Printed proceedings request deadline: 17th August 2012
Late-break/demos deadline: 24th August 2012
Notification of acceptance for Late-break/demos: 7th September 2012
Participant registration deadline: 14th September 2012
Conference Dates: 8th-12th October 2012


Porto is Portugal's second city. The city is located in the estuary of the Douro river in northern Portugal. The largest city in the region, Porto is considered the economic and cultural heart of the entire region. Porto's highlights include the historic centre, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, its dramatic modern architecture, and of course great food and wine (including the famous Port wine).

The conference will take place in the So Bento da Vitria Monastery, a classified National Monument since 1977. (See http://www.tnsj.pt/home/msbv/ for more information).

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Author(s): Rikke Friis Dam
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