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ISMIR 2011 : 12th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference


Conference Series : International Symposium/Conference on Music Information Retrieval
When Oct 24, 2011 - Oct 28, 2011
Where Miami, USA
Submission Deadline May 6, 2011
Notification Due Jul 15, 2010
Categories    information retrieval   music   music information retrieval   computer science

Call For Papers


We encourage submissions of novel and previously unpublished contributions in areas including, but not limited to, the following:

content-based querying and retrieval
database systems, indexing, and query
fingerprinting and digital rights management
music transcription and annotation
music signal processing
score following and audio alignment
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 non-Western music
In addition to research papers, we also solicit music submissions, late-breaking/demo submissions, tutorial proposals, and exhibits. More details on each category are provided below.

Important Dates

March 31 Submission of tutorial proposals
May 6 Submission of papers
May 6 Submission of music
July 15 Notification of paper/music acceptance
August 5 Camera-ready paper submission
August 31 Submission of abstracts for late-breaking/demo sessions
October 24-28 ISMIR 2011
Paper submission

All papers will be peer-reviewed according to their novelty, technical content, presentation, and contribution to the overall balance of topics and disciplines represented at ISMIR 2011. Paper submissions should satisfy the following conditions:

Formatting must comply to the guidelines and templates that will be available at
Submitted papers must be no more than 6 pages long.
Submission must consist of original contributions (not previously published and not currently being considered for publication elsewhere).
There is no limitation on the number of submissions per author.
Accepted papers will be designated either as poster-only presentations, or as oral talks without poster presentations.
The rebuttal phase will take place during June 24th–July 1st.
For each accepted paper, at least one author must register for the ISMIR 2011 conference prior to the submission of the camera-ready version.
Uniform Paper Status

Note that although authors can indicate preference for oral or poster presentation upon submission, final scheduling to an oral or poster session remains at the discretion of the organizing committee. The presentation format has no relation to the reviewer judgment of paper quality and will be determined after the acceptance judgement.


Three awards will be given as part of ISMIR 2011: the best paper award, the best student paper award, and the best presentation award. The presentation award will have two subcategories, oral and poster, which will be selected by votes collected during the conference.

Music Submissions

We are pleased to offer a special category of submissions this year to ISMIR involving music compositions that rely on tools and research germane to the MIR community. We encourage submissions of new music made possible through techniques from the music information retrieval community and/or sonification of large data setsy.

Music submissions are treated like paper submissions and should be entered using the link provided at Note that all submissions are blind in nature; please remove all identifying information from audio files, scores, and abstracts. Please select the “Music” category when submitting for programming consideration during these special concerts. Music submissions should include a maximum two-page description of the work submitted, including a 150–200 word abstract as well as a PDF file containing the score (if applicable). Links to online audio excerpts or other multimedia material and detailing any special requirements for the presentation should be specified on the web submission form. Acceptance is based on the recommendation of the music selection committee, the work’s relevance to MIR, availability of performers (if applicable), and production quality (if applicable). If your submitted work involves live performer(s), please indicate your ability to provide them for performance at the concert.

Tutorial proposals

The first day of the conference (October 24) will consist of parallel sessions of half-day tutorials each concentrating on a single topic and lasting about 3 hours, including a break. The tutorials are presented either at an introductory level or in depth and are intended to provide an informative and stimulating coverage of current topics in MIR and beyond. Tutorial proposals should consist of a 1–4 page abstract including the following:

Outline of the tutorial content
Intended and expected audience
Short biography of the presenter(s)
Any special requirements
Contact information
The proposals should be submitted as a PDF attachment via email to by March 31, 2011.

Acceptance/rejection decisions will be made by the ISMIR 2011 Conference Committee and will be notified by April 30. The decision will depend on criteria including relevance, suitability, originality, and expertise of the presenter(s).

Late-Breaking and Demo Submissions

A special session during ISMIR 2011 will be dedicated to the presentation of late-breaking research results and demonstration of applications that are of interest to the MIR community. These late-breaking / demo submissions will not be reviewed and will not have an associated papers in the conference proceedings. Submissions should be e-mailed by August 31 to as a pdf file containing the title, author name(s) and affiliation(s), and a 200–300 word abstract outlining the work to be presented. Abstracts will be published online. Should there be more submissions than allowed by the available presentation space, presentations that contribute to a balanced session will be given priority.

Exhibits and Bookstore

Throughout ISMIR 2011, space will be available for publishers, software companies, booksellers, service providers, system vendors, and any other businesses interested in exhibiting their MIRrelated products. Please contact by August 31 for more information.

We look forward to seeing you in Miami!

General Chair

Mitsunori Ogihara (University of Miami)

Program Chair

Anssi Klapuri (Queen Mary University of London)

Colby Leider (University of Miami)

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