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ISMIR 2012 CfP

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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 ïeld. 

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

-----SPECIAL SESSION "MIRrors: Looking back to the past of ISMIR to face the future of MIR"-----

What is MIRrors?
ISMIR 2012 will feature a special session on "Looking back to the past of ISMIR to face the future of MIR", (the "MIRrors" session) in which authors will present reflections on the evolution of the MIR field or a particular MIR topic since 2000, and provide insights on short-term future challenges.
We are looking for provocative, controversial ideas, challenging and thought-provocative positional papers.

For instance, MIRrors papers may: 
 Reflect on why a particular topic has failed, is systematically not improving, and why it may be doomed to continue this way.
 Reflect on negative results that have, or have not, had the proper impact on MIR research.
 Retrieve/revisit some forgotten or scarcely cited papers or promising idea(s) from a particular edition of the conference, or a number of editions, whose potential has not been fully exploited.
 Remind, recover, revisit what was presented on a given edition of the ISMIR conference, highlighting the best or most significant contributions.
 Trace and explain the evolution of a given idea through different editions of ISMIR.
 Provide a review of the impact of a particular idea on the MIR community.
 Provide a review of the impact of a particular MIR idea/topic on other conferences or neighboring fields of science (e.g. including a technical review in terms of h-index).
 Propose replication studies, in particular showing discrepancies between commonly accepted ideas in the MIR community and reality.

Participating to the MIRrors session
The MIRrors session consists of *invited* submissions.
Nevertheless, researchers are invited to express their interest in participating to the MIRrors session by submitting an abstract of no more than 200 words to <ismir2012-papers@xxxxxxxxx>. (Note the *very early deadline* for expressions of interest. Expressions of interest reaching the Committee after this deadline, or longer than the word limit will not be considered.)
Selected authors will then be individually invited by the Committee to submit a paper to be reviewed for possible inclusion in the session (see dates below). The submitted papers will be reviewed by 3 referees.

This call applies both to PhD students reviewing the state-of-the-art for their thesis as well as seasoned researchers. 

Paper submissions (only for invited authors) should comply with the regular ISMIR paper format. Papers should be 6 pages-long at most.
Accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings.
Accepted papers will be online 1 month before the conference, and will be presented at the conference in short talks, leaving plenty of room for discussion.

Special Issue
A selection of papers from the MIRrors session will be considered for inclusion, together with a regular set of submissions for a special issue of an international journal on the topic of "Current status and future directions in MIR research". This special issue is intended to appear after ISMIR 2012 and to also comprise papers not presented at the conference.

Important dates for MIRrors
- Deadline for expressions of interest to MIRrors: December 19th 2011
- Committee invites selection of authors to submit: January 12th 2012
- Deadline for MIRrors papers (only for invited authors): May 11th 2012
- Rebuttal period: June 4th-18th 2012
- Notification of acceptance: June 18th 2012

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


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: FranÃois Pachet (Sony CSL, Paris), Daniel Teruggi (INA-GRM, Paris)
Tutorial Chair: Emilia GÃmez  (UPF, Barcelona)
Late-break/Demo Chair: Jean-Julien Aucouturier (LEAD, Dijon)
MIRrors Chair: Perfecto Herrera  (UPF, Barcelona)
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.)


Deadline for _expression_ of interest, special session on "MIRrors: Looking back to the past of ISMIR to face the future of MIR": December 19th 2011
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 SÃo Bento da VitÃria Monastery, a classified National Monument since 1977. (Seehttp://www.tnsj.pt/home/msbv/ for more information).

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