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[AUDITORY] Deadline Extension: Semantic Audio Conference

Dear Auditory list members,

Due to popular demand, I'm pleased to announce a deadline extension for the submission of full papers to the Semantic Audio Conference. There are well over two weeks left to submit full papers and over five weeks to submit demo proposals. We also have an enriched programme, and a new travel bursary for winners of the reproducible research prize.

Please see all details in the updated call for papers below.

Best wishes,

Apologies for cross-posting. Please circulate widely.


Paper deadline extended: September 25, 2013. September 15, 2013.
* Now well over two weeks left to submit full papers and five weeks to submit demo proposals.
Up to 1000 GBP travel bursary is included in the Prize for Reproducible Research
* We are pleased to announce two new invited speakers: Tuomas Eerola and Xavier Serra
* Date of our tutorial day announced: January 26. 2014.
* The conference is sponsored by the Danish strategic research project: CoSound

*** Audio Engineering Society 53rd conference on Semantic Audio ***

London, UK, January 27-29, 2014. Tutorial day: January 26, 2014.
Chairs: Karlheinz Brandenburg and Mark Sandler, Email: 53rd_chair@xxxxxxx

Semantic Audio is concerned with content-based management of digital audio recordings. The rapid evolution of digital audio technologies, e.g. audio data compression and streaming, the availability of large audio libraries online and offline, and recent developments in content-based audio retrieval have significantly changed the way digital audio is created, processed, and consumed. New audio content can be produced at lower cost, while also large audio archives at libraries or record labels are opening to the public. Thus the sheer amount of available audio data grows more and more each day. Semantic analysis of audio resulting in high-level metadata descriptors such as musical chords and tempo, or the identification of speakers facilitate content-based management of audio recordings. Aside from audio retrieval and recommendation technologies, the semantics of audio signals are also becoming increasingly important, for instance, in object-based audio coding, as well as intelligent audio editing, and processing. Recent product releases already demonstrate this to a great extent, however, more innovative functionalities relying on semantic audio analysis and management are imminent. These functionalities may utilise, for instance, (informed) audio source separation, speaker segmentation and identification, structural music segmentation, or social and Semantic Web technologies, including ontologies and linked open data.

This conference will give a broad overview of the state of the art and address many of the new scientific disciplines involved in this still-emerging field. Our purpose is to continue fostering this line of interdisciplinary research. This is reflected by the wide variety of invited speakers presenting at the conference.

Keynote and invited speakers

Meinard Müller (International Audio Laboratories Erlangen, Germany) 
Gaël Richard (TELECOM ParisTech and CNRS, France)
Gerhard Widmer (Department of Computational Perception, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria)

Toumas Eerola (Department of Music, Durham University, UK)
Yves Raimond (BBC R&D, London, UK)
Xavier Serra (Music Technology Group, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain)

For an up-to-date list of the invited talks, please refer to the conference website at http://www.aes.org/conferences/53/.

Submission of papers

Submissions may include full papers for peer review (4-10 pages, conforming the AES conference template), or short, late-breaking paper proposals including a title and abstract (60-120 words). Complete manuscripts (encouraged for full peer review) should be submitted at www.aes.org/53rd_authors by September 25, 2013. September 15, 2013. Late-breaking paper proposals should be submitted by October 15, 2013. 

Full-paper submission (option 1) -- Extended deadline: Sept. 25, 2013.

Peer reviewed papers may be presented in the main sessions, or as a poster at the discretion of the committee, although authors may indicate a preference. Acceptance of papers will be determined by the 53rd international conference review committee based on the full paper submission. Accepted authors will be notified by November 13, 2013. November 6, 2013. Final manuscripts must be submitted by December 2, 2013. November 27, 2013. Authors wishing their conference papers to be considered for publication by the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society (JAES), should read the Journal's guidelines described at: http://www.aes.org/journal/authors/guidelines/ and, following the conference, submit a revised and extended version of their paper for review, using the Journal's online submission system. 

For full paper submission, please choose the first option on the submission site. All papers are peer-reviewed. Please note that option two (non-peer reviewed submission) is not available for full papers.

Full paper authors are eligible for a Prize for Reproducible Research provided by SoundSoftware.ac.uk including a travel bursary of up to 1000 GBP. Please note that you are required to enter separately between September 12-30 to win the prize.

Demo proposal submission (option 2) -- Deadline: Oct. 15, 2013.

Acceptance of late-breaking demo and poster proposals will be determined by the review committee based on a 60-120 word abstract. Accepted authors will be invited to submit two page extended abstracts (short papers), which will not form part of the official proceedings, but will be published online, and available from the conference web site. Additionally, authors of short papers are invited to use open-access publication routes including arXiv.org. Accepted authors will be notified by November 13, 2013. Final submissions will due January 6, 2014. 

For demo proposal submission please choose the second option on the submission site and upload your 60-120 word abstract and title. There are no special formatting requirements for demo proposals, but accepted authors will have to use the template described below for the final short paper submission.

All papers must conform to the LaTeX or MS-Word templates available from www.aes.org/53rd_authors. Please choose AES53 and download the required template from the menu in the left hand side (login is not requires to access the templates). If you have any questions about peer reviewed paper, poster or extended abstract submissions, please contact: 53rd_papers@xxxxxxx
Conference website: http://www.aes.org/conferences/53/


Please submit manuscripts at www.aes.org/53rd_authors no later than September 25, 2013 September 15, 2013, or proposals for the late-breaking session no later than October 15. 2013.

Proposed topics for papers

* Audio signal processing and feature extraction
* Machine learning methods for audio content analysis
* Intelligent audio production using semantic analysis
* Intelligent audio effects
* Semantic audio description and ontologies
* Semantic Web and Linked Data for audio
* Automatic tagging of audio signals
* Speech processing and analysis
* Content-based audio retrieval
* Music informatics and retrieval
* Automatic music transcription
* Audio source separation
* Audio restoration
* User interfaces for audio management and retrieval
* Applications in gaming, entertainment, education, etc…

Conference Programme

The three (+1) day conference programme includes oral and poster sessions to be held at the Barbican Centre in a convenient central London location, social events, and a technical tour at the BBC in London (participant numbers will be limited and subject to registration on a first come first served basis). 

tutorial day on January 26, 2014 will be held at Queen Mary University of London on effective research practices (e.g. the use of version control and unit testing in audio research) and selected topics TBC (e.g. Intelligent audio production, Semantic Web technologies for audio and/or Sparse Representation). The tutorials are sponsored by Soundsoftware.ac.uk and will be free to attend for all conference participants.

Important dates

Full-paper manuscript deadline: September 25, 2013. September 15, 2013.
Late-breaking demo/poster proposal deadline (60-120 word abstracts): October 15, 2013.
Acceptance emailed: November 13, 2013. November 6, 2013.
Camera-ready submission deadline: December 2, 2013. November 27, 2013.
Late-breaking short-paper deadline (extended abstracts): January 6, 2014.

Paper co-chairs

Christian Dittmar, Fraunhofer IDMT
George Fazekas, Queen Mary University of London
Sebastian Ewert, Queen Mary University of London
Email: 53rd_papers@xxxxxxx

Organising Committee

Karlheinz Brandenburg (chair), Fraunhofer IDMT
Mark Sandler (chair), QMUL

Chris Baume, BBC R&D
Christian Dittmar, Fraunhofer IDMT
George Fazekas, QMUL
Joshua D. Reiss, QMUL
Michael Terrell, QMUL
Panos Kudumakis, QMUL
Sebastian Ewert, QMUL
Sue White, QMUL
Thomas Wilmering, QMUL
Yading Song, QMUL
Mathieu Barthet, QMUL
Dawn Black, QMUL
Mi Tian, QMUL
Brandon Mechtley, QMUL
Carl Joseph Bussey, QMUL
Luis Figueira, QMUL, SoundSoftware.ac.uk