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Semantic Audio Conference: Call for Contributions

Dear Auditory list members,

I’m please to announce that registration is now open for the Audio Engineering Society 53rd conference on Semantic Audio.

Fees are inclusive of all social events, gala dinner, our tutorial day and the technical tour at the BBC new Broadcasting House. 

Early registration discount rates are available until 2nd of January, 2014.

To register or find out more information, please visit the conference website: http://www.aes.org/conferences/53/ or see more details below.

Best wishes,
George Fazekas
papers co-chair, 
53rd AES International Conference on Semantic Audio

[Call for Contributions]

Apologies for cross-posting. Please circulate widely.


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

London, UK, January 26-29, 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

The programme highlights 3 keynote and 4 invited talks from world leading researchers in the field of Semantic Audio as well as from industry. Please see the abstracts of the talks and a short bio of the speakers using the links below.

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)

Jay LeBoeuf (Strategic Technology Director, iZotope Inc.)

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  Intelligent audio production. The tutorials are sponsored by Soundsoftware.ac.uk and will be free to attend for all conference participants.

Important dates

Camera-ready full-paper deadline: 6th December, 2013.
Late-breaking demo paper deadline for accepted authors: 6th January, 2014.
Early registration deadline: 2nd January, 2014

Sponsors and Partners:

The conference is sponsored by:
Native Instruments (Silver sponsor)
iZotope Inc. (Bronze sponsor)
Adobe Systems (Bronze sponsor)
CoSound Danish Research Project (Basic sponsor)

Our technical tour is supported by BBC R&D, our tutorial day is sponsored by Soundsoftware.ac.uk.

Paper co-chairs

Christian Dittmar, Fraunhofer IDMT
Sebastian Ewert, Queen Mary University of London
George Fazekas, 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
Carl Joseph Bussey, QMUL
Luis Figueira, QMUL, SoundSoftware.ac.uk