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ISMIR 2003: Fourth International Conference on Music Information Retrieval
Washington, DC, October 2003


ISMIR 2003 - 4th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval

http://ismir2003.ismir.net/

October 26-30, 2003
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., USA
and Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Call for Papers, Posters, Tutorials, Panels and Exhibits
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The annual ISMIR Conference is the first established international forum for those
involved in work on accessing digital musical materials. It reflects the
tremendous growth of music-related data available either locally or remotely
through networks and the consequent need to search this content and retrieve music
and musical information efficiently and effectively.

This area presents vast challenges for those who need to organize and structure
musical data, provide tools to search and retrieve, and use these tools
efficiently. Music representation needs to be multi- dimensional and
time-dependent; audio data is voluminous, requiring particular care in storage and
transmission while preserving quality; the need for descriptive information about
what is musically significant addresses a large spectrum of internal and external
characteristics, from acoustic to musicological and cultural features;
intellectual property rights issues (about what can be made available to whom and
how) are complex, involve a variety of individuals and organizations, and vary
from country to country.

All of these concerns are of interest to education, academia, entertainment and
industry. This conference thus aims at providing a place for the exchange of news,
issues and results, by bringing together researchers and developers, educators and
librarians, students and professional users, working in fields that contribute
significantly to this multidisciplinary domain, to present original theoretical or
practical work in peer-reviewed contributions (papers, posters). It will also
serve as a discussion forum (panels), provide introductory and in-depth
information in specific domains (tutorials), and show current products (exhibits).

Detailed information about the conference and its organization is available on its
Web site (http://ismir2003.ismir.net/).

Domains and Topics of Interest
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ISMIR 2003 solicits original contributions in the following domains, as they apply
to music information retrieval(this is a non-exclusive list):

* Algorithms and methods for classification, clustering, probabilistic modelling,
  association analysis
* Artificial intelligence and Machine Learning
* Databases and data mining
* Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and systems design
* Intellectual property rights issues
* Knowledge representation, discovery and acquisition
* Music perception and cognition
* Music representation and formal models of music
* Soft computing (neural networks, fuzzy systems,  evolutionary computation)
 
Typical topics of interest, inasmuch as they relate to music information
retrieval, are:

* Automatic summarization, citing, excerpting, downgrading, transformation
  (including associated intellectual property issues)
* Business models and experience
* Formal models of music and their digital representations
* Intellectual property rights issues (nationally and internationally),
  digital rights management, identification and traceability
* Music digital libraries and archives, content management systems and frameworks
  for music
* Music indexing and metadata (authoring and generation)
* Music recognition (printed, audio)
* Music representation, coding, language modelling
* Music similarity metrics (perceptual criteria such as pitch, rhythm, 
  timbre; musical criteria such as form, genre, etc.)
* Musical styles and genres
* Query languages for music IR (expressiveness, complexity)
* Real-time applications of automated music identification and recognition, such
  as score following, automatic accompaniment
* Routing and filtering for music and music queries
* Semantic Web and musical digital objects: intelligent agents, ontologies, topic
  maps, metadata, indexation, markup languages
* Socio-cultural aspects
* Standards (RDF, XML, INDECS, MPEG, Dublin Core, *MARC, Z39.50...) and other
  metadata or protocols for music information handling and retrieval (CDDB, ...)
* Systems issues (performance, compression, scalability, databases, architecture,
  distributed search, multi-agent systems, mobile applications)
* User interfaces and usability
* Validation (user needs and expectations, evaluation of music IR systems,
  building test collections, experimental design and metrics)

General information on the conference is available on its Web site
(http://ismir2003.ismir.net/) and will be regularly posted in the music-ir mailing
list (information on subscription available on the conference site).

Paper Submissions
=================

* Paper submissions are not to exceed 8 pages (including references and 
  appendices) and must be formatted according to the following guidelines:
  page size: "US letter", font size: 10pt or larger, single column layout, all
  page margins at least 2.5cm (or 1 inch).
* Papers should include a 150-200 words abstract and a list of 2-5 keywords
  related to their content.
* Submission must consist of original contributions (not previously published, and
  not currently being considered for publication elsewhere).
* To submit, send your paper as an uncompressed PDF file (strongly preferred) or
  MS Word file via email to ismir2003-papers@ircam.fr.
* Submissions must be received by April 25, 2003.
* Authors will be notified about the acceptance of their submissions by June 27,
  2003.
* Accepted papers will be allocated up to 8 pages in the ISMIR 2003 proceedings
  and 25min presentation time at the ISMIR 2003 conference.
* Authors of accepted papers will be asked to provide camera-ready copies of their
  papers that are formatted according to a template that will be made available to
  them with the notification of acceptance.
* For each accepted paper, at least one author has to register for the ISMIR 2003
  conference.

Posters
=======

Posters provide an excellent opportunity for presenting preliminary or
intermediate results or work that is primarily targeted towards a small subset of
the ISMIR community.

* Submission should consist of an extended abstract of 750-1,000 words (2 pages
  maximum, including a list of 2-5 keywords related to their content and
  references).
* Extended abstracts must be formatted according to the following guidelines: page
  size: "US letter", font size: 10pt or larger, single column layout, all page
  margins at least 2.5cm (or 1 inch).
* To submit, send your poster abstract as an uncompressed PDF file (strongly
  preferred) or MS Word file via email to ismir2003-papers@ircam.fr.
* Submissions must be received by April 25, 2003.
* Authors will be notified about the acceptance of their submissions by June 27,
  2003.
* Accepted posters will be presented at a plenary poster session during the ISMIR
  2003 conference; authors will be informed about the space available for each
  poster with their notification of acceptance.
* Authors are encouraged to bring laptop computers to supplement their poster
  presentations with system demonstrations; we hope to provide wireless internet
  access for the poster session.
* Accepted posters will also be allocated up to 2 pages for the extended abstract
  in the ISMIR 2003 proceedings; authors will be asked to provide camera-ready
  copies of their extended abstracts that are formatted according to a template  
  that will be made available to them with the notification of acceptance.
* For each accepted poster, at least one author has to register for the ISMIR
  2003 conference.

Tutorials
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The first afternoon of the conference (Oct 26, 2003)  will consist of a parallel
session of tutorials each concentrating on a single topic presented either at an
introductory level or in depth, lasting 3 hours (plus a break).
                                                                       
* Submissions should consist of a 3-5 page abstract including:
  1. Intended audience and objectives of the tutorial
  2. Tutorial outline
  3. Overview of materials made available to the attendees
  4. Biography of the presenter(s)
* Submissions must be received by March 7, 2003.
* To submit, send your tutorial proposal via email to 
  ismir2003-tutorials@ircam.fr.

Panels
======

A roster of special panels is planned. These panels are meant to foster discussion
on a specific topic of interest to the community, as well as real-world
implementations and experience reports.
                                                                       
     
* Submissions should consist of a 1-2 page abstract  including:
  1. The topic and issues to be discussed.
  2. The intended and expected audience.
  3. Biography of the moderator(s).
* Submissions must be received by March 7, 2003.
* To submit, send your panel proposal via email to ismir2003-panels@ircam.fr.


Exhibits                                                               
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Throughout ISMIR 2003, space will be available for publishers, booksellers,
software merchants, service providers, systems vendors and any other companies
interested in exhibiting their products.

* Deadline for full applications is September 30, 2003.
* Interested exhibitors should request information and/or apply via email to
  ismir2003-exhibits@lists.ircam.fr.