Call for Papers


The 17th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval, ISMIR 2016, will be held in New York City, USA, from Monday, August 8  to Thursday, August 11, 2016.

The annual conference of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR) is the world’s leading research forum on processing, analyzing, searching, organizing and accessing music-related data. Music becomes music after being processed by the human mind and each person perceives the music in a different and complex way. Therefore, this conference embraces the complexity and diversity of music by showcasing ideas and applications that aim to enhance the way in which we interact with music.

Music-IR is a truly interdisciplinary area, involving researchers, developers, educators, librarians, students and professionals from the disciplines of musicology, cognitive science, library and information science, computer science, electrical engineering and many others. Therefore, like previous ISMIR editions, ISMIR 2016 will provide a venue for the exchange of ideas, issues, results and perspectives among the different profiles of people working with music and computing in a broad sense. ISMIR 2016 will cover the entire area of Music-IR, providing ample room for diversity and new developments.

Accepting submissions for

  • Conference Papers
  • Tutorials
  • Late-breaking Papers & Demos

Other ways to participate

Topics of Interest

  • MIR Data and Fundamentals

    • music signal processing
    • symbolic music processing
    • metadata, linked data and semantic web
    • social tags and user generated data
    • natural language processing, text and web mining
    • multi-modal approaches to MIR
  • Methodology

    • methodological issues and philosophical foundations
    • evaluation methodology
    • corpus creation
    • legal, social and ethical issues
  • Domain Knowledge

    • representation of musical knowledge and meaning
    • music perception and cognition
    • computational music theory
    • computational musicology and ethnomusicology
  • Musical Features and Properties

    • melody and motives
    • harmony, chords and tonality
    • rhythm, beat, tempo
    • structure, segmentation and form
    • timbre, instrumentation and voice
    • musical style and genre
    • musical affect, emotion and mood
    • expression and performative aspects of music
  • Music Processing

    • sound source separation
    • music transcription and annotation
    • optical music recognition
    • alignment, synchronization and score following
    • music summarization
    • music synthesis and transformation
    • fingerprinting
    • automatic classification
    • indexing and querying
    • pattern matching and detection
    • similarity metrics
  • Application

    • user behavior and modelling
    • user interfaces and interaction
    • digital libraries and archives
    • music retrieval systems
    • music recommendation and playlist generation
    • music and health, well-being and therapy
    • music training and education
    • MIR applications in music composition, performance and production
    • music and gaming
    • MIR in business and marketing

Technical Program Notes

All papers will go through a double-blind selection process with at least three reviewers per submission. 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. Each paper may have a maximum of six pages of technical content (including figures and possible references) plus one additional page containing only references.