ISMIR 2006
7th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval

Victoria, Canada        8 - 12 October 2006

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MIREX 2006

Detailed Call for Submissions


Description and Introduction

The 7th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval, ISMIR 2006, will be held at the Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, from Sunday, October 8th to Thursday, October 12th, 2006. The annual ISMIR Conference is the established international forum for those working on accessing digital musical material. It reflects the tremendous recent growth of music-related data available and the consequent need to search within it to retrieve music and musical information efficiently and effectively. These concerns are of interest to academia, industry, entertainment, and education. ISMIR therefore aims to provide a place for the exchange and discussion of news, issues, and results, by bringing together researchers and developers, educators and librarians, students and professional users, working in fields that contribute to this multidisciplinary domain, to present original theoretical or practical work. It also serves as a discussion forum, provides introductory and in-depth information in specific domains, and showcases current products and systems.

Short call for submissions in text format

Short call for submissions in text format (French)

Domains and Topics

ISMIR 2006 solicits contributions to the field of music information retrieval (MIR), including, but not limited to, the following domains and topics:
  • Music libraries, archives, digital collections
    • Music digital libraries
    • Public access to musical archives
    • Integrated systems
    • Benchmarks and research databases
  • Intellectual property rights, business issues
    • Music industry and use of MIR in the production, distribution, consumption chain
    • National and international intellectual property right issues
    • Digital rights management
    • Identification and traceability
    • Business models and experience
  • Western and non-western musicology, music analysis
    • Developing MIR tools for western and non-western music
    • Indigenous and regional music and instrumentation
    • MIR in nonstandard notations (historical, non-Western, etc.)
    • Annotation and transcription methods
  • Composition, musical forms and structures, notation
    • Audio music recognition and automatic transcription
    • Orchestration and score following
    • Tools for composition
    • Optical music recognition
    • Music annotation methodologies
    • Searching music notation
  • Searching, navigation, retrieval
    • Musical feature extraction (mono- and polyphonic music)
    • Searching audio
    • Searching symbolic representations
    • Indexing
  • Knowledge representation
    • Automatic summarization, citing, excerpting, downgrading, transformation
    • Formal models of music, digital scores, representations
    • Music indexing, ontologies, metadata (authoring and generation)
  • Music perception, cognition, affect, emotions
    • Music similarity metrics
    • Syntactical parameters (pitch, rhythm, timbre, texture, ...)
    • Semantic parameters (aesthetic, emotional appreciation)
    • Musical styles and genres
  • Human-computer interaction and interfaces
    • Multi-modal interfaces (audio, text, gesture, ...)
    • User interfaces and usability
    • Visualization and browsing
    • Mobile applications
    • User behavior
  • Databases, languages, protocols
    • Routing and filtering for music and music queries
    • Query languages (expressiveness, complexity)
    • Standards (OAI, RDF, XML, INDECS, MPEG, Dublin Core, *MARC, Z39.50, AES31, ...) and other metadata or protocols for music information handling and retrieval (CDDB, ...)
    • Multi-agent systems, distributed search
  • Systems, internet software, mobile devices
    • Semantic Web and musical digital objects
    • Intelligent agents
    • Collaborative software
    • Web-based search and retrieval
    • Evaluation of music IR systems, building test collections, experimental design and metrics
  • Social and ethical issues
    • Dealing with personalized user profiles
    • Epistemological and methodological foundations
    • User needs and expectations

Contribution requirements and guidelines

All contributions must be original, and must not have been previously published, nor be under review for presentation elsewhere. Authors are required explicitly to demonstrate the relevance of their methods to MIR and are strongly encouraged to include aural music examples in their presentations; to facilitate this, we recommend use of copyright-free or copyright-cleared examples. Where appropriate, authors are required to address evaluation of their work in the MIR context. We invite submissions in the categories of paper, poster/demo, tutorials, panels and exhibits. All submissions to ISMIR 2006 will be handled in electronic format via the submission web page from where templates for MS Word and LaTeX will be available.


Submissions, which will be peer-reviewed, may be in the following categories:
  1. Short and Long Papers

    Papers (long and short) should describe original research. Page limits are 6 and 4 pages, respectively. Authors should use as much space as necessary, but no more. If a paper submission has highly rated content, but the reviewers feel the paper is lacking sufficient detail or contains needless material, the committee may ask the author to revise the paper to the longer or shorter format for publication.

    • Please format your paper according to the templates available on the submission web page.
    • Papers should include a 150-200 word 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).
    • Accepted papers will be allocated a 20-minute (for long papers) or 15-minute (for short papers) presentation time at the ISMIR 2006 conference.
    • Authors of accepted papers will be asked to provide camera-ready copies of their papers.
    • For each accepted paper, at least one author must register for the ISMIR 2006 conference prior to submission of the camera-ready version of the paper.

  2. Poster/Demo

    Poster/Demo submissions provide an excellent opportunity for presenting preliminary or late-breaking news, ideas, results, and applications that are deemed especially interesting to the ISMIR community. Poster/Demo presentations do not necessarily contain strong research results or systematic evaluation.

    • Submission should consist of a paper (including a list of 2-5 keywords related to their content and references). Please use the templates that will be available on the submission web page.
    • Accepted posters/demos will be presented at a plenary poster/demo session during the ISMIR 2006 conference; the dimensions of the poster should not exceed 36 inch (wide) x 48 inch (high) or 914 mm x 1219 mm.
    • Authors are encouraged to bring laptop computers, or the appropriate equipment, to supplement their presentations.
    • Accepted posters/demos will also be allocated up to 2 pages for the written paper in the ISMIR 2006 proceedings; authors will be asked to provide camera-ready copies of their papers according to the template available on the submission web page.
    • For each accepted poster/demo, at least one author has to register for the ISMIR 2006 conference.

  3. Tutorials

    The first day of the conference (October 8th, 2006) 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). Proposals for tutorials can be sent via email to

  4. 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). The document should be sent as a pdf attachment via email to

  5. Exhibits and Bookstore

    Throughout ISMIR 2006, space will be available for publishers, software houses, booksellers, software merchants, service providers, systems vendors, and any other companies interested in exhibiting their products. They are invited to contact the program committee regarding the ISMIR bookstore and/or exhibition space. More information can be found on the Exhibition page.


Papers, posters/demos, tutorials, panels : 17 Apr 2006 (extended to 24 Apr.)
Notification of acceptance : 15 Jun 2006
Camera-ready submissions: : 08 Jul 2006
Exhibitor space : 08 Aug 2006

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