ISMIR 2005
6th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval

London, UK        11 - 15 September 2005

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Description and Introduction

The 6th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval, ISMIR 2005, will be held at Queen Mary, University of London, from Sunday Sept. 11th to Thursday Sept. 15th, 2005. The annual ISMIR Conference is the established international forum for those working on accessing digital musical materials. 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 education, academia, entertainment and industry. ISMIR therefore aims to provide 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 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.

Domains and Topics

ISMIR 2005 solicits contributions to the field of music information retrieval (MIR), including, but not limited to, the following domains and topics:

  • Music libraries, archives and digital collections
    • Music digital libraries
    • Public access to musical archives
    • Benchmarks and research databases
  • Intellectual property rights and 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 non-western music
    • Indigenous and regional music and instrumentation
    • MIR in nonstandard notations (historical, non-Western, etc.)
    • Non-western 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
  • Knowledge representation
    • Automatic summarization, citing, excerpting, downgrading, transformation
    • Formal models of music, digital scores and representations
    • Music indexing and metadata (authoring and generation)
  • Music perception, cognition, affect, and 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
    • Visualisation and browsing
    • Mobile applications
    • User behaviour
  • Databases, languages, protocols
    • Applications of automated music identification and recognition, such as score following, automatic accompaniment
    • Routing and filtering for music and music queries
    • Query languages (expressiveness, complexity)
    • Standards (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
  • Metadata, classification, recognition and modelling
    • Musical feature extraction (mono- and polyphonic music)
    • Similarity and pattern matching
    • Retrieval
  • Social and ethical issues
    • Dealing with personalized user profiles
    • Epistemological and methodological foundations
    • Validation
    • User needs and expectations

Contribution requirements and guidelines:

All contributions must be original, and must not have been previously published, nor be in 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 examples. Where appropriate, authors are required to address evaluation of their work in the MIR context.

Submissions can be done in the categories of paper, poster/demo, tutorials, panels and exhibits. All submissions to ISMIR 2005 will be handled in electronic format. They are brought in through the submission web page, where you can also download templates for MS Word and LaTeX.


Submissions, which will be peer-reviewed, may be in the following categories:

1. Paper

  • Please format your paper according to the templates available on the submission web page.
  • 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).
  • Accepted papers will be allocated 20 minute presentation time at the ISMIR 2005 conference.
  • Authors of accepted papers will be asked to provide camera-ready copies of their papers.
  • For each accepted paper, at least one author has to register for the ISMIR 2005 conference.

2. Poster/Demo

Poster/Demo provide an excellent opportunity for presenting preliminary or intermediate results, work that is primarily targeted towards a small subset of the ISMIR community, or presentation of research that is best presented as a demonstration.

  • Submission should consist of a paper (including a list of 2-5 keywords related to their content and references). Please use the templates available on the submission web page.
  • Accepted posters/demos will be presented at a plenary poster/demo session during the ISMIR 2005 conference; the dimensions of the poster should not exceed 841 x 1189 (mm) or 33.1x 46.8 (inch).
  • Authors are encouraged to bring laptop computers, or the appropriate equipment, to supplement their presentations.
  • Accepted posters/demos will also be allocated up to 4 pages for the written paper in the ISMIR 2005 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 2005 conference.

3. Tutorials

The first day of the conference (September 11th, 2005) 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 2005, 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.


Deadline for submissions of tutorials and panels: 25 April 2005 (Extended deadline).
Deadline for submissions of papers and posters/demos: 25 April 2005 (Extended deadline).
Deadline for exhibitor space: August 18th 2005.

Submission deadlines

Extended deadline:
25 April 2005
Submissions of tutorials, panels, papers and posters/demos

18 August 2005
Exhibitor space

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