The 19th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR 2018) will be held in Paris, France, from September 23-27, 2018.

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 Information Retrieval (MIR) 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 2018 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 2018 will cover the entire area of MIR, providing ample room for diversity and new developments.

We are accepting submissions for:

  • Conference Papers
  • Tutorials
  • Late-breaking Papers & Demos
  • Exhibition of Installation using Interactive Machine-Learning for Music

Topics of Interest include but are not limited to:

MIR data and fundamentals

  • music signal processing
  • symbolic music processing
  • metadata, tags, linked data, and semantic web
  • lyrics and other textual data, web mining, and natural language processing
  • multimodality

Domain knowledge

  • representations of music
  • music acoustics
  • computational music theory and musicology
  • cognitive MIR
  • machine learning/artificial intelligence for music

Methodology and impact

  • corpus creation
  • annotation methodology
  • evaluation methodology
  • legal issues
  • ethical issues

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
  • optical music recognition

User-centered MIR

  • user behavior and modeling
  • human-computer interaction
  • user-centered evaluation


  • digital libraries and archives
  • music retrieval systems
  • music recommendation and playlist generation
  • music and health, well-being and therapy
  • music training and education
  • music composition, performance and production
  • gaming
  • business and marketing

Scientific Program Notes

All papers will go through a double-blind review. Each paper will be assigned at least three reviewers per submission. All accepted papers will be presented at ISMIR 2018. Each paper may have a maximum of six pages of scientific content (including figures and possible references) and additional pages which may only contain references and acknowledgments.

ISMIR 2018 is jointly organized by

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