4th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval

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

Please Note: The deadline has passed for all submissions.

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).

Domains and Topics of Interest

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

Typical topics of interest, inasmuch as they relate to music information retrieval, are:

Paper Submissions


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.


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).


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.


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.