Call for Papers

A printable pdf version of the call for papers is available here.

Music is an outstanding example of a content type with many different representations. The symbolic notation by the composer (e.g. in a score or a lead sheet) only is fully realized when presented to listeners through a musical performance that yields music audio. Next to information from the symbolic and aural modality, information from multiple other modalities (e.g. including visual, textual and social information) can contribute to the way in which the music is conveyed and experienced too. The existence of such multiple representations makes music, by definition, multimedia content. Furthermore, the consumption of music is strongly guided by affective and subjective responses, which are personal and context-dependent, occur at different conceptual specificity levels, and for which no universal, uncompromising ground truth exists. Thus, in order for music retrieval systems to yield satisfying results, insight into the information needs and demands of the actual users of the systems becomes very important.

To allow comprehensive and flexible exploitation of the multifaceted aspects of music, both the availability of complementary music-related information in multiple modalities and the role of the human user should be considered. At the same time, challenges such as the identification and optimal combination of useful information from different modalities and algorithmic approaches to user-dependent subjective assessments of music retrieval results still are largely unsolved. These challenges are certainly not unique to music content, but actual and prevalent in the broad multimedia community.

The MIRUM workshop, held on November 2, 2012 in conjunction with ACM Multimedia 2012 in Nara, Japan, provides a platform at a premier multimedia venue for discussing open challenges and presenting state-of-the art work on music information retrieval adopting user-centered and multimodal strategies. The workshop explicitly aims to initiate a cross-disciplinary idea exchange between experts in the fields of music and multimedia information retrieval (and other related fields) on the topics including, but not limited to:

  • Music multimedia content analysis
  • Visual and sensory information for music processing
  • Multimodal music search, retrieval and recommendation
  • Social networks and indexing for music applications
  • Music similarity measures at different specificity levels
  • Fusion of multimodal music information sources
  • Music knowledge representation and reasoning
  • Interactive music systems and retrieval
  • (Adaptive) user interaction and interfaces
  • User (context) models and personalization
  • Real-world issues (unstructured and noisy data, scalability, formats, …)
  • Evaluation methods and data understanding
  • Cross-domain methodology transfer

MIRUM welcomes technical papers and a limited number of position papers with novel, thought-provoking work and ideas relating to the workshop topics. In addition, extended abstracts for technical demonstrations are solicited. Position papers should consider visionary ideas based on a solid argumentation, and technical demonstrations should consider demonstrably working systems. In all cases, there should be clear relevance to the workshop focus areas.

Paper formatting and submission guidelines can be found here.

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