Reminder: Call for Demos: Semantic Audio Conference

Dear All,

Just a quick reminder that the demo proposal submission deadline for the Semantic Audio conference is tomorrow, October 15. 

Submissions should include the title and a 60-120 word abstract only. More details can be found at the conference website: 

Submissions can be make via: Notifications will be sent by 13 November, accepted demo paper authors can submit a 2 page short paper by 6 January 2014.

Best wishes,
George Fazekas
papers co-chair, 
53rd AES International Conference on Semantic Audio

Apologies for cross-posting. Please circulate widely.


* Two new special sessions announced. 
* Full paper submission is now closed. Thank you for all your contributions!
* Please remember that demo papers can still be proposed until October 15.
* Paper deadline extended: September 25, 2013. September 15, 2013.
* Up to 1000 GBP travel bursary is included in the Prize for Reproducible Research
* Date of our tutorial day announced: January 26. 2014.
* The conference is sponsored by the Danish strategic research project: CoSound

*** Audio Engineering Society 53rd conference on Semantic Audio ***

London, UK, January 27-29, 2014. Tutorial day: January 26, 2014.
Chairs: Karlheinz Brandenburg and Mark Sandler, Email:

Semantic Audio is concerned with content-based management of digital audio recordings. The rapid evolution of digital audio technologies, e.g. audio data compression and streaming, the availability of large audio libraries online and offline, and recent developments in content-based audio retrieval have significantly changed the way digital audio is created, processed, and consumed. New audio content can be produced at lower cost, while also large audio archives at libraries or record labels are opening to the public. Thus the sheer amount of available audio data grows more and more each day. Semantic analysis of audio resulting in high-level metadata descriptors such as musical chords and tempo, or the identification of speakers facilitate content-based management of audio recordings. Aside from audio retrieval and recommendation technologies, the semantics of audio signals are also becoming increasingly important, for instance, in object-based audio coding, as well as intelligent audio editing, and processing. Recent product releases already demonstrate this to a great extent, however, more innovative functionalities relying on semantic audio analysis and management are imminent. These functionalities may utilise, for instance, (informed) audio source separation, speaker segmentation and identification, structural music segmentation, or social and Semantic Web technologies, including ontologies and linked open data.

This conference will give a broad overview of the state of the art and address many of the new scientific disciplines involved in this still-emerging field. Our purpose is to continue fostering this line of interdisciplinary research. This is reflected by the wide variety of invited speakers presenting at the conference.

Keynote and invited speakers

* Meinard Müller (International Audio Laboratories Erlangen, Germany) 
* Gaël Richard (TELECOM ParisTech and CNRS, France)
* Gerhard Widmer (Department of Computational Perception, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria)

* Toumas Eerola (Department of Music, Durham University, UK)
* Yves Raimond (BBC R&D, London, UK)
* Xavier Serra (Music Technology Group, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain)
* Jay LeBoeuf (Strategic Technology Director, iZotope Inc.)

For an up-to-date list of the invited talks, please refer to the conference website at

Submission of papers

Submissions of full papers for peer review is now closed. Late-breaking paper proposals including a title and abstract (60-120 words), should be submitted by October 15, 2013. 

Full-paper submission (option 1) -- Now Closed.

Full paper authors are eligible for a Prize for Reproducible Research provided by including a travel bursary of up to 1000 GBP. Please note that you are required to enter separately between September 12 - October 11 (extended deadline) to win the prize.

Demo proposal submission (option 2) -- Deadline: October 15, 2013. (There will be no extension!)

Acceptance of late-breaking demo and poster proposals will be determined by the review committee based on a 60-120 word abstract. Accepted authors will be invited to submit two page extended abstracts (short papers), which will not form part of the official proceedings, but will be published online, and available from the conference web site. Additionally, authors of short papers are invited to use open-access publication routes including Accepted authors will be notified by November 13, 2013. Final submissions will due January 6, 2014. 

For demo proposal submission please choose the second option on the submission site and upload your 60-120 word abstract and title. There are no special formatting requirements for demo proposals, but accepted authors will have to use the template described below for the final short paper submission.

All papers must conform to the LaTeX or MS-Word templates available from Please choose AES53 and download the required template from the menu in the left hand side (login is not requires to access the templates). If you have any questions about peer reviewed paper, poster or extended abstract submissions, please contact: 
Conference website:
Please submit proposals for the late-breaking session no later than October 15. 2013. 

Proposed topics for papers

* Audio signal processing and feature extraction
* Machine learning methods for audio content analysis
* Intelligent audio production using semantic analysis
* Intelligent audio effects
* Semantic audio description and ontologies
* Semantic Web and Linked Data for audio
* Automatic tagging of audio signals
* Speech processing and analysis
* Content-based audio retrieval
* Music informatics and retrieval
* Automatic music transcription
* Audio source separation
* Audio restoration
* User interfaces for audio management and retrieval
* Applications in gaming, entertainment, education, etc…

Conference Programme

The three (+1) day conference programme includes oral and poster sessions to be held at the Barbican Centre in a convenient central London location, social events, and a technical tour at the BBC in London (participant numbers will be limited and subject to registration on a first come first served basis). 

A tutorial day on January 26, 2014 will be held at Queen Mary University of London on effective research practices (e.g. the use of version control and unit testing in audio research) and selected topics TBC (e.g. Intelligent audio production, Semantic Web technologies for audio and/or Sparse Representation). The tutorials are sponsored by and will be free to attend for all conference participants.

Important dates

Late-breaking demo/poster proposal deadline (60-120 word abstracts): October 15, 2013.
Acceptance emailed: November 13, 2013. November 6, 2013.
Camera-ready submission deadline: December 2, 2013. November 27, 2013.
Late-breaking short-paper deadline (extended abstracts): January 6, 2014.

Paper co-chairs

Christian Dittmar, Fraunhofer IDMT
George Fazekas, Queen Mary University of London
Sebastian Ewert, Queen Mary University of London

Organising Committee

Karlheinz Brandenburg (chair), Fraunhofer IDMT
Mark Sandler (chair), QMUL

Chris Baume, BBC R&D
Christian Dittmar, Fraunhofer IDMT
George Fazekas, QMUL
Joshua D. Reiss, QMUL
Michael Terrell, QMUL
Panos Kudumakis, QMUL
Sebastian Ewert, QMUL
Sue White, QMUL
Thomas Wilmering, QMUL
Yading Song, QMUL
Mathieu Barthet, QMUL
Dawn Black, QMUL
Mi Tian, QMUL
Brandon Mechtley, QMUL
Carl Joseph Bussey, QMUL
Luis Figueira, QMUL,

Received on Monday, 14 October 2013 09:16:35 UTC