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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: [email protected]


Submission of papers and demos

Submissions may include full papers for peer review (4-10 pages, conforming the AES conference template), or short, late-breaking paper proposals including a title and abstract (60-120 words). Complete manuscripts (encouraged for full peer review) should be submitted at by September 25, 2013 September 15, 2013. Late-breaking paper proposals should be submitted by October 15, 2013.


Full-paper submission (option 1) Extended deadline: September 25, 2013. Full paper submission is now closed, but you may propose demo papers until October 15. See option 2 below. Please note that the Prize for Reproducible Research is open until October 2 October 11.

Peer reviewed papers may be presented in the main sessions, or as a poster at the discretion of the committee, although authors may indicate a preference. Acceptance of papers will be determined by the 53rd international conference review committee based on the full paper submission. Accepted authors will be notified by November 13, 2013. November 6, 2013. Final manuscripts must be submitted by December 2, 2013 November 27, 2013. Authors wishing their conference papers to be considered for publication by the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society (JAES), should read the Journal's guidelines described at: and, following the conference, submit a revised and extended version of their paper for review, using the Journal's online submission system.

For full paper submission, please choose the first option on the submission site. All papers are peer-reviewed. Please note that option two (non-peer reviewed submission) is not available for full papers.

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. to win the prize.

Note: Authors can now upload a new version of their full paper until Friday, September 27, 2013. However, no new full paper submissions are accepted after the extended deadline of September 25, i.e., a draft manuscript must be submitted before this Wednesday.


Demo proposal submission (option 2) — Deadline: October 15, 2013.

Acceptance of late-breaking demo and poster proposals will be determined by the review committee based on the 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 late-breaking 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 select the AES 53rd Conference and see links to templates on the left hand side (login is not required to download the templates). If you have any questions about peer reviewed paper, poster or extended abstract submissions, please contact:  [email protected].

Please submit manuscripts at no later than September 25, 2013 September 15, 2013., or proposals for the late-breaking session no later than October 15. 2013. If you have any questions, please contact: [email protected]

Topics of interest

* 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…

Important dates

Full-paper manuscript deadline: September 25, 2013 September 15, 2013.
demo proposal deadline (60-120 word abstracts): October 15, 2013.
emailed: November 13, 2013. November 6, 2013.
submission deadline: December 6, 2103. November 27, 2013.
Late-breaking short-paper
deadline (extended abstracts): January 6, 2014.


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.

Two special sessions are currently being organised on "Semantic Audio Organization and Retrieval – Integrating User and Audio Information" chaired by Jan Larsen and Mark Plumbley, and "Intelligent Audio Production" chaired by Josh Reiss and Bryan Pardo. Please see programmes page for more information and submission details.


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)

Tuomas 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 programmes page.



The conference is organised by the Centre for Digital Music (C4DM) at Queen Mary, University of London, UK and the Fraunhofer-Institut für Digitale Medientechnologie (IDMT), Ilmenau, Germany. The chairs are Prof. Karlheinz Brandenburg and Prof. Mark Sandler. Paper co-chairs are Christian Dittmar (Fraunhofer IDMT) George Fazekas and Sebastian Ewert (QMUL). Our technical tour is organised in collaboration with BBC R&D.

For more details about the organiser institutions and a full list of commettee members, please see the dedicated commettee page.



Download the official call for contributions PDF published in the Journal of the Audio Eng. Soc.

Download the conference flyer.

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