Call for Contributions

Call for Contributions

AES 149th Convention
October 2020

Call for Technical Sessions (Workshops and Panels)

Those wishing to submit proposals for technical sessions must complete the submission form in the AES 149th submission system. These will be considered by the convention committee for suitability and may be chosen for one of the convention tracks, or as a stand-alone event. For questions about this category of submission, contact the convention chairs.

Deadline: July 1, 2020

Call for Papers

Papers Chairs: Areti Andreopoulou and Braxton Boren. Contact Papers Chairs.


Proposals describing work in any area of audio engineering and its related arts and sciences will be considered for inclusion in convention sessions. A detailed list of proposed topics is given below.


Authors may submit proposals in three categories:
1. Complete-manuscript peer-reviewed convention papers
2. Abstract-precis-reviewed convention papers
3. Abstract-reviewed engineering briefs (paper optional)

Submitting a Proposal

Category 1 and 2 proposals are to be submitted electronically to the AES submission system by July 1, 2020. (This is an extension of the original date. There will be no further extensions).

For the complete-manuscript peer-reviewed convention papers (Category 1), authors are asked to submit papers of 4–10 pages to the submission site. These complete-manuscript papers will be reviewed by at least two experts in the field, and authors will be notified of acceptance by July 27, 2020. Final manuscript with revisions requested by the reviewers have to be submitted before August 15, 2020. If rejected as a peer-reviewed convention paper (category 1), the proposal may still be accepted for categories 2 or 3.

For abstract-precis-reviewed proposals (Category 2), a title, 60-to 120-word abstract, and 500- to 750-word précis of the proposed paper must be submitted by July 1, 2020. Authors will be notified of acceptance by July 27, 2020, and the authors must submit their final manuscripts (4 to 10 pages) before August 15, 2020. If rejected from this category, the proposal may be still be accepted as an engineering brief (Category 3).

Papers exceeding 10 pages run the risk of rejection without review. If such a paper is accepted the author will be charged a fee of $25 for every page over 10.

For engineering briefs (Category 3), authors must supply an abstract to the AES submission system by August 1, 2020 to indicate their desire to present an engineering brief. This should cover the background of the topic and the specific work that will be presented. Submissions will be reviewed based on interest to the AES community, and to ensure that any presentations will not be of a commercial nature. Topics for the engineering briefs can be very wide-ranging. Authors will be notified of acceptance within a week after the deadline. Manuscripts of 1 to 5 pages are optional, to be included in the E-Library, and must be submitted by August 31, 2020. Abstract-only presentations will not be included in the E-Library.

Downloadable templates:

Complete-manuscript peer-reviewed convention paper (Category 1)

Abstract-precis-reviewed propoals (Category 2)

Engineering briefs (Category 3)


Papers may be submitted by a single author or a group of authors. For each paper, a single “presenting author” is designated on the paper submission website – usually the person who will present the paper at the Convention. The presenting authors for each paper in categories 1 through 3 will be required to pay a Presenting Author Fee at the following applicable rate:

  • AES members (Life member* / Fellow / Member / Associate categories): $470
  • AES student members: $130
  • Non AES members: $595

These amounts are below advance registration fees for the Convention and are required payment for all presenting authors in categories 1 through 3. No additional registration fee will be required; all Presenting Authors will receive a free Four-day All Access Badge on payment of their Presenting Author Fee.

A presenting author invoice and further details will be sent with the paper acceptance notice.

Authors presenting more than one paper in categories 1 through 3 are only required to pay one Presenting Author Fee.

Co-authors of a paper are welcome, and encouraged, to attend the presentations but will require an All Access Badge (available for four, two or one days) to access the sessions.

*Note: While Life Members have the privilege of no-cost All Access registration, Life Members who are Presenting Authors in categories 1 through 3 are required to pay the Presenting Author Fee.

Publication in the E-Library

All convention papers will be available in the AES E-Library no earlier than 10 days before the convention starts. All individual AES members now have free access to the E-Library. Any non-member author paying the non-member price for a four day All Access badge will also be given free access to download the convention papers from the E-Library.


Presenting authors who are student members and whose convention papers (Category 1 or 2) are accepted will be eligible for the Student Paper Award at the 149th Convention. Note that papers from the peer-reviewed Category 1 are given preference by the award judges.

Presenting authors of accepted Category 1 papers will be further eligible for the Best Peer-Reviewed Paper Award.

Poster or Lecture

During the online submission process you will be asked to specify whether you prefer to present your paper in a lecture or poster session. Highly detailed papers are better suited to poster sessions, which permit greater interaction between author and audience. The convention committee reserves the right to reassign papers to any session, lecture or poster.


Proposal (Category 1 and 2) deadline: July 1, 2020 
Acceptance (précis proposals, Category 2) emailed: July 27, 2020
Acceptance (full papers, Category 1) emailed: July 27, 2020 
Final manuscript (Catagory 1 and 2) deadline: August 15, 2020

Engineering brief (Category 3) proposal deadline: August 1, 2020
Engineering brief (Category 3) 1–5 page PDF deadline: August 31, 2020

Open Access

Authors can pay an additional fee to make papers Open Access. See our Open Access page for more information.

Proposed Topics

Audio Applications and Technologies
 Audio and education
 Audio for mobile and handheld devices
 Auditory display and sonification
 Automotive audio
 Digital broadcasting
 Forensic audio
 Interactive sound
 Networked, Internet, and remote audio
 New audio interfaces
 Web 2.0 technologies 

Audio Content Management
 Archiving and restoration
 Audio and music information retrieval
 Audio formats
 Automatic content description
 Digital libraries 

Audio Processing
 Analysis and synthesis of sound
 Audio coding and compression
 Audio effects
 Auditory scene analysis
 High resolution audio
 Machine listening
 Music and speech signal processing 

Audio Equipment
 Electronic instrument design & applications
 Instrumentation and measurement
 Loudspeakers and headphones
 Microphones, converters, and amplifiers
 Musical instrument design
 Protocols and data formats
 Wireless and wearable audio 

Immersive Audio
 Audio for virtual/augmented reality environments
 Evaluation of spatial audio
 Game Audio
 Multichannel and spatial audio
 Acoustic simulation of immersive audio environments
 Sound design of immersive audio environments
 Spatial audio applications 

 Audio perception
 Audio quality
 Hearing loss, protection, and enhancement
 Listening tests and evaluation
 Speech intelligibility 

Recording, Production, and Reproduction
 Electronic dance music
 Film sound (foley, recording, mixing, scoring)
 Live event and stage audio
 Mixing, remixing, and mastering
 Room and architectural acoustics
 Sound design and reinforcement
 Studio recording techniques

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