Call for Contributions

Call for Contributions

AES Show Spring 2021 (150th Convention)
Dates: May 25-28, 2021 
Location: Virtual

Updated April 29, 2021


Call for Technical Sessions (Workshops and Tutorials)

Those wishing to submit proposals for technical sessions must complete the submission form in the AES 150th 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. A guide deadline of March 15, 2021 is suggested, but this may be adjusted by the convention committee. For questions about this category of submission, contact the convention chairs.

(Note that the submission site login is NOT the same as your AES login. You will need to create an EasyChair account if you have not submitted via that platform before.)

Deadline: March 15, 2021

Pre-recorded workshop presentation video deadline (if accepted to program): May 1, 2021

Call for Papers

Papers Chairs: Jamie Angus and Remy Wenmaekers. Contact Papers Chairs. This contact link can also be used by anyone interested in serving as a paper reviewer. We will be using blind reviews for the 150th Convention.


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. Please also take the time to review the AES Convention and Conference Author Guidelines before submitting.


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 150th submission system by March 15, 2021.

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 April 15, 2021. Final manuscript with revisions requested by the reviewers have to be submitted before April 30, 2021. If rejected as a 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 March 15, 2021. Authors will be notified of acceptance by April 15, 2021, and the authors must submit their final manuscripts (4 to 10 pages) before April 30, 2021. 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 150th submission system by March 15, 2021 to indicate their desire to present an engineering brief. This should cover the background of your topic and the specific work you will be presenting. 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. PDF manuscripts of 1–5 pages are optional, to be included in the E-Library, and must be submitted by April 30, 2021. Abstract-only presentations will not be included in the E-Library. Learn more about engineering briefs here.

Engineering briefs exceeding 5 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 5.

(Note that the submission site login is NOT the same as your AES login. You will need to create an EasyChair account if you have not submitted via that platform before.)

Downloadable templates

Complete-manuscript peer-reviewed convention paper (Category 1)
Abstract-precis-reviewed proposals (Category 2)
Engineering briefs (Category 3)

Word templates for all categories
(Click on File and Download to download the appropriate Word document to your device)


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): $139
  • AES student members: $99
  • Non AES members: $264

These amounts 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 but will require an All Access Badge 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 150th; peer-reviewed Category 1 papers are given preference by the award judges.

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


Because the 150th convention will be held virtually, we will not offer the option of presenting your paper in a poster session. All presentations will be in a lecture format.


The submission sites will be available by mid-December.

Proposal (workshops and tutorials) deadline: March 15, 2021
Pre-recorded workshop/tutorial presentation video deadline (if accepted to program): May 1, 2021

Proposal (Category 1 and 2) deadline: March 15, 2021 
Acceptance (précis proposals, Category 2) emailed: April 15, 2021 
Acceptance (full papers, Category 1) emailed: April 15, 2021 
Final manuscript (Category 1 and 2) deadline: April 30, 2021

Engineering brief (Category 3) proposal deadline: March 15, 2021 
Engineering brief (Category 3) 1–5 page PDF deadline: April 30, 2021

Pre-recorded paper/engineering brief presentation video deadline: May 1, 2021

Open Access

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

Proposed Topics

Acoustics of music rooms

  • Acoustics of smaller rooms
  • Acoustics of large performance or rehearsal spaces
  • Room acoustic solutions and materials
  • Sound isolation related to music as a source

Audio Applications and Technologies

  • Audio in 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
  • Interaction of transducers and the room
  • 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
  • Impact of room acoustics on immersive audio
  • Multichannel and spatial audio
  • Sound design/acoustic simulation of immersive audio environments
  • Spatial audio applications


  • Audio perception
  • Audio quality
  • Hearing loss, protection, and enhancement
  • Listening tests and evaluation
  • Psychoacoustics
  • Room acoustics and perception
  • Speech intelligibility

Recording, Production, and Reproduction

  • Electronic dance music
  • Hip-Hop/R&B
  • Live event and stage audio
  • Mixing, remixing, and mastering
  • Sound design and reinforcement
  • Studio recording techniques





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