NIME 2017 : New Interfaces for Musical Expression
Conference Series : New Interfaces for Musical Expression
Call For Papers
All submissions to NIME 2017 are managed via Precision Conference https://precisionconference.com/~nime
We invite academic papers describing original research on new interfaces for musical expression. Papers should be up to 6 pages in length, formatted according to the paper template provided below. Authors are strongly encouraged to also submit a short video abstract in support of their paper. Submissions must provide an original contribution to NIME research, appropriately cite prior related work, and demonstrate a rigorous research methodology. A manuscript submitted for review cannot be already under review for publication elsewhere or be submitted for a second review elsewhere while under review for NIME 2017.
There are two different paper presentation options:
Oral presentation (6 pages max)
Poster presentation (4 pages max)
Please indicate your preferred presentation option during the submission process. The program committee reserves the right to allocate accepted paper submissions into either category regardless of the indicated preference.
A best paper award will be presented to the individual(s) judged by the paper committee to have written the best paper appearing in the conference proceedings. In addition, a selection of papers may be considered for publication, in extended form, in Computer Music Journal (MIT Press).
The templates for submitting papers to the scientific program at NIME 2017 can be found in LaTeX and Word.
Upon initial submission, it will further be necessary to classify the contents of the paper according to the 2012 ACM CCS standards at http://dl.acm.org/ccs/ccs.cfm. You may use the 2012 standards instead of 1998 version in your paper.
Submit Performances and Installations
We invite submission of proposals that will showcase new interfaces for musical expression in composition, performance and sound installation. Proposed works should have a clear connection to the NIME conference and may be connected to a poster or demo submission.
Our resident musicians will include the Figura, a top-tier Copenhagen-based new music ensemble, the Electronic Music Machines Musical Instruments (EMMI) ensemble (USA) and the New York Times-celebrated flutist Margaret Lancaster. Evening and lunch concerts and sound installations will be presented at Aalborg University Copenhagen (also see images in the About page), the Black Diamond, the Royal Academy of Music, Koncertkirken, Diesel House and other cultural institutions around Copenhagen.
Therefore, in addition to the general NIME submissions, we invite proposals that will feature our guest talents with or without an additional interface or performance component:
Flute (standard, alto, bass and piccolo) and any extensions/modifications performed by a single player
Figura Ensemble (voice, clarinet, double bass, percussion)
Electronic Music Machines Musical Instruments (EMMI) ensemble
NOTE: Music and Installation submissions do not need to be anonymous.
We will consider submissions of existing works as well as proposals for new ones. Selected composers will work closely with our musicians in realization of the pieces. For the EMMI concert, we additionally encourage submissions that showcase any robotic instruments.
The music and installation proposals (compiled in a SINGLE pdf) should include a one-page project description, one-page description of technical requirements, short program notes, artist bio(s), and a link to any performance/installation audio or audio-visual documentation (if available). The documentation link should use streaming-only services such as soundcloud, vimeo and youtube. We particularly invite pieces that last 5-12 minutes, however, shorter and longer performance proposals will be considered.
Please keep in mind the following when preparing performance and installation submissions:
Space requirements. Indicate whether the work would be more suitable for a university environment (hallways, staircases and indoor and outdoor plazas), club, traditional concert stage, gallery, public space or other venue.
Performer(s). List any instrumental performers from our talent list that would need to be involved. Please note that the organizers cannot provide funding to support any additional performers’ travel or accommodation.
Feasibility. Provide evidence of the feasibility of the performance or installation. Include documentation and list of previous performances of the submitted or related work that demonstrate the submitter’s capacity to implement the proposal.
Collaborators. Include the names of all participants/submitters, with a short bio for each (100 words).
 NIME will use a relaxed model that does not attempt to conceal all traces of identity from the body of the paper. Authors are expected to keep the template authors as they are, or remove author and institutional identities from the title and header areas of the paper, as noted in the submission instructions (Note: changing the text color of the author information is not sufficient). Also, please make sure that identifying information does not appear in the document’s meta-data (e.g., the ‘Authors’ field in your word processor’s ‘Save As’ dialog box).
Further suppression of identity in the body of the paper is left to the authors’ discretion. We do expect that authors leave citations to their previous work unanonymized, so that reviewers can ensure that all previous research has been taken into account by the authors. However, authors are encouraged to cite their own work in the third person, e.g., avoid “As described in our previous work , …” and use instead “As described by , …”.
We welcome submissions of original instruments and technologies designed for use as new interfaces for musical expression to be demonstrated during the conference.
Proposals should include a max 2 page description in the NIME paper format and a short video abstract, both of which will appear in the conference proceedings. A 1 page description of technical requirements for the demonstration is also required. The template for technical requirements is similar to the CHI interactivity supplements.
A best demonstration award will be judged by the selection committee and presented to the individual(s) responsible at the conference.
We invite submissions for two categories of workshops.
NIME Workshops — targeted at the NIME community, and conference delegates
Unconference Workshops — relevant to a broader range of participants.
either half-day (3 hours) or full-day (6 hours). These can be targeted towards specialist techniques, platforms, hardware, software or pedagogical topics for the advancement of fellow NIME-ers and people with experience related to the topic. NIME Workshops will be held at the with facilities typical of a university media technologydepartment.
either short (1 hour) or long (3 hour) workshops targeted toward visitors to the NIME community, novices/newbies, interested student participants, people from other fields, and members of the public getting to know the potential of NIME.
The NIME committee reserve the right to suggest workshop category reallocation if required.
Workshop proposals should clearly indicate the audience and assumed knowledge of their intended participants to help us market to the appropriate audience. Workshops can relate to, but are not limited to, the topics of the conference. This is a good opportunity to explore a specialized interest or interdisciplinary topic in depth with greater time for discourse, debate, and collaboration.
Submissions that extend, stretch, or challenge the NIME topics and themes are welcome. Submissions should be made at the dedicated submission site.
This year we are encouraging all submissions (including papers) to include a short video, that assists in demonstrating the research claims, performance aesthetic, quality of demonstration, etc. Papers, video or program notes from all accepted submissions will be published in the conference proceedings, under an ISSN/ISBN reference, and will be archived online after the conference to be tracked by citation tools.
All submissions will be subject to a peer review process by an international expert committee. The review process will be double-blind  for all categories except music and installations.
Submissions will go through a rigorous review process. Overall, the review process comprises three layers of evaluation: reviewer, meta-reviewer, and track chairs.
The process is as follows:
Each submission is assigned to one meta-reviewer representative of a topic category.
The meta-reviewer together with the area chairs assigns the submission to reviewers for evaluation. Each submission has at least two reviewers.
The meta-reviewer moderates the area based on the reviewers’ comments and may add their own comments.
Area chairs collate reviews and moderation input. In discussion with the meta-reviewers he or she finalizes the decision for each submission.
Reviewers remain anonymous to the authors and vice versa (double-blind ).
Original contributions are encouraged in, but not limited to, the following topics:
Novel controllers, interfaces or instruments for musical expression
Novel technologies for collaborative performance
Theoretical or philosophical discussions about performing with new interfaces
Sensor, actuator technologies, haptic and force feedback devices
Explorations of the relationship between motion, gesture and music
Interfaces for musical expression for people with special needs
Musical applications of robotics
New performance paradigms for mobile music technologies
Musical mapping strategies
Embedded musical instruments and embedded sound art installations
Interactive sound art and installations
Musical human-computer interaction
Interface protocols and data formats
Performance rendering and generative algorithms
Machine learning in musical performance
Artistic, cultural, and social impact of NIME technology
User studies and evaluations of new interfaces for musical expression