Call 2017
  • General Co-Chairs: Dan Overholt and Stefania Serafin, Aalborg University Copenhagen
  • Scientific Chairs: Cumhur Erkut, Amalia De Goetzen, Aalborg University Copenhagen


NIME (New Interfaces for Musical Expression) is the premier conference in designing human-machine interfaces and interactions for musical performance. NIME gathers researchers and practitioners together for lectures, installations, concerts, and workshops.
NIME 2017 will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, between 15-19 May 2017.

Call for Participation

On behalf of the NIME 2017 Committee, we would like to invite you to be part of the 17th international conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression. We invite submission of new works in the following categories:
  • Papers and Posters
  • Performances, Installations and Exhibitions
  • Demonstrations
  • Workshops and Unconference day activities

Important Dates

  • Submission: January 24, 2017.
  • In order to be included in the peer review process your submission must be received by 11:59pm Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) on this date.
    However, you will be able to make updates to your documents and video until 11:59pm on 31st of Jan 2017, after which they will be sent to reviewers.
  • Review notification: March 28, 2017
  • Camera-ready paper/program note deadline: April 18, 2017

Submit Online

All submissions to NIME 2017 are managed via a conference system. Details will be announced soon.


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. The video should be one minute, H.264 encoded MP4 with 16:9 aspect ratio. See for further instructions on video and note that performance and installation videos can be longer in duration.
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 .

Call for Papers

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 at
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
  • Poster presentation
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.
The templates for submitting papers to the scientific program at NIME 2017 will be provided here.

Call for Demonstrations

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 (above) 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 are provided at
A best demonstration award will be judged by the selection committee and presented to the individual(s) responsible at the conference.

Call for Performances and Installations

We invite submission of proposals for performances and installations. Novel and exploratory use of new interfaces is encouraged. Proposed performances and installations should have a clear connection with the substance of 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 Medialogy, AAU as well as at major 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
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.
The music proposals should include a one-page description, program notes, artist bios, and a 2-3 minute video preview, along with a 1 page description of technical requirements. The video preview will be used for the purposes of review and selection. Video documentation of all performances and installations will occur during the conference, where practicable, and be made available online following the conference.
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. For example documentation and listings of past performances or related works 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).

Call for Workshops

We invite submissions for two categories of workshops.
NIME Workshops :: Targeted at the NIME community and conference delegates. 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 Aalborg University Copenhagen; with facilities typical of a university media technology department.
Unconference Workshops : Relevant to a broader range of participants. 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 reserves 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.

Review Process

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
  • Augmented/hyper instruments
  • Novel technologies for collaborative performance
  • Theoretical or philosophical discussions about performing with new
  • 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


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 [10], …”
and use instead “As described by [10], …”
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