SEMPRE Conference: Music and Empathy


Title: SEMPRE Conference: Music and Empathy
Location: Hull, UK
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Date: 2013-11-09

This one-day SEMPRE conference hosted by the University of Hull will include invited presentations, a specialist workshop and selected submissions from researchers on the theme of music and empathy. In recent years there has been a growing interest in empathy in the fields of a variety of contexts, including education and development, emotion, expressiveness, and performance. This conference seeks to draw together current research from a range of areas, and to encourage and stimulate discussion on research in music and empathy.

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Tracking the Creative Process in Music


Title: Tracking the Creative Process in Music
Location: Montreal, Canada
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Start Date: 2013-10-10
End Date: 2013-10-12

International Conference – 2nd edition

10-12 October 2013
Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création et de recherche en musique

Faculty of Music, Université de Montréal

Languages : French/English


This conference, whose first edition was organized by Nicolas Donin and Vincent Tiffon in Lille (France) in 2011, brings together researchers interested in artistic creativity and the study of processes of musical and sound creation of the past and present. Researchers working on this cluster of problems from a wide variety of specialities (history, music analysis, genetic criticism, psychology, cognitive sciences, sociology, ethnomusicology, anthropology, etc.) are invited to assess the different methodologies developed in last thirty years in their respective areas in an interdisciplinary perspective. Each approach contributes in its own way to the advancement of our understanding of the procedures, techniques, knowledge and know-how employed by musicians involved in creative projects.


Nicolas Donin
Michel Duchesneau
Jonathan Goldman
Catherine Guastavino
Caroline Traube


OICRM: Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création et de recherche en musique.

IRCAM: Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique (Paris), Analysis of Musical Practices Research team.

With the collaboration of the Faculty of Music, Université de Montréal, the CIRMMT (Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology) and the Schulich School of Music, McGill University.

The conference is under the patronage of ESCOM (European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music).


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Progress in Motor Control IX


Title: Progress in Motor Control IX
Location: Montreal, Canada
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Start Date: 2013-07-13
End Date: 2013-07-16

Important Dates:

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: February 14, 2013
  • Early Registration Deadline:  May 1st, 2013


The three-day meeting brings together experts in diverse areas of Motor Control including the performing arts, such as dance, circus arts and music. There will be two scientific plenary sessions per day addressing the following areas:

  • Cortical and spinal mechanisms of motor control
  • Variability and redundancy in motor control
  • Equilibrium-point control and perception-action coupling
  • Motor control of speech and language
  • Motor control and recovery from injury
  • Motor control and the performing arts


Language Sciences in the 21st Century: The interdisciplinary challenge


Title: Language Sciences in the 21st Century: The interdisciplinary challenge
Location: Cambridge, UK
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Start Date: 2013-10-03
End Date: 2013-10-04

Cambridge Language Sciences is hosting a major conference, Language Sciences in the 21st century: The interdisciplinary challenge, at West Road on 3-4 October 2013. The aim is to bring together an international group of researchers, whose work crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries, in order to explore key issues in language sciences. We hope the conference will be both a venue for the presentation of important new work and also a platform for Cambridge’s growing profile in this area.

The conference will include invited speakers, symposia, presented papers and posters. The four thematic strands will be:

Philosophy of language meets computational linguistics

Diversity and universals

Beyond our primate inheritance: Neurobiological and evolutionary approaches to language

Interdisciplinary perspectives on multilingualism

The first step in putting together the programme will be to gain an idea of the range of contributions which could come from Cambridge, how they may fit within the conference strands, and how they represent the emergence of broader approaches and themes. We are not, at present, inviting submitted papers. Expressions of interest based on cooperative or collaborative research are particularly welcome.

If you are a Cambridge researcher interested in the possibility of presenting your work at the conference, please contact Jane Walsh in the first instance by the end of January 2013 ( indicating which theme or themes you feel your research might relate to, providing a brief description of your work and also an indication of how it meets the “interdisciplinary challenge”.

International Congress of Linguists


Title: International Congress of Linguists
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
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Start Date: 2013-07-22
End Date: 2013-07-27

The International Congress of Linguists (ICL) takes place every five years, under the governance of the International Permanent Committee of Linguists (CIPL). The last congress took place in Seoul, year 2008. The Société Suisse de Linguistique (SSL) submitted a proposal for the organization of the 19th congress, in 2013, in Ferdinand de Saussure’s city, one century after his death. Geneva was chosen for the venue, and the Congress will take place there, from July 21 to July 27.

The title of the Congress is :

The Language-Cognition Interface

The sessions organisers have been chosen by the scientific committee :

1. Saussure and his legacy: Frederick J. Newmeyer (University of Washington, Seattle, USA, University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University, Canada).
2. Origin of language and human cognition: Anne Reboul (Institute for Cognitive Sciences, CNRS, Lyon, France).
3. The life, growth and death of languages: Claire Bowern (Yale University, USA).
4. Phonology and Morphology: Marc van Oostendorp (Meertens Instituut, Amsterdam, Netherlands).
5. Theoretical and comparative syntax: Luigi Rizzi (University of Sienna, Italy, and University of Geneva, Switzerland).

6. Semantics, pragmatics, discourse

7. Psycholinguistics: Ulrich Frauenfelder (University of Geneva, Switzerland).
8. Sociolinguistics and multilingualism: Edgar Schneider (University of Regensburg, Germany).
9. Experimental and computational approaches to language and linguistics: Eric Wehrli (University of Geneva, Switzerland).
10. Varia: Stephen Anderson (Yale University, USA).

The keynote speakers have been chosen by the Scientific Committee:

  1. History of linguistics: Giorgio Graffi, University of Verona, Italy.
  2. Sociolinguistics: Peter Auer, University of Freiburg, Germany.
  3. Syntax: Liliane Haegeman, University of Ghent, Belgium.
  4. Semantics: Angelika Kratzer, University of Massachussets, Amherst, USA.
  5. Origin and evolution of language: W. Tecumseh Fitch, University of Vienna, Austria.
  6. Pragmatics and cognition: Philippe Schlenker, Institut Nicod, Paris, France; University of New York, USA.
  7. Neurolinguistics: Karen Emmorey, San Diego State University, USA.
  8. Computational linguistics: Mark Johnson, Macquarie University, Australia.

Contact: 19icl(at)unige(dot)ch

International Symposium on Performance Science


Title: International Symposium on Performance Science
Location: Vienna, Austria
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Start Date: 2013-08-28
End Date: 2013-08-31

Performing Together

The ISPS 2013 theme, Performing Together, is intended to encourage discussion and debate on collaborative performing activities of all types and between various constituents.

Key dates

1 March 2013: End of early registration
15 April 2013: Deadline for papers for the ISPS proceedings
28 August 2013: Start of ISPS 2013


The following keynote speakers will appear at ISPS 2013:

Tecumseh Fitch
University of Vienna (Austria)
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Peter Keller
University of Western Sydney (Australia)
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Emma Redding
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (UK)
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Alan Wing
University of Birmingham (UK)
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Further information about the program will be posted here in February 2013.



Title: COGSCI 2012
Location: Berlin, Germany
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Start Date: 2013-08-01
End Date: 2013-08-04

CogSci 2013 is the 35th annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, to be held in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 31 – Saturday, August 3, 2013. We encourage researchers from around the world to submit their best basic and applied work in cognitive science to CogSci 2013, and to attend in order to discuss the latest theories and data from the world’s best cognitive science researchers. Submissions are solicited from all areas of cognitive science.

CogSci 2013’s theme is “Cooperative Minds: Social Interaction and Group Dynamics.” This theme reflects a rapidly growing interest in the Cognitive Science community, namely a move from the study of individual cognition to the social realm. A further topic will be Cognitive Interaction Technologies, a rather new field aiming at a thorough understanding of the processes and functional constituents of cognitive interaction in order to replicate them in technical systems.

This will be the first time that the Society will meet in Germany. More information on this matter will be posted on Travel Info as it becomes available.


ACM Creativity and Cognition 2013


Title: ACM Creativity and Cognition 2013
Location: Sydney, Australia
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Start Date: 2013-06-17
End Date: 2013-06-20

The University of Technology, Sydney will host the International Conference on Creativity and Cognition from the 17th to the 20th of June 2013. The organising committee would like to invite you to join us in Sydney for another conference in this very successful series.
For 2013 the conference theme will be ‘Intersections and Interactions’, due to the inter-disciplinarity that is inherent in the study of creativity and cognition. June 2013 will be an exciting time for Sydney, as the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA 2013) will run from the 7th to 16th, as well as the Vivid Festival of Arts from the 24th of May until the 10th of June.
General topics may include, but are not limited to:
The study of creativity in an individual, in a group or a team, or in a particular cultural context.
  • Discussions of ways to foster creativity though the design, development and/or deployment of pedagogy, of technology support tools for creative work, or of environments and systems of support for creativity.  Of particular interest is work on creative technology support tools that involves collaborations between artists and technologists.
  • Research reports on empirical assessment of various aspects of creativity and cognition that seek to deal with evaluation metrics, measures, and constraints using methodological approaches such as case studies, experimentation, modeling, or simulation.
  • Explorations of new or only partially explored intersections in creativity such as personal creativity in everyday life, the role of emotion in creativity, brain event scanning and recording, and any novel design and evaluation ideas that may one day be valuable to the Creativity and Cognition community.
  • Also of particular interest are papers, posters and demonstrations that describe artworks/performance works, etc. and that explore and reflect on the nature of creativity, the act of creation, and/or artistic expression.

EvoMUSART 2013


Title: EvoMUSART 2013
Location: Vienna, Austria
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Start Date: 2013-04-03
End Date: 2013-04-05

2nd International Conference on Evolutionary and Biologically Inspired Music, Sound, Art and Design

Following the success of previous events and the importance of the field of evolutionary and biologically inspired music, sound, art and design, EvoMUSART has become an EvoStar conference with independent proceedings. Thus, EvoMUSART 2013 is the eleventh European Event and the second International Conference on Evolutionary and Biologically Inspired Music, Sound, Art and Design.

The use of biologically inspired techniques for the development of artistic systems is a recent, exciting and significant area of research. There is a growing interest in the application of these techniques in fields such as: visual art and music generation, analysis, and interpretation; sound synthesis; architecture; video; poetry; design; and other creative tasks.

The main goal of evomusart 2013 is to bring together researchers who are using biologically inspired computer techniques for artistic tasks, providing the opportunity to promote, present and discuss ongoing work in the area.

The event will be held from 3-5 April, 2013 in Vienna, Austria as part of the EvoStar event.

Topics of interest

Submissions should concern the use of biologically inspired computer techniques — e.g. Evolutionary Computation, Artificial Life, Artificial Neural Networks, Swarm Intelligence, other artificial intelligence techniques — in the generation, analysis and interpretation of art, music, design, architecture and other artistic fields.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Generation
    • Biologically Inspired Design and Art — Systems that create drawings, images, animations, sculptures, poetry, text, designs, webpages, buildings, etc.
    • Biologically Inspired Sound and Music — Systems that create musical pieces, sounds, instruments, voices, sound effects, sound analysis, etc.
    • Robotic-Based Evolutionary Art and Music.
    • Other related artificial intelligence or generative techniques in the fields of Computer Music, Computer Art, etc.
  • Theory
    • Computational Aesthetics, Experimental Aesthetics; Emotional Response, Surprise, Novelty.
    • Representation techniques.
    • Robotic-Based Evolutionary Art and Music.
    • Other related artificial intelligence or generative techniques in the fields of Computer Music, Computer Art, etc.
    • Surveys of the current state-of-the-art in the area; identification of weaknesses and strengths; comparative analysis and classification
    • Validation methodologies.
    • Studies on the applicability of these techniques to related areas.
    • New models designed to promote the creative potential of biologically inspired computation.
  • Computer Aided Creativity and computational creativity
    • Systems in which biologically inspired computation is used to promote the creativity of a human user.
    • New ways of integrating the user in the evolutionary cycle.
    • Analysis and evaluation of: the artistic potential of biologically inspired art and music; the artistic processes inherent to these approaches; the resulting artifacts.
    • Collaborative distributed artificial art environments.
  • Automation – Techniques for automatic fitness assignment
    • Systems in which an analysis or interpretation of the artworks is used in conjunction with biologically inspired techniques to produce novel objects.
    • Systems that resort to biologically inspired computation to perform the analysis of image, music, sound, sculpture, or some other types of artistic object.

1st International Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics and X


Title: 1st International Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics and X
Location: Bergamo Città Alta, Italy
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Start Date: 2013-06-27
End Date: 2013-06-28

The development of computational tools and media has been radically transforming the landscape for the practice of design, the arts and numerous cultural manifestations. Recognizing this, xCoAx is designed as a multi-disciplinary and nomadic enquiry on arts, computers, computation, communication and the elusive x factor that connects them all.

xCoAx is a forum for the exchange of ideas and the discovery of new and profitable synergies. It is an event exploring the frontiers of digital arts with the participation of a diverse confluence of computer scientists, media practitioners and theoreticians, that will focus on the relations between what can and cannot be computed, what can and cannot be communicated, what is beautiful and how humans and computational systems intersect in the development of new directions in aesthetics.


Day one: Conference and keynote. All presentations will be selected by double-blind peer-review by an international and multidisciplinary scientific committee. Presentations will be organized in panels chaired by a moderator that will sum up the presentations and lead a discussion with the authors and audience. A guest keynote will close the day.

Day two: Demos, poster presentations, exhibition and performances. All demos and posters will be exhibited at various spaces in and around the conference room and the cloisters of UniBG Sant’Agostino. Presentations and discussion will be organized throughout the afternoon, networking authors and audience. During the evening, performances will be presented at Bergamo’s Piazza Vecchia, the central location of the Bergamo Città Alta.