Music, Mind, and Invention: Call for Submissions

Music, Mind, and Invention
Creativity at the Intersection of Music and Computation

Important Dates:
Submission of abstracts and creative work January 15, 2012
Notification of acceptance February 15, 2012
Camera-ready paper submissions March 16, 2012
Workshop dates March 30-31, 2012

Workshop Description:
The Music, Mind, and Invention Workshop will take place March
30 and 31, 2012 at The College of New Jersey. Its purpose will
be to explore the rich interconnections between music, cognition,
computation, and creativity, addressing themes such as: creativity
across disciplines, ways of thinking about music, and music as a
medium for improvement. The workshop will feature a keynote address
by Marvin Minsky, invited talks by Noam Elkies, Tod Machover, and
Dmitri Tymoczko, and Diana Deutsch (tentative), panel discussions,
and presentations of peer-reviewed papers and creative work.
Submissions that present novel theories, late-breaking results,
and new ways of addressing unresolved questions are welcome. Special
efforts will be made to recruit submissions and reviewers from a
broad range of disciplines. The workshop will be open to the public.

Workshop Themes:
The topics of the workshop have been designed to provide a framework
for presentations and discussions about fundamental and unresolved
questions in the contributing disciplines, drawing upon aspects of
Marvin Minsky’s article, “Music, Mind and Meaning” [1]:

· Creativity across Disciplines – In what ways can musicians and
scientists contribute to each other’s disciplines? Can listening
to or creating music help us find more imaginative and effective
solutions to scientific and computational problems? Can scientific
methods help musicians to be more effective? How to foster and
evaluate different types of creativity and creative outcomes. Can
musical concepts or ways of thinking influence and improve other
pursuits? Definitions and types of creativity, how creativity can
be measured, and whether it is possible to enhance creativity
through musical activities and musical thinking.

· Ways of thinking about Music — Synergistic relationships between
music and computation/AI. Robotics as a platform for modeling and
simulating human musical behaviors so as to better understand them.
Music as embodied computation. Computational descriptions for musical
gestures and movement. Theoretical frameworks and conceptual models
of musical cognition, gesture, and expression.

· Music as a Medium for Improvement – Why is music capable of
motivating and increasing mental focus and physical stamina? Music’s
effects on psychomotor processes and emotion. Music as an effective
technique and therapy for brain and speech disorders. Healing and
motivational functions of music. Recent brain research in music.

Contributions are welcome from intellectual disciplines including
(but not limited to): Music Perception/Cognition, Artificial
Intelligence, Computational Musicology, Mathematics, Music Theory,
Computer Science, Music Information Retrieval, Aesthetics, Creativity,
Computer Music, Musical Robotics, New Interfaces for Musical
Expression, and Affective Computing.

Paper Submissions:
We encourage submissions of 1-2 page extended abstracts on topics related
to the workshop themes. Authors of accepted abstracts will be asked to
submit camera-ready papers and present 30-minute talks at the workshop in
single-track sessions. All abstracts will be peer-reviewed according to
their novelty, technical content, clarity, and contribution to the overall
balance of topics and disciplines. Peer reviewers will be selected from a
broad range of related disciplines, to ensure that papers and creative work
are reviewed equitably. Approximately ten papers among the workshop
submissions will be invited to submit an expanded paper toward publication
in a shared volume after the workshop. Guidelines and submission instructions
are available at:

Creative Work Submissions:
We also encourage submissions of new creative work in areas related to the
workshop themes. All submissions will be peer-reviewed according to their
quality and relevance to the workshop topics. Work may be submitted as either
Stage Performances or Demonstrations. Performances will be presented in the
TCNJ Mayo Concert Hall on the evening of March 30; they may complement a paper
submission, or stand alone as independent works. Demonstrations will be
presented in spaces adjacent to the Concert Hall on March 31; they should
have an interactive or audio/visual component and may complement a paper
submission. Guidelines and submission instructions are available at:

General Chair: Teresa Marrin Nakra, The College of New Jersey (nakra [at]
Performance Chair: Roger Dannenberg, Carnegie Mellon University (rbd [at]
Creative Work Chair: Chris Ault, The College of New Jersey (ault [at]
Program Chair: Andrea Salgian, The College of New Jersey (salgian [at]

Performance Committee:
Dan Trueman, Princeton University
Gary Fienberg, The College of New Jersey

Creative Work Committee:
Margaret Minsky
Warren Buckleitner, Editor, Children’s Technology Review

Program Committee:
Juan Bello, New York University
Winslow Burleson, Arizona State University
Brett BuSha, The College of New Jersey
Michael Casey, Dartmouth College
Elaine Chew, Queen Mary, University of London
Parag Chordia, Georgia Institute of Technology
Dan Ellis, Columbia University
Morwaread Farbood, New York University
Rebecca Fiebrink, Princeton University
Michel Galante, Argento New Music Project / The College of New Jersey
Grady Gerbracht, The College of New Jersey
Fabien Gouyon, INESC Porto / University of Porto
Ozgur Izmirli, Connecticut College
Youngmoo Kim, Drexel University
Miroslav Martinovic, The College of New Jersey
Andrew McPherson, Queen Mary, University of London
Kazuhiro Nakadai, HONDA Research Institute / Tokyo Institute of Technology
Doug Riecken, Columbia University
Robert Rowe, New York University
Meredith K. Stone, The College of New Jersey
Jennifer Wang, The College of New Jersey
Gil Weinberg, Georgia Institute of Technology


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