NIME 2020

21-25 July, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire


The International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression gathers researchers and musicians from all over the world to share their knowledge and late-breaking work on new musical interface design. The conference started out as a workshop at the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) in 2001. Since then, an annual series of international conferences have been held around the world, hosted by research groups dedicated to interface design, human-computer interaction, and computer music. The twentieth edition of the conference will be hosted by the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, a world-leading music institution and one of the eight conservatoires in the UK.

The theme of this conference edition is the Accessibility of Musical Expression, addressing the challenges of making musical expression accessible to all. This theme aims at providing a platform for researchers to explore accessibility and its different forms through the themes of music making with and for people with complex cognitive and physical needs, musician-centred interaction design and interfaces for music education and discovery.

We invite submissions of new works in the following categories:

  • Papers
  • Late-Breaking Demos
  • Music Performances
  • Installations
  • Workshops
Read the call for participation here

Call for Participation

We would like to invite you to be part of NIME 2020 – The International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression. We welcome submissions of original research, both scientific and artistic. A non-exhaustive list of NIME-related topics is found below.


Original contributions are encouraged in, but not limited to, the following topics:
  • Musical interfaces designed by/with disabled/neurodiverse musicians
  • Musical interfaces in/as education
  • Increasing musical choices for disabled musicians through new accessible interfaces
  • Easier/cheaper approaches to the design of bespoke accessible instruments (that can be adapted to a user’s requirements), in a world dominated by mass production
  • Strategies that improve the reach and replicability of one-off accessible instrument projects, particularly those that are unlikely to have full commercial potential
  • Musical interfaces tailored to formally trained musicians
  • Novel controllers, interfaces or instruments for musical expression
  • Augmented, embedded and hyper instruments
  • Technologies or systems for collaborative music-making
  • Mobile music-making
  • Music-related human-computer interaction and mapping strategies
  • Sensor and actuator technologies, including haptics and force feedback devices
  • Explorations of relationships between motion, gesture and music
  • Evaluation and user studies of new interfaces for musical expression or commercially available “off the shelf” interfaces
  • Musical robotics
  • Interactive sound art and installations
  • Performance rendering and generative algorithms
  • Machine learning in musical performance
  • Artificial intelligence and new interfaces for musical expression
  • Web-based and/or telematic music performance
  • Software frameworks, interface protocols, and data formats, for supporting musical interaction
  • Historical, theoretical or philosophical discussions about designing or performing with new interfaces
  • Supporting cultural diversity through musical interfaces
  • Discussions about the artistic, cultural, and social impact of new interfaces
  • Pedagogical perspectives or reports on student projects in the framework of NIME-related courses
  • Practice-based research approaches/methodologies/criticism relating to the use of musical interfaces

Important Dates

  • 24 January 2020: Paper, Poster, Music, Installation and Workshops submission deadline
  • 31 January 2020: Final submission upload deadline (no extension)
  • 15-22 March 2020: Notification of acceptances/rejections
  • 22 March 2020: Early Bird Registration Opens
  • 10 April 2020: Non-Paper Demo submission deadline
  • 15 April 2020: Camera-ready submission and presenter registration deadline
  • 30 April 2020: Early-bird registration deadline
  • 21 July 2020: Pre-conference workshops
  • 22-24 July 2020: The conference
  • 25 July 2020: The unconference
Get templates and submit here

Important Notes

  • All paper category submissions must be completely anonymized, including the names of authors, references, photos and specific project names that can identify the author(s). This is because we practice a “double-blind” peer review process to avoid implicit bias.
  • At least one person (author, performer, artist) MUST be registered for the conference for their piece/paper to be included in the program. Papers for which no author registers – and/or is not present at the conference – will be removed from the proceedings. NIME is first and foremost a place for meeting and discussing with other people. That is not possible if people do not show up to the conference.
  • Demonstration papers will be presented during poster sessions. It is also possible to submit a proposal for a demonstration which will not be accompanied by a paper publication. For additional info on non-paper demonstrations, please see the call for Non-Paper Workshops and Demos category below. All demonstration paper submissions must include a video.
  • 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 2020.
  • Accepted papers will be published online as part of the conference proceedings on the conference website and will be archived online to be tracked by citation tools.

Call for Papers

There are three different paper submission categories:
  • Full papers, up to 6 pages in length
  • Short papers, up to 4 pages in length
  • Demonstration papers, up to 2 pages in length
In order to encourage dialogue, papers will be strictly limited to 15 minutes, with each paper given 5 minutes for questions, with a further 15 minute panel discussion at the end of each paper session.

Paper Review Process

All paper submissions will be subjected to a rigorous double-blind peer review process by an international committee of experts. All of the submitted papers should demonstrate rigorous research methodology and will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
  • novelty
  • academic quality
  • appropriateness of topic
  • importance
  • readability and paper organization
The process is as follows:
  • Each paper submission will be assigned to at least 3 reviewers for evaluation.
  • A meta-reviewer will moderate a discussion amongst the reviewers, write a summary review, and recommend whether to accept the paper.
  • The paper chairs will make the final decision on paper acceptance and will inform the author(s) of their decision along with the reviewers’ comments.
  • Please note this review process is double-blind, meaning reviewers remain anonymous to the authors and vice-versa. It is expected that authors respect NIME’s Publication ethics and malpractice statement.

    Deadline Extension

    There will be no extension to the paper submission deadline. However, authors of registered papers on or before January 24th will be allowed to upload new versions of their papers (in PDF format) until January 31th (23h59 British Standard Time). No other changes will be possible (i.e. authors will not be able to change title, abstract, authors, keywords/topics, or other metadata).

    submit here

    Call for Music

    We invite submission of proposals that showcase new interfaces for musical expression in composition and performance. We look forward to receiving submissions that expand and reshape our understanding of NIME in the performance, conceptualization, and reception of music. We encourage submissions that respond to the conference theme of the Accessibility of Musical Expression, addressing the challenges of making musical expression accessible to all.

    If a music submission is selected for performance at NIME, it is our expectation that the proposing artists will be available to perform the work on ANY day of the conference. The NIME 2020 organization is unable to consider requests for musical performances to happen on specific days of the conference.

    Music proposals (compiled into a single pdf) should include:
    • A project description.
    • A description of technical requirements.
    • Short program notes.
    • A link to audio and, preferably, audio-visual documentation. The documentation link should be unrestricted to ensure easy access by both chairs and reviewers.
    In addition, you will be asked to provide artist bio(s) as a separate entry box in the online submission system.

    Accepted proposals will be allowed to submit an extended music abstract for inclusion in the NIME music proceedings.
    We will expect performances to last no longer than 5-7 minutes. Shorter and longer performance proposals may also be taken into consideration, but longer durations performances must be justified in the proposal. Applicants must consider the following aspects when preparing music performance submissions:
    • Space requirements: Indicate whether the work would be more suitable for a traditional concert stage, gallery, club, public space, university environment (hallways, staircases and indoor and outdoor plazas), or other venue. For networked and web-based work, please include the technical information and system requirements.
    • Performer(s): List any instrumental performers. Please note that the organizers cannot provide funding to support any additional performers’ travel or accommodation. Within reasonable limits, we may be able to provide musicians to perform pieces but this would be negotiated on a piece-by-piece basis.
    • Feasibility: Provide evidence of the feasibility of the musical performance. 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).
    • All submissions must be anonymized, including, but not limited to authors, references, and specific project names that can clearly identify the author(s).
    • Submitted proposals will be evaluated by multiple adjudicators. Review is double-blind.

    Music Review Process

    All music submissions will be peer reviewed by at least three international experts. Review is double blind.

    submit here

    Call for Installations

    NIME 2020 will also provide several locations that can be used to exhibit new installation works. These are foyer location installations or room-based installations in connection to the conference venues.

    Submitted proposals will be subject to a curation process by an international expert committee. Documentation of the installations will be available online after the conference.

    In order to present an installation for NIME 2020, please submit a proposal in the form of a PDF document, maximum 4 pages, containing the following information:
    • The title of the work
    • Names of contributing artists
    • A clear description of the proposed installation that will provide reviewers with a sense of its motivation and proposed realization. Pictures, schematic diagrams and/or proposed floor plans would be helpful here. You may also provide any documentation of previous presentations of this installation (if they exist).
    • Floor Plan & Logistical requirement: This should indicate requirements for your installation including time required to set up, diagrams for space utilization, networking needs, etc.
    • Feasibility: Provide evidence of the feasibility of the installation. Include documentation and list of previous installations of the submitted or related work that demonstrate the submitter’s capacity to implement the proposal.
    • Provide a list of equipment required for the installation, clearly indicating what you will bring and what you would require the conference organizers to provide.
    • A link to audio-visual documentation (if available). The documentation link should use an unrestricted streaming service, such as SoundCloud, Vimeo, or YouTube.

    Installation Review Process

    All installation submissions will be evaluated by a review panel according to the following criteria: originality, impact, creativity, technique, presentation, and feasibility.

    submit here

    Workshops and Non-Paper Demos

    NIME 2020 welcomes the submission of workshop and demo proposals that are not accompanied by a paper. These specialized workshops may be in any area of the NIME themes or topics.

    Unlike the workshop-papers and demo-papers available under the papers category, workshops and demo proposals do not need to be anonymized and will be curated by the conference committee based on their relevance to the conference theme and feasibility. As a result, the feedback on these curated acceptances and rejections will be limited.

    The non-paper workshop proposals (compiled in a single pdf) should include:
    • One-page workshop description
    • One-page description of technical and space requirements
    • Workshop leader(s) bio(s)
    • A link to aural, visual, and/or online documentation. The documentation link containing media materials should use an unrestricted streaming service such as SoundCloud, Vimeo, or YouTube.
    • The non-paper demo proposals (compiled in a single pdf) should include:
    • One-page demo description
    • One-page description of technical and space requirements
    • Author bio(s)
    • A link to audio-visual documentation showcasing the technology and/or activity to be demonstrated. The documentation link containing media materials should use an unrestricted streaming service such as Vimeo, or YouTube.

    Workshop and Non-Paper Demo Review Process

    All workshops and non-paper demo submissions will be evaluated by a review panel according to the following criteria: originality, impact, creativity, technique, presentation, and feasibility.
    submit here


    Submissions for NIME 2020 open in December 2019.