The selection process as been completed!
Final paper submissions due on 20 April, 2012!

On behalf of the NIME 2012 Committee, we would like to invite you to be part of the 12th international conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression conference, organized by the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, USA.

We invite submission of new works in the following categories:

  • Paper (oral/poster/demo)
  • Performance
  • Installation
  • Workshop

  • Paper/performance/installation/workshop submission: 31 January 2012 Extended to 7 February 2012
  • Review notification: 16 March 2012. Extended to 19 March 2012 for Music and 21 March 2012 for Installations
  • Final paper deadline: 20 April 2012

For any further information/questions/comments/suggestions, please contact the organizing committee.


  • Novel controllers and interfaces for musical expression
  • Novel musical instruments
  • Mobile music technologies
  • Augmented/hyper instruments
  • Novel controllers for collaborative performance
  • Interfaces for dance and physical expression
  • Interactive game music
  • Robotic music
  • Interactive sound and multimedia installations
  • Interactive sonification
  • Sensor and actuator technologies
  • Haptic and force feedback devices
  • Interface protocols and data formats
  • Motion, gesture and music
  • Perceptual and cognitive issues
  • Interactivity design and software tools
  • Sonic interaction design
  • NIME intersecting with game design
  • Musical mapping strategies
  • Performance analysis
  • Performance rendering and generative algorithms
  • Machine learning in performance systems
  • Experiences with novel interfaces in live performance and composition
  • Surveys of past work and stimulating ideas for future research
  • Historical studies in twentieth-century instrument design
  • Experiences with novel interfaces in education and entertainment
  • Reports on student projects in the framework of NIME related courses
  • Artistic, cultural, and social impact of NIME technology
  • Biological and bio-inspired systems
  • Musical human-computer interaction
  • Multimodal expressive interfaces
  • Practice-based research approaches/methodologies/criticism


We welcome submissions of original research on all above mentioned (and other) topics related to development and artistic use of new interfaces for musical expression. There are three different paper submission categories:

  • Full paper (up to 6 pages in proceedings, longer oral presentation, optional demo)
  • Short paper/poster (up to 4 pages in proceedings, shorter oral presentation or poster, optional demo)
  • Demonstration (up to 2 pages in proceedings)
Please use this template when preparing your manuscript. For the final paper submission word users should either fix the year in the copyright notice of their submission from NIME'11 and 2011 to NIME'12 and 2012, or use the updated word template. Latex requires no change. Choose your poster format no larger than 47"x 35.5" (either horizontal or vertical). Submitted papers will be subject to a single-blind peer review process by an international expert committee. All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, under an ISSN/ISBN reference, and will be available online after the conference. 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 2012.

To Paper Submissions


We welcome submission of proposals for performances. Proposed performances should have a clear connection with the substance of the NIME conference. Performance proposals in conjunction with paper submissions are encouraged, but each will be judged on its own merit. Within reasonable limits, we may be able to provide musicians to perform pieces. Typical NIME performance pieces last for 5-15 minutes, but shorter and longer performance proposals may also be taken into consideration.

Submitted proposals will be reviewed by an expert committee. Preference will be given to submissions with strong evidence that the proposed performance has already been realized or is technically feasible and within the artists' capabilities. Documentation of the performances will be available online after the conference.

Submit a proposal in the form of a PDF document, maximum 4 pages. Supplementary supporting media files (audio and video) or links to online media are encouraged. The proposal should include the following:

  • Title and detailed description of the proposed performance. Include a score and video/audio documentation where possible.
  • Names of all participants/submitters, with a short bio for each (100 words). < Duration.
  • Number of performers and the instruments and technologies that will be used.
  • Any requirements for the venue. Diagrams of the preferred stage setup and signal routing are recommended.
  • Evidence of the feasibility of the performance. Include documentation of past performances or related works that demonstrate the submitters’ capabilities to implement the proposed performance.
  • A list of any equipment that needs to be provided by the conference organizers.
  • Any instrumental performers that would need to be provided by the organizers. Note that the conference organizers may not be able to accommodate your request.
Please note that the organizers cannot provide funding to support performers' travel or accommodation at the conference.

To Performance Submissions


We will have a number of locations that can be used to exhibit new music installation work. These are foyer location installations or room-based installations in connection to the conference venues. High and open indoor space is available.

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

NIME2012 will host a public exhibition of installation works in a gallery close to the conference venue. The exhibition will run from Sunday May 20th through Wednesday May 23rd so those planning to submit should be prepared to arrive in Ann Arbor to set up on Saturday May 19th.

In order to submit a proposal for an installation for NIME2012, 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)
  • Describe the space needed and the adaptability of the installation in terms of possible venues.
  • 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.

To Installation Submissions


We call for short (3 hours) or long (6 hours) workshops and tutorials. 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. They can also be targeted towards 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.

Tutorial proposers should clearly indicate the audience and assumed knowledge of their intended participants to help us market to the appropriate audience. Workshops and tutorials can relate to, but are not limited to, the topics of the conference. This is a good opportunity to explore a specialised interest or interdisciplinary topic in depth with greater time for discourse, debate, collaboration.

Admission to workshops and tutorials will be charged separately from the main conference. Proposer(s) are responsible for publishing any workshop proceedings (if desired) and should engage in the promotion of their event by engaging their own networks. Workshops may be cancelled or combined if there is inadequate participation.

To Workshop Submissions