Information and Frequently Asked Questions

Important dates and submission guidelines

None & none. Really. Please read on.

How can I present at D&L, then?

The only rule is showing up on the day

In the style of the recent trend of unconferences and barcamps , there will be no prefixed agenda for the D&L event, hence no submission needed prior to the conference. The agenda will consist of a blank canvas of several concurrent 1-hour presentation slots ("sessions"), to be filled in by participants during an agenda-building period at the beginning of the event. Attendees interested in presenting a demo or an idea should simply show up and convene a session. All those gathered will have the opportunity, if they want it, to put sessions on the agenda. (trust us, this works better than it sounds).

However, in order to ensure people are actually interested in your session, we offer this space (a "wiki" style website) in order to propose sessions in advance, gather commentaries, and start discussion well ahead of the day. Take a plunge, go to the Program Suggestion page, see what others are already proposing, and start connecting with others you might collaborate with when convening a session. Incidentally, if you're wishing to convene a "demo" session and you request special equipment/technology, this is also your opportunity to clearly tell us what you will need.

Criteria for presentations

There will be no peer-review of the proposals, neither in advance on the wiki, nor on the day.

However, presentation space at the event will be limited (between 10 and 20 concurrent sessions, tba). Therefore, while the organizers will do their best to provide space even for last-minute sessions convened without previous wiki discussion, the program will give natural priority to topics gathering remarkable momentum and commentaries on these pages before the conference. So, please, do really chime in: program suggestion wiki

In addition, in the interest of diversity, we will enforce the following simple rules:
  1. a maximum of 2 moderators per session (sessions are not intended as panels of experts, but rather small group discussions)
  2. a maximum of 1 session per moderator (but you can attend and participate in as many as you like/can of course)

What can I present?

Well, this is the "demo" and "late-breaking result" track, isn't it? We're very much interested in these 2 types of presentations of course. As a novelty this year, both types of presentations will happen with the same format during the D&L event, i.e. one slot in the afternoon's agenda. A "late-breaking" type of session will typically (but not necessarily) include a 5-10 minutes' presentation, followed by an interactive discussion. A "demo" type of session could include a group demo, or a series of individual demos.

However, while the D&L event accommodates both for demos and late-breaking results, it also opens the door to things that were not previously possible to present:
  • from the well thought-out, prepared talk (e.g. why not, a talk that was rejected for the main conference track) to the "spur of the moment" new idea that would be fun talking about;
  • from the demonstration of a working tool (e.g. what we used to call a "demo") to the whiteboarding of something completely new and waiting to be built.

Have an idea for a session? Post it here.

Can I really present a last-minute idea?

Absolutely. Even more so, we encourage them!

The D&L event will take place at the end of ISMIR2012, in order to provide a space for attendees to convene last-minute sessions on topics that have emerged during the conference. This could be e.g. an attempt to solve a problem that was noted independently by several authors during the conference main track, a first meeting towards organizing a journal special issue on an emerging topic seen in a few papers this year, sitting together to share and merge testing datasets, etc.

Attendees are encouraged to go with the flow, be on the look-out for such topics during the conference, and to connect with others with whom they might collaborate to convene a D&L session on the last day. We expect quite a lot of interaction with the wiki and e.g. twitter during the few days prior to D&L.

How do I present?

There is no "right way" to convene a session, but we beg to differ from the main conference track by encouraging more interaction and less preparation. Sessions will be held in small rooms/spaces in the D&L venue, encouraging informal group discussions, brainstorming and problem solving. Additionally, collaboration among participants who convene sessions and even merging of sessions on similar topics are both encouraged (however, if you convene a session, the decision to merge with another session will always be yours to make).

Presentation equipment will be limited: videoprojectors will be the exception rather than the norm. Think rather whiteboards and filpcharts, or even perhaps a simple table with paper and markers.

Where and when is it again?

See this page for details.

Are D&L presentations publishable/quotable material?

Yes, if you wish to.

All presented sessions during the D&L event will be reserved an associated place-holder for a post-conference abstract (max. 2 pages) to be published and indexed on as a full paper available for citation. Abstracts can be e.g. a few paragraphs debriefing the session, summarizing its conclusions or shaping a proposal for future work. Abstracts can be authored by the session organizer, or by a selection or all of the session participants.

In addition, selected presentations will also be invited for submission (together with those at the conference's MIRrors session) as extended papers in a special issue of the Journal of Intelligent Information Systems, to be edited after the conference (more details soon...)

Convinced already? Have a program suggestion? Post it here, or jump in and comment on proposals already made by others.

Related links about unconferences:

On organizing and/or participating in a Conference in the age of Twitter
What is an unconference?
Why “unconferences” are fun conferences
Wikipedia: Unconference
The Unconference Blog
Understanding the Unconference
The format for this website is inspired by that of the ScienceOnline2013 conference.