Call for papers: 1st AISB Symposium on Music and Unconventional Computing

Part of:
AISB Annual Convention 2013
University of Exeter, UK
April 2nd-5th 2013

The convention is organised by the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB).


Eduardo Miranda
Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR)
Plymouth University, UK.
eduardo DOT miranda AT

Andy Adamatzky,
Unconventional Computing Centre  
University of the West of England, UK.
andrew DOT adamatzky AT

Programme Committee:

Alexis Kirke, University of Plymouth, UK
Gerhard Nierhaus, Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Graz
Christof Teuscher, Portland State University, USA
Cristian S. Calude, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Duncan Williams, University of Plymouth, UK
Jon McCormack, Monash University, Australia
Jonathan W. Mills, Indiana University, USA
Martyn Amos, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Peter Beyls, St Lukas University College of Art and Design, Belgium
Susan Stepney, University of York, UK
Tim Blackwell, Goldsmith College, UK
Vladimir Privman, Clarkson University, USA


Research into unconventional, or nature-inspired, computing aims to uncover novel principles of efficient information processing and computation in physical, chemical and biological systems, to develop novel non-standard algorithms and computing architectures, and also to implement conventional algorithms in non-silicon, or wet, substrates.

Computers have been programmed to produce sounds as early as the beginning of the 1950’s. Nowadays, the computer is ubiquitous in many aspects of music, ranging from software for musical composition and production, to systems for distribution of music on the Internet. Therefore, it is likely that future developments in Computer Science will have an impact in music technology.

This workshop will discuss ways in which unconventional modes of computation may provide new directions for future developments in Computer Music.

Topics of interest:

Since this is an emerging field, the organizers do not wish to prescribe a limited topic of interest. We welcome proposals addressing questions such as:

Based on existing works on music and UC, we would expect to see papers on topic such as:


There will be separate proceedings for each symposium, produced before the convention.
Each delegate will receive a memory stick containing the proceedings of all the symposia.
Selected papers from the symposium will be published in the International Journal of Unconventional Computing.
Subject to a sufficient number of high-quality papers submitted we might publish collection of extended papers as a volume in Springer Series on Emergence, Complexity and Computation

Important dates and submissions:

Deadline: Midnight, UK time, of 14th January 2013

Deadline extended by 1 week: Midnight, UK time, of 21st January 2013

Notification of acceptance: 11th February 2013
Final versions for inclusion in proceedings: 4th March 2013.
Please send your paper attached to an email to the chairs.
If the file is larger than 5MB please send a link for downloading.
See also:

Paper format:

Please follow the guidelines of the International Journal of Unconventional Computing to format your paper. There is no page limit, but it is highly recommended that papers should not exceed 4,000 words.