Presentation Guidelines

This year, we had two types of papers at ISMIR: Anniversary papers and Regular papers. These papers will be presented during 7 sessions, each marked with a letter A, B, ..., G.

Each of the sessions will first consist of oral presentations, followed by a poster session highlighting all regular papers that were presented in the session.

To emphasize that all research themes within ISMIR are considered as equal, this year, we have chosen to avoid having themed sessions, and have randomized the order of the regular paper presentations. If there also is an anniversary paper presentation associated to the session, that paper will be presented first.

In our detailed program, each paper has been designated with a unique session ID of the form [{Session_letter}-{order_number}]. For example, the 4th paper of session F has [F-04] as its ID. Authors: please look up the ID of your paper there.


Presentation durations

Anniversary papers will have 15 minutes of oral presentation time, followed by 10 minutes of plenary Q&A. These papers will not be accompanied by a poster.

Regular papers will have 4 minutes of oral presentation time. This will not be followed by plenary Q&A. However, as mentioned above, right after the oral presentation session, a corresponding poster session will take place, during which presenters of regular papers will further discuss their work. For this latter part, please see the guidelines on poster presentations.


As we will have up to 18 regular papers in a single session, all authors are requested to strictly stay within their designated presentation time, and we will apply a hard cut-off at 4:00 minutes. Therefore, authors, please make sure your presentation is well rehearsed! This approach worked well at ISMIR 2018, so we trust it also will work this year.

To further facilitate the logistics during the oral presentation sessions, in similar fashion to ISMIR 2018, we will request for all our presenters to send us their slides beforehand, and to present from our machines at the venue. Further details on the procedures for this are listed below.


Submitting your slide deck

All oral presentations will take place in the Auditorium of the TU Delft Aula. Here, we will both have a Mac and a Windows laptop available.

For the presentations, we accept *.pdf, MS Powerpoint (*.ppt, *.pptx), Apple Keynote (*.key), and presentations that can be run in a browser (e.g. Google slides or html5). Our laptops have Powerpoint 2016 and Keynote 6.6.2 (2571) installed.

We can accommodate 16:9 and 4:3 slide ratios, with preference for 16:9.

If your presentation includes multimedia files (e.g. audio and/or video examples), please make sure all included files can be played with a regular install of VLC (, and also prepare a separate zip file with all individual media files as a backup.

Authors are requested to have their slides submitted to our online upload system no later than 23:59 h, two days before their scheduled presentations.

For example, presenters scheduled on Tuesday, November 5 are requested to have their material submitted no later than Sunday, November 3, 23:59 h.

In preparing your material, please make sure that both your slide deck and the optional accompanying zip file are named as {session_id}_{family_name}.file_extension, with session_id being the session ID of your paper in the detailed program, and family_name being the last name of the first author of your paper.


Testing your slide deck

We will accommodate time slots during which you can test your slides before your presentation. The time slots for this will be posted here.


Speaker consent

We would like to record all conference talks, such that we will have a video archive of ISMIR, and people who were unable to attend the conference can still see the talks afterwards. For this, we need your explicit consent as a speaker to be recorded and included in our video archive.

The corresponding consent form is available here. You can already upload a signed form with your slides upload, but alternatively, you can sign it on a hardcopy at the conference venue.