Call for Abstracts - CIRMMT Symposium on Force Feedback and Music

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT) and the Input Devices and Music Interaction Laboratory (IDMIL), McGill University, will organize a 2-day workshop on December 9-10, 2016, to discuss the state-of-the-art and the possible future directions of research on force-feedback and music (FF&M).

We would like to invite submissions of research reports (abstracts) to be presented during the event.

Summary of Important Information:

  • CIRMMT Symposium on Force Feedback and Music
  • When: December 9 – 10, 2016
  • Where: CIRMMT, McGill University, Montreal, Qc, Canada (
  • Deadline for abstract submission: Monday November 14 16 2016
  • Acceptance notification: Thursday November 17 2016

Context: Though haptics research in music is a very active research field, it seems presently dominated by tactile interfaces, due in part to the widespread availability of vibrotactile feedback in portable devices. Though not recent—with some of the its early contributions dating back to the end of the 70s—research on force-feedback in musical applications has traditionally suffered from issues such as hardware cost, as well as the lack of community-wide accessibility to software and hardware platforms for prototyping musical applications. In spite of this situation, in recent years, several works have addressed this topic proposing software platforms and simulation models.

We believe that it is then time to probe the current state of research on Force-feedback and music (FF&M).

Topics: We invite the submission of abstracts summarizing innovative work addressing force-feedback applications to music and media, including, but not limited to, the following topics:

  1. Music and media applications of force-feedback systems
  2. FF models of musical actions
  3. Audio and mapping systems adapted to force-feedback applications
  4. Open-hardware and open-source solutions for developing and sharing force-feedback/musical projects
  5. Evaluation of system quality vs cost in musical applications
  6. The pros/cons of existing hardware and software systems
  7. The obsolescence of hardware and software systems and ways to deal with it
  8. Perceptual issues in FF&M

Abstract submission: To propose a contribution, please send a one page summary of your proposal detailing:

  1. the research you carry out
  2. its current results
  3. its future perspectives

Deadlines and how to submit: The deadline for abstract submission is Monday November 14 2016. Selection results will be announced on Thursday Nov 17.

Please send your one-page abstract to, with the email subject: [FF&M 2016] Contribution by “XXX”

Support: The CIRMMT Symposium on Force Feedback and Music is sponsored by the Input Devices and Music Interaction Laboratory, McGill University, the Inria-FRQNT MIDWAY “équipes de recherche associées” project, and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology and McGill University.