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MCM 2017

Mathematics and Computation in Music


Mexico City                      26-29 June 2017




The Sixth International Conference on Mathematics and Computation in Music will be held June 26-29, 2017 at

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico City, México.


MCM is the flagship conference of the Society for Mathematics and Computation in Music (SMCM), whose official publication is the Journal of Mathematics and Music (JMM).


MCM 2017 continues the tradition of biennial international conferences of the Society for Mathematics and Computation in Music held on alternating sides of the Atlantic. In this occasion it is hosted by the Facultad de Ciencias at UNAM.


The conference brings together researchers from around the world who combine mathematics or computation with music theory, music analysis, composition and performance. MCM provides a dedicated platform for the communication and exchange of ideas amongst researchers in mathematics, computer science, music theory, composition and performance, musicology and related disciplines.


There will be introductory talks to specific fields of research.


The disciplines of Mathematics and Music share an intertwined history stretching back more than two and a half millennia. More recently, computer science has made possible new approaches to these disciplines, often with transformative effect.


In addition to the scientific program, there will be concerts open to both congress participants and the general public.



The publication of revised selected papers will be as a post-proceeding in LNCS/LNAI in the series name Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence www.springer.com/lncs. The MCM 2017 Conference URL will be included among the list of Forthcoming Proceedings (ftp://ftp.springer.de/pub/LNCS_FCP.pdf ) on Springer server.


The proceedings are now available online: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-71827-9  LNAI 10527, MCM 2017

There is a free access for a period of 4 weeks.




Official poster MCM 2017 in jpg

Official Poster in pdf


Past Conferences


  MCM2015: http://mcm2015.qmul.ac.uk/

ICCM2014: http://icmm.cucei.udg.mx/

MCM2013: http://www.music.mcgill.ca/mcm2013/

MCM2011: http://mcm2011.ircam.fr/drupal/

MCM2009: http://www.mcm2009.info/




Dr. Emilio Lluis-Puebla




Society for Mathematics and Computation in Music  SMCM

Sociedad Matemática Mexicana  SMM

Facultad de Ciencias, UNAM



Collaborating Institutions











Important dates, Submission, Panel discussions, Registration


Important Dates

The deadline for all types of submission is: 31 March 2017

Notification of Acceptance: 28 April 2017 or earlier

Camera-ready Copy:  16 May 2017

Early Registration Dates: 2 May 2017

Conference Dates: 26-29 June 2017




The organisers of MCM 2017 encourage submissions of unpublished papers that use mathematical and/or computational approaches to music theory, music analysis, composition, performance, by researchers or teams of researchers from any relevant field. If space is available, lectures without paper submission will be welcome.


Particularly, we welcome submissions on any topic relating to mathematics and/or computation in music, including (but not limited to):


•Mathematical and computational models of and/or approaches to logical, philosophical and methodological aspects of mathematics and computation in music

•Musicology, music theory, analysis

•Composition and performance, improvisation

•The perception and cognition of any aspect of musical structure

•Music and emotion

•Musical learning and education

•Musical interaction and gestures

•The history of mathematics and computation in music

•Applications of mathematical music theory and computational tools for musicians, musicologists and others who work with music

•Study of mathematical objects derived from mathematical music theory.


We invite submissions of the following types:


    Long papers (10-12 pages in the Springer LNCS style) to be presented orally

    Short papers (4-6 pages in the Springer LNCS style) to be presented as posters

    Panel discussions


Long and short papers


Long and short paper submissions should take the form of complete papers; each paper submission should include an abstract of up to 150 words. Authors may not reveal their identity if they deem it necessary.


Accepted papers will be published by Springer in an edited volume in the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science, as were the proceedings of previous MCM conferences. This Memoirs will be published after the congress. Information for authors in this series may be found in




including formatting guidelines. Submissions must be made using one of the Springer LNCS style templates. Authors are strongly encouraged to prepare their submissions using the LNCS LaTeX style (see also this sample file). However, if authors are unable to use LaTeX, then they may submit it in LibreOffice/OpenOffice.odt format, but must have the same layout as obtained with TeX. Submissions that do not conform to one of these templates will be rejected without review.


All papers will be reviewed according to their novelty or expository quality, scientific quality, relevance to the conference and stimulation potential.


A researcher may not appear as single author on more than one paper submission, nor as a lead author on more than two paper submissions. Submissions of long and short papers must follow the following guidelines:


    use the LNCS templates

    respect the page restrictions for long and short papers


Poster size can be A0 or 70 cm x 100 cm, printed in photographic paper, and should be installed by the author.


Panel discussions


Panels should offer lively and provocative discussions on topics of particular interest to the community. Rather than offering a series of paper presentations, panel sessions should be structured so as to engage the audience in thoughtful and constructive dialogue with the panelists. The primary criteria for selection are the anticipated level of interest, the potential impact, and the organizer’s and panelists’ expertise in the field.


Proposals should be no more than 4000 words and need not follow the Springer formatting procedures. A proposal for a panel discussion should provide the following details:


    clear description of the topic of the discussion

    arguments why the topic is timely, significant and relevant to the conference

    references to relevant recent publications

    short biographies for the proposed discussants.


The deadline for all types of submission is: Friday 31 of March, 2017.


There will be no extension to the paper submission deadline on 31 of March. However, authors of registered papers on March 31 will be allowed to send new versions of their pdf-papers until April 5th. No other changes will be possible (i.e. no change of title, abstract, authors, keywords/topics, or other metadata). No submission of new papers will be possible after March 31.


Notification acceptance:  28 of April 2017


Camera-ready copy:  16 of May 2017


All submissions must be made to any of the following organizers in pdf format files:


Emilio Lluis-Puebla 



Octavio A. Agustín-Aquino



Mariana Montiel






To plan the logistics of the conference (local transportation from and to the hotels, to the concerts, etc.) we strongly encourage all participants to register (confirm your assistance) before May 2, 2017. This will be the early registration. The conference takes place 26-29 of June 2017.  At least one author of an accepted paper should register by May 2, 2017.


Fee for early registration (confirmation of your assistance): 500 MX pesos (or its equivalent: approximately £ 21 = 27 US = 25 Euros) until May 2, 2017 payable in pesos the 26th of June at the registration desk. You do not have to send any amount.


Please register (confirm your assistance) by just sending an e mail to Dr. Emilio Lluis-Puebla at  lluisp(at)unam(dot)mx.  The answer you get by e-mail for your registration will be your confirmation of either early or normal registration according to the date you send it.


Normal registration fee: 700 MX pesos (or its equivalent: approximately £33 = 38 US = 35 Euros).


We will appreciate you let us know also at which hotel you made your reservation, since we want to know how many persons should be picked up in the morning to take you to the University.


Special note for students and professors from Mexico: Los alumnos y profesores de cualquier institución mexicana que deseen asistir al MCM 2017 tendrán libre acceso al mismo, tanto a las sesiones de ponencias como de conciertos. Se requiere mostrar su identificación que lo acredite en el escritorio de registro. Hay cupo limitado al número de asientos de los auditorios.






MCM 2017 Programme


General Organizing Committee


Guerino Mazzola

School of Music, University of Minnesota, USA



Emilio Lluis-Puebla

Faculty of Sciences, UNAM, Mexico



Octavio A. Agustín-Aquino

Universidad de la Cañada, Oaxaca, Mexico



Mariana Montiel

Georgia State University, Georgia, USA



Gabriel Pareyón

National Center for Music Research, Documentation and Information, CENIDIM-INBA



Roberto Morales-Manzanares

Music Informatics Laboratory, LIM, U. de Guanajuato, Mexico



Emil Awad

Research Center fot the Arts, CECDA, U. Veracruzana, Mexico



Juan Sebastián Lach

Conservatorio de las Rosas, Morelia, Mich, Mexico



Scientific Programme Committee


Emilio Lluis-Puebla

Faculty of Sciences, UNAM, Mexico


Mariana Montiel

Georgia State University, Georgia, USA


Octavio A. Agustín-Aquino

Universidad de la Cañada, Oaxaca, Mexico




Local Organizing Committee


Emilio Lluis-Puebla

Faculty of Sciences, UNAM, Mexico


Octavio A. Agustín-Aquino

Universidad de la Cañada, Oaxaca, Mexico


with the valuable assistance of graduate and undergraduate students, all from the Faculty of Sciences, UNAM


Yemile Chávez Martínez


Bruno Martínez Warnholtz


Julisa Rodríguez Torres


Ruby Almazán Calzada


Kuauhtémok González Cortés


Gabriela Jacinto


Alison Barbosa


Alan Cordero Vilchis










The Sixth Biennial International Conference on Mathematics and Computation in Music will be held in Mexico City in the “Conjunto Amoxcalli” at the Faculty of Sciences of the “Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México” (UNAM). Please see map below in a new window since the editor of this website does not allow to be opened in the same one for security reasons:




It is at 5-minute drive from the south hotel zone Perisur. There are several ways to get here from the hotel. We will get a shuttle bus from the hotels to the conference and back.


Venue formal address:

Conjunto Amoxcalli

Facultad de Ciencias (UNAM)

Ciudad Universitaria

Circuito Exterior s/n

Coyoacán, 04510

Ciudad de México








Travel and local visits


1.-Arrive at the Mexico City International Airport called “Benito Juárez”. Go to immigration and then pick your luggage.


2.-Once you exit the doors from baggage claim, buy a taxi ticket at the counters of diverse taxi brands. Anyone is good. Tell you go to the ___ hotel at the south of the city, near Perisur Mall. It will cost around 17-20 US.


Almost everybody does NOT need a visa to enter México. To see the countries that do not need visa see:




and for the countries that need visa see:




The best way to enter is as a tourist (since you are not going to work, but are going to be delighted from “watching a music and mathematics spectacle”).


*There will be a visit and a concert from our Congress at the “Castillo de Chapultepec” on Wednesday evening, (28th of June, 2017) from 18:00 to 20:30 hrs.











*There is an interesting archeological site at “Cuicuilco”. It is a five-minute walk from Radisson Hotel at Perisur.






*The Congress takes place at Ciudad Universitaria which is another interesting place to visit







*Very near Ciudad Universitaria is “Museo de El Carmen”.    http://elcarmen.inah.gob.mx/  (Please open this address in a new window since the editor of this website does not allow to be opened in the same one for security reasons).






Hotels and Restaurants




We have the following 5 star hotels at very special rates for our Conference with its own specifications. Reservations should be done by the participant as soon as possible (since the rooms are subject to availability) exclusively by e-mail mentioning the code and should be warranted with a credit card. As usual, in case of cancellation, they have to be done 48 hours before in order not to get a “no show” charge. Very important: do not reserve in the web page of the hotels since we have very special rates for our conference. Hotels will keep the same rate one week before and after the Conference, please ask them.


1.- Radisson Paraíso Hotel, Ciudad de México.


$990 pesos plus taxes (16% tax & 3% tax) = 990+158+30 pesos = 1178 pesos = approx. 56 US Dollars = approx. 53 Euros = approx. 44 Pounds per night. Single or double rooms same rate.


You can visit the hotel web page www.radisson.com/mexico-city-hotel-df-14010/mexicoci but do the reservation exclusively by e-mail at Rocio Guzman <rguzman@radisson.com.mx>    Code: MCM 2017.


2.- Royal Hotel Pedregal.


$990 pesos plus taxes = 990+158+30 pesos = 1178 pesos = approx. 56 US Dollars = approx. 53 Euros = approx. 44 Pounds per night. Single or double rooms same rate.


You can visit the hotel web page www.hotelesroyal.com.mx  but do the reservation exclusively by e-mail at gjasso@hotelesroyal.com.mx or

rsvasroyal@hotelesroyal.com.mx or rsvaspedregal@hotelesroyal.com.mx   Code: MMCUNI.


3.- Hotel Camino Real Pedregal.


$1100 pesos+16%tax+3% tax= $1100 + 176 + 33 pesos = $1309 pesos = approx. 63 US Dollars = approx. 60 Euros = approx. 50 Pounds per night. Single or double rooms same rate.


You can visit the hotel web page www.caminoreal.com/pedregal but do the reservation exclusively by e-mail at Yazmin Jimenez <yazmin.jimenez@caminoreal.com.mx>    Code: MCM 2017.


4.- Pedregal Palace Hotel.


$1053 pesos already with taxes = approx. 50 US Dollars already with taxes = approx. 48 Euros already with taxes = approx. 40 Pounds already with taxes per night. Single or double rooms same rate.


You can visit the hotel web page www.pedregalpalace.com.mx but do the reservation exclusively by e-mail

at reservaciones@pedregalpalace.com.mx    Code: Congreso de Matematica y Computacion en la Musica.





There are plenty of very good restaurants. Besides the restaurants at the Radisson or Royal hotels there are many good restaurants in the Mexican cousin, one of the best in the world. But it takes time to find out where to go, make a reservation, etc. Here are three very good restaurants in the south of the city where we are at the MCM 2017 Conference.


1.- San Angel Inn. On a magnificent 16th century estate, the San Angel Inn is unquestionably one of the city’s most traditional and renowned. Extraordinary international cuisine, with strong Mexican accents, allows the Inn to devote itself to magnificent experimentation and achievement over more than 50 years. Huitlacoche crepes, cream of poblano chilis, lobster bisque and Rockefeller shrimp are just some of the highlights on the menu. Their martinis and margaritas remain legendary.

Diego Rivera 50 (at Altavista), col. San Angel Inn

Tel. 5516 1402 / sanangelinn.com


2.- Always esoteric, El Cardenal has been one of the best Centro restaurants for as long as anyone can remember. Most famous for the breakfasts, at lunchtime all the niceties go away and the real guns come out. A chicken breast stuffed goat cheese ought to get you going but the red mole is easily among the best moles in Mexico City.


Restaurant El Cardenal

Number 5 out of 4,009 Restaurants. Calle de La Paz, 32, Ciudad de México 01000, México

Tel. +52 55 55500293;  https://www.tripadvisor.com.mx/Restaurants-g150800-Mexico_City_Central_Mexico_and_Gulf_Coast.html


3.- Enrique

“Carnitas”, “barbacoa”, the best Mexican food.

Avenida Insurgentes Sur 4061; +52 55 5573 9988; https://www.queremoscomer.rest/restaurantes/comida-mexicana/perisur-tlalpan/enrique/