Oct 5 – 6, 2023
InterContinental Berlin
Europe/Berlin timezone


ISQCMC Berlin: 2nd International Symposium on Quantum Computing and Musical Creativity 

DESY’s Centre for Quantum Technologies and Applications and the University of Plymouth’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR) are pleased to announce the 2nd International Symposium on Quantum Computing and Musical Creativity, which will take place in Berlin, Germany, on 05 and 06 October 2023.

Quantum computing is a nascent technology, which is advancing rapidly. There is a long history of research into using computers for music since the 1950s. Nowadays, computers are ubiquitous and essential for the music industry. Thus, emerging quantum computing technology is bound to impact the future of music.

A new area of research and development is born: quantum computer music. The symposium provides a forum for presenting and discussing scientific, technical, and artistic approaches to developing and using quantum computing technology in music.

ISQCMC Berlin is a follow-up from the first symposium held in 2021, which resulted in the pioneering book Quantum Computer Music, published by Springer in 2022. 


We welcome submissions of original papers reporting on scientific, technical, and/or artistic developments in quantum computer music. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Quantum Algorithms in Music
  • Quantum-computing Aided Composition
  • Quantum Representations of Audio
  • Quantum Signal Processing
  • Musical Instruments
  • Quantum Computing Software for Music
  • Sonification of Quantum Processes and Phenomena
  • Live performance with Quantum Computing
  • Music Information Retrieval
  • Hybrid Quantum-Classical Architectures
  • Music Theory and Quantum Computing Intersections
  • Quantum Aesthetics
  • Brain Quantum Computer Interfaces
  • Quantum Machine Learning
  • Quantum Natural Language Processing
  • Music Industry Applications
  • Quantum Computational Musicology
  • Quantum Computer Music in Education


All paper submissions will be peer-reviewed for originality, academic standards, appropriateness of topic, readability (language), and organisation.


Papers should not exceed 6,000 words. Paper oral presentations will be 30 minutes long each. There will be no poster sessions. We plan to publish proceedings with accepted papers.


Please follow the provided template(s) to format the paper; Latex is recommended:





Important dates


- Submission deadline:  ̶0̶1̶ ̶J̶u̶l̶y̶ ̶2̶0̶2̶3̶ ̶ ̶    ̶1̶5̶ ̶J̶u̶l̶y̶ ̶2̶0̶2̶3̶ ̶ ̶ (23:59 MESZ)

- Feedback to authors:  ̶0̶4̶ ̶A̶u̶g̶ ̶2̶0̶2̶3̶ ̶ ̶  ̶1̶1̶ ̶A̶u̶g̶ ̶2̶0̶2̶3̶ (23:59 MESZ)
- Final paper for proceedings:  ̶0̶1̶ ̶S̶e̶p̶t̶e̶m̶b̶e̶r̶ ̶2̶0̶2̶3̶ (23:59 MESZ)
- Conference dates: 05-06 October 2023


(In alphabetical order)

Conference chairs


- Eduardo R. Miranda (ICCMR & Quantinuum, UK)

- Karl Jansen (DESY, Germany)


Advisory board


- Harry Ghose (Moth, UK)

- Ilyas Khan (Quantinuum, UK)

- Sieglinde Pfaendler (IBM Germany R&D)


Executive team 


- Omar Costa Hamido (CEIS20, Portugal)

- Paulo Itaborai (ICCMR, UK)

- Tim Schwägerl (DESY, Germany)



International peer-review committee


- Arianna Crippa (DESY, Germany)

- Cenk Tüysüz (DESY, Germany)

- Florian Carle (Yale University, USA)

- Hari Shaji (ICCMR, UK)

- James Weaver (IBM Quantum Computation Center, USA)

- Maria Mannone (University of Palermo, Italy)

- Omar Costa Hamido (CEIS20, Portugal)

- Özlem Salehi (Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)

- Paulo Itaborai (ICCMR, UK)

- Reiko Yamada (ICFO - Institute of Photonic Sciences, Spain)

- Satofumi Souma (Kobe University, Japan)

- Tim Schwägerl (DESY, Germany)


Code of conduct


The ISQCMC symposia are aimed at providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, ethnicity, or religion. Inappropriate, sexist, racial or harassing language and imagery will not be tolerated in any form, including social media. 




ISQCMC logo by OCH / Photo by Pau Ros