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NSF Sonification Workshop at ICAD

<fontfamily><param>Geneva</param>This is a call for position papers for
an NSF-sponsored workshop on sonification to be held in Palo Alto,
California, Sunday, November 2, 1997, the day before ICAD

</fontfamily><fontfamily><param>Geneva</param>(We apologize for
duplicate transmissions.)</fontfamily><fontfamily><param>Times</param>

</fontfamily><fontfamily><param>Geneva</param>At the request of the
National Science Foundation, the International Community for Auditory
Display, conveners of the International Conference on Auditory Display,
is organizing a one day workshop on sonification. The purpose of the
workshop is to assess the status of the field and produce
recommendations to the NSF regarding the development of a research
agenda. For the purposes of this workshop, sonification is defined as
auditory representation of

</fontfamily><fontfamily><param>Geneva</param>Sonification research
includes aspects of human perception and cognition, sound synthesis and
audio signal processing, and music and sound design, as well as a host
of related disciplines and applications such as computer science,
process control and assistive technologies for the disabled. Relatively
little research has been conducted in auditory representation of data
and, with a few real time exceptions such as geiger counters or pulse
oxymeters, no sonification solutions have been widely

</fontfamily><fontfamily><param>Geneva</param>What are the key issues
facing sonification researchers? Are there bottlenecks in tool design?
In perception research? Are there needs for design guidelines and
theory building? What kinds of applications are likely to be the most
successful? What kinds of research teams might be assembled to make the
needed research or development breakthroughs? What role might
sonification play in education? Conversely, what kind of background is
needed to participate meaningfully in the field? In what ways can this
research be informed by data visualization, haptic, VR and other
perceptualization research? How significant is interactivity in data
exploration via

</fontfamily><fontfamily><param>Geneva</param>These and other questions
are likely to arise. The workshop will be limited to 15-20
participants. We will work ahead of time via email to ascertain the
questions most pressing in the field. When we convene on November 2 we
will hear several talks by participants then further focus our
questions, breaking into working groups to investigate them in depth.
The whole group will reconvene at the end of the day to share and
discuss our results. Initial results will be presented a couple of days
later at the ICAD conference. Following the workshop each team will
return home to write up a portion of a report which will be compiled,
edited, and presented to the National Science Foundation along with
policy recommendations regarding the development of a research agenda.
The white paper will also be circulated throughout the relevent
research communities.</fontfamily><fontfamily><param>Times</param>

</fontfamily><fontfamily><param>Geneva</param>It is hoped that this
effort will stimulate new thought and shed some light on the
difficulties and possibilities of this research area. It may also help
researchers at the fringes of sonification to provide meaningful input,
while defining some of the potential benefits and difficulties of
sonification for new research efforts. It is also our hope that a
scientifically responsible position paper will serve as a useful
reference as researchers approach funding agencies, colleagues,
managers and review committees about their

</fontfamily><fontfamily><param>Geneva</param>Please submit a position
paper of 500 words. This paper should present what you consider to be
the key issue(s) facing sonification research, why these concerns are
important, and possibly your current thoughts as to how to approach the
issues. Please include within the paper a brief bio and description of
current sonification research or current research of relevence to
sonification. In selecting participants consideration will be given to
experience, disciplinary and institutional diversity, demonstrated
consideration of relevent issues, the ability to present quality
scientific work, and other criteria. Participation by young researchers
is also encouraged. A range of participants with varying experience and
backgrounds will support informative discussions as well as provide
opportunities to influence new researchers in this field. Email your
submission (no attachments, please) to Gregory Kramer, workshop Chair,
at kramer@listen.com no later than September 2,

</fontfamily><fontfamily><param>Geneva</param>This workshop is an
adjunct to the International Conference on Auditory Display, ICAD '97,
to be held at Xerox PARC November 3-5, 1997 in Palo Alto, California.
Another workshop will be held on the same day entitled "Audio on the
WWW". That workshop will be sponsored by the Office of Naval Research.
Elizabeth Mynatt is the General Chair of ICAD '97, James Ballas is the
Technical Chair. For further information on this and other ICAD
activities, please visit the ICAD Web site at



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