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ICAD 2004 in Sydney: Preliminary Call for Papers

Manly Pacific Hotel, Sydney, Australia
6-10 July, 2004

::::::::::::::::: PRELIMINARY CALL FOR PAPERS :::::::::::::::::

The International Conference on Auditory Display is the premiere forum
for new research on the use of sound to display data, monitor systems,
and provide enhanced user interfaces for computers and virtual reality
systems. It is unique in its singular focus on auditory displays, and
the array of perception, technology, design and application areas that
these encompass. ICAD is a highly interdisciplinary conference with
relevance to university, industry and graduate students working in
areas that include psychology, psychoacoustics, media, design, music,
sound design, human computer interaction, accessibility, audio
technology, information and communications technology, computer games,
engineering analysis, medicine and a plethora of other application

ICAD 2004 will be held in Sydney, Australia in July 2004. Previous
ICADS have been held at the Santa Fe Institute, Xerox PARC, Glasgow
University, Georgia Tech, Helsinki University of Technology, ATR Labs
in Japan, and Boston University. Like its predecessors, ICAD 2004 will
be a single-track conference, open to all, with no membership or
affiliation requirements.

::::::::::::::::: KEY DATES :::::::::::::::::

6 February 2004 Conference Submission Deadline (details forthcoming)
6 April 2004 Paper Acceptance Notification / Concert Submission Deadline
6 May 2004 Concert Acceptance Notification
6 May 2004 Final Submissions Deadline
6-10 July 2004 ICAD 2004

::::::::::::::::: THEME : Diffusion :::::::::::::::::

Diffusion is the spontaneous intermingling of the particles of two or
more substances due to random thermal motion. It also refers to the
spread of practices, skills, and innovations from one community to
another. We have chosen the theme of Diffusion to celebrate the 10th
ICAD because, from the very first, ICAD has brought together such a
diverse range of expertise and people. We will celebrate the event
through the first ever Concert of Sonifications at the world famous
Sydney Opera House. The concert will be open to the public and will
spread the concept of auditory display to a wide audience. The concert
will also stir the intermingling of music composition and auditory
display techniques to produce a new aesthetic of form and function in
sounds. The diffusion will continue through a one-day festival of
workshops, tutorials, panels and posters open to people who may not be
able to attend the full academic conference. Finally there will be a
program of special Australian speakers to diffuse knowledge from tens
of thousands years of human use of sounds downunder into the
international community.

::::::::::::::::: TOPICS :::::::::::::::::

The topics for ICAD include but are not limited to:
* Aesthetics
* Accessibility
* Applications
* Design theory and methods
* Evaluation and usability
* Human Factors
* Mappings from data to sound
* Philosophy and culture
* Psychology, Cognition, Perception and Psychoacoustics
* Technologies and tools

::::::::::::::::: PAPERS :::::::::::::::::

Papers are oral presentations of substantial contribution to the
field. Submissions should be up to 8 pages including images and
references. Submissions will be subject to blind review by an
international panel. One of the authors must present the paper at the
conference for it to appear in the proceedings.

::::::::::::::::: POSTERS :::::::::::::::::

Posters are a forum for discussion of work-in-progress. Submissions
should be up to 4 pages including images and references. Submissions
will be reviewed by an international panel. Posters will be presented
on a single A0 size sheet during the poster session. One of the
authors must present the poster at the conference for it to appear in
the proceedings.

::::::::::::::::: WORKSHOPS / TUTORIALS / PANELS :::::::::::::::::

Workshops/Tutorials/Panels are an opportunity to share experiences
with an international community of experts. They will be held on the
Festival day and will be open to a broader audience who may not be
attending the full academic conference. Tutorials/Workshops will run
for 2-3 hours, Panels will run for 1 hour. Proposals should be up to 4
pages including title, description, and brief biographies of the
presenters. Suggested topics include software and hardware tools and
systems, design and analysis of empirical experiments, psychological
and perceptual issues, design methods, practical accounts of the
process of developing an auditory display - difficulties encountered,
problems solved, guidelines, etc. Proposals will be selected by an
international panel. Workshops/Tutorials/Panels that are presented at
the conference will appear in the proceedings.

::::::::::::::::: CONCERT :::::::::::::::::

The Concert will be held at the Sydney Opera House in the heart of
Sydney, and will be promoted to the general public. The goal of the
Concert is to excite the imagination of a general audience and to
develop the crossover between music composition and auditory
displays. Concert pieces that sonify a common data-set will be
selected by an international panel. There will be a separate Concert
Call with details of the data-set, the sound format, and the sound

::::::::::::::::: ORGANIZING COMMITTEE :::::::::::::::::

Organising Chair: Stephen Barrass, CSIRO, Australia
Administration Chair: Margaret Hurley, CSIRO, Australia
Festival Chair: Janet Anderson, University of Queensland, Australia
Papers Chair: Paul Vickers, Northumbria University, UK
Proceedings Chair: Kate Stevens, University of Western Sydney, Australia
Program Chair: Henry Gardner, Australian National University, Australia
Publicity Chair: Barbara Shinn-Cunningham, Boston University, USA
Social Chair: Keith Nesbitt, Charles Sturt University, Australia
Sponsorship Chair: Simon Carlile, University of Sydney, Australia
Steering Chair: Matti Gröhn, CSC, Finland
Students Chair: Matt Adcock, CSIRO, Australia
Technical Chair: Christian Mџller-Tomfelde, CSIRO, Australia
Treasury Chair: David Cook, CSIRO Australia
Web Chair: Iain Mott, University of Melbourne, Australia

Prof. Barbara Shinn-Cunningham
Depts. of Cognitive and Neural Systems and
Biomedical Engineering
Boston University
677 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02215

office: 617-353-5764
lab: 617-353-8693
fax: 617-353-7755
web: http://www.cns.bu.edu/~shinn