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Third Call for Submissions for ICAD 2006

ICAD 12: Third Call for Submissions

The 12th International Conference on Auditory Display
Queen Mary College University of London
19-24 June, 2006

::::::::::::::: Third CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS :::::::::::::::

The International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD) is the premiere forum for new developments in the use of sound to display information. Areas of particular interest include sonification of data for exploratory and monitoring purposes, aurally enhanced user interfaces, and interactive, data-driven composition of sound. ICAD is unique in its singular focus on auditory displays and the range of technology, design, application, and perceptual issues that research and practice in this information domain 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 domains in the arts and sciences.

ICAD 2006 will be held in London, England, in June 2006. Previous ICADs have been held at the Santa Fe Institute, Xerox PARC, Glasgow University, Georgia Tech, Helsinki University of Technology, ATR Labs in Japan, Boston University, Sydney Australia and the University of Limerick. Like its predecessors, ICAD 2006 will be a single-track conference, open to all, with no membership or affiliation requirements.

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

3 February   Paper/Workshop Submission Deadline
3 March	     Workshop Acceptance Notification
27 March     Paper Acceptance Notification
24 April     Paper Camera Ready Deadline

Posters / Demonstrations:

17 March    Poster/Demonstration Submission Deadline
28 April    Poster/Demonstration Acceptance Notification
19 May      Poster/Demonstration Camera Ready Deadline


30 April Submission Deadline
see also call for submissions: http://www.dcs.qmul.ac.uk/icad2006/ concert.php

Student Think Tank:

PhD students working in areas related to the conference will be invited to make submissions for the student Think Tank, an opportunity to present your ideas and work to date and discuss future directions with a panel of experienced ICAD researchers. The Think Tank will take place on Monday, June the 19th 2006. Submission dates for the student Think Tank will be announced shortly.

Main Conference Dates:

June 20th-23rd ICAD 2006

::::::::::::::: KEYNOTES  :::::::::::::::

We are delighted to say that the following have been confirmed as keynote speakers for ICAD 2006:

Larry Sider: Director of the School of Sound symposium and Head of Post-Production at the National Film and Television School (UK).
He is a film editor and sound designer who has worked for 25 years in documentary, animation and fiction. Most recently, he was Supervising Sound Editor for the Quay Brothers' The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes and Dave McKean's Mirrormask. Past projects include Patrick Keiller's London and Robinson in Space, Chris Austin's musical biography of jazz pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, The Brother With Perfect Timing, and Street of Crocodiles and Institute Benjamenta by the Quays.
Sider has elevated the profile of sound in screen production through the School of Sound symposium, an international forum exploring the use of sound in the arts and entertainment.

Florian Dombois: professor and head of the Institute for Transdisciplinarity (Y) [www.hkb.bfh.ch/y] at Berne, University of the Arts (CH, since 2003). His interests include Research on the multi-modal depiction of earthquakes and other scientific phenomena. He has presented the results of his research in numerous different formats, including exhibitions (single and group shows) with sound installations at a.o. Academy of the Arts Berlin, Japan and the Cultural Institute in Cologne, a CD, a DVD, an an art book on seismic

::::::::::::::: THEME : INTERDISCIPLINARITY :::::::::::::::

Researchers in Auditory Display (AD) come from a wide variety of backgrounds, sometimes with very different perspectives. Examples of the range of disciplines frequently represented at ICAD conferences include psychologists, computer scientists, engineers, teachers and practitioners of performing arts, the military, researchers in assistive technology, environmental designers and so on.

The interdisciplinary nature of AD research presents exciting opportunities to learn about new disciplines and work with people from different backgrounds. On the other hand, interdisciplinary working poses tough questions both within individual projects and across the discipline. Within specific projects, typical challenges include:

* How to convey the potential benefits of Auditory Display within a visually dominated culture
* How to facilitate communications and use of a common language across project members with diverse backgrounds
* How to recruit project members with the requisite expertise
* How to disseminate project results most effectively and efficiently across the communities to which they are relevant.

At the discipline level, we continue to experience difficulties in obtaining funding due to the fact that AD research is often seen as an interesting area, but not central to any of the disciplines of those seeking support. As a community of researchers, we face challenges of how best to promote the field of AD to funding bodies, within corporate and educational organisations and to the general public.

We aim both to celebrate and examine the range of issues associated with interdisciplinary working on AD projects. The conference will include a workshop exploring the issues outlined above, and we would be pleased to hear of suggestions of further events that examine aspects of interdisciplinary working within the context of AD research.

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

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

::::::::::::::: PAPERS / SHORT PAPERS :::::::::::::::

Papers are oral presentations of substantial contributions to the field. Full paper submissions should be up to 8 pages including images and references; Short Paper submissions should be up to 4 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. Full Papers and Short Papers will have 20 and 10 minutes respectively for presentation.

Authors are strongly encouraged to consider how they can incorporate auditory display into the presentation of their papers, for instance by including examples of the sounds used in their work and/or by sonifying their results. Just as it would be unusual for presentations of papers on graphics not to include visual artefacts, we are aiming for it to be the norm that ICAD paper presentations employ sound in addition to the voice of the speaker.

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

Poster sessions are a forum for discussion of work-in-progress and/ or significant or important results that do not warrant a full paper. 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 a poster session. One of the authors must present the poster at the conference for it to appear in the proceedings.

We strongly encourage everyone who is presenting a poster to consider also giving a practical demonstration of their work. In your poster submission you should provide brief details of the demonstration that you will give. Descriptions of demonstrations should include details of the equipment and space you will use. We will assume that you will provide your own equipment to perform the demonstration, though if you believe we may be able to assist in providing standard equipment to help with this please give details in your submission.

::::::::::::::: DEMONSTRATIONS & PERFORMANCES :::::::::::::::

In addition to demonstrations of work presented in papers and posters, we are seeking to encourage submissions of demonstrations and performances of work that do not fit into the usual categories of submissions. If you are a developer of sound installations, or use sound in other innovative ways as the primary medium for giving performances, we encourage you to submit details of a demonstration of your work under this category to the conference. Submitted descriptions of demonstrations should explain the nature of your demonstration, and provide details of the equipment and space you will use. We will assume that you will provide your own equipment to perform the demonstration, though if you believe we may be able to assist in providing standard equipment to help with this please give details about that in your submission.

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

Workshops/Tutorials/Panels are an opportunity to share experiences with an international community of experts. They will be held on either June the 19th or June the 24th 2006 (the days immediately before and after the main 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 prestigious Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in the heart of London, and will be promoted to the general public. The goal of the Concert is to develop the crossover between music composition and auditory displays. Concert pieces will be selected by an international panel.

See http://www.dcs.qmul.ac.uk/icad2006/concert.php for the complete concert call

::::::::::::::: ORGANISING COMMITTEE :::::::::::::::

Organising Chair:
Tony Stockman, Queen Mary, University of London, UK

Papers Chair:
Alistair Edwards University of York, UK

Think Tank Chair:
Paul Vickers, Northumbria University, UK

Steering Chair:
Matti Grohn, CSC, Finland

Concert Chair:
Alberto de Campo, Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics, Austria

Web Chair:
Louise Valgerdur Nickerson, Queen Mary, University of London, UK

Administration Chair:
Christopher Frauenberger, Queen Mary, University of London, UK