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CfP: 16th Intl Conf Auditory Display (ICAD), Washington, D.C, USA, June 9-15, 2010

Title: CfP: 16th Intl Conf Auditory Display (ICAD), Washington, D.C, USA, June 9-15, 2010

Apologies for double posting

Dear all,

we would like to announce the following:

::::::::::::::::: FIRST CALL FOR PARTICIPATION :::::::::::::::::

ICAD 2010

The 16th International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD)
Washington, D.C, USA
June 9-15, 2010

(Conference website forthcoming; visit www.icad.org for updates)

ICAD 2010—the 16th International Conference on Auditory Display—will be held in Washington, DC at The George Washington University from June 9 to 15, 2010. Pre-conference workshops and ICAD’s graduate student ThinkTank (doctoral consortium) will be held on June 9 and 10, and the conference itself will run from June 11 to 15.

ICAD is a highly interdisciplinary conference with relevance to researchers, practitioners, artists, and graduate students working in the use of sound to convey information and ideas. The conference is unique in its specific focus on auditory displays and the range of interdisciplinary issues related to their use. Like its predecessors, ICAD 2010 will be a single-track conference, open to all, with no membership or affiliation requirements.

Consistent with this year’s theme, “Sonic Discourse—_expression_ through Sound,” ICAD 2010 invites the submission of new work and developments in all areas of interest to those who work with sound as a medium for conveying information and ideas. The conference emphasizes the concerns shared by those who work primarily with informational and affective aspects of sound including sonification of data and processes, synthetic and composed sound, musical sound, natural sound, and all issues related to interaction with sound, specifically, how it is presented to, and apprehended by, listeners. Thus, submissions are sought on topics that extend from basic research in auditory display, to application domains in the arts and sciences, mobile applications, accessibility, audio technology, information and communications technology, computer games, engineering analysis, medicine, and more.

Each year we aim to attract a wide variety of researchers and practitioners to the ICAD community who work in fields that are concerned with and/or related to computationally based, informational uses of sound. Thus, in addition to ICAD's core interests, we hope to attract submissions from composers and artists who use sonification, acoustic synthesis, spatialization, and/or interaction techniques for composition and performance purposes. Although we fully intend to maintain ICAD’s primary emphasis on the use of sound as information, we specifically want to encourage a wider and more collaborative dialogue between practitioners with disparate objectives in auditory display.

ICAD 2010 is being jointly organised by the International Community for Auditory Display; VRSonic, Inc.; The George Washington University Department of Music; the Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory; and the University of Maryland Institute of Advanced Computer Studies. The venue for the conference is the Jack Morton Auditorium in the Media and Public Affairs Building on the George Washington University campus.

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5 February 2010 Submission Deadline for Papers, Posters, and other Categories (additional details forthcoming)
2 April 2010    Acceptance Notification (Papers, etc.)
2 April 2010    Sonification / Composition Submission Deadline (additional details forthcoming)
7 May 2010      Sonification / Composition Acceptance Notification
7 May 2010      Camera-Ready Submissions Deadline
9-15 June 2010  ICAD 2010

::::::::::::::::: THEME: Sonic Discourse—_expression_ through Sound ::::::::::::::::: 

This year’s theme, “Sonic Discourse—_expression_ through Sound’’ is intended to underscore the perspective that effective uses of sound for informative purposes involve collaborations between creative and functional auditory objectives as well as between the display and the listener. We would like to invite the global ICAD community to accentuate this perspective in their work, and authors are especially encouraged to consider how they can incorporate auditory display into the presentation of their papers, for instance, by including auditory annotations and examples of the sounds used in their efforts and/or by sonifying their results. Just as it would be unusual for presentations of papers on graphics not to include some visual artifacts, we are aiming for it to be the norm that ICAD paper presentations employ sound in addition to the voice of the speaker. Additionally, we hope this theme will resonate in this year’s concert and sonification submissions and inspire new perspectives for interactive, real-time performances. The George Washington University’s Jack Morton Auditorium will serve as the meeting and concert venue for this year’s conference, and contributors will have access to a 12.2 loudspeaker array and auralization software. Composers and practitioners contemplating the submission of compositions and/or sonifications are encouraged to contact the Demonstrations/Compositions Chair or Concert Co-chairs to discuss their proposals and ideas as soon as possible.

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

The topics for ICAD include but are not limited to:

* 3D and Spatial Audio
* Aesthetics, Philosophy, and Culture of Auditory Displays 
* Accessibility
* Applications
* Auditory Scene Design
* Design Theory and Methods
* Evaluation and Usability
* Human Factors and Interaction
* Mappings from Data to Sound
* Psychology, Cognition, Perception, and Psychoacoustics
* Sonification and Exploration of Data through Sound
* Sound as Art
* Technologies and Tools

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

Papers are oral presentations of a substantial contribution to the field. Full paper submissions should be 6-8 pages, including images and references, and should be accompanied by relevant sound files. Submissions will be subject to blind review by an international committee of peers in the auditory display community. One of the authors must present the paper at the conference for it to appear in the proceedings. Papers must not exceed 8 pages and must comply with ICAD’s formatting requirements. A template for papers and other written submissions can be downloaded from the conference website.

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

Posters are primarily a forum for discussion of work-in-progress. Submissions should be up to 4 pages, including images and references, and should be accompanied by any relevant sound files. An international panel will review submissions. 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. Tutorials/Workshops will run for approximately 2-3 hours, Panels will run for 1 hour. Proposals for sessions in this category 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 aspects of the process of developing an auditory display—difficulties encountered, problems solved, guidelines, etc. Submisions will be reviewed and selected by the organizing committee and ICAD’s governing Board. Workshops/Tutorials/Panels that are presented at the conference will appear in the proceedings.

::::::::::::::::: THINK TANK (DOCTORIAL CONSORTIUM) :::::::::::::::::

ICAD’s “ThinkTank” doctoral consortium will be held again this year. It will retain a similar format to previous consortia as a gathering of promising graduate students (at a range of stages in their program, both masters and doctoral level) and distinguished research faculty. The ThinkTank will be held in the Department of Music at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. on Thursday June 10th, the day before the full conference. Further details about applying for this event and possible scholarship funds are forthcoming.

::::::::::::::::: DEMONSTRATIONS :::::::::::::::::

The demonstration category presents an opportunity for students, researchers, practitioners, and artists, to tangibly and interactively exhibit, share, and discuss their efforts at ICAD. Additional details concerning the nature and submission of demonstrations are forthcoming. Those interested in submitting a demonstration are encouraged to contact the Demonstrations/Composition Chair to discuss their proposals and ideas well in advance of making their submission. Demonstrators will be expected to give a brief formal presentation about their work at the conference.

::::::::::::::::: SONIFICATIONS / COMPOSITIONS:::::::::::::::::

Day 2 of the main conference (June 12) will be devoted to the formal presentation of posters and auditory demonstrations, the performance of submitted compositions and sonifications, and the ICAD concert. Contributors will have access to a 12.2 loudspeaker array and auralization software from VRSonic. Additional details concerning the nature and submission of compositions and sonifications for performance are forthcoming. Composers and practitioners contemplating submissions in this category are encouraged to contact either the Demonstrations/Compositions Chair or one of the Concert Co-Chairs to discuss their proposals and ideas well in advance of making their submission. Authors of accepted pieces will be expected to give a short formal presentation about their work on the day of its performance.

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

        Derek Brock
        Hesham Fouad
        Ramani Duraiswami

Papers/Posters Chair:
        Eoin Brazil

Demonstrations/Compositions Chair:
        Evan Rogers

Concert Co-Chairs:
        Douglas Boyce
        Katharina Rosenberger

Additional organizational information and a conference website are forthcoming.