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Call for Sonifications, Compositions, and Demonstrations - 16th Intl Conf Auditory Display (ICAD) - Deadline extended to 9th April 2010

Title: Call for Sonifications, Compositions, and Demonstrations - 16th Intl Conf Auditory Display (ICAD) - Deadline extended to 9th April 2010

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

ICAD 2010

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

*** Aural Submission deadline extended to April 9, 2010 ***

*** Conference registration (including GW University campus housing option) opens April 5, 2010 ***

*** Think Tank Proposal deadline is April 5, 2010 ***

Please check the conference website for details and updates:  www.icad.org/icad2010 (also see below for important new information).

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

Closed  Submission Deadline for Papers, Posters, and non-aural Categories
Passed  Acceptance Notification (Papers, etc.)
5 April 2010    Think Tank Proposal Submission Deadline
*** 5 April 2010 ***    Conference Registration opens
*** 9 April 2010 ***    Aural Submission Deadline (extended) (Sonifications/Compositions)
7 May 2010      Aural Submission Acceptance Notification
7 May 2010      Demonstration Proposal and Write-up Deadline
7 May 2010      Camera-Ready Submissions Deadline
9-15 June 2010  ICAD 2010


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. ICAD’s graduate student ThinkTank (doctoral consortium) and pre-conference workshops and will be held on June 9 and 10, and the conference itself will run from June 11 to 15. Like its predecessors, ICAD 2010 will be a single-track conference, open to all, with no membership or affiliation requirements.

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. It is unique in its specific focus on auditory displays and the range of interdisciplinary issues related to their use. This year’s theme is “Sonic Discourse—_expression_ through Sound.” Areas of work appropriate to the conference include 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.

An aural submission category has been instituted this year for Sonifications and Compositions that employ computational auditory display techniques.  In addition to aural examples in all areas of sonification, work by composers and artists who use sonification, acoustic synthesis, spatialization, and/or interaction techniques for composition and performance purposes are invited. Audio submissions accepted in this category will be presented to the full conference and will be included in the conference proceedings disk.

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.

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

This year’s theme, “Sonic Discourse—_expression_ through Sound’’ emphasizes that effective uses of sound for informative purposes involve a give-and-take between creative and functional auditory objectives as well as between the display and the listener. We 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. 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 7.1 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.

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

Sonifications and Compositions are a new, Aural Submission category that provides participants with an opportunity to present and publish extended instances of auditory work that make a contribution to, and/or exemplify, important informational and listening practices in the field of auditory display. Pieces should be one to ten minutes in length and must be accompanied by a one-to-four page abstract that outlines the goals, informational context, and techniques used in the work (the paper-submission template should be used for this purpose).  Abstracts can be submitted directly to the appropriate conference Chairperson by email (either the Demonstrations/Compositions Chair or the Sonifications Chair) or through the paper submissions page at the conference website. Submissions will be evaluated on the merits of these criteria by a committee of peers in the auditory display community. 

Accepted pieces will be published in audio form (along with the abstract) in the conference proceedings and will be presented as part of the ICAD 2010 program. A 7.1 loudspeaker array and auralization software from VRSonic will be available for participants who wish to spatially augment their work for the concert. Composers and practitioners contemplating submissions in this category are encouraged to contact one of the relevant conference chairpersons (i.e., the Sonifications Chair or Demonstrations/Compositions Chair) to discuss their proposals and ideas. One of the authors must be present to provide a contextual description of the work at its performance.

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

In addition to demonstrations of work presented in papers and posters, the demonstration category presents an opportunity for students, researchers, practitioners, and artists, to tangibly and interactively exhibit, share, and discuss their efforts at ICAD.  If you are a developer of sound installations, or use sound in other innovative ways as the primary medium for displaying information, we encourage you to submit details of a demonstration of your work under this category to the conference (the paper-submission template should be used for this purpose). 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, though if you believe we may be able to assist in providing any standard items, please provide details in your submission. Write-ups can be submitted directly to the Demonstrations/Compositions Chair by email or submitted through the paper submissions page at the conference website).

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

ICAD’s “Think Tank” doctoral consortium is being held again this year. Its format will be similar 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 Wednesday June 9th, two days before the full conference. Please see the conference website for further details: www.icad.org/icad2010).

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

(Paper submissions are closed.) 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 :::::::::::::::::

(Poster submissions are closed.) 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. Submissions 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.

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

For committee email links are also available at the conference website: www.icad.org/icad2010

Co-Chairs (email):
        Derek Brock, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
        Hesham Fouad, VRSonic
        Ramani Duraiswami, University of Maryland

Papers/Posters Chair (email):
        Eoin Brazil, University of Limerick

Sonification Chair (email):
        Kelly Snook, NASA

Demonstrations/Compositions Chair (email):
        Evan Rogers, VRSonic

Concert Co-Chairs (email):
        Douglas Boyce, The George Washington University
        Katharina Rosenberger, University of California, San Diego

ThinkTank Chair (email):
Paul Vickers, Northumbria University

Web Chair (email):
Brian McClimens, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

Technical Chair:
Paul Oehlers, American University

Steering Committee:
Stephen Barrass, University of Canberra
David Worrall, worrall.avatar.com.au

Veronique Larcher, Sennheiser