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ICAD 12: Second Call for Submissions

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

::::::::::::::: Second 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  

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


ICAD 2006 will include a concert of submissions for which dates will  
be announced shortly.

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) [] 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  

* 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  

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. There will be a separate  
Concert Call with details of dates, suitable sound formats and the  
sound system.

::::::::::::::: 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

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