Call for Participation

Theme: “Sounding Board”

In addition to being part of the resonating chamber in a musical instrument, the term sounding board is also a metaphor for a channel through which ideas are discussed and disseminated. ICAD, established in 1992 has, through its 25 conference meetings, shared over 1,150 papers with the auditory display community. This year, the conference will offer itself as a sounding board for the community, allowing time to pause and reflect on the history of auditory display research, review how research has changed throughout the years, and discuss future areas of inquiry as well as how to adapt our research during these challenging times. Therefore, the ICAD 2021 committee is seeking full papers, abstracts, concert pieces, demos, installations, workshops, and tutorials from across the full spectrum of auditory display research and practice. From discussions and reflections on the history of auditory display research with a view to generating new ways of thinking about how we as practitioners should go about things, to speculative ideas or news of late-breaking work, submissions are sought across all the categories. We are particularly interested in hearing from researchers who have never considered themselves to be part of the community before, or whose work sits at the periphery of the field.

Important Dates

Full Papers – March 31st
Abstract Only Submissions (no paper published) – April 30th
Workshops/Tutorials/Demos – April 30th
Live Performances/Installations – April 30th
Doctoral Consortium/Thinktank – April 30th

Topics of Interest

Include (but are not limited to):

Art & Design

–   Sonification-inspired music composition, integrative arts, and performing arts.
–   Culture-specific sonification
–   Speculative, aspirational, and prototype designs
–   Sonic information design paradigm, theory, and taxonomy
–   Design methodology, design examples, case studies, and real-world applications
–   Users, experiences, and contexts of using sonification
–   Philosophical perspectives on sonification, particularly as it impacts upon everyday life, but also in terms of more foundational ontological, aesthetic, and epistemological issues.

Science & Engineering

–   Methods, processes, and tools for sonification
–   Participatory approaches
–   Auditory user interfaces
–   Design of new a sensor, device, or platform for auditory displays & sonification
–   Psychology, cognition, perception and psychoacoustics
–   Computational/algorithmic approaches·
–   Accessibility, inclusive design, and assistive technologies
–   Human Factors, Ergonomics and Usability
–   Spatial/3D sound
–   Soundscapes and auditory scene analysis
–   Sonification in Health and Environmental Data (soniHED)
–   Sonification in the Internet of things, big data, & cybersecurity
–   Sonification in automated vehicles

Where to Submit

ICAD 2021 will be using the EasyChair system for managing some of the submissions categories. 

Submission link coming soon.

Form of Submission and Assessment Criteria

Submission Templates

For Paper, Poster and other written material:
The safest way to obtain the correct format is to paste your text, etc. into a copy of the template. Please ensure that your submission is formatted correctly, with the headers and footers included in the template. For reference, please consult the PDF of the .doc template (coming soon.)

Download .doc template.
Download Latex template (.zip archive).

Audio and other Media files

Submissions should contain a link to audio and other media files in Dropbox, iCloud Soundcloud, Vimeo or other online site, and provide a password if the link is not public.

Submission Accessibility

Making conference materials accessible promotes equal access for researchers in our field. We highly encourage researchers to provide accessible submissions and require that camera-ready papers be accessible.

Checking Your PDF is Accessible

If you can, use the Adobe Acrobat Pro Accessibility Checker (Full Check) to verify the accessibility of your PDF. See Adobe’s detailed instructions for more information.

If you don’t have access to Adobe Acrobat Pro, there are some free accessibility checkers available online that may be able to help.

Fixing Accessibility Problems

A lot of accessibility problems can be fixed directly in Acrobat’s Accessibility Checker. However, Microsoft Word for PC can generate PDFs with many accessibility features and it’s often easier to correct issues in the Word source file. SIGACCESS provides detailed instructions. Unfortunately, Word for Mac and Latex users will need to manually add accessibility features.

At a minimum, make sure your document is tagged, tab order follows the document structure, figures and inaccessible equations have alternative text, table headers are marked, and the document language is specified. As a note, the built-in auto-tagging feature of Acrobat is not 100% reliable with our templates. Please manually check that any auto-generated tags are logical.

More Information

ACM SIGACCESS has a number of resources for making conference materials and presentations more accessible.