Call: International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD) Student Think Tank

International Conference on Auditory Display Student Think Tank

The Student Think Tank is a full day meeting for students doing, Doctoral or Masters projects in auditory display. It will be held on June 9, two days before the ICAD 2010 coonference in Washington, DC. It will be free of charge for all participants and refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

The Think Tank is your chance to set a whole roomful of auditory researchers to work on your particular research issue, to help you chose which method, tool or technique to use, to save you from heading down a dead end. Besides providing breakthrough insights into your particular project the Think Tank will foster friendships and networks that are essential in an international community for auditory display.

The Think Tank is open to all students who make a submission by 5 April 2010.

What to Submit:

Your research problem – The description of your problem should begin with a title, a sentence summarising your research question or hypothesis, and 200 words summarising the problem you would like to discuss, which can be anything from choosing the right tools and techniques, to choosing research topics, to how to organise your thesis, to philosophical or aesthetic issues ­ anything where you could benefit from the perspectives and experience of other students and expertise from the panel.

Your biography – Your biography should start with your name, the title of your program of study, the names of your supervisors, the number of years you have been studying, your department and institution, and up to 200 words on your background.

Selection and Notification:

Ten of the submissions will be selected by the Panel for formal presentation and ‘think-tanking’. Notifications of selection will be emailed by 30 April 2010. The selected problems will be representative examples of a widespread problem, or will be particularly interesting or difficult (as determined by the expert Panel). Each student whose problem is selected will prepare a 15 minute presentation for the Think Tank which will be followed by a 15 minute discussion by everyone in attendance.  The Panel will present a report on the think-tank in the ICAD 2010 conference program.

All those who submit a problem may participate in the Think Tank to watch the presentations and join in the discussions; however, only the ten selected submissions will be able to make a formal oral presentation. Even if your problem is not selected you will leave with a sense of what other students are doing and how they are approaching problems in auditory display, as well as new friends to talk about your project with during the rest of the ICAD 2010 conference and in the future. If your problem is selected you may also leave with the breakthrough you need!

Financial assistance is available as follows:

  1. Thanks to funding from the NSF, students based in the USA who are selected to present at the Think Tank will receive air fare (from within the US), ICAD conference registration, and 7 nights accommodation in the shared dorms.
  2. Students from outside the USA who are selected to present are not eligible for the NSF subsidy and will have to attend the Think Tank and conference at their own expense. They will, however, benefit from the input and advice of the assembled experts in the panel.
  3. Any other students (US-based or not) who are not selected to make a formal presentation and get formal feedback, are still invited to participate in the Think Tank to watch the presentations and join in the discussions; they are not eligible to receive any funding.

Think Tank Panel:

The Think Tank Panel comprises six international researchers who work across a range of disciplines covered by auditory display. The confirmed Panel members are:

1. Dr Paul Vickers [Chair] (Northumbria University, UK)
2. Dr Kelly Snook (Nasa, USA)
3. Dr Bruce Walker (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
4. TBC
5. TBC
6. TBC

How to Submit:

Please email submissions by 5 April to Notifications of selection will be emailed back to the addresses used for submission by 30 April.

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