Call: Audio Mostly 2011 – 6th Conference on Interaction with Sound

Audio Mostly 2011– “A conference on interaction with sound”
in co-operation with ACM – SIGCHI
September, 7 – 9 – Coimbra, Portugal


Audio in all its forms – music, sound effects, or dialogue – holds tremendous potential to engage, convey narrative, inform, create attention and enthrall. However, in computer-based environments, for example games and virtual environments, the ability to interact through and with sound are still today underused. The Audio Mostly Conference provides a venue to explore and promote this untapped potential of audio by bringing together audio experts, content creators and designers, interaction designers, and behavioral researchers.

The area of interest includes interactivity through sound, tools and methods to support sound design work and evaluation and new and innovative applications of sound. It implies cognitive, psychological and social research studies, as well as applied research and technological innovations in audio analysis, processing and rendering. The aim is to both describe and push the boundaries of sound-based interaction in various domains, such as entertainment, education, safety and health care.

The theme this year is “Sound and Context”

Sound is both an expression of an environment and a drive for change in that context. The perception of sound as a context carrier emphasizes the interest in exploring the interpretative value of sound and the way it can affect users in context. By realizing the contextualizing potential of sound, researchers and designers can enhance users’ experiences and provide richer sense making contexts. Appreciating sound woven into contexts can also foster holistic approaches that benefit overall design coherence.

The theme covers ways in which sound and music can be utilized as a way to create context, in physical and virtual environments, and especially as a way to enhance experience in interactive applications. We are interested in new concepts, models, methods and tools for analyzing, creating and realizing sound in context, dealing with location as well as with the contingent and improvisational aspects of human activity and social circumstances. We are seeking a new synthesis of knowledge in perception, cognition and psychology, and the role of audio technologies in context. Such a quest includes the way people may use sounds and music to personalize their identity, their environments and social interactions, as well as how can we design sound to convey meaning, values, information and emotions, and the relation between these and modern technological development.

We do not limit contributions to narrow themes, because the Audio Mostly conference series is strongly interdisciplinary and makes a space for creative approaches. The following areas of interest are indicative, but not exclusive.

Areas of Interest (including but not limited to):

  • Interactivity through sound and speech
  • Sound and music in context
  • Sound and music in games and other interactive applications
  • Sound design for emotions, moods and values
  • Sound design for information and mobility contexts
  • Sound design for communication, education or therapy
  • Alternative interfaces for interactive sound and music
  • Affective audio interfaces
  • Affective soundscapes
  • Audio technologies for social networking
  • Tools and methods for sound design
  • Tools and methods for the evaluation of sound design
  • Sound and music classification, recommendation and user feedback
  • Semantic speech, music, and sound analysis
  • Semantic audio processing
  • Interactive composing, authoring and performance
  • Generative music and dynamic composition
  • Design of dynamic soundscapes
  • Computational creativity techniques in sound design and music
  • Cognition of sound and music

Important dates:

Deadline for submission – Friday, April 29
Notification of acceptances – Friday, June 3
Final paper camera ready – Friday, July 8
Deadline for author registration – Friday, July 8
Conference – September, 7 – 9


We ask researchers, sound designers and creators, game developers, audio engineers, etc. who are interested in sharing their results, perspectives and insights to a multidisciplinary audience, to submit full paper and posters by the respective deadline. Please specify whether your paper is for a full paper or a poster. Position papers from industrial strategists are also welcome.

Conference Location and Venue:

The International Conference “Audio Mostly 2011 – 6th Conference on Interaction with Sound” is hosted by Universidade de Coimbra, and will be held at the Center for Informatics and Systems of the University of Coimbra (CISUC).

The Audio Mostly 2011 conference will be held in co-operation with ACM, and all accepted articles will be published in the ACM Digital Library. Authors are requested to use the ACM Word or LaTeX style templates to prepare their articles. See:

Authors are required to classify their contributions according to the ACM Computing Classification System. A majority of the work will probably be classified accordingly:
H.5, I.5.2, I.6, J.4, J.5, J.7, K.3, K.4.1, K.4.2, K.8.0. For more information, see:

Authors of accepted articles will be required to fill out and send in a copyright form for approval by ACM. Accepted authors will be sent the ACM copyright form and complete instructions.

For more information, please visit the conference website or contact us at

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