Call: Workshop on “In-vehicle Auditory Interactions” at ICAD 2015

Call for Participation

Workshop on “In-vehicle Auditory Interactions” at ICAD (International Conference on Auditory Display) 2015

Graz, Austria, July 6, 2015


The scope and prevalence of in-vehicle technologies has dramatically expanded, which increases drivers’ visual, physical, and mental workload. In an attempt to reduce this workload, but allow for necessary interactions, auditory displays have been used in vehicles over the years, but only for basic information transmission. The goal of our joint workshop is to discuss the use of auditory displays for interaction in the vehicle at a more advanced level in order to offer better driver experience in rapidly changing vehicle environments. This full day workshop will secure sufficient time for intermingling participants, presenting conceptual sounds, discussing issues, and integrating ideas.


We have five explicit goals in our workshop:

  • Provide an organized discussion about the topic of how auditory interactions can be efficiently and effectively applied to in-vehicle contexts;
  • Build and nurture a new community that bridges the auditory display community with the automotive user interface community;
  • Discuss and exchange ideas interactively within and across sub-communities;
  • Suggest promising directions for future trans-disciplinary work; and
  • Yield both immediate and long-term community-, research-, and design-guidance products.

To this end, we will invite researchers and practitioners from all backgrounds, who are interested in auditory display and automotive user interface fields. In this discussion and the formation of future directions, we will particularly focus on “unobtrusive interfaces” and aspects of “gamification”. Unobtrusiveness will allow auditory displays to be informative, but stay at the periphery of the driver’s attention and be easily accepted by end users. To accomplish this, we will discuss several design guidelines based on blended sonification. Gamification can promote users to keep their motivation for behavioral change for a longer period of time (e.g., in the context of eco-driving applications). Through achieving the goals of this workshop, we will provide an opportunity to move this integrated field forward and build a solid community that includes ICAD.


  • Sonification for eco-driving (fuel efficiency, etc.)
  • Collision warning sound design
  • In-vehicle speech-recognition; driver & vehicle agent dialogue
  • Auditory displays for secondary and tertiary tasks (e.g., infotainment)
  • Blended sonification and unobtrusive/inattentive/subliminal auditory notifications
  • Sound design for Personal Navigation Design (PND)
  • In-vehicle application of spatial (or 3D) sounds
  • Electric vehicle sound design
  • Auditory interactions and gamification
  • Auditory interactions between electric/autonomous vehicles and road users (in the exterior)
  • Auditory interactions in the autonomous vehicles
  • Auditory interactions between connected vehicle
  • Driving performance data; traffic data sonification
  • Novel in-vehicle sonic interaction design


Participants are encouraged to submit their 1-page abstract, 2-4 page paper, sound/movie file, or auditory concepts (details on the website) by JUNE 12th using the WS submission system at


This workshop is a joint effort of two groups of organizers. The original workshop titles were “In-vehicle auditory interactions” (1) and “Auditory displays in the car for supporting fuel-efficient driving: About unobtrusiveness and gamification” (2)


Myounghoon “Philart” Jeon (, Michigan Tech (1),
Ignacio Alvarez, Intel Corporation (1)
Thomas M. Gable, Georgia Tech (1),
Steven Landry, Michigan Tech (1),
Michael A. Nees, Lafayette College (1),
Andreas Riener, Johannes Kepler University Linz (1),
and Bruce N. Walker, Georgia Tech (1),

Jan Hammerschmidt ( ), Bielefeld University (2),
René Tünnermann, Bielefeld University (2), and
Thomas Hermann, Bielefeld University (2).

Looking forward to seeing you in Graz in July. If you have any questions, just email Philart ( or Jan (


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