Call: ICAD 2019 – 25th International Conference on Auditory Display

Call for Submission of Papers, Extended Abstracts, Workshops, and Tutorials

ICAD 2019 – 25th International Conference on Auditory Display
Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
23-27 June, 2019

Theme/Special Focus of ICAD 2019 is “Digital Living: Sonification for Everyday Life”.

First submission deadline: 15th March 2019

Digital technology and artificial intelligence are becoming embedded in the objects all around us, from consumer products to the built environment. Everyday life happens where People, Technology, and Place intersect. Our activities and movements are increasingly sensed, digitized and tracked. Of course, the data generated by modern life is a hugely important resource not just for companies who use it for commercial purposes, but it can also be harnessed for the benefit of the individuals it concerns. Sonification research that has hit the news headlines in recent times has often been related to big science done at large publicly funded labs with little impact on the day-to-day lives of people. At ICAD 2019 we want to explore how auditory display technologies and techniques may be used to enhance our everyday lives. From giving people access to what’s going on inside their own bodies, to the human concerns of living in a modern networked and technological city, the range of opportunities for auditory display is wide.


The ICAD 2019 committee is seeking papers and extended abstracts that will contribute to knowledge of how sonification can support everyday life. For details on topics of interest, proposal format, submission instructions, and additional conference information please visit


In addition to the general papers call, the organizing committee is pleased to announce a special call for papers, videos and demonstrations of prototypes for the Hyundai Motor Company-sponsored design challenge on “Auditory User eXperience Design for Autonomous Vehicles and Future Mobility”. Submissions to this special category could cover:

  • Auditory applications for infotainment for autonomous vehicles
  • Auditory interactions between connected vehicles
  • Auditory situation awareness in autonomous vehicles
  • Auditory interactions between autonomous vehicles and pedestrians
  • Auditory user interfaces for blind drivers in autonomous vehicles
  • Auditory displays for hand-over/take-over request in semi-autonomous vehicles
  • Sonification for emotion regulation/meditation of drivers in autonomous vehicles
  • Sonic interaction to build the feeling of trust as well as safety
  • Sonification for the use cases of electric/hybrid vehicles (e.g., charging, low battery, etc.)
  • Driver (or occupant) & vehicle agent dialogue design
  • Driving as playing instruments (driving sonification)
  • In-vehicle application of spatial (or 3D) sounds for new experiences


ICAD workshops and tutorials provide in-depth opportunities for conference attendees to discuss and explore important aspects of the field of auditory display with like-minded researchers and practitioners. Sessions can range from applications and programming methodologies to interdisciplinary research skills, emerging research areas, and challenge problems, to sonification/compositional Maker sessions.

Space, facilities, technical support, and the number of workshop and tutorial sessions that can be accepted are limited, so early submission of proposals is encouraged. Workshop and tutorial organizers are expected to collaborate with the conference committee, issue calls for participation, gather and review contributed materials (if appropriate), and decide upon the final programme for their session.


  • Friday 15th March 2019 — Deadline for submission of full papers and the HMC design challenge
  • Friday 29th March 2019 — Workshop/Tutorial proposals due
  • Friday 26 April 2019 — Notification of decisions
  • Friday 3 May 2019 — Extended abstract submission (some full paper submissions may be recommended for the extended abstract category)

Papers Chair:
Tony Stockman

Workshop/Tutorial Chair:
Derek Brock

Conference Chairs:
Paul Vickers and Matti Gröhn


First held in 1992, ICAD is a highly interdisciplinary conference with relevance to researchers, practitioners, artists, and graduate students working with sound to convey and explore information. The conference is unique in its specific focus on auditory displays and the range of interdisciplinary issues related to their use. Like its predecessors, ICAD 2019 will be a single-track conference, open to all, with no membership or affiliation requirements.


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