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International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD) 2009  &

International Symposium on Computer Music Modeling and Retrieval (CMMR) 2009

“Timeless Sound”

May 18-22, 2009

Copenhagen, Denmark


Re:New is pleased to present the 15th International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD), which is to take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, May 18-22, 2009.

The ICAD 2009 theme is Timeless Sound, including the universal aspect of sounds as well as the influence of time in the perception of sounds.

ICAD 2009 is organised jointly with the 6th International Symposium on Computer Music Modeling and Retrieval (CMMR2009). Selected ICAD/CMMR papers is to be invited to a post symposium proceeding published by Springer Verlag in the LNCS series.

In addition to the conference presentations, we plan to have workshops, panels, demos and an extensive festival with concerts every day organized by Re:New – digital arts forum.

Re:New – Forum for digital arts, Aalborg University (Esbjerg, Denmark), LMA-CNRS (Marseille, France) and INCM-CNRS (Marseille, France) are pleased to present the 15th International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD), which is to take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, May 18-22, 2009.The conference will address all aspects related to the design of sounds, either conceptual or technical. Besides traditionally addressed by ICAD topics, we would like to take the opportunity of ICAD being organized by Re:New to highlight the ICAD 2009 theme Timeless Sound, including the universal aspect of sounds as well as the influence of time in the perception of sounds.

In addition, we are please to announce that the 6th International Symposium on Computer Music Modeling and Retrieval (CMMR2009) will take place jointly with ICAD2009. This will offer a great opportunity to discuss the links between auditory display, sound modeling and music information retrieval. As for the previous CMMR meetings, we plan to edit selected ICAD/CMMR papers as a post symposium proceeding published by Springer Verlag in its famous Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series.

ICAD 2009 encourages submissions within any aspect of auditory display, including scientific work related to artistic work as there will also be possibilities of presenting art-works during the conference week. This includes music, cross-modal performances, installations, and similar forms. Art-work submissions are made using a separate submission form.

ICAD 2009 will address the following topics (but is not limited to):

  • Accessibility
  • Applications (fundamental, industrial, artistic, …)
  • Design theory and methods
  • Evaluation and usability
  • Human Factors
  • Mappings from data to sound
  • Philosophy and culture of auditory displays
  • Psychology and Cognition
  • Perception and Psychoacoustics
  • Synaesthetic representations
  • Analysis and Synthesis of Environmental Sounds
  • Auditory-Haptic Interaction in Information Display
  • Effective Auditory Displays, Listening Abilities, and Learning
  • Auditory Display and Interdisciplinarity
  • Sounds of objects and events: Perception, Production, and Use in auditory displays
  • Sound Design tools & technologies
  • Listening behavior and how to improve the attention of listening
  • Auditory Warnings: towards a new design and a better understanding
  • Aesthetics of sound objects
  • Interacting with sound in VR or AR – Interaction paradigms – Cognitive aspects
  • 3D audio technology for auditory display
  • Audio Only Gaming
  • Sonification of information relationship
  • Soundmapping the Genes
  • Browsing with sounds
  • Auditory display, sound modeling and music information retrieval


Paper, demo and poster submission deadline: 15th of January 2009

Notification of acceptance: 1st of March 2009

Camera-ready copy: 1st of May 2009

The call for contributions can be downloaded here.

re-new – digital arts forum is proud to present re-new 2009 in Copenhagen May 16-22. re-new 2009 features a parallel arts festival and conference.

The festival will feature more than 100 works of music, video, and installations in any form and combination. The program will soon be posted here.

The hosted conference is ICAD 2009 – International Conference for Auditory Display – which is a forum for presenting research on the use of sound to display data, monitor systems, and provide enhanced user interfaces for computers and virtual reality systems. It is organized jointly with the CMMR 2009, and call for artworks and papers for festival and conference is online now.

…and we are of course always looking for volunteers who can help us make re-new 2009 a great event!

We look forward to seeing you in Denmark in May!

Kristoffer Jensen, Chair,

Monday, May 18, 2009

Location: Museum of Copenhagen, Festsal

9h20 – 10h: Registration

10h – 10h40: Welcome (General Talk + Small Concert)

10h40 – 11h00: Coffee Break

 11h00 – 12h20: Paper Session “Design Theory And Methods”

  • A Communal Map of Design in Auditory Display (Stephen Barrass, Chris Fraunberger)
  • Subjective Experience Methods for Early Conceptual Design of Auditory Displays (Eoin Brazil, Mikael Fernström)
  • Using A Systematic Design Process to Investigate Narrative Sound Design Strategies for Interactive Commodities (Daniel Hug)
  • The Shannon Portal: Designing an Auditory Display for Casual Users in a Public Environment (Mikael Fernström, Eoin Brazil)

12h20 – 13h20: Lunch

 13h20 – 14h40: Paper Session “Design: Synthesis / Auditory Warnings”

  • Towards the Timbre Modeling of Interior Car Sound (Jean-François Sciabica, Marie-Céline Bezat, Vincent Roussarie, Richard Kronland-Martinet, Sølvi Ystad)
  • Analysis/Synthesis and Spatialization of Noisy Environmental Sounds (Charles Verron, Mitsuko Aramaki, Richard Kronland-Martinet, Grégory Pallone)
  • Evaluation of Auditory Representations for Selected Applications of a Graphical User Interface (György Wersényi)

14h40 – 16h20: Poster Session

  • Earconsampler: A Tool for Designing Emotional Auditory Driver-Vehicle Interfaces (Pontus Larsson)
  • Awesome Sound Design Tool: A Web Based Utility that Invites End Users Into the Audio Design Process (Johan Fagerlönn, Mats Liljedahl)
  • Exploring Concurrent Auditory Icon Recognition (Eoin Brazil, Mikael Fernström, John Bowers)
  • Using Multiple, Role-Related Perspectives in The Design of Alarm Sounds for Safety Critical Context (Antti Pirhonen, Kai Tuuri)
  • Measuring The Use of Sound in Everyday Software (Benjamin K. Davison, Bruce N. Walker)
  • Springboard: Exploring Embodied Metaphor in The Design of Sound Feedback for Physical Responsive Environments (Milena Droumeva, Alissa Antle, Greg Corness, Allen Bevans)
  • A Sound Design for The Purposes of Movement Optimisation in Elite Sport (Using The Example Of Rowing) (Nina Schaffert, Klaus Mattes, Alfred O. Effenberg)
  • Sonification in Music (Andi Schoon, Florian Dombois)
  • Analysis of the Drilling Sound Component from Expert Performance in a Maxillo-Facial Surgery (Pablo F. Hoffmann, Florian Gosselin, Farid Taha)
  • Neuromuse: Training Your Brain Through Musical Interaction (Sylvain Le Groux, Paul Verschure)



Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Location: Museum of Copenhagen, Festsal

9h20 – 10h40: Paper Session “3D Audio”

  • Versum: Audiovisual Composing In 3d (Tarik Barri)
  • Occurrence of Simulator Sickness in Spatial Sound Spaces and 3D Auditory Displays (Christina Dicke, Viljakaisa Aaltonen, Mark Billinghurst)
  • Intelligibility of Low Bit Rate MPEG-Coded Japanese Speech in Virtual 3D Audio Space (Yousuke Kobayashi, Kazuhiro Kondo, Kiyoshi Nakagawa)
  • Navigation Performance Effects of Render Method and Latency in Mobile Audio Augmented Reality (Nicholas Mariette)

10h40 – 11h00: Coffee Break + Poster Discussion

 11h00 – 12h00: Keynote

“An Audio Mixer Based on 3D Acoustical Simulation of Architectural Models”

J.H. Rindel and C.L. Christensen (Odeon A/S, Scion Dtu, Denmark)

Abstract: The acoustic illusion of music being performed in any room, being virtual or real, is possible with today’s advanced room acoustic software, Odeon. Recently, a music CD has been released with the simulated acoustics of the famous Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, although the recordings were originally made in an anechoic room. The quality and realism of the 3D sound is believed to be unparalleled. The acoustic simulation technique has also been applied for the simulation of a complete symphony orchestra using multi-source-auralisation and an integrated mixing of the sound from all the instruments. The room acoustic software Odeon was originally developed at the Technical University of Denmark with the purpose of making acoustic simulations as a tool for the design of concert halls and other acoustic venues. The simulation technique is based on theoretical models and approximations of the physical behaviour of sound in rooms such as reflection, absorption, scattering, and diffraction. The directional characteristic of the sound sources is also taken into account. The presentation will include music examples combined with the acoustics of a reconstructed Roman theatre, a Byzantine church, and a new concert hall.

12h00 – 13h20: Lunch

13h20 – 14h40: Paper Session “Sound Perception And Control”

  • Full Automation in Live-Electronics: Advantages and Disadvantages (Javier Alejandro Garavaglia)
  • Thinking the Sounds: An Intuitive Control of an Impact Sound Synthesizer (Mitsuko Aramaki, Charles Gondre, Richard Kronland-Martinet, Thierry Voinier, Sølvi Ystad)
  • Perception of Reverberation in Large Single and Coupled Volumes (Ilja Frissen, Brian F.G. Katz, Catherine Guastavino)
  • Evaluating the Utility of Auditory Perspective-Taking in Robot Speech Presentations (Derek Brock, Brian Mcclimens, Christina Wasylyshyn, J. Gregory Trafton, Malcolm Mccurry)

14h40 – 15h00: Coffee Break + Poster Discussion

15h00 – 16h20: Paper Session “Music Information Retrieval, Perception And Cognition”

  • Overlay Problems for Music and Combinatorics (Julien Allali, Pavlos Antoniou, Pascal Ferraro, Costas S. Iliopoulos, Spiros Michalakopoulos)
  • Allthatsounds: Associative Semantic Categorization of Audio Data (Julian Rubisch, Matthias Husinsky, Hannes Raffaseder)
  • Revisiting the Phenomenon of Sound as “Empty Container”: The Acoustic Imagination in Kurt Schwitters’s “Ursonata” (Zeynep Bulut)
  • Upper Limits of Auditory Motion Perception: The Case of Rotating Sounds (François-Xavier Féron, Ilja Frissen, Catherine Guastavino)


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Location: Museum of Copenhagen, Festsal

9h20 – 10h40: Paper Session “Sonification”

  • Physiosonic – Movement Sonification as Auditory Feedback (Katharina Vogt, David Pirró, Ingo Kobenz, Robert Höldrich, Gerhard Eckel)
  • Entropy Sonification (Chandrasekhar Ramakrishnan, Steven Greenwood)
  • Quantum Harmonic Oscillator Sonification (Anna Saranti, Gerhard Eckel, David Pirró)
  • The Use of Sonic Articulation in Identifying Correlation in Capital Market Trading Data (David Worrall)

10h40 – 11h00: Coffee Break + Poster Discussion

11h00 – 12h00: Keynote

“The sound of the brain”

Niels Sunde

12h00 – 13h20: Lunch

13h20 – 14h40: Paper Session “Music Analysis”

  • Extending Vivo as a Mir System (Mika Kuuskankare, Mikael Laurson)
  • Puremx: Automatic Transcription of Midi Live Music Performances into Xml Format (Stefano Baldan, Luca A. Ludovico, Davide A. Mauro)
  • Statistical Rules in Constraint-Based Programming (Mikael Laurson, Mika Kuuskankare, Kimmo Kuitunen, Örjan Sandred)
  • Extending Alignment Algorithm for Polyphonic Comparison (Julien Allali, Pierre Hanna, Matthias Robine, Pascal Ferraro)

14h40 – 15h00: Coffee Break + Poster Discussion

15h00 – 16h20: Panel “Sound Identity” (Chair: Mikael Fernström)


Thursday, May 21, 2009

Location: Museum of Copenhagen, Festsal

9h20 – 10h40: Paper Session “Sonification / Sounds of Objects and Events”

  • The Design of an Audio Film for the Visually Impaired (Mariana Julieta Lopez, Sandra Pauletto)
  • A Graph-Based System for the Dynamic Generation of Soundscapes (Andrea Valle, Vincenzo Lombardo, Mattia Schirosa)
  • Multi-Touch Interactions for Model-Based Sonification (René Tünnermann, Thomas Hermann)
  • An Interface and Framework Design for Interactive Aesthetic Sonification (Kirsty Beilharz, Sam Ferguson)

10h40 – 11h00: Coffee Break + Poster Discussion

11h00 – 12h00: Keynote

“From signal to substance and back: Insights from environmental sound research to auditory display design”

Brian Gygi (Veterans Affairs Northern California Health Care System, Martinez, USA)

Abstract: A persistent concern in the field of auditory display design has been how to effectively use environmental sounds, which are naturally occurring familiar non-speech, non-musical sounds. Environmental sounds represent physical events in the everyday world, and thus they have a semantic content that enables learning and recognition.   However, unless used appropriately, their functions in auditory displays may cause problems. One of the main considerations in using environmental sounds as auditory icons is how to ensure the identifiability of the sound sources. The identifiability of an auditory icon depends on both the intrinsic acoustic properties of the sound it represents, and on the semantic fit of the sound to its context, i.e., whether the context is one in which the sound naturally occurs or would be unlikely to occur. Relatively recent research has yielded some insights into both of these factors. A second major consideration is how to use the source properties to represent events in the auditory display. This entails parameterizing the environmental sounds so the acoustics will both relate to source properties familiar to the user and convey meaningful new information to the user. Finally, particular considerations come into play when designing auditory displays for special populations, such as hearing impaired listeners who may not have access to all the acoustic information available to a normal hearing listener, or to elderly or other individuals whose cognitive resources may be diminished. Some guidelines for designing displays for these populations will be outlined.

12h00 – 13h20: Lunch

15h00 – 16h20: Panel “Emotions In Sound And Music” (Chair: Anders Friberg)



Chair: Kristoffer Jensen

Music Chair: Lars Graugaard

Program Chair: Richard Kronland-Martinet

Paper Chair: Mitsuko Aramaki

Coordinator: Anne Bøgh

Web Chair: Toine Heuvelmans

Sponsor: Agneta Hytten

CMMR2009 Chair: Sølvi Ystad



Mitsuko Aramaki, INCM-CNRS, France

Federico Avanzini, University of Padova, Italy

Stephen Barrass, CSIRO ICT Center, Australia

Terri Bonebright, DePauw University, USA

Eoin Brazil, University of Limerick, Ireland

Derek Brock, Naval Research Laboratory, USA

Douglas Brungart, University of Maryland, USA

Antonio Camurri, University of Genova, Italy

Laurent Daudet, Université Paris 6, France

Benjamin Davison, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Kees van den Doel, University of British Columbia, Canada

Milena Droumeva, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Alistair Edwards, York University, UK

Mikael Fernström, University of Limerick, Ireland

Cynthia Grund, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Matti Gröhn, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland

Brian Gygi, East Bay Institute for Research and Education, USA

Kristoffer Jensen, Aalborg University, Denmark

Richard Kronland-Martinet, CNRS-LMA, France

Rozenn Nicol, Orange Lab, France

Grégory Pallone, Orange Lab, France

Sandra Pauletto, York University, UK

Camille Peres, University of Houston-Clear Lake, USA

Stefania Serafin, Aalborg University, Denmark

Xavier Serra, Pompeu Fabra University, Spain

Malcom Slaney, Yahoo! Research, USA

Julius O. Smith, CCRMA, USA

Tony Stockman, Queen Mary, University of London, UK

Patrick Susini, IRCAM, France

Vesa Välimäki, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland

Thierry Voinier, LMA-CNRS, France

Bruce Walker, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Sølvi Ystad, LMA-CNRS, France