ICAD 2017 - Sound in Learning

June 20-23, 2017

The Pennsylvania State University
Arts & Design Research Incubator, College of Arts & Architecture
Graduate Program in Acoustics, College of Engineering
College of Information Sciences and Technology

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, ICAD17 will be a single-track conference, open to all, with no membership or affiliation requirements.

ICAD 2017 is being hosted by the Arts & Design Research Incubator, the Graduate Program in Acoustics, and the College of Information Sciences and Technology. 

The Arts & Design Research Incubator program within the College of Arts and Architecture is dedicated to supporting projects that are collaborative and interdisciplinary, push methodological boundaries, link research and teaching, or make innovative use of technology. Sonification has been a research emphasis within the incubator since its inception in 2014, and the College is pleased to strengthen this priority further by hosting ICAD 2017.


The Graduate Program in Acoustics at Penn State is a unique interdisciplinary program that leads to the degrees Master of Science in Acoustics, Master of Engineering in Acoustics, and Doctor of Philosophy in Acoustics. It is centered on acoustics, which is a subject that touches many diverse disciplines and allows many options for professional careers. While in the program, students can acquire and further strengthen their understanding and use of the fundamentals of engineering, physics and mathematics. The program offers the student a broad educational background applicable to many related scientific and technological fields giving the student lifelong flexibility for continued professional growth.


At IST, the focus is on creating intelligence. The digital age has made the world smaller, faster, more interactive and increasingly mobile. But no matter how fast and smart machines become, they still rely on the power of human creativity. It’s people that create new ways to look at and evaluate the infinite opportunities of the digital age. IST draws on a variety of knowledge disciplines to help individuals unlock the power of their own creativity and fuel the world’s most powerful problem solving machine—the human mind.