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The Third

Palo Alto, California
November 4-6, 1996

Co-sponsored by

Santa Fe Institute


Xerox PARC

Continuing the work of the successful ICAD '92 and '94 meetings, ICAD '96 will be held November 4-6, 1996, in Palo Alto, California, USA. ICAD 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 unique in its singular focus on auditory displays and the array of perception, technology, and application areas that these encompass. Like its predecessors, ICAD '96 will be a single-track conference. Attendance is open to all, with no membership or affiliation requirements.


Conference registration fees include all sessions, special events, and conference proceedings. The fee for corporate and academic participants is $300 ($325 after September 15). The fee for students and postdoctoral fellows is $150 ($175 after September 15). The conference fee includes breakfast and lunch for three days in addition to the conference dinner and other special events. Cancellations received by October 15 will receive full refunds. There will be a $25 processing fee for cancellations received after that date.

To register, print this registration form and send it to:

Rich Gold
Xerox PARC
3333 Coyote Hill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

(415) 812-5573 (ICAD phone line)
(415) 812-5574 (ICAD fax line)

The ICAD phone and fax line will become live/active on August 12th.


The conference hotel is

Holiday Inn Palo Alto-Stanford
625 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94301

(415) 328-2800
(415) 327-7362 (fax)

The conference rate is $129(single)/$139(double) plus tax per night. To make reservations, call (800) 874-3516 and request the ICAD (International Conference on Auditory Display) rate.

The hotel does not provide shuttle service to/from regional airports. They suggest arranging transport on the Santa Clara Airporter. The fare from San Francisco International Airport is $17 one-way. You can call the shuttle service at (415) 771-7710 to arrange transport in advance, or simply call the shuttle upon arriving at the airport.

Students interested in less expensive accommodations may want to stay at the nearby Mermaid Inn for $64 (assuming double occupancy) a night. The hotel information is:

Mermaid Inn
727 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025

(415) 323-9481

It is possible to fly into San Jose airport as Palo Alto is about equidistant from SF and SJ airports. SJ is also somewhat more convenient as it's smaller. However, in general the cheapest airfares probably go through San Francisco.

NOTE: Since the conference takes place over U.S. Election Day, U.S. participants will want to obtain absentee ballots.


Steve Frysinger, James Madison University

Gregory Kramer, CLARITY, Santa Fe Institute


Rich Gold/Beth Mynatt, Xerox PARC

Steve Frysinger, James Madison University

Gregory Kramer, CLARITY, Santa Fe Institute

Beth Wenzel, NASA Ames Research Center

The Santa Fe Institute

The focus of the Santa Fe Institute is research on complex systems. This work encompasses an extraordinary range of topics normally studied in seemingly disparate fields. Natural systems displaying complex adaptive behavior range upwards from DNA through cells and evolutionary systems to human societies. The dynamics of complex systems are difficult to comprehend and even more difficult to communicate. Data visualization--and more recently data sonification--are emerging as crucial tools for the comprehension and communication of complex systems data.

Xerox Palo Alto Research Center

The Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) performs pioneering research that covers a broad spectrum of research fields ranging from electronic materials and device research through computer-based systems and software, to research into work practices and technologies in use. The center's mission is to pursue those technologies that relate to Xerox's current and emerging businesses.

Located in the Stanford University Industrial Park in the heart of Silicon Valley, PARC was charged upon its founding in 1970 to be the "architect of the information age." Since then it has delivered into use such significant pieces of the current information infrastructure as laser printers, graphical user interfaces, object-oriented programming languages, and Ethernet local area networks. PARC has contributed to user interfaces, electronic components, embedded software and architectures for each new line of Xerox copiers, printers, and systems reprographics products.

Address general inquiries to:

Dr. Steven P. Frysinger
James Madison University
College of Integrated Science & Technology
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807

Tel: 540/568-2710
Fax: 540/568-2761
Net: frysinsp@jmu.edu