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ICAD '97

The Fourth

International Conference on Auditory Display

Palo Alto, California

November 2-5, 1997

Sponsored by:

Xerox Palo Alto Research Center

Continuing the work of the successful ICAD '92, '94, and '96 meetings, ICAD '97 will be held on November 2-5, 1997 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, design and application areas that these encompass. Like its predecessors, ICAD '97 will be a single-track conference. Attendance is open to all, with no membership or affiliation requirements.


The technical papers are a crucial component of the ICAD conference. Papers are solicited for all aspects of auditory display including (but not limited to) the following topics:

These themes can be approached from several perspectives, and ICAD provides a forum for open discussion to bridge gulfs between, for example, research and design, science and technology, perception and acoustics. Interdisciplinary exchange is supported with a single- track technical program. For those new to ICAD, it would be useful to examine Auditory Display, (G. Kramer, ed.), Reading MA; Addison Wesley, 1994.

Submissions will consist of a 4 page extended abstract. The abstract format should be tailored to the type of project. Submissions of research efforts should include the objective, methodology, and results. Submissions of applications and designs should include the goals, users, development process, and evaluation. Since audio demonstrations are an important component of ICAD, the abstract should include a description of the prospective audio demonstrations.


Submissions can be made by sending 6 copies of the abstract by June 6, 1997 to:

James A. Ballas, Ph.D.
Naval Research Laboratory
Code 5513
Washington, DC 20375-5337

From the submissions, the program committee will invite long (30 minutes) and short (15 minute) presentations. If there is a preference for one of these, please indicate.

All of the accepted abstracts will be available in a hard copy proceedings at the conference. Authors will submit camera-ready copy for these proceedings. Instructions for this submittal will be sent with the acceptance letters.



ICAD '97 will include an informal reception hosted by Interval Research where explorative concepts as well as techniques and tools for auditory display may be presented in either a poster or demonstration format.

Poster and demo submissions will be evaluated on the basis of their innovation, relevance, scientific contribution, and potential logistic constraints. Commercial products are eligible, but sales and marketing activities are not appropriate.