The Department of Computing Science, University of Glasgow
The Glasgow Development Agency
Continuing the work of the successful series of ICAD Conferences, ICAD'98 was held on November 1-4, 1998 at the University of Glasgow, UK. This was the the first time the ICAD conference had been held outside the USA. ICAD is the premier forum for presenting research on the use of sound to provide enhanced user interfaces, display data, monitor systems, and 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.
ICAD'98 was chaired by Dr Stephen Brewster from the University of Glasgow and Dr Alistair Edwards from the University of York.
The ICAD'98 conference was a great success.We had a great set of tutorials, some really interesting papers and a fun trip to a distillery and castle. The keynote speakers (Prof Albert Bregman and Dr Bill Gaver) inspired us with new ideas and challenged us to think about our work in different ways.
The proceedings of ICAD'98 were published by the British Computer Society as part of their eWiC series. You can find them here. If you came to the conference you will have received a booklet of paper abstracts that has all the information about the eWiC site and how to access it. If you did not attend you can browse the paper abstracts on the site for free, but if you want access to the full papers and sounds you will have to buy a copy of the abstracts booklet. This costs £29 Sterling (US$50). You can do this by emailing Stephen Brewster or by contacting the BCS directly.
Once you have the proceedings booklet you can log on to the site and get the full papers and sounds that go with them.
ICAD is interested in all aspects of auditory display including (but not limited to) the following topics:
We have a great programme lined up. Full details of the final programme are now available. We will also be having a presentation from Dr Stephen Arnold, the President of the International Computer Music Association. Over Monday lunch we will have a report on the NSF white paper on sonification entitled "A Status Report and Research Agenda for Sonification: A Discussion of the White Paper and its Development Process" by John Flowers, Terri Bonebright and John Neuhoff.
Laboratory research over the last quarter century has revealed many organizational principles used by the auditory system in its perception of distinct sounds in complex acoustic environments. The purpose of these principles is to separate the components of sounds coming from different environmental sources and integrate those coming from the same source. These same principles are applicable to artificial environments, such as the auditory display of data or the monitoring of the states of complex systems such as computers. I will go over some of these principles, illustrating them with sounds, and will try to show how they can be employed to help the listener make use of auditory displays more effectively.
The SonicFinder was the first example of an interface using auditory icons, and arguably still the best. But it was certainly a creature of its time. In this talk, I want to discuss the functional, representational, aesthetic, cultural, and political assumptions that it embodies, contrast these with my current perceptions, and suggest new ways to think about auditory interfaces that are more suitable to the current time.
Bill Gaver is a Senior Research Fellow at the Royal College of Art in London. He started as an experimental psychologist working on "everyday listening," and applied this work in the form of "auditory icons" at Apple and EuroPARC. Now he is working within a conceptual design framework at the RCA, exploring technology for aesthetic and cultural provocations.
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GIST is an inter-disciplinary research group based at
Glasgow University investigating all aspects of interactive systems - from Graphics to Sounds, from User Interface Software Technology to the Psychology of Interaction and Formal techniques of user interfaces.
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Last updated 5/Dec/1998