Call for Participation

Where & When

ICAD 2020, the 26th International Conference on Auditory Display, will be held at the University of Florida, in Gainesville, FL, USA, June 8–11, 2020. The Student ThinkTank (Student Research Consortium) will be on Sunday, June 7, 2020, before the main conference.

Why ICAD 2020?

ICAD is a highly interdisciplinary academic conference with relevance to researchers, practitioners, musicians, and students interested in the design of sounds to support tasks, improve performance, guide decisions, augment awareness, and enhance experiences. The conference is unique in its singular focus on auditory displays and the array of perception, technology, and application areas that this research area encompasses. Like its predecessors, ICAD 2020 will be a single-track conference, open to all, with no membership or affiliation requirements.

Submission Dates

2020 Conference Theme: Safe and Sound

Sound is used in a wide variety of applications to alert listeners to the status of a person or environment. At ICAD 2020, we want to highwlight sonification work that can be used to maintain awareness in some capacity (outside navigation, hospitals, air traffic control, etc). Papers are not limited to this theme, as we will value and embrace all types of submissions, including papers, posters, multimedia (videos/audios), demos, and concert pieces

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

Art & Design

  • Sonification-inspired music composition, integrative arts, and performing arts.
  • Culture-specific sonification
  • Speculative, aspirational, and prototype designs
  • Sonic information design paradigm, theory, and taxonomy
  • Design methodology, design examples, case studies, and real-world applications
  • Users, experiences, and contexts of using sonification
  • Philosophical perspectives on sonification, particularly as it impacts upon everyday life, but also in terms of more foundational ontological, aesthetic, and epistemological issues.

Science & Engineering

  • Methods, processes, and tools for sonification
  • Participatory approaches
  • Auditory user interfaces
  • Design of new a sensor, device, or platform for auditory displays & sonification
  • Psychology, cognition, perception and psychoacoustics
  • Computational/algorithmic approaches·
  • Accessibility, inclusive design, and assistive technologies
  • Human Factors, Ergonomics and Usability
  • Spatial/3D sound
  • Soundscapes and auditory scene analysis
  • Sonification in Health and Environmental Data (soniHED)
  • Sonification in the Internet of things, big data, & cybersecurity
  • Sonification in automated vehicles

Where to Submit

ICAD 2020 will be using the EasyChair system for managing some of the submissions categories. The link for submissions will be posted soon.


Form of Submission and Assessment Criteria

Submission Templates

For Paper, Poster and other written material:
The safest way to obtain the correct format is to paste your text, etc. into a copy of the template. Please ensure that your submission is formatted correctly, with the headers and footers included in the template. For reference, please consult the PDF of the .doc templates.

Download Word template
Download Latex template (.zip archive)
or clone the Latex template on OverLeaf.

Audio and other Media files.

Submissions should contain a link to audio and other media files in Dropbox, iCloud Soundcloud, Vimeo or other online site, and provide a password if the link is not public.

Submission Accessibility

Making conference materials accessible promotes equal access for researchers in our field. We highly encourage researchers to provide accessible submissions and require that camera-ready papers be accessible.

Checking Your PDF is Accessible

If you can, use the Adobe Acrobat Pro Accessibility Checker (Full Check) to verify the accessibility of your PDF. See Adobe’s detailed instructions for more information.

If you don’t have access to Adobe Acrobat Pro, there are some free accessibility checkers available online that may be able to help.

Fixing Accessibility Problems

A lot of accessibility problems can be fixed directly in Acrobat’s Accessibility Checker. However, Microsoft Word for PC can generate PDFs with many accessibility features and it’s often easier to correct issues in the Word source file. SIGACCESS provides detailed instructions. Unfortunately, Word for Mac and Latex users will need to manually add accessibility features.

At a minimum, make sure your document is tagged, tab order follows the document structure, figures and inaccessible equations have alternative text, table headers are marked, and the document language is specified. As a note, the built-in auto-tagging feature of Acrobat is not 100% reliable with our templates. Please manually check that any auto-generated tags are logical.

More Information

ACM SIGACCESS has a number of resources http://www.sigaccess.org/welcome-to-sigaccess/resources/ for making conference materials and presentations more accessible.

Please contact ICAD2020’s Accessibility Chair if you have any questions on submitting accessibility.


Full Papers (5-8 pages)

  • Full papers represent the core of the ICAD conference and they are judged accordingly. Works in any content category should be self-contained, and withstand objective criticism.
  • To ensure integrity in the reviewing process, 
please ensure that full paper submissions have no indications of author and/or institutional affiliation.
  • At least two external reviews, by reviewers outside of the Program Committee, will be carried out.
  • Acceptance is determined solely on the merits of the submitted work.
  • In the review process, there is no distinction between whether the presentation mode will be oral or a poster.
  • Attribution of accepted papers to either oral or poster presentation is determined by the Program Committee although submissions may indicate a preferred method of presentation.
  • Accepted papers will appear in the proceedings and will be archived accordingly.
  • Please note, presentations of sonification research work so much better when accompanied by relevant audio or audio-visual material, therefore, the review criteria will include an assessment of the quality and relevance of media files (or links) included in the submission. Submissions without accompanying media may not be reviewed as favourably as those that do (though this will depend on the type of paper being submitted).

Extended Abstracts (2-4 pages)

  • Extended Abstracts are used to present “works in progress” for which a discussion with the community is of interest and could be beneficial to the development of the work in question.
  • Authors are not allowed to anonymize the submission for reviews.
  • As Extended Abstracts are not presenting completed work, they are expected to be reviewed principally for thematic pertinence to the ICAD community.
  • A single review is necessary and can be carried out by the Program Committee.
  • Extended Abstracts may be archived in a separate supplement to the conference proceedings, so as to clearly indicating that they have not been peer reviewed. They will not be assigned DOI numbers.
  • Extended Abstracts will be assigned to the either oral or poster presentation mode.
  • Please note, presentations of sonification research work so much better when accompanied by relevant audio or audio-visual material, therefore, the review criteria will include an assessment of the quality and relevance of media files (or links) included in the submission. Submissions without accompanying media may not be reviewed as favourably as those that do (though this will depend on the type of paper being submitted).

Workshops & Tutorials

ICAD workshops and tutorials provide in-depth opportunities for conference attendees to discuss and explore important aspects of the field of auditory display with like-minded researchers and practitioners. Sessions can range from applications and programming methodologies to interdisciplinary research skills, emerging research areas, and challenge problems.

General topic areas for focused workshops and tutorial sessions include, but are not limited to:

  • Sonification/Compositional Maker sessions
  • Applications, usability, accessibility, and evaluation
  • Auditory rendering techniques, technologies, and tools
  • Design theory, methods, philosophy, and culture
  • Psychology, Cognition, Perception, and Psychoacoustics
  • Sonification of data:
    • Context, range of scale, and utility
    • Motivations, frameworks, methodologies, and techniques

Proposal format and submission information

Proposals should be one page in length and include the following:

  • Title, brief abstract, outline of objectives (e.g., tutorial syllabus, organized discussion, presentations, submissions, etc.), relevance for ICAD attendees.
  • Proposed duration (full day or half day).
  • Invited speakers (if any).
  • List of organizers, a designated contact person, and contact information for all organizers (address, email, and ‘phone).
  • Technical and space requirements.

Note that workshops inviting extended abstracts and/or papers can arrange to have their contributions included in the ICAD 2020 Conference Proceedings as a supplementary section of non-referreed submissions. These materials will be accessible online via the DOI number for the 2020 proceedings volume.

Workshop and tutorial proposals (as well as inquiries) should be submitted via email to the workshop chair aticad2020workshops@icad.org.

Space, facilities, technical support, and the number of sessions that can be accepted are limited, so early submission of proposals is encouraged. Workshop and tutorial organizers are expected to collaborate with the conference committee, issue calls for participation, gather and review contributed materials (if appropriate), and decide upon the final program for their session.


Sonification Concert

The sonification concert will be held on Tuesday, June 9th. More details on the sonification concert will be posted soon.


Installations and Demonstrations

Details on the demos and installations will be posted soon.


Student ThinkTank

The Student ThinkTank (Student Research Consortium) is a full day meeting for students doing Graduate or Undergraduate work on auditory display. It will be held on Sunday, June 7th, before the main conference. Selected students will give formal presentations and have the opportunity to discuss research ideas and problems with fellow researchers in the field. The program will also include career-related activities.

See the Student ThinkTank page for more details.