The International Community of Auditory Display (ICAD) will be holding the 18th International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD2012) on June 18-22, 2012, at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the heart of midtown Atlanta, Georgia. The event will mark the 20th anniversary of the 1st International Conference on Auditory Display. Since 1992, ICAD has been the premier international venue for the dissemination and discussion of work related to the science, art, and practice of sound as a communicative display. Through its active Sonification Lab and Center for Music Technology, Georgia Tech is pleased to host ICAD's vibrant community of researchers and practitioners on its campus.

To see past conference information see the website for the International Community for Auditory Display
General Chair: Bruce N. Walker, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA
Program Chair: Michael A. Nees, Lafayette College, Easton, PA, USA
Accessibility Chair: Carrie Bruce, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA
Music Chair: Jason Freeman, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA
Workshops Chair: Tae Hong Park, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA
ThinkTank Chair: Terri Bonebright, Depauw University, Greencsatle, IN, USA

Conference Themes

  • 3D and Spatial Audio
  • Aesthetics, Philosophy, and Culture of Auditory Displays
  • Accessibility
  • Applications of Sound in Systems
  • Auditory Display Theory and Methods
  • Auditory Information Design
  • Evaluation and Usability of Auditory Displays
  • Human Factors of Auditory Display
  • Sound Interaction
  • Auditory Cognition, Perception, and Psychoacoustics
  • Sonification and Exploration of Data through Sound
  • Sonification as Art
  • Technologies and Tools for Auditory Display


Keynote Speakers

Elizabeth Mynatt

- Georgia Institute of Technology

Mynatt is the Executive Director at the Institute for People and Technology and a Professor in the College of Computing. She is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of ubiquitous computing and assistive technologies. Her research contributes to ongoing work in personal health informatics, computer-supported collaborative work and human-computer interface design. She has published more than 100 scientific papers and chaired the CHI 2010 conference, the premier international conference in human-computer interaction. Her research is supported by multiple grants from NSF including a five-year NSF CAREER award. Other honorary awards include being named the Top Woman Innovator in Technology by Atlanta Woman magazine in 2005 and the 2003 College of Computing’s Dean’s Award. Read more

Jonathan Berger

- Stanford University

Jonathan Berger is a composer and researcher who explores effective ways of using sound to convey information. Berger is the Billie Bennett Achilles Professor in Performance, the William R. and Gretchen B. Kimball University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, Co-Director of the Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts (SiCa), and Co-Director of Stanford’s Art Initiative. He is also affiliated with the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), where he teaches composition and music theory and cognition. He is a composer and researcher, with over 60 publications in a wide range of fields relating to music, science and technology. Research includes studies in music cognition, snal processing and statistical methods for automatic music recognition, classification and transcription, sonification and audio restoration.