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Fifth Annual Web Audio Conference - 2nd Call for Submissions


The fifth Web Audio Conference (WAC) will be held 4-6 December, 2019 at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway. WAC is an international conference dedicated to web audio technologies and applications. The conference addresses academic research, artistic research, development, design, evaluation and standards concerned with emerging audio-related web technologies such as Web Audio API, Web RTC, WebSockets and Javascript. The conference welcomes web developers, music technologists, computer musicians, application designers, industry engineers, R&D scientists, academic researchers, artists, students and people interested in the fields of web development, music technology, computer music, audio applications and web standards. The previous Web Audio Conferences were held in 2015 at IRCAM and Mozilla in Paris, in 2016 at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, in 2017 at the Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary University of London in London, and in 2018 at TU Berlin in Berlin.

The internet has become much more than a simple storage and delivery network for audio files, as modern web browsers on desktop and mobile devices bring new user experiences and interaction opportunities. New and emerging web technologies and standards now allow applications to create and manipulate sound in real-time at near-native speeds, enabling the creation of a new generation of web-based applications that mimic the capabilities of desktop software while leveraging unique opportunities afforded by the web in areas such as social collaboration, user experience, cloud computing, and portability. The Web Audio Conference focuses on innovative work by artists, researchers, students, and engineers in industry and academia, highlighting new standards, tools, APIs, and practices as well as innovative web audio applications for musical performance, education, research, collaboration, and production, with an emphasis on bringing more diversity into audio.

Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce our two keynote speakers: Rebekah Wilson (independent researcher, technologist, composer, co-founder and technology director for Chicago’s Source Elements) and Norbert Schnell (professor of Music Design at the Digital Media Faculty at the Furtwangen University).
More info available at: https://www.ntnu.edu/wac2019/keynotes

Theme and Topics

The theme for the fifth edition of the Web Audio Conference is Diversity in Web Audio. We particularly encourage submissions focusing on inclusive computing, cultural computing, postcolonial computing, and collaborative and participatory interfaces across the web in the context of generation, production, distribution, consumption and delivery of audio material that especially promote diversity and inclusion.

Further areas of interest include:

  • Web Audio API, Web MIDI, Web RTC and other existing or emerging web standards for audio and music.
  • Development tools, practices, and strategies of web audio applications.
  • Innovative audio-based web applications.
  • Web-based music composition, production, delivery, and experience.
  • Client-side audio engines and audio processing/rendering (real-time or non real-time).
  • Cloud/HPC for music production and live performances.
  • Audio data and metadata formats and network delivery.
  • Server-side audio processing and client access.
  • Frameworks for audio synthesis, processing, and transformation.
  • Web-based audio visualization and/or sonification.
  • Multimedia integration.
  • Web-based live coding and collaborative environments for audio and music generation.
  • Web standards and use of standards within audio-based web projects.
  • Hardware and tangible interfaces and human-computer interaction in web applications.
  • Codecs and standards for remote audio transmission.
  • Any other innovative work related to web audio that does not fall into the above categories.

Submission Tracks

We welcome submissions in the following tracks: papers, talks, posters, demos, performances, and artworks. All submissions will be single-blind peer reviewed. The conference proceedings, which will include both papers (for papers and posters) and extended abstracts (for talks, demos, performances, and artworks), will be published open-access online with Creative Commons attribution, and with an ISSN number. A selection of the best papers, as determined by a specialized jury, will be offered the opportunity to publish an extended version at the Journal of Audio Engineering Society.

Papers: Submit a 4-6 page paper to be given as an oral presentation.

Talks: Submit a 1-2 page extended abstract to be given as an oral presentation.

Posters: Submit a 2-4 page paper to be presented at a poster session.

Demos: Submit a work to be presented at a hands-on demo session. Demo submissions should consist of a 1-2 page extended abstract including diagrams or images, and a complete list of technical requirements (including anything expected to be provided by the conference organizers).

Performances: Submit a performance making creative use of web-based audio applications. Performances can include elements such as audience device participation and collaboration, web-based interfaces, Web MIDI, WebSockets, and/or other imaginative approaches to web technology. Submissions must include a title, a 1-2 page description of the performance, links to audio/video/image documentation of the work, a complete list of technical requirements (including anything expected to be provided by conference organizers), and names and one-paragraph biographies of all performers.

Artworks: Submit a sonic web artwork or interactive application which makes significant use of web audio standards such as Web Audio API or Web MIDI in conjunction with other technologies such as HTML5 graphics, WebGL, and Virtual Reality frameworks. Works must be suitable for presentation on a computer kiosk with headphones. They will be featured at the conference venue throughout the conference and on the conference web site. Submissions must include a title, 1-2 page description of the work, a link to access the work, and names and one-paragraph biographies of the authors.

Tutorials: If you are interested in running a tutorial session at the conference, please contact the organizers directly.

Important Dates

March 26, 2019: Open call for submissions starts.

June 16, 2019: Submissions deadline.

September 2, 2019: Notification of acceptances and rejections.

September 15, 2019: Early-bird registration deadline.

October 6, 2019: Camera ready submission and presenter registration deadline.

December 4-6, 2019: The conference.

At least one author of each accepted submission must register for and attend the conference in order to present their work. A limited number of diversity tickets will be available.

Templates and Submission System

Templates and information about the submission system are available on the official conference website: https://www.ntnu.edu/wac2019

Best wishes,
The WAC 2019 Committee