Web Audio Conference 2017 - 3rd Call for Submissions
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Sebastian Ewert
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The 3rd Web Audio Conference (WAC) will be held August 21-23, 2017 at
the *Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary University of London*. WAC is
an international conference dedicated to web audio technologies and
applications and addresses research, development, design, 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, researchers, and people involved in web standards. The first
and second Web Audio Conferences were held in 2015 at IRCAM and Mozilla
in Paris, and in 2016 at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. The conference will be
collocated with Audio Mostly (August 23-25, 2017) and participants will
have the opportunity to attend both at a discounted rate. More
information can be found on the conference website:

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.

### Theme and Topics

The theme for the third edition of the Web Audio Conference is
*Collaborative Audio*. We particularly encourage submissions focusing on
multi-user interaction, exchange, and collaboration across the web in
the context of production, distribution, and consumption of audio
material. 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
* Codecs and standards for remote audio transmission
* Any other innovative work related to web audio that does not fall into
the above categories

### Keynote Speakers

Keynote 1
Chris Chafe, Director of Stanford University’s Center for Computer
Research in
Music and Acoustics (CCRMA): "Probing Rhythmic Synchronization in our
Mind's Ear"

Keynote 2
Franziska Schroeder, Senior Lecturer at the Sonic Arts Research Centre
(SARC), Queen’s University Belfast: "Distributed Listening – A
Practitioner’s Perspective"

### 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.

*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

*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 (***@qmul.ac.uk).

### Important Dates

March 29, 2017: submission deadline (updates possible until April 5,
2017, see below)

May 17, 2017: author notification

July 19, 2017: camera-ready versions due

August 21-23, 2017: conference

Preliminary versions of all submissions are due on March 29, 2017. No
extension will be granted but the submission system will stay open until
April 5, 2017 allowing authors to update their submissions during that
time. 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 student bursaries will be available.

### Templates and Submission System

Latex and Word templates for all types of submissions are identical and
are available on the conference website http://wac.eecs.qmul.ac.uk.

We now accept submissions: https://cmt3.research.microsoft.com/WAC2017

Best wishes,
The WAC 2017 Committee
Dr Sebastian Ewert
Lecturer in Signal Processing
Centre for Digital Music (C4DM)
School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
Queen Mary University of London
+44 20 7882 8287