Call for Submissions

The 4th Web Audio Conference (WAC 2018) will be held in Berlin on September 19th-21st, 2018 at the Technical University and SoundCloud in collaboration with the Furtwangen University.
The WAC is an international conference dedicated to web-based audio technologies and applications. The conference addresses research, development, design, artworks, and standards concerned with emerging audio-related web technologies.

The conference includes two days of talks, poster presentations, demos, installations and performances and a third day with workshops and tutorials. The attendees are invited to a banquet in the evening on the second day.

For any questions and requests contact us at info@webaudioconf.com or via the Twitter account @webaudioconf

Topics

Emerging web standards such as Web Audio and MIDI, WebRTC, Media Capture and Streams, Media Source Extensions, Timing Object and many others open a multidisciplinary field of innovation that connects state-of-the-art audio techniques with the 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, and engineers in industry and academia, highlighting new standards, tools, APIs, and practices as well as innovative design and applications.

The scope of the conference encompasses, but is not restricted to, the following areas:

  • Web Audio API and other existing or emerging web standards for audio and music
  • Tools, practices, and strategies for web-based audio application development
  • Innovative web-based audio and music applications
  • Web-based audio production, delivery, and experience
  • Audio processing and rendering techniques
  • Frameworks for audio synthesis, processing, and transformation
  • Audio data and metadata formats and network delivery
  • Cloud/HPC for audio production
  • 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 web-based audio projects
  • Hardware and tangible interfaces in web applications
  • Codecs and standards for remote audio transmission

Keynote Speakers

The WAC 2018 features two keynotes by Chris Rogers (inventor of the Web Audio API) and Ruth John (web developer and creative technologist).

Submission Types

We welcome submissions in the following tracks: papers, talks, posters, demos, performances, and installations. 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.

Paper (Plenary or Poster): Submit a paper to be given as a plenary presentation (max. 6 pages) or a poster (max. 4 pages). Paper submissions have to use the provided templates.

Talk: Submit a talk to be given in a plenary session. Talk submissions consist of an abstract and a description of the talk including an outline of the talk and a detailed overview of the presented work or idea (max. 2 pages) together with links to additional documentation.

Demo: Submit a work to be presented at a hands-on demo session. Demo submissions consist of an abstract and a detailed description of the presented work and setup (max. 2 pages), links to additional documentation, and a complete list of technical requirements.

Artistic Work (Performance or Installation): Submit a performance or installation making creative use of web audio standards. Works can include elements such as audience device participation and collaboration, web-based interfaces, and/or other imaginative approaches to web technology. Apart from an abstract, submissions to this track consist of a description of the work (max. 2 pages), links to audio/video/image documentation, and a complete list of technical requirements as well as short program notes (max. 5000 characters) and one-paragraph biographies of the authors (max. 1000 characters per author).

Workshops and Tutorials

The third day of the conference (September 21st) is dedicated to workshops and tutorials. It’s the perfect time to dive deeper into topics learned at the conference with a more hands-on approach. If you are interested in running a tutorial session or a workshop at the conference, please contact the organizers directly at workshops@webaudioconf.com with a short description of your tutorial or workshop.

Free Attendance and Assistance for Contributors

The WAC is a community-run conference with a very limited budget. Nevertheless, we would like to make sure that at least one author of each submission selected in the peer-review process can attend the conference. For submissions that are not affiliated to an institution or corporation, authors can request the waiving of the conference fee (the request is limited to one author per submission and hidden from the review).

If you are from an underrepresented group and need financial assistance to present your work at the conference, you can apply for financial aid at chairs@webaudioconf.com.

Companies and institutions covering travel expenses and tickets for presenters without being involved in the presented work will be included on the sponsors page of the conference website.

Code of Conduct

By submitting your work to the WAC, you agree to abide by our code of conduct that can be found on berlincodeofconduct.org. Violations against the code of conduct will result in exclusion from the conference.

Important Dates

  • February 12th, 2018: submission system opens
  • April 23rd, 2018: submission deadline (updates possible until April 30, 2018)
  • June 22nd, 2018: author notification
  • August 17th, 2018: final versions of papers, abstracts and program notes
  • September 19th-21st, 2018: conference

Preliminary versions of all submissions are due on April 23, 2018. The submission system will stay open until April 30, 2018 allowing authors to update their submissions during that time.

Templates and Submission System

The submissions for WAC are handled through the WAC2018 conference management system (EasyChair). In case you need assistance with your submission, please contact us at program@webaudioconf.com.

All submissions of papers and abstracts to be published in the conference proceedings have to use the WAC 2018 templates for Word or LaTex.

Submit now!

Best wishes,
The WAC 2018 Committee