Special Sessions

Special Session #1: “Computer-supported Interactive Systems for Music Production, Performance and Listening” – Queen Mary University of London

This special session invites papers that present new computer-supported technologies and interaction paradigms for music production (including e.g. composition, recording, mixing), performance or listening, or ethnographies that describe user behaviors and practices of interest to devise such technologies. The focus will be put on systems that exploit recent advances in fields such as music informatics, semantic and affective computing, semantic web, mobile computing, sensor and wearables, information visualisation, sound/image interaction, synthesis and sound design, and virtual reality. The papers are encouraged to discuss if and how the systems can transform user workflows and experiences compared to traditional practices, how such workflows and experiences can be evaluated and the results of the evaluations when available. Ethnography papers should include a discussion relating the findings to proposed design guidelines for novel technologies enhancing the practices at stake. Review and position papers are also welcome.

Organizer: Mathieu Barthet, Lecturer in Digital Media, Queen Mary University of London


Special Session #2: “Sonification of Motion – The design of acoustic cues for enhancement of motor performance and learning – from sport to a rehabilitative context” – Aix Marseille University (ISM) & CNRS (LMA)

This special session invites contributors that would like to present their research, technical developments or theoretical standpoint/framework related to sonification displays of human movement and motor acts (e.g. gross and fine movements, tool use, sport performance, speech). Contributors from a wide range of research fields are welcomed: for example, (but not limited to) motor control and cognition scientists, neuroscientists, engineers, physiotherapists, dancers and musicians. The theme of this special session is the ‘design’ aspects of sonification with the focus on the selection of certain hallmarks of motion and their meaningful translation into acoustic stimuli in order to achieve a desired enhancement of movement properties. In particular, we hope to provoke discussions regarding the following questions: how to create a useful acoustic representation that will facilitate movement re-enactment? How does the choice of acoustic mapping influence motor performance? What other auditory aspects should be taken into consideration when using acoustic cues for motion? Papers are encouraged to present examples of using sonification (and report findings) with various paradigms: online enhancement, errorless motor learning, multisensory movement representations and movement facilitation. We welcome submissions from the sport, developmental and rehabilitative domains of movement studies. We also encourage the submission of ideas for novel avenues of research in the field. 

Organizer: Marta Bienkiewicz, Institut des Sciences du Mouvement (ISM), CNRS and Aix Marseille University

January 29th, 2016