# Fifth Annual Web Audio Conference - 3rd 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,
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
## Pre-submission Draft Feedback
Given that this year's conference theme is Diversity in Web Audio, we would
like to welcome everyone to submit. We have launched a pre-submission draft
feedback process to make people feel more confident, supported and welcome
regarding submitting. This call is addressed to those individuals who are
independent from academic institutions (deadline: June 9, 2019). More info
## 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
* 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
* 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.
## 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
**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.
## Important Dates
March 26, 2019: Open call for submissions starts.
June 23, 2019: Submissions deadline (updates possible until June 30, 2019,
September 2, 2019: Notification of acceptances and rejections.
September 15, 2019: Early-bird registration deadline.
October 6, 2019: Camera ready submission and presenter registration
December 4-6, 2019: The conference.
Preliminary versions of all submissions are due on June 23, 2019. The
submission system will stay open until June 30, 2019, 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 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