7th International Web Audio conference, 6-8 July 2022, Cannes, FranceCampus Georges MélièsPalais Miramar, CannesCannes
Palais Miramar, 65 boulevard de la croisette,  Cannes la Bocca
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Call for papers

7th Annual Web Audio Conference - Call for Submissions

The seventh Web Audio Conference (WAC) will be held 6-8 July, 2022 at the University Côte d'Azur in Cannes, France. 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, in 2018 at TU Berlin in Berlin, in 2019 at Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim and in 2021 at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.

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.

Theme and Topics

The theme for this edition is "innovative audio narrative”.

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 (research track): Submit a 6-10 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. 
  • Workshop on Web Engineering and Collaborative Music Learning (WECML): Submit a 6-10 page paper to be given as an oral presentation during the workshop session.
  • Tutorials and/or workshop: If you are interested in running a tutorial session at the conference, please contact the organizers directly (wac2022workshops@i3s.unice.fr ).

Important Dates

  • January 1, 2022: Open call for submissions starts.
  • April 15, 2022 : new EXTENDED  UNIFIED DEADLINE for contributions : Submissions deadline for Papers (research track), Talks, Posters, Demos, Performances, Artworks. (updates possible until April 23, 2022).
  • May 2, 2022: Submission deadline for the WECML Workshop (updates possible until May 9, 2022).
  • May 17, 2022: Notification of acceptances and rejections for Papers (research track), Talks, Posters, Demos, Performances, Artworks.
  • May 25, 2022: Notification of acceptances and rejections for the WECML Workshop.
  • May 27, 2022 (Anywhere on Earth): Deadline diversity tickets application.
  • June 3-6, 2022: Notification of grantees.
  • June 10, 2022: Early-bird registration deadline.
  • June 10, 2022: Camera ready submission and presenter registration deadline.
  • July 6-8, 2022: The conference.
For tutorials and workshops, please contact directly wac2022workshops@i3s.unice.fr

Preliminary versions (with at least title and abstract) of Papers (research track) ,Talks, Posters, Demos, Performances, Artworks submissions are due on April 5, 2022. The submission system will stay open until April 23, 2022, 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. The diversity tickets will be prioritized for attenders from lower-income countries and backgrounds, and underrepresented communities in web audio.See Call for Diversity.

Submission Templates and Submission System