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ACM Transactions on Applied Perception (TAP), Volume 2 Issue 4, October 2005

Sound science: Marking ten international conferences on auditory display
Gregory Kramer, Bruce N. Walker
Pages: 383-388
DOI: 10.1145/1101530.1101531
This special issue of ACM Transactions on Applied Perception is intended to commemorate the tenth International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD) and to serve as an introduction and overview of the field of auditory displays. This paper...

A perceptual framework for the auditory display of scientific data
Stephen Barrass
Pages: 389-402
DOI: 10.1145/1101530.1101532
A principal requirement of the auditory display of scientific data is an accurate portrayal of the information contained in the data. The characteristics of the display device can significantly affect the faithfulness of the data presentation. Human...

A comprehensive framework for auditory display: Comments on Barrass, ICAD 1994
Stephen Barrass
Pages: 403-406
DOI: 10.1145/1101530.1101533
In ‘A Perceptual Framework for the Auditory Display of Scientific Data’ I described the first perceptually scaled sound space designed specifically for sonification. I modeled this sound space, and its underlying theory, on the use of...

Mappings and metaphors in auditory displays: An experimental assessment
Bruce N. Walker, Gregory Kramer
Pages: 407-412
DOI: 10.1145/1101530.1101534
Auditory displays are becoming more and more common, but there are still no general guidelines for mapping data dimensions (e.g., temperature) onto display dimensions (e.g., pitch). This paper presents experimental research on different mappings and...

Sonification design and metaphors: Comments on Walker and Kramer, ICAD 1996
Bruce N. Walker, Gregory Kramer
Pages: 413-417
DOI: 10.1145/1101530.1101535
The original Walker and Kramer paper at ICAD 1996 studied the mapping of data dimensions (e.g., temperature) onto sound dimensions (e.g., pitch). In this commentary we consider the historical and methodological context of that early work, discuss its...

Perceptual plasticity in spatial auditory displays
Barbara G. Shinn-Cunningham, Timothy Streeter, Jean-François Gyss
Pages: 418-425
DOI: 10.1145/1101530.1101536
Often, virtual acoustic environments present cues that are inconsistent with an individual's normal experiences. Through training, however, an individual can at least partially adapt to such inconsistent cues through either short- [Kassem 1998;...

Spatial auditory display: Comments on Shinn-Cunningham et al., ICAD 2001
Barbara G. Shinn-Cunningham, Timothy Streeter
Pages: 426-429
DOI: 10.1145/1101530.1101537
Spatial auditory displays have received a great deal of attention in the community investigating how to present information through sound. This short commentary discusses our 2001 ICAD paper (Shinn-Cunningham, Streeter, and Gyss), which explored...

Optimizing the spatial configuration of a seven-talker speech display
Douglas S. Brungart, Brian D. Simpson
Pages: 430-436
DOI: 10.1145/1101530.1101538
Although there is substantial evidence that performance in multitalker listening tasks can be improved by spatially separating the apparent locations of the competing talkers, very little effort has been made to determine the best locations and...

Optimizing a virtual speech display: Comments on Brungart and Simpson, ICAD 2003
Douglas S. Brungart, Brian D. Simpson
Pages: 437-441
DOI: 10.1145/1101530.1101539
In our 2003 ICAD Paper “Optimizing the Spatial Configuration of a Seven Talker Speech Display,” we described a hybrid near-far spatial configuration that maximizes performance in a multitalker listening task. In this brief addendum, we...

A principled methodology for the specification and design of nonvisual widgets
Alistair D. N. Edwards, Evangelos Mitsopoulos
Pages: 442-449
DOI: 10.1145/1101530.1101540
When the visual channel of communication is unavailable because the user is blind, nonvisual user interfaces must be developed. The proposed methodology consists of three interrelated specification levels. Information and supported tasks are...

Perceptual auditory design: Comments on Edwards and Mitsopoulos, ICAD 1998
Alistair D. N. Edwards, Evangelos Mitsopoulos
Pages: 450-454
DOI: 10.1145/1101530.1101541
Mitsopoulos and Edwards ICAD 1998 paper deals with the design of auditory widgets as exemplars of applying sound psychological theories of auditory perception and attention in the field of auditory interface design. The research, briefly herein...

The design and evaluation of a sonically enhanced tool palette
Stephen A. Brewster, Catherine V. Clarke
Pages: 455-461
DOI: 10.1145/1101530.1101542
This paper describes an experiment to investigate the effectiveness of adding sound to tool palettes. Palettes have usability problems because users need to see the information they present, but they are often outside the area of visual focus. We...

Sonically-enhanced widgets: Comments on Brewster and Clarke, ICAD 1997
Stephen A. Brewster
Pages: 462-466
DOI: 10.1145/1101530.1101543
This paper presents a review of the research surrounding the paper “The Design and Evaluation of a Sonically Enhanced Tool Palette” by Brewster and Clarke from ICAD 1997. A historical perspective is given followed by a discussion of how...

Data sonification from the desktop: Should sound be part of standard data analysis software?
John H. Flowers, Dion C. Buhman, Kimberly D. Turnage
Pages: 467-472
DOI: 10.1145/1101530.1101544
The design of auditory formats for data display is presently focused on applications for blind or visually impaired users, specialized displays for use when visual attention must be devoted to other tasks, and some innovative work in revealing...

Desktop data sonification: Comments on Flowers et al., ICAD 1996
John H. Flowers, Kimberly D. Turnage, Dion C. Buhman
Pages: 473-476
DOI: 10.1145/1101530.1101545
Sonification tools have not yet become typical components of data analysis software, despite dramatic advances in sound-production capabilities of personal computers over the past decade. However, we continue to believe that auditory displays have...

Musical program auralization: Empirical studies
Paul Vickers, James L. Alty
Pages: 477-489
DOI: 10.1145/1101530.1101546
Program auralization aims to communicate information about program state, data, and behavior using audio. We have argued that music offers many advantages as a communication medium [Alty 1995]. The CAITLIN system [Alty and Vickers 1997; Vickers 1999;...

Program auralization: Author's comments on Vickers and Alty, ICAD 2000
Paul Vickers
Pages: 490-494
DOI: 10.1145/1101530.1101547
In this paper, we reflect upon the investigations into external auditory representations of programs (program auralization) reported by Vickers and Alty at ICAD 2000. First, we place the work in its historical and thematic context and explore...

After direct manipulation---direct sonification
Mikael Fernström, Caolan McNamara
Pages: 495-499
DOI: 10.1145/1101530.1101548
The effectiveness of providing multiple-stream audio to support browsing on a computer was investigated through the iterative development and evaluation of a series of sonic browser prototypes. The data set used was a database containing...

Reflections on sonic browsing: Comments on Fernström and McNamara, ICAD 1998
Mikael Fernström
Pages: 500-504
DOI: 10.1145/1101530.1101549
In the original Fernström and McNamara paper at ICAD 1998, we described our work on a novel user interface for sonic browsing of music collections. In this commentary, we reflect upon the continued research in this area and how our interactive...

Data collection and analysis techniques for evaluating the perceptual qualities of auditory stimuli
Terri L. Bonebright, Nadine E. Miner, Timothy E. Goldsmith, Thomas P. Caudell
Pages: 505-516
DOI: 10.1145/1101530.1101550
This paper describes a general methodological framework for evaluating the perceptual properties of auditory stimuli. The framework provides analysis techniques that can ensure the effective use of sound for a variety of applications, including...

Evaluation of auditory displays: Comments on Bonebright et al., ICAD 1998
Terri L. Bonebright, Nadine E. Miner
Pages: 517-520
DOI: 10.1145/1101530.1101551
This commentary was written for the article “Data collection analysis techniques for evaluating the perceptual qualities of auditory stimuli” that was presented at the International Conference on Auditory Display in 1998. The...

Using wavelets to synthesize stochastic-based sounds for immersive virtual environments
Nadine E. Miner, Thomas P. Caudell
Pages: 521-528
DOI: 10.1145/1101530.1101552
Stochastic, or nonpitched, sounds fill our real-world environment. Humans almost continuously hear stochastic sounds, such as wind, rain, motor sounds, and different types of impact sounds. Because of their prevalence in real-world environments, it...

Authors' comments on Miner and Caudell, ICAD 1997
Nadine E. Miner, Victor M. Vergara, Panaioti, Thomas Preston Caudell
Pages: 529-533
DOI: 10.1145/1101530.1101553
Sound is a critical component of multimodal representations of information in virtual environments. Our research program continues to develop and evaluate sound software system architectures, localization techniques, sound synthesis, and musical...

Physically based models for liquid sounds
Kees van den Doel
Pages: 534-546
DOI: 10.1145/1101530.1101554
A physically based liquid sound synthesis methodology is developed. The fundamental mechanism for the production of liquid sounds is identified as the acoustic emission of bubbles. After reviewing the physics of vibrating bubbles as it is relevant to...

From physics to sound: Comments on van den Doel, ICAD 2004
Kees van den Doel
Pages: 547-549
DOI: 10.1145/1101530.1101555
Wherever we are, what we hear is mostly noise. When we ignore it, it disturbs us. When we listen to it, we find it fascinating. The sound of a truck at 50 mph. Static between the stations. Rain. We want to capture and control these sounds, to use...

Crystallization sonification of high-dimensional datasets
Thomas Hermann, Helge Ritter
Pages: 550-558
DOI: 10.1145/1101530.1101556
This paper introduces Crystallization Sonification, a sonification model for exploratory analysis of high-dimensional datasets. The model is designed to provide information about the intrinsic data dimensionality (which is a local feature) and...

Model-based sonification revisited---authors' comments on Hermann and Ritter, ICAD 2002
Thomas Hermann, Helge Ritter
Pages: 559-563
DOI: 10.1145/1101530.1101557
We discuss the framework of Model-Based Sonification (MBS) and its contribution to a principled design of mediators between high-dimensional data spaces and perceptual spaces, particularly sound spaces. Data Crystallization Sonification, discussed in...

Comparison of auditory, visual, and audiovisual navigation in a 3D space
Matti Gröhn, Tapio Lokki, Tapio Takala
Pages: 564-570
DOI: 10.1145/1101530.1101558
A navigation test was carried out in a spatially immersive virtual environment. The test was a gamelike experience where the task of subjects was to find as many gates as possible while they navigated through a track guided by auditory and/or visual...

Author's comments on Gröhn, Lokki, and Takala, ICAD 2003
Matti Gröhn, Tapio Lokki, Tapio Takala
Pages: 571-573
DOI: 10.1145/1101530.1101559
Historical background and motivation for ICAD2003 paper is presented. In addition, the research results followed up is briefly overviewed and future work is elaborated....