ICAD 2018 — Call for Student “ThinkTank”

ICAD 2018 — Call for Student ThinkTank (Student Research Consortium)
24th International Conference on Auditory Display
Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, USA
10-15 June 2018

Date:  Sun. 10 June 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Submission due: Fri. 20 April 2018

The Student ThinkTank (Student Research Consortium) is a full day meeting for students doing Doctoral or Masters projects in auditory display. It will be held on 10 June, on the first day of the conference. Starting from this year, we accept submissions from undergraduate students as well. Selected students will give formal presentations and discuss their problems with the fellow researchers in the meeting. The program includes some career-related workshop activities in the afternoon.

The ThinkTank is your chance to set a whole roomful of auditory researchers to work on your particular research issue, to help you choose which method, tool, technique or principle to use to save you from heading down a dead end. Besides providing thoughtful insights into your particular project, the ThinkTank will foster friendships and networks among fellow students and researchers that are essential in an international community for auditory display.

The successful applicants will be considered for financial assistance from ICAD and NSF (see below for details). Any registered ICAD participants can join as an observer free of charge. If you’d like to attend as an observer, please send an email to [email protected].

What to Submit:
Please submit the following four items.

1. Cover Letter for ThinkTank Proposal Packet
Your cover letter should include the following information:
* Statement of interest in participating in the ThinkTank.
* Full name of School and Department in which you are taking your degree.
* Current stage in your academic program (e.g., completed MS, 2 years into PhD).
* Name of the supervising professor.
* Your full contact information: address, phone number, and email address.
* Title of the research and keywords pertinent to the research.
* The URL of your web page (if any).

2. Two-page Research Interest Summary
The body of the research summary should provide a clear overview of the research that you have already conducted; is in the process of completing; has planned, or ideas for research that you would like to pursue. The statement should discuss the relevance and potential impact of the research on the field, and discuss its broader impact in the world. You are encouraged to include the following sections:
* Introduction and problem description.
* Brief background and overview of the existing literature.
* Goal of the research.
* Current status of the research.
* Preliminary results accomplished, if any.
* Broader Impact of this research.
* Open issues, topics to be discussed at the ThinkTank, and expected outcomes from participating in the ThinkTank. For example, you might want to discuss choosing the right tools and techniques, to choosing research topics, to how to organize your thesis, to philosophical or aesthetic issues – anything where you could benefit from the perspectives and experience of other students and experts.

3. Letter of Recommendation
Enclose a letter of recommendation written by your Graduate Advisor/Thesis Advisor/Supervisor. Your advisor/supervisor is asked to verify that you are a graduate student, working in the area of sonification or auditory display. (In case of undergraduate student’s submission, please verify the enrolled student status and include information about the undergraduate research project.) Advisors are also encouraged to include an assessment of the current status of your research and an indication of the expected date of its completion. In addition, your advisor is encouraged to indicate what she/he hopes you would both gain and contribute by participating in the ThinkTank.

4. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Please prepare a 1-page CV that relates your background, relevant experience, and research accomplishments.

Selection and Presentation:
The Panel will select 12-15 proposals for oral and poster presentations and “think-tanking”.  The selected problems will be representative examples of a widespread problem, or will be particularly interesting or challenging (as determined by the expert Panel). Each student whose problem is selected for oral presentation will prepare a 15 minute talk which will be followed by a 15 minute discussion. Selected presenters will also have an opportunity to present their posters in ThinkTank lunch and in the main conference poster session. The Panel will present a report on the ThinkTank in the ICAD 2018 conference program.

Any student, whose problem not getting selected, can participate in the ThinkTank as a discussant to observe the presentations and join in the discussions. By participating as a discussant, students will exchange novel ideas and inspirations, meet new friends, and familiarize themselves with friendly ICAD community.

Financial Assistance:
Through funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and ICAD community, we offer the following financial assistance to the ThinkTank presenters:

* 10 students based in the USA will receive airfare (from within the US), ICAD conference registration, and funding towards 5 nights accommodation. We accept maximum two students from an institution, in order to diversify our student body.
* Up to 3 US-based, local students from Michigan Tech area including Wisconsin and Minnesota, will be given free ICAD conference registration (but not travel and accommodation subsidized at ICAD 2018.
* Students from outside the USA who are selected to present are not eligible for the NSF travel and accommodation subsidy, though they will be given free ICAD conference registration.

Any other students (US-based or not) who are not selected to make a formal presentation, are not eligible to receive any funding. However, they are warmly invited to participate in the ThinkTank as discussants.

ThinkTank Panel:
The ThinkTank Panel comprises a number of international researchers who work across a range of disciplines covered by auditory displays.

How to Submit:
Please email your proposal by 23 March 2018 to the ICAD2018 chair ([email protected]) and the ThinkTank chair ([email protected]). Please feel free to email the chairs with any questions beforehand.

Shared by:
Myounghoon “Philart” Jeon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Mind Music Machine Lab
Center for Human-Centered Computing@ICC