The first - and very successful - edition of the Conference was held in August 2016 in Aalborg, Denmark, following a first experiment in 2013, with a conference on Loudspeakers and Headphones in Helsinki, Finland. The Aalborg event received approximately 160 registered participants and more than 40 paper and keynote presentations, with 20 companies promoting demonstrations. As Sean Olive, AES conference chair, stated then, this was one of the most successful AES international conferences ever and the level of interest largely surpassed the organization's expectations, in terms of sponsorships, number and quality of papers submitted, and registrations - a clear indication of the industry momentum for headphones and in-ear applications.
Three years later, the AES conference on Headphone Technology in San Francisco, once again focuses on technologies for headphones with a special emphasis on the emerging fields of Mobile Spatial Audio, Individualization, Assistive Listening and Audio for Augmented Reality. It will gather scientists, developers and practitioners who are involved in theory, technical design, application or evaluation of headphone technology. The conference will be an interdisciplinary gathering encouraging fruitful discussions across the headphone, hearing aid and audio delivery industries.
The choice of San Francisco for this event is also not a coincidence, being the home base for many headphone brands and some of the largest technology companies, some of which are directly sponsoring the conference. San Francisco is also a melting pot of a multitude of European and Asian cultures and the origin of the "easy living" west coast attitude towards life, and it is the home of some of the world’s most innovative digital industries in audio and sound for cinema and gaming. Located in the San Francisco Bay and known for its cool summers, fog and steep rolling hills, it offers popular tourist destinations like the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, Fisherman's Wharf and its vivid Chinatown district. An ideal setting for a fascinating and informative conference!
The AES International Conference on Headphone Technology takes place at the Golden Gate Club, Presidio, San Francisco. Built in 1949, the Golden Gate Club was once the enlisted men’s service club and the site of several historic treaty signings. Today it is a popular celebration and meeting venue on the Main Post, the cultural heart of the park. The site features views of San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the Presidio forest.
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The second AES International Conference on Headphone Technology will gather scientists, developers and practitioners who are involved in theory, technical design, application or evaluation of headphone technology. The conference will be an interdisciplinary gathering encouraging fruitful discussions across the headphone, hearing aid and audio delivery industries.
The conference committee includes
Co-chairs: Patrick Hegarty & Christopher J. Struck
Papers: Jean-Marc Jot, Todd Welti & Jürgen Peissig
Demos & Workshops: Phil Brown & Rhonda Wilson
Treasurer: Michael Lee
Sponsorships & Promotion: Sean Olive
Local AES SF Section: Patrick Flanagan
Proposed topics for papers and presentations include:
Design and Engineering
Sensors and health data acquisition
Binaural reproduction and spatial audio
Virtual and augmented reality
Assistive listening, hearing and health support
Noise control and hearing protection
Headphone quality and standards
Automatic quality evaluation
Perceptual audio evaluation
The Conference Committee invites the submission of full papers of 4 to 10 pages by March 24, 2019, using the conference EasyChair (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=2019headphonetechnol) submission system. Templates describing paper format are available at the paper submission site. All submitted papers will be double-peer-reviewed before selection.
Authors will be informed of the decision by May 20, 2019. Final versions of papers following any revisions guided by the committee’s review must be submitted by July 15, 2019. Based on several factors including scheduling, the conference committee may decide upon which contributions will be presented as talks, or posters, respectively. Posters will be held during exclusive time slots and feature short introductory talks of poster presenters.
Additionally, the committee invites all interested persons to propose demonstrations, workshops or thematically suited product presentations. Email proposals may be sent to this email.
by May 31, 2019.
Demo acceptance notifications will be emailed by June 30, 2019.
Awards: The Second Conference on Headphone Technology 2019 will feature awards for Best Paper, Best Poster and Best Demonstration.
Registration: At least one author of each contribution must attend to present, or it will not be included in the proceedings. Any author wishing to attend the conference must pay the registration fee.
Sponsorship: A three-stage sponsorship system (Silver, Gold, and Platinum) has been proposed for this conference, partly including free exhibition space, and complementary registrations to the conference program.
Confirmed keynote lectures will be presented by the following speakers:
1. Dr.-Ing. Daniel Beer, Fraunhofer IDMT: acoustics and design with MEMS drivers
2. Prof. Ramani Duraiswami, Univ. of Maryland: HRTF modeling and rendering
3. Prof. Woon-Seng Gan, Nanyang Technological Univ., Singapore: signal processing for AR
4. Prof. Dorte Hammershøi, Aalborg Univ.: hearing damage risk from headphone-based listening
5. Prof. Michael Vorländer, Aachen Univ.: acoustic transparency of earphones and headphones.
2019 AES International Conference on Headphone Technology
August 27-29, 2019
San Francisco, CA, USA