Mobile HCI and Sound Workshop


*** The deadline for submissions to this workshop has passed***



Important Dates

A Workshop at Mobile HCI 2004 The 6th International Conference on Human Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services.

Organising Committee




Monday 13th September 2004 University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland






Sound plays an increasingly varied and vital role in mobile and ubiquitous user interaction. One reason is the limited screen real-estate available in typical mobile devices. Another reason is that many mobile devices are used in minimal attention situations. These are situations in which the user has only limited attention available for the interface: the user's eyes may be busy elsewhere; and the user may be busy avoiding the normal hazards of moving around, and engaging with real-world tasks. In many circumstances, such interactions will involve non-speech audio and gesture to afford natural means of access to information, to other people, and to services and situations in the environment.


A complementary set of issues concerns Mobile HCI and Music. Mobile interaction technologies will create new opportunities for musicians to compose and perform music on the move and away from studios and concert halls, including in new shared ways. The new technology will also create opportunities for listeners; for new approaches to music education, and for the spontaneous sharing of music by all. The workshop will actively seek to benefit from cross fertilisation between researchers involved in both areas. The workshop will seek to gather researchers from a variety of disciplines, to examine challenges, issues, problems, principles, findings, new applications and demonstrations related to Mobile HCI and Sound.




Topics of interest will include, but not be limited to:


      Sound as an interaction element in minimal attention interfaces

      Spatial sound in mobile HCI

      Auditory displays in mobile & ubiquitous user interaction

      Sound and gesture in mobile interface techniques

      Sound for sighted mobile users

      Sound for mobile users with visual disabilities

      Sound in social navigation

      Complementarity between non-speech and speech audio

      Complementarity between audio and haptic mobile interfaces

      Mobile, Ubiquitous and Tangible HCI in music performance

      The Mobile Musician Machine Interface

      Innovative Mobile Musician Machine Interfaces

      Music as an interaction element

      Mobile HCI and music composition

      Spontaneous music, mobility and audio sharing

      Mobile collaborative and distributed composition

      Mobile collaborative performance

      Mobile digital technology in music education

      Nomadic composition




This workshop aims to promote dialogue on Mobile HCI and Sound, encourage research in the area and to share experiences to mutual advantage among people addressing the topic from different perspectives.


Intended Participants


We specifically wish to foster exchange and interaction among participants from different communities, including, but not limited to, designers, developers, computer scientists, musicians, evaluators, psychologists, and ethnographers, thus fostering cross-fertilization among research communities. Participants at all stages in their research are encouraged to participate. Research based on implemented systems will be particularly welcome.




Demos and experiences based on implemented systems, (including those that integrate mobile technologies with fixed ones - e.g. large projection screens, synthesizers, input devices etc) are warmly welcome. It is anticipated that a surround sound system will be available if required for demonstrations. We particularly encourage demonstrations that allow individuals and small groups to gain hands-on experience.
























The workshop will be held as a full day event, and will provide time for presenting papers and for focused discussion groups covering issues identified in the workshop.


Attendees can either register for the full conference (300 before 11th June) and take part in the workshop free of charge, OR register for one day of the conference (100 before 11th June) and only attend the workshop.


Useful URLs

Mobile HCI 2004: http://www.cis.strath.ac.uk/~mdd/mobilehci04

All Workshops: http://www.cis.strath.ac.uk/~mdd/mobilehci04/programme.php



Important Dates


September 13th 2004, 9am-5.15pm: Workshop takes place in Glasgow.


September 14th-16th 2004: Mobile HCI Conference takes place in Glasgow.


Organising Committee


      Simon Holland

     Department of Computing,

     The Open University, Milton Keynes.

     Email: s.holland with domain open.ac.uk


      Robert Day

     Department of Computing,

     The Open University, Milton Keynes.

     Email: r.h.day with domain open.ac.uk


      Grgory Lepltre

     School of Computing

     Napier University, Edinburgh

     Email: g.leplatre with domain napier.ac.uk


      Alistair Edwards

     Department of Computer Science

     University of York

     Email: alistair with domain cs.york.ac.uk



Workshop date: September 13th, 2004, 9am-5.15pm         


09:00 to 9:45




09.45 to 10.00

Welcome, Introduction, Overview



10:00 to 10:30

Wearable Intelligence for Musical Performance and Handiwork

N. Otani

G. Yamamoto

Y. Sakane

Y. Takebayashi

Shizuoka University, Japan

10:30 to 11:00

Magic Music Desk: A Tangible and Ubiquitous Multimodal Music and Speech System

Z. Zhou,

A. D. Cheok

W. Liu

C. Xiangdong

F. Farbiz

National University of Singapore

11:00 to 11:20




11:30 to 12.00

Ambient Sound in the Woods

S. Price

C. Randell

University of Sussex

University of Bristol, UK

12:00 to 12:30

Evaluating the Use of Sound as a Navigational Aid on a Mobile Device - Discussion

M. Crease

T.Y Lau


University of New Brunswick,


12:30 to 1:00

Chaired Discussion



13.00 to 14:15




14:15 to 14:45

Design of Reveal: Transforming Sound into Multimodal User Interface

H. A. Lawal

University of Southern Denmark

14:45 to 15:15

Multimodal Knowledge for Designing New Sound Environments

G. Yamamoto

K. Shiraki

M. Takahata

Y. Sakane

Y. Takebayashi

Shizuoka University, Japan

15:15 to 15.30 




15:30 to 15:45

Customization of auditory feedback in mobile devices

G. Lepltre

Napier University, UK

15:45 to 16:00

Chaired Discussion



16:00 to 16:15




16:15 to 16:45

Structuring Shared-Collaborative Interaction Using Layered and Localised Auditory Feedback

V. Bayon

Ambient Research Division, Germany

16:45 to 17:15

Chaired discussion forum









A downloadable copy of the full proceedings for this workshop will be available here very soon!


Until then individual papers are downloadable in pdf format simply by clicking on their titles in the programme above.


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