Call For Papers 2021

Announcing ADC 2021

We are delighted to invite you to attend and contribute to the 7th Audio Developer Conference (ADC).

The main conference will take place 15-16 November 2021, with additional post-conference workshops to be confirmed.

ADC is an annual event celebrating all audio development technologies, from music applications and game audio to audio processing and embedded systems. ADC’s mission is to help attendees acquire and develop new skills, and build a network that will support their career development. It is also aimed at showcasing academic research and facilitating collaborations between research and industry.

New Hybrid In-Person & Virtual Format

Our usual physical conference in London was not viable in 2020 so we moved to a new online format. Due to the overwhelming success of last year’s Virtual ADC we have decided to bring the conference back for online attendees in addition to an in-person event returning to London.

Of course, a major part of the conference experience is the live interaction between attendees. For ADC 2020 we were able to accomplish this by creating a live conference virtual experience by using the Remo platform. For ADC 2021 we plan to bring back the virtual experience paired with the in-person London conference running at the same time.

To conclude this year’s Audio Developers Conference we will be bringing back the ADC Workshops in an all-new virtual format. This will ensure that these informative sessions can be attended by our community of developers, educators, and students all over the world.

What we're looking for

We invite anyone from the audio developer community – from students to industry experts – to contribute to the Audio Developer Conference by submitting a talk proposal.

We want to draw on as diverse a range of contributors as possible - the less your voice is usually heard, the more valuable it can be! So we'd also like to make especially clear that people from all backgrounds are very welcome, and we will do whatever we can to actively support you. If you have any questions or concerns about this, always feel free to contact us at [email protected].

Talks at ADC range from audio research, to professional practices, to standards in audio development, as well talks about application areas and career development. Experimental projects are welcome. We are seeking a balance between deeply technical talks aimed at experts as well as more accessible talks that may be of interest to students and new developers.

Topics include, but are not limited, to:
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Audio synthesis and analysis
  • Music technology, DAWs, audio plug-ins
  • Game audio
  • 3D and VR/AR audio
  • Creative coding
  • Other applications of audio programming (e.g. telecommunications, multimedia, medicine, biology)
  • Design and evaluation of audio software and hardware systems
  • Programming languages used for audio development (e.g. C++, Rust, Python)
  • Software development tools, techniques, and processes
  • Performance, optimisation, and parallelisation
  • Audio development on mobile platforms
  • Embedded, Linux, and bare metal audio programming
  • Low-latency and real-time programming
  • Best practices in audio programming
  • Testing and QA
  • Educational approaches and tools for audio and DSP programming
  • Planning and navigating a career as an audio developer
  • Other relevant topics likely to be of interest to the ADC audience

Submit your talk

The deadline for submitting talk proposals is Monday 2 August 2021, 23:59:59 UTC.

Due to the new hybrid format, we have simplified the conference schedule. All talks will be 50 minutes including Q&A, and there will be no poster session this year.

For this year's ADC you have several options for presenting your talk. You can give your presentation live at the conference in London, live stream your whole talk including Q&A from home via screen share, or pre-record your talk and only do the Q&A live – whatever is more comfortable for you! In any case, the ADC team will be helping you with all the necessary tech setup to make sure everything works smoothly.

We are still considering the best format for the virtual workshops. If you are interested in submitting one, please sign up to the mailing list to be kept up to date with the latest news.

We would like ADC to be a conference for the community by the community. Therefore, this year we are making major changes to how the conference programme is being put together. Instead of a pre-selected programme committee reviewing all the submissions, voting on the submitted talks will be opened up to the whole community. The submissions will also be anonymised to make the voting process fairer and reduce unconscious bias.

For this purpose, we have introduced a new online platform for talk submissions and reviews. When we kick off the voting phase for ADC 2021, we'll publish more details about how you can participate in the talk selection using the new platform.

You can submit your talk now using the ADC Submissions Portal with the button below:

Important Dates

  • 2 August 2021: Deadline for submitting talks
  • 16 August 2021: Public review phase ends
  • 23 August 2021: Notification of acceptance
  • 30 August 2021: Programme announcement
  • 15 November 2021: First day of the conference
  • 16 November 2021: Second day of the conference
  • 19 November 2021: Workshop day
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