Call: Sonic Interaction Design for Postgraduate Researchers

I’m involved with a European Initiative called “Sonic Interaction Design (SID) and especially with its Working Group “Interactive Art and Music”. Now the first call for “Short-Term Scientific Missions” is out:

COST-IC0601 Action on Sonic Interaction Design

Call for Short-Term Scientific Missions


Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSM) are aimed at strengthening the
existing networks by allowing scientists to go to an institution or
laboratory in another COST member state to foster collaboration, to
learn a new technique or to take measurements using instruments and/or
methods not available in their own institution/laboratory. They are
particularly (yet not exclusively) intended for young scientists
(especially PhD students). STSMs may also be used to reimburse
students attending a training school organized by the Action.


COST-IC0601 Action on Sonic Interaction Design
is organized into four Working Groups
(WG). Emphasis is on activities that will contribute to the research
on one of the topics of the 4 Action’s WGs. The applicants
should show clearly in their applications how the planned activities and
the selection of host-institution will contribute to this aim.

WG1 ‘Perceptual, cognitive, and emotional study of sonic interactions’
promotes STSMs focusing on basic research questions addressed in
perceptual, cognitive, and emotional studies of sonic interactions.
Research studies should be therefore aimed to the understanding of
human sound reception in interactive contexts. The use of new
experimental paradigms such as neurosciences, ergonomical and
psycholinguistic studies are welcome.

WG2 ‘Product sound design’ supports STSMs involving the design and
evaluation of interactive products with a salient sonic behavior. The
results of such STSMs should involve methods stressing emotional,
perceptual and aesthetical qualities of sounding objects, and help
designers in introducing sonic properties in their process.

WG3 ‘Interactive Art and Music’ would like to encourage
STSMs that explore the artistic, creative and critical potential of
sound. We welcome artist-researchers from a variety of backgrounds
such as art, music, design, architecture, sonic and performing arts as
well as interdisciplinary approaches. The results of STSMs could
contribute to understanding the role of sound in interactive art and
music, suggest creative ways of using sound in interactive objects,
environments or in the mobile context; other results might contribute
to explaining the cultural and social context of sound.

WG4 ‘Sonification’ supports STSMs that contribute to a better
understanding, design and use of sonifications in interaction. This
encompasses among others novel applications for sonification, the
development of sonification techniques, their evaluation as well as
research on theory and guidelines. The results of such STSMs would
suggest novel ways to create or use informative sounds that support
the interaction, or deliver an increased insight into involved data or

The Applicant

The selection of the applicant is the responsibility of the Management
Committee (MC) of the Action. The Applicant should visit an
institution of a COST Member State having signed the Memorandum of
Understanding of the Action concerned. This institution should be
actively participating in the COST Action. For the period of the STSM
neither the Management Committee of the COST Action nor the COST
Office may be considered as the employer and grantees must make their
own arrangements for all health, social, personal security and pension
matters. The home and the host institution should be in a COST Member
State having signed the MoU and participating in the COST Action. In
exceptional cases a STSM may be approved from a home institution in a
COST signatory country to a host Institution in a non-COST country but
not the other way round. The Applicant is responsible for obtaining
the agreement of the host institution, before submitting his


Short-Term Scientific Missions, minimum one week (5 working days),
maximum 3 months, shall be made within the time frame of the operation
identified in the proposal and within the period of the Action.


The financial support is a contribution to the costs of a STSM and may
not necessarily cover all the costs in each case. The grant should
normally cover only travel and subsistence. The financial
contribution for a STSM will be a fixed grant based on the Applicant’s
budget request and the evaluation of the application by the STSM
assessment committee. An amount of 60 to 90 eur for the daily
allowance in particular for longer stays and 300 eur for the travel is
recommended. The total of a STSM shall normally not exceed 2500
eur. Any exception needs special justification.


The applicant should:

1. fill the online application form at

2. send a detailed Work Plan and full Curriculum Vitae to


Applications for this call should be sent before december, 1
2007. Notifications of decisions will be sent by december, 15
2007. For this call STSMs should take place between january, 1 2008
and june, 30 2008.

After the STSM

After completion of the STSM the grantee is required to submit to the
Host and MC chair a short scientific report on the visit within 4
weeks after his stay. The grantee is also required to produce a poster
that illustrates the outcome of the STSM. Reports and posters may be
published in the Action web site and displayed at MC meetings.

Further information

Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the detailed information
provided by COST on STSMs.


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