Call for Contributions

Sound Reinforcement - Open Air Venues

The committee invites contributions for the conference including research and technical papers, workshop and tutorial content and engineering briefs. Proposals should reflect the engineering progress made in the field of sound reinforcement with a focus on outdoor scenarios. We encourage multidisciplinary approaches to the field.

Suggested Topics

Outdoor sound reinforcement
Sound system design
Environmental noise control and annoyance
Low-frequency control
Active array design and control techniques
Acoustic Measurement
Sound system optimization
Microphones & Techniques
Audio control and networks
Wireless technology
Advances in transducer and component design
Standards and standardization
Modeling and simulation
Case stories / Engineering briefs

Submitting A Technical Paper

For the conference, technical papers should be submitted for peer review as full papers of between 4 and 8 pages directly to Templates for preparing papers will be available at that site. The deadline for submission is May 1st, 2017. Acceptance of papers will be determined by the conference review committee and authors will be informed of the decision latest May 15th, 2017. Final versions of papers following any revisions guided by the committee's review must be submitted by June 5th, 2017. Potential authors are welcome to contact the papers chairs at any time for guidance paper topics. Technical papers will be presented at the conference with 20 minutes for aural presentation and 5 minutes for questions.

Papers will be published in the AES E-Library no earlier than 10 days before the conference starts.

Case Stories / Engineering Briefs

Engineering briefs will be accepted via the same submission system as shown above, on the basis of a 60-word abstract and a 500-word précis. Submissions must be received latest June 1st, 2017. Acceptance of briefs will be determined by the conference review committee and authors will be informed of the decision latest June 15th, 2017. A final 4-page manuscript must then be submitted latest June 30th, 2017.

Engineering Briefs are intended to be short tutorials supported by slides which encourage discussion and learning among the participants. Presentations should not be commercial in nature but contribute scientifically to sound reinforcement at outdoor venues. It may be relevant to support presentations with demonstrations if this is practical. Manuscripts are restricted to 4 pages and they will be available to all participants and to AES members for free download.


Submitting a Workshop Proposal

Workshops and technology demonstrations will complement the conference paper sessions, led by experts in the field. These sessions will provide in-depth yet practical learning from discussions related to live sound reinforcement outdoors, demonstrating applications of science in real-world scenarios. Authors are encouraged to submit proposals for workshops by contacting directly. Proposals should include a title, workshop description, name of conveyor and CV, goals of the workshop, equipment requirements and possible contributors.


Registration Requirement

At least one author of each contribution must pay to register for the conference and attend the conference in order to present, or it will not be included in the proceedings. Any author wishing to attend the conference must pay the registration fee.


Submission Dates

Paper submission deadline: May 1st, 2017.

Paper acceptance latest: May 15th, 2017.

Engineering brief proposal deadline: June 1st, 2017.

Final paper submission latest: June 5th, 2017.

Engineering brief acceptance latest: June 15th, 2017.

Engineering brief final submission latest: June 30th, 2017.


Open Access

Authors will have the option of submitting Open Access papers. For further information see

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