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The Audio Engineering Society is pleased to announce its second AES International Conference on Headphone Technology which will be held on August 27–29, 2019 in San Francisco, CA, USA. The first edition of the Conference was held in August 2016 in Aalborg, Denmark. This conference 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.

Chairs: Patrick Hegarty & Christopher J. Struck, email: [email protected]
Papers Co-chairs: Jean-Marc Jot, Todd Welti and Jürgen Peissig, email: [email protected]
Workshop & Demos Co-chairs: Rhonda Wilson & Phil Brown, email: [email protected]


Proposed Topics

Design and Engineering
● Acoustics ● Transducers ● Simulation ● Ergonomics ● Nonlinearities ● Personalisation ● Sensors and health data acquisition

● Binaural reproduction and spatial audio ● Virtual and augmented reality ● Assistive listening, hearing and health support ● Connectivity ● Noise control and hearing protection

● Headphone quality and standards ● Automatic quality evaluation ● Perceptual audio evaluation ● Perceptual targets




The Conference Committee invites the submission of full papers of 4 to 10 pages by March 24, 2019, using the conference EasyChair submission system. Templates describing paper format will be available at the paper submission site. All submitted papers will be double-peer-reviewed before selection. Papers and author information may be submitted starting from December 2018. Acceptance of papers will be determined by the conference review committee, and 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. 

Workshops, demonstrations, product presentations

Additionally, the committee invites all interested persons to propose demonstrations, workshops or thematically suited product presentations. Email proposals may be sent to [email protected] by May 31, 2019. Demo acceptance notifications will be emailed by June 30, 2019.



The Second Conference on Headphone Technology 2019 will feature awards for Best Paper, Best Poster and Best Demonstration.



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.



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. Please consult the conference website, under Sponsorship, for more information.


Important dates

Deadline for full-paper submissions: March-24-2019
Accepted authors notified by: May-20-2019
Deadline for demonstration proposals: May-31-2019
Accepted demonstrations notified by: June-30-2019
Deadline for final manuscripts and early registration: July-15-2019

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