Icsa 2019
Sep 26th to 28th, 2019


ICSA 2019

5th International Conference on Spatial Audio
September 26th to 28th, 2019
Ilmenau, Germany

Audio for Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Realities

The ICSA 2019 focuses on a multidisciplinary bringing together of developers, scientists, users, and content creators of and for spatial audio systems and services. A special focus is on audio for so-called virtual, augmented, and mixed realities.

The fields of ICSA 2019 are:

  • Development and scientific investigation of technical systems and services for spatial audio recording, processing and reproduction
  • Creation of content for reproduction via spatial audio systems and services
  • Use and application of spatial audio systems and content presentation services
  • Media impact of content and spatial audio systems and services from the point of view of media science.

The ICSA 2019 is organized by VDT and TU Ilmenau with support of Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT.

The Dates

Timeline ICSA 2019

Date Including
1st of February 2019 Start Call for Contribution --
Extended: 23th of June 2019 Reviewed papers deadline submission full paper
Extended: 23th of June 2019 Papers without review deadline submission title and abstract
New: 11th of August 2019 Notification for Reviewed papers & Papers without review --
2nd of August 2019 Deadline Workshop and Demo Submission Title, Abstract, Further Information
Extended: 1st of September 2019 Reviewed papers deadline final submission final paper
Extended: 1st of September 2019 Papers without review deadline final submission full paper
26th to 28th of Sept. 2019 ICSA Conference --

The Program

The two and a half day conference program starts at September 26th and stops at September 28th in the afternoon. The conference includes oral and poster presentations as well as workshops and audio demonstrations in well-equipped rooms. A company exhibition completes the conference. A detailed overview about the time plan follows in the near future.

Call for Contributions

Contributions to all audio-related topics are welcome. You can present your work and research in different types as oral presentations, poster presentations, workshops, and demonstrations. The contribution also includes a reviewed or non-reviewed written paper if you are interested in. The review is done with support of the Audio Engineering Society. The conference proceeding is published by VDT.

The Call for Contribution is now open.
Please download the paper templates when you are interested in submitting a paper.

A list of relevant areas, but not limited to, is in the following:

  • Binaural capture and rendering over headphones and loudspeakers
  • BRIR and HRTF modeling and derivation from optical and/or acoustic measurements
  • Multichannel audio
  • Spatial sound field exploration
  • Object-based and chanel-based audio
  • Virtual and augmented environment modeling
  • Spatial audio quality, compression, and streaming
  • Listening tests and evaluation
  • Spatial auditory perception and psychoacoustics
  • Audio capture and synthesis
  • Audio production for VR/AR/MR
  • Content creation and sound design for VR/AR/MR
  • Music composition for VR/AR/MR
  • Impact of VR/AR/MR from a media science point of view
  • Telepresence and live AR/VR/MR audio production
  • Future applications in VR/AR/MR
  • Audio standards for VR/AR/MR applications

Europe’s Third Student 3D Audio Production Competition

Enjoy the results of the third 3DAP Competition during the ICSA!

With the recent technological 3D audio revolutions, academic discussion also begins to focus on what touches us the most: the audio content, story, and aesthetics that can be conveyed by the 3D Audio Technologies. This shifts the focus of the next-generation, enthusiastic students, not only comanding the technology but also working in a more content-related style on a medium that allows for re-performing, dissemination or broadcasting.

To all students: Submit your recording now!

The submission of works ends at the end of June 2019. The nominees will be notified by the end of July 2019.

Enjoy the results of Europe’s third Student 3D Audio Production Competition during the ICSA! You can listen to the Nominee Productions and be part of the Finals of the three categories:

  • Contemporary Music / Computer Music
  • Audio Drama / Documentary
  • Music Recording

The Concert

Immersive experience is a big part of the ICSA. One highlight is the 3D audio recording of a concert especially organized for the occasion. Hans-Jürgen Freitag, Cantor of St. Jakobus church in Ilmenau, on September 27 is conducting compositions for choir, recorder, harpsichord, and the large Walcker organ. The ensemble will perform the contemplative piece “Golgotha” by contemporary composer Günther Berger alongside works by J. S. Bach. Berger links the events in the Passion of Jesus with a lament for the Shoah, a topic which he has revisited, almost obsessively, time and again. This musical rendition of the subject, particularly the instrumental, transcends conventional expectations of music for recorder and organ. The audience is sure to leave with an indelible memory of the concert.

Read more about the St. Jakobus Church.

Read more about the Organ of the St. Jakobus Church.


The Technische Universität Ilmenau and the Institute of Media Technology is proud to be the host of VDT´s ICSA 2019. The conference is supported by Fraunhofer Institute of Media Technology, IDMT in Ilmenau, Germany. These partners present you excellent premises and audio technology for your presentations, workshops, and audio demonstrations.

Here you can find further information about the City of Ilmenau.

Sponsoring and Advertisement

If you are interested in supporting ICSA 2019, you are welcome to be a sponsor or place your advertisement at the conference. If you do not want to be a sponsor but you want to be a supporter, a donation is maybe the way you are looking for.

In the near future we will present a detailed overview about all possibilities. So please check this webpage every now and then. If you can not wait please contact us

Ticket Fees

Who? Price
Participant VDT, DEGA, or AES member 420 €
Participant non-member 550 €
Presenting Author VDT, DEGA, or AES member 220 €
Presenting Author non-member 270 €
Students 150 €
Members of TU Ilmenau Participants and Authors 100 €


The city of Ilmenau is not a big city. The possibilities for accommodation are therefore limited. We recommend that you book an overnight stay early. We are happy to help you with any problems you may have. Nevertheless, we recommend the several possibilities. Please click the button to see the details. Or contact us directly via email.
You can also find a hotel in Arnstadt or Erfurt.


The ICSA 2019 is hosted by Technische Universität Ilmenau and the VDT. The conference chair is Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karlheinz Brandenburg.
Please mail your questions to the ICSA organization comittee or contact the Institute of Media Technology.

We thank our support partners Fraunhofer IDTM, DEGA and AES!

All program items and details are subject to change without prior notice.


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