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SID - Sonic Interaction Design

SID stands for Sonic Interaction Design and it is a COST- ICT Action.

The proposal was approved by COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) on November 20th, 2006.

It entered into force on March 28th, 2007, and it will end on April 23rd, 2011.

The SID Action had its kickoff meeting in Brussels on April 24th, 2007.

Sonic Interaction Design is the exploitation of sound as one of the principal channels conveying information, meaning, and aesthetic/emotional qualities in interactive contexts.

The Action pro– actively contributes to the creation and consolidation of new design theories, tools, and practices in this innovative and interdisciplinary domain.

While being advanced through a few sparse projects, this field relies on the COST – SID Action to strengthen the links between scientists, artists, and designers in the European Research Area.

The COST – SID platform stands on four legs: (i) perception, cognition, and emotion; (ii) design; (iii) interactive art; (iv) information display and exploration.

These are each supported by the research and development of the requisite new interactive technologies.

Due to the breadth of its application spectrum, the COST – SID Action has the potential of affecting everyday life through physical and virtual interactive objects, as today there is the possibility

to design and actively control their acoustic response so that it conveys an intended aesthetic, informational, or emotional content.

Keywords: Interaction Design, Auditory Display and Sonification, Sound and Music Computing, Sound Modelling, Sound Perception and Cognition.

You can download the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which includes the Technical Annex.

These countries have signed the MoU and have nominated the delegates for the Management Committee (MC).

SID Network Partners

The MC have nominated the chair, vice-chair, and secretary.

Working Groups

The SID Action is structured into four Working Groups:

  • Working Group 1
 WG1 Perceptual, cognitive, and emotional study of sonic interactions]
  • Working Group 2
 WG2: Product sound design
  • Working Group 3
 WG3:Interactive art and music
  • Working Group 4

 WG4: Sonification

Please contact your National Delegates in case you have resonance with the goals and work of SID If you want to participate to the works of the Action, another thing you can do is subscribe to the SID mailing list list by following these directions.

Final Publication:

 Davide Rocchesso, Explorations in Sonic Interaction Design, Logos Verlag, Berlin, 2011.  Download. 

Initiatives: Exhibition and Final Event - Oslo, May 29, 2011

In connection with NIME 2011, an exhibition on sonic interaction design is being curated in collaboration with the EU COST IC0601 Action on Sonic Interaction Design. The selected works are representative of sonic interaction within arts, music and design, including examples of sonification for research and artistic purposes. The exhibition will take place at the Norwegian Museum of Science, Technology and Medicine and the opening will coincide with the Final Event of the Action.

   (Read more on Exhibition of Sonic Interaction Design webpage )

Meetings 2011

Final Event 2010

8th MC Meeting will be on September 15th, 2010, in Ballerup (DK), hosted by Aalborg University.

7th MC Meeting, April 8th, 2010, Stockholm, Sweden, (SE), at Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design

Past Meetings:

2009 - 2008 - 2007 Workshops 2010

  Sweden Interactive Sonification Workshop April 7th 2010, at KTH, Stockholm, Sweden
    Click here for a detailed version of the workshop programme

ISon 2010 Proceedings on-line

The proceedings of the Interactive Sonification Workshop - ISon 2010 are now available on-line.

The proceedings are licensed as an Open Access publication 2009

Workshop "Sketching Sonic Interaction Design", Nov 16th, 2009 at HIT, Holon Institute of Technology, Holon, Israel

wiki:PortoInspirationalSession July 23rd, 2009: Inspirational Session on "Sonic Interaction Design: interactive sound and everyday life" Sound and Music Computing Conference, Porto]

April 2nd, 2009: Workshop on "Sonic Interaction Design and its relation to Film and Theatre sound design" The University of York, UK 2008

June 23rd, 2008: Workshop on “Exploring Sonic Interaction with Artefacts in Everyday Contexts” at IRCAM Paris, France

April 6th, 2008: CHI 2008 Workshop on Sonic Interaction Design, Florence, Italy Short-Term Scientific Missions:

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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. Calls

Seventh Call for STSMs Deadline expired Results

Completed Missions and their results Training Schools 2010

Product Sound Design Training School

Espoo, Finland, August 23-26th, 2010

Venue: The Design Factory Helsinki (


Summer School in Sound and Music Computing & SID Training School on Interactions with Environmental Sounds, Casa Da Música, Porto, Portugal, July 18-21, 2009.

The 2009 Sound and Music Computing Summer School was organized as a Training School of the SID COST Action and was held in the Casa da Música in Porto 18-21 July 2009. This Summer School explored the potential of interacting with environmental sounds of the city of Porto.

Training School blog

Sonic Interaction Design: Interactive Sounds in Everyday Life - Inspirational session at Sound and Music Computing Conference in Porto, July 23rd, 2009 2008

Training School on Biomedical Data Sonification, February 20-22, 2008 Special Issue

International Journal of Human-Computer Studies -  Special Issue on Sonic Interaction Design

Davide Rocchesso and Stefania Serafin, guest editors Accepted articles of the special issue here