Reflections on the Representation of Women in the International Conferences on Auditory Displays (ICAD)
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This paper investigates the representation of women researchers and artists in the conferences of the International Community for Auditory Display (ICAD). In the absence of an organized membership mechanism and / or publicly available records of conference attendees, this topic was approached through the study of publication and authorship patterns of female researchers in ICAD conferences. Temporal analysis showed that, even though there has been an increase in the number of publications co-authored by female researchers, the annual percentage of female authors remained in relatively unchanged levels (mean = 17.9%) throughout the history of ICAD conferences. This level, even though low, remains within the reported percentages of female representation in other communities with related disciplines, such as the International Computer Music Association (ICMA) and the Conferences of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR), and significantly higher than in more audio engineering-related communities, such as the Audio Engineering Society (AES).