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On behalf of the DAFx 2009 Conference Committee, I would like to welcome you to the charming city of Como, whose beautiful historical center overlooks the stunning landscapes of the lake and the surrounding mountains. Wherever you go in Como you will have the impression of going back in time. During the Renaissance Como became a favorite destination of many vacationers, kings and queens, writers, poets and philosophers all in search of a lost paradise. Along the banks of the Como basin lie countless 18th century villas, surrounded by luxurious gardens, whose splendor is evidence of the charm that the Como area has exerted over the years. From the promenade on the lake, you can take a boat to visit some of these villas and the charming towns nearby, such as Bellagio and Torno. You can also take the funicular that connects the center of Como with Brunate, high above the City, and enjoy stunning views of the surroundings and, in particular, of the two branches of the lake. These are truly among the most memorable sights to be found in northern Italy. Como is also where the first Campus of the Politecnico di Milano was established outside of the city of Milan. The Politecnico di Milano is the largest and most important technical University in Italy, as about one fifth of the Italian engineers graduate from this institution. Our Sound and Music Computing Lab is located in Como. This laboratory is part of the Image and Sound Processing Group of the Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione (Dept. of ICT), and is the proud organizer of this 2009 edition of the Digital Audio Effects Conference.
Over its past 11 editions, the DAFx Conference has earned a reputation of excellence, and has filled a gap in the wide range of meetings that are organized every year in the multimedia area. The DAFx Conference, in fact, is today the most important Europe-based International meeting solely devoted to the area of audio. In the past decade we have witnessed a significant growth in this field, and the related applications have greatly expanded their range. DAFx has been not only an active participant, but also one of the strongest promoters of this growth, and its coverage has expanded accordingly. Despite its name, in fact, DAFx has grown today into a meeting that covers a wide spectrum of topics concerning sound generation, analysis, processing, rendering, perception, and more.
The DAFx Conference is a unique meeting place. Despite its recent growth, it has retained that friendly atmosphere that characterized it from the start. It is a yearly appointment with high-quality scientific contributions where formal attire is not expected and where interaction is low-key and friendly . To preserve this atmosphere, this conference is traditionally organized on the premises of the hosting University or Research Institution, and without the help and support of International Scientific Societies. Yet, its program is rich with novel applications and advanced solutions in the various fields of sound and audio.
The year’s edition of the DAFx Conference includes a total of 75 papers, 36 of which will be presented in oral sessions. All the submissions were reviewed by a minimum of two reviewers. A particular thank you goes to our predecessors, Vesa Valimaki and Matti Karialainen, who helped us in every step of the event’s organization. A very warm thank you goes also to our local organization team, and particularly to Fabio Antonacci who worked tirelessly on countless details. We would also like to thank the music Conservatory of Como, for their help with the Social Program; the “Centro Volta”, our Conference Secretariat in charge of the Conference logistics; and the entire staff of our laboratory, always ready to lend a hand.
I wish you an enjoyable stay in Como and a memorable edition of the DAFx.