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| ASSETS 2008 Call for Papers: Doctoral Consortium |
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The Tenth International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers & 
Accessibility (ASSETS 2008) invites doctoral students to apply for the 
Doctoral Consortium. The consortium provides a great opportunity to 
doctoral students to share and discuss their accessibility related 
research with other students and a panel of established researchers. The 
consortium has the following objectives:

 * Provide a forum for students to present their current research and 
receive feedback;

 * Promote contacts among doctoral students working in similar areas;

 * Support students with information and advice on their research.

The Consortium will be held on Sunday 12 October 2008 in Halifax, Nova 
Scotia, Canada. Approximately 10 students and 4 faculty members will be 
invited to attend and discuss each student's work in turn. The 
consortium will operate in a workshop format, providing feedback on the 
participants' current research and guidance for future progress.  
Students will also present their work during a poster session dedicated 
to the work of the Doctoral Consortium participants that will take place 
during the main conference.

Please note: the purpose of the Doctoral Consortium is to provide 
feedback to Doctoral candidates at an early stage of their research, to 
help guide and shape their research program. Student work that is 
complete, or near to completion, should be submitted as either a 
technical paper or poster.

Students submitting papers for the Doctoral Consortium may submit a 
different (and more complete) piece of work for the Student Research 
Competition, but may not submit the same work to both the Doctoral 
Consortium and the Student Research Competition.

Additional note: Upon request, American Sign Language interpreters will 
be provided for the Doctoral Consortium and all other ASSETS events. 
Requests for an interpreter must be indicated on the conference 
registration form when registering for ASSETS 2008.

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| Doctoral Consortium Award |
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The best Doctoral Consortium contribution will be chosen by a panel of 
established researchers by looking at the quality of both the research 
and the presentation given at the consortium. The winner will give a 
presentation at the main conference to address all conference delegates 
(details will be announced later).

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| Submission procedure |
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Submission checklist:

*  Project summary. This must be two pages long in the ACM conference 
format including: title, author information, abstract, keywords, thesis 
research summary, and references. This extended abstract must clearly 
address:

  - The problem that the proposed research is addressing.
  - The motivation behind this research including a broad comparison 
with the related literature.
  - The proposed solution including a brief description of the proposed 
methodology to the solution.
  - The status of the progress (what has been done and what needs to be 
done).
  - And finally, the envisioned contributions to the accessibility field.

*  Letter of recommendation. A letter from the primary thesis 
advisor/supervisor that briefly states what the advisor/supervisor 
expects the student to gain from, and contribute to the consortium.

Project summary and letter of recommendation should be submitted to the 
ASSETS 2008 Submission site as a single ZIP file by the deadline of 23 
June 2008.  For more information and submission system, go to 
http://www.sigaccess.org/assets08/submission/dc.php.

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| Publication |
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Following the Doctoral Consortium, the participants will be invited to 
submit revised and updated papers for publication in the January 2009 
issue of the SIGACCESS Newsletter.

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| Important dates |
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Proposal submissions: June 23, 2008
Notification of acceptance: July 7, 2008
Camera-ready (for inclusion in a handout for Doctoral Consortium 
participants): August 4, 2008

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| Chairs |
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John Black
Arizona State University, USA

Giorgio Brajnik
University of Udine, Italy

Official link: http://www.sigaccess.org/assets08/submission/dc.php

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