The 8th ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility
(ASSETS 2006) will be held this year from the 23rd to 25th of
October, at the Embassy Suites Downtown in Portland Oregon.
We've had a phenomenal response to the technical program call and
have selected a range of very high quality papers for the technical
sessions. We are now seeking submissions for the poster and demo
sessions, student research competition and the doctoral consortium.
The deadline for submissions is 14 July, 2006. This year's ASSETS
conference should be a great event.
1 - Posters - 2 page extended abstracts sought for poster
presentation at the conference -
2 - Demonstration papers - 2 page extended abstracts sought for a
practical demonstration of a working prototype system -
3 - Student Research Competition - see below
**NEW** for this year is the SIGACCESS student research
competition. This is an exciting opportunity for students to
participate in an ACM conference and get visibility for their research.
Students wishing to participate should submit abstracts of
their work, and up to 25 entrants will be selected for the
competition. Qualifying research must deal with issues related to
computing and information technology to help persons with
disabilities. At the conference, entrants will display a poster and
make a brief presentation to a panel of judges. A small number of
semi-finalists will be chosen by the judges to present their work in
a conference session, and of those up to three undergraduate and
three graduate students will be designated finalists by the judges,
and entered in the Grand Finals of ACM's Student Research Competition.
To be eligible to enter this competition, entrants must be
undergraduate or graduate students, and members of ACM. Entrants must
be sole authors of their abstracts and posters. Work accepted as a
full paper for one of the technical sessions of the conference cannot
also be considered for the Student Research Competition. Students
having a technical paper, however, are encouraged to submit other
research to the Student Research Competition.
Please note that the judges will look more favourably on
complete, or nearly complete, work than research which is still in
its early formative stages. Students at, or near, the outset of their
work in this area are encouraged to submit to the Doctoral Consortium instead.
4 - Doctoral Consortium - see below
ASSETS 2006 invites doctoral students to apply for the
Doctoral Consortium. The consortium provides a great opportunity to
doctoral students to share and discuss their 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
Support students with information and advice on their research.
The Consortium will be held on Sunday 22 October 2006 in
Portland, Oregon. Approximately 10 students and four faculty members
will be invited to attend and discuss each student's work in
turn. Students will 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.
Funding support for students
The Doctoral Consortium is supported by the National Science
Foundation (NSF). Conference registration and basic travel expenses
including airfare, hotel, and some meals will be covered for all
students accepted to the Consortium. The ASSETS 2006 conference
organizers express their deepest appreciation to the National Science
Foundation for its support.
The Student Research Competition is supported by ACM and
Microsoft Research. Bursaries of up to $500 are available to
reimburse travel and other expenses (but not conference registration).
With best regards,
ASSETS'06 Publicity Chair
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