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Harriet Fell <[log in to unmask]>
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Harriet Fell <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 5 Jul 2006 09:25:27 -0400
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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 
areas; and,
         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,

Harriet Fell
ASSETS'06 Publicity Chair

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