Eleventh International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and
October 26-28, 2009
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
CALL FOR PAPERS
People with disabilities can use Computer and Information Technologies
to overcome barriers encountered in day-to-day life, and to participate
more fully in society. The ASSETS series of conferences explores the
potential of Computer and Information Technologies to support and
include individuals with disabilities, and those around them. ASSETS is
the premier forum for presenting innovative research on the design and
use of both mainstream and specialized assistive technologies by people
with disabilities. Sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery
(ACM) and its SIGACCESS Special Interest Group on Accessible Computing,
ASSETS includes formal paper sessions, demonstrations, posters, a
doctoral consortium, and a student research competition. The single
track and friendly atmosphere make ASSETS the ideal venue to meet
researchers, practitioners, developers and policymakers to exchange
ideas, share information, and make new contacts.
High quality, original submissions on topics relevant to computers and
accessibility are invited. Appropriate topics include (but are not
limited to) the use of technology by and in support of:
* Individuals with hearing, sight and other sensory impairments,
* Individuals with motor impairments,
* Individuals with memory, learning and cognitive impairments,
* Individuals with multiple impairments,
* Older adults
Successful submissions typically present (though submissions from other
related areas are encouraged) novel ideas, designs, techniques, systems,
evaluations, scientific investigations, methodologies, social issues or
policy issues relating to:
* assistive technologies that improve day-to-day life
* assistive technologies that improve access to mainstream Computer and
* innovative use of mainstream technologies to overcome access barriers
* accessibility and usability of mainstream technologies
* identification of barriers to technology access that are not addressed
by existing research
Where relevant, work that includes empirical data from the target user
groups is strongly preferred.
ASSETS accepts submissions in the following categories:
* Technical papers
* Student research competition
* Doctoral consortium
All submissions will be peer-reviewed by an international panel.
Submissions MUST contain substantial original, unpublished material.
Overlapping material should not be submitted to multiple categories.
Please refer to the ACM policy on plagiarism
(http://www.acm.org/pubs/plagiarism%20policy.html) for guidance.
* Requests for mentors: February 27, 2009
* Paper submission: May 10, 2009
* Notification of acceptance (papers): June 29, 2009
* Poster and demo submission: July 6, 2009
* Student research competition submission: July 6, 2009
* Doctoral consortium submission: July 17, 2009
* Notification of acceptance (posters and demos): July 27, 2009
* Notification of acceptance (student research competition): July 27, 2009
* Camera-ready materials due: August 11, 2009
* Notification of acceptance (doctoral consortium): August 21, 2009
Accepted technical papers will be presented at the conference, will
appear in the conference proceedings, and will remain accessible after
the conference as part of the ACM Digital Library. Authors of select
papers will be invited to submit extended versions to a special issue of
ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing (TACCESS). Authors who have
never published at ASSETS can request a mentor. Mentors will be
experienced ASSETS contributors, who can help authors to improve their
submissions. See the mentor program page
(http://www.sigaccess.org/assets09/mentor/) for more information.
Papers must be a maximum of 8 pages long, in the ACM conference format
(http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html). Papers that do not
follow the submission guidelines will be returned without review.
Writing guidelines on technology and people with disabilities are
available at http://www.sigaccess.org/newsletter/sept08/sep08_4.pdf.
Papers should be submitted electronically (in PDF format) via the
conference web site no later than May 10, 2009.
Posters and Demonstrations
Posters and demonstration proposals should be submitted using the ACM
conference format (http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html),
and they are limited in length to 2 pages. Proposals will be reviewed,
and accepted proposals will be included in the conference proceedings.
Submissions (in PDF format) should be submitted electronically via the
conference web site no later than July 6, 2009.
[To be confirmed] The ASSETS 2009 Doctoral Consortium will provide a
forum for doctoral students to present their research plans and receive
feedback from senior researchers, and promote contact among students
working in similar areas. Doctoral Consortium papers will appear in a
special issue of the SIGACCESS newsletter.
The focus of the Doctoral Consortium is on work in progress - more
advanced research should be submitted to the Student Research
Competition or the main conference. Submissions (in PDF format) will be
due July 17, 2009; more information about the consortium and submission
instructions will be available shortly.
Student Research Competition
[To be confirmed] The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) is an event
open to undergraduate and graduate students, interested in presenting
their research to a panel of experts. Students wishing to participate
submit abstracts of their work. Qualifying research must deal with
topics that are relevant to the mission of the ASSETS series, as
described by the call-for-papers. Preference will be given to work that
has been completed (or close to completion), and not submitted for
presentation as a regular technical paper. Selected students will
receive partial support from ACM to attend the conference.
At the conference, entrants will display a poster and make a brief
presentation to a panel of judges. A small number of semifinalists will
be chosen by the judges to present their work in a conference session,
and of those up to three students will be designated finalists by the
judges, receive cash prizes and award certificates from the ACM, and a
chance to compete in the SRC Grand Finals, whose winners will be
recognized at the Annual ACM Awards Banquet. An ASSETS finalist recently
won the top award at the ACM Grand Finals. Submissions (in PDF format)
will be due July 6, 2009; more information will be available shortly.
ACM SIGACCESS Best Paper Awards
The following awards will be made at ASSETS 2009:
* SIGACCESS Best Paper Award (chosen from the technical program)
* SIGACCESS Best Student Paper Award (chosen from the technical program)
The selection process for SIGACCESS Best Paper Award and SIGACCESS Best
Student Paper Award will be carried out by members of the program
committee based on the technical paper review process. Papers to be
considered for the SIGACCESS Best Student Paper Award, must have the
name of the student as first author and must be indicated as such on
submission. Awardees will be presented with a certificate from ACM
during the conference.
ASSETS 2009 COMMITTEE
Shari Trewin (IBM Research, USA)
Treasurer & Registration Chair:
Sri Kurniawan (University of California Santa Cruz, USA)
Kathleen F. McCoy (University of Delaware, USA)
Associate Chair for Posters and Demos:
Harriet Fell (Northeastern University, USA)
Alistair Edwards (University of York, UK)
Doctoral Consortium Chair:
Richard E. Ladner (University of Washington, USA)
Student Research Competition Chair:
Faustina Hwang (University of Reading, UK)
Local Arrangements Chair:
Joshua Hailpern (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA)
Karyn Moffatt (University of British Columbia, Canada)
Jeffrey Bigham (University of Washington, USA)
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