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William Hudson <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 26 Aug 2003 22:18:30 +0100
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The 2nd ACM Conference on Universal Usability is seeking Doctoral 
Consortium applicants, and extended abstracts on late breaking research
Universal Usability.  The conference will be held in downtown Vancouver,
Canada from November 10-11, 2003.  See for conference details.  Special rates for 
early conference registration are available until October 13, 2003.

Doctoral Consortium

The CUU 2003 Doctoral Consortium provides an ideal opportunity for 
doctoral students to explore their research interests in an 
interdisciplinary workshop, under the guidance of a panel of
research faculty.  The Consortium will be held on Sunday November 9,
 Ten (10) students will be invited to attend and discuss each student's 
work in turn. Student participants will have a poster of their work 
exhibited at the main conference. Students will receive complimentary 
conference registration, and reimbursement of travel, accommodation and
food.  For application details, see the conference 
website at  The 
deadline for submission is Monday September 22, 2003, 5:00 p.m. (1700) 
Pacific Standard Time.

Abstracts on Universal Usability

The Second Conference on Universal Usability is seeking extended
on late breaking research in Universal Usability.  We are particularly 
looking for papers from the social science, economics, communications
and sociology community in order to build bridges between 
researchers in these disciplines and interface designers.

The CUU conference is focused on understanding and guiding those
of human-computer interface design that affect the ability of a
collection of people to effectively use and gain benefit from computer 
applications.  Thus, the conference accepts papers in universal 
accessibility such as interface designs that
support screen readers for the blind, but it is also keenly interested
the social nature of accessibility.  For example, CUU would like to 
attract research from those individuals working on the digital divide,
particular, details on the ways in which different socio-economic groups

find it difficult to have access to computers and to the Internet. 
Computers are currently designed for the western knowledge worker with
assumption of infrastructures that support complex exchanges and a
power supply. A cultural and cost-based redesign has the potential of 
bridging the digital divide. Thus, research on the nature, extent and
characteristics of this gap are solicited.  The conference is also 
interested in research on how different groups respond affectively to 
various interfaces and how specific applications leave users disturbed 
about potential invasions of privacy or control - enough so that usage
avoided or limited.  A key belief
in hosting this conference is that software and computers are cultural 
objects that have embodied in their design a set of features that
state who the software and computers are designed for.  The focus of the

conference is thus, to develop an understanding of how to create these 
cultural objects so that they speak to a universal audience.

Suggested topics for universal usability abstracts include the

1.      Digital divide issues in Africa, Indonesia, Poor America, etc.
2.      Affective or Emotional Computing
3.      Designing interfaces for multiple languages and cultures
4.      Trust issues in networked applications
5.      Computer training for the computer illiterate
6.      Gender differences in responses to computerization, e.g., the 

Prepare a two-page extended abstract of your research in the ACM 
Conference Publications Format ( ), including: title, 
author information, abstract, keywords, research summary, and
E-mail this abstract in PDF format to [log in to unmask]

by the deadline of Monday, September 22, 2003, 5:00 pm (1700) Pacific 
Standard Time (PST). 

Accepted abstracts will be available as part of the Proceedings on the 
conference website.  They will not be published in the print
At least one author from each accepted abstracts will be required to 
present the paper at the conference in November.   Presenting authors
register for the conference.

This call for extended abstracts is also available on the CUU 2003
site at:

Shari Trewin
CUU2003 Publicity Chair