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ACM DEV-6, November 30 – December 2, 2015
London, England

Call for Papers

The 6th Annual Symposium on Computing for Development (ACM DEV 2015)
provides an international forum for research in the design, implementation,
and evaluation of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for
social and economic development. In particular, we focus on contexts where
conventional computing solutions are often inappropriate due to various
contextual factors - including, but not limited to: cost, language,
literacy, and the availability of power and bandwidth.

The topic of ICT for development is inherently multidisciplinary, and
encompasses a broad array of fields within the computer science
discipline.  The ACM DEV conference is an opportunity for researchers
across these diverse fields of computer science to come together to work on
the common problem of improving access to and availability of information
and communication technology solutions.  In an effort to encourage
participation of researchers across the relevant domains, this year the DEV
conference introduces submissions “tracks”.  The focus of the conference is
research at the interface of computer science and development related to
(but not limited to) the following three non-exclusive focus areas:

·         Systems

·         HCI and Applications

·         Data Science

We are committed to accepting papers of the very highest quality on the
interface between computer science and development. Authors can designate a
paper for one or two of these focus areas. Each area has dedicated Program
Committee (PC) members to allow appropriate review of papers. Papers will
be automatically referred to another track or reviewed by PC members from
different tracks where appropriate. The conference itself will have
sessions grouped by topic rather than by area. Example topics within focus
areas include:

Systems Track

Low-cost connectivity and computing devices
Network solutions for poorly connected regions, including white space
Power-efficient systems
Mobile systems and applications
Special-purpose systems, e.g., sensors, wireless, IVR
Systems challenges and opportunities in development, e.g., security,
sustainability, resilience
Cellular phone systems and applications
Novel tools and applications for development
Measurements of existing technology in developing regions (e.g. network

HCI Track

User interfaces for low-literacy populations
Multi-lingual computing
User interfaces for low-cost devices
Participatory methods and user-centered design
Accessibility to disabled populations in developing regions
Design and evaluation of applications in health, microfinance, education,
agriculture, entertainment, social media
Adapting content and applications to local languages and education levels
Understanding social relationships and information flows in disadvantaged

Data Science Track

Computational sustainability
Computational social science
Econometric models and developmental economics
Data science for social good
Machine learning techniques for large-scale data analysis in development
Speech interfaces and translation for low-resource languages
Computer vision challenges and opportunities in development
Understanding social networks and digital media in developing regions

General Track

We welcome papers outside of the above topics that address the DEV focus on
computing innovations supporting social and economic development.

Papers should describe original and previously unpublished research. Three
metrics will be applied to judge the submissions: (a) Relevance of the
problem for development; (b) Novelty of the ideas; (c) Evaluation of the
solution, making a case for development-focused impact. All DEV paper
submissions should either provide or directly motivate a novel technical
solution that has direct implications for development.

Full papers must not exceed 9 pages and all submissions must be in ACM
format <>,
submitted as a PDF. Submissions should be fully anonymized. In particular,
the names or affiliations of authors should not be included so as to allow
for blind review.  Papers should be submitted via the submission site <>.  As part of the submission process, please
indicate one or more tracks for which your submission is best suited.

New: Short Papers on Practical Experiences

This year ACM DEV introduces a “short paper” submissions track to target
practical field and/or deployment experience, as well as updates or
follow-ups to previously published work, and interesting negative results.
Short papers should be 2 pages in length, and should convey work or
conclusions that are a direct result of field experience.  Papers accepted
into the short paper track will be presented in the conference, but will
not appear in the conference proceedings.  It is hoped that these papers
will foster sharing of best practices and/or lessons learned as well as
serve as interesting points for discussion during the conference.  We
particularly encourage submissions from practitioners, NGOs, and others
with field experience.  Note that these short papers are not posters, but
are presentations.

Important Dates:

Submission Deadline: July 15, 2015 - 11:59pm (PST)
Acceptance Notification: September 15, 2015
Conference: November 30 – December 2, 2015 (London, UK) <>

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