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Joao Guerreiro <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 21 Jun 2018 11:30:58 -0400
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*First Call for Papers*

Special Issue of ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing (TACCESS) On
to Support Independent Orientation & Mobility of People with Visual
Impairments * (

*Lead Guest Editors: João Guerreiro, Anke M. Brock and Hernisa Kacorri*

*Guest Editors: Dragan Ahmetovic, Chieko Asakawa, Nicholas A. Giudice,
Roberto Manduchi, and Daisuke Sato*

Orientation and Mobility (O&M) skills are essential for the independence of
people with visual impairments (PVI). O&M training, exploration of tactile
maps and navigation aids such as the white cane and guide dogs help PVI to
navigate and to acquire knowledge about their surroundings. However, this
knowledge is often insufficient, as most PVI avoid visiting unfamiliar
places by themselves and can have a fragmented or incomplete understanding
of familiar environments.

This Special Issue of TACCESS will address the multi-disciplinary efforts
trying to understand and support the O&M of PVI. We welcome contributions
studying the behavior and spatial cognition of PVI, which can inform the
design of future solutions. We also invite research on new solutions aimed
to support PVI navigating in the real-world and acquiring spatial knowledge
either directly or indirectly (e.g. by exploring maps or virtual
environments). There is a growing number of researchers working on the
theme of this Special Issue, and we invite contributions from different
communities and areas such as Human-Computer Interaction, Accessible
Computing, Computer Vision, Cognitive Sciences (e.g. Spatial Cognition,
Psychology, Neuroscience), Haptics, Ubiquitous Computing, among others.

Accepted papers may be presented at the ASSETS conference following
publication. Details about presenting accepted TACCESS papers at the ASSETS
conference may be found at

*Topics of interest for this special issue include (but are not limited

   - Education and training of Orientation and Mobility (O&M) skills;
   - Real-World indoor and outdoor navigation assistance;
   - Tactile and interactive map exploration;
   - Interactive navigation or exploration using virtual environments;
   - Spatial cognition and cognitive mapping;
   - Novel positioning and localization algorithms;
   - Computer vision techniques for scene and object detection;
   - Analysis of large-scale user mobility data;
   - Fabrication technologies to ease the access to tactile maps;
   - Accessible transportation;
   - Studies of the current challenges and opportunities of daily O&M.

*Submission and Review process*

Manuscripts should be submitted through the Manuscript Central website (, indicating that the submission
concerns the Special Issue. The Special Issue editors will invite 3 expert
reviewers; paper acceptance will be based on these reviews. In keeping with
the policies of TACCESS, we anticipate that one reviewer will be a member
of the editorial board.

Contributions must not have been previously published or be under
consideration for publication elsewhere, although substantial extensions of
conference or workshop papers will be considered as long as they adhere to
ACM's minimum standards regarding prior publication (

All submissions must follow the Guide for Authors as published in the
Journal website at Besides the suggested
writing format (, submissions
should follow the SIGACCESS guidelines for writing about accessibility (
and authors should make an effort to make their papers accessible (

*Important dates:*

   - Article submission: December 20, 2018
   - Initial response to authors: March 20, 2019
   - Revised version of articles due: May 20, 2019
   - Notification of acceptance: July 15, 2019
   - Final manuscripts due: August 15, 2019

João Guerreiro
- Post-Doctoral Researcher @ Carnegie Mellon University
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