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Dear Colleagues,

Save the date for the 15th International Web for All Conference (W4A’18, which is to convene in Lyon, France, April 22-24th (http://www.w4a.info) Co-located with The Web Conference 2018 (www2018).

The 2018 theme is "Internet of Accessible Things". In addition to work in the traditional core areas of W4A, we are also interested in work that explores the use, potential, and perils of the Internet of Things phenomenon for accessibility. Areas of interest include but are not limited to the following: age, cognition, culture, education, emotions, dexterity, disability, diversity, health, hearing, income, infrastructure, language, learning, literacy, mobility, situation, society, and vision. 

In keeping with this years theme, we particularly welcome submissions that address the following topics:
 
Making IoT More Accessible
New IoT to Improve Accessibility
IoT Applications in the Connected Workplace
Novel Application of IoT to Improve Accessibility
IoT Use and Expectations by People with Disabilities
Machine learning and AI for Accessibility
Standards for IoT Accessibility
Cloud Computing and IoT that Deliver Accessible Experiences Everywhere
Leveraging IoT for Inclusive Work and Education
Accessible Smart Homes, Cities, and Transportation
Wearable Devices and Technology
Access, Digital Assistants, and Intelligent Agents
Remote Healthcare and Robotics
IoT, Big Data, and Analytics

Submit 10-page technical or 4-page communication papers detailing engineering solutions and scientific insights into Web and Mobile technologies addressing diverse user needs. Submit 2-page extended abstracts to enter the Web Accessibility Challenge or for consideration for inclusion in the Doctoral Consortium. All submissions will be published in the ACM Digital Library. 

Intuit will award $2000 and $1000 respectively to the best technical and communication papers. IBM will provide travel grants to the winners of the People with Disabilities Student Award. Awards for the Accessibility Challenge and Doctoral Consortium will be announced shortly, along with full details of the Hackathon and Poster Track. 

Important dates: Midnight UTC-8 (PST)

Submissions to Main Track: January 17, 2018
Submissions to Accessibility Challenge, IBM PWD Award and Doctoral Consortium: January 21, 2018
Author Notification: February 7, 2018
Rebuttal Period: February 8-14, 2018
Final Decisions: February 21, 2018
Camera Ready Copy Due: February 28, 2018

Conference Organisation

General Chairs - [log in to unmask]
Chris Bailey – UXPA UK
Jeff Bigham – Carnegie Mellon University, USA 
Program Chairs - [log in to unmask]
Volker Sorge – University of Birmingham, UK
Mike Paciello – The Paciello Group, USA
Challenge Chairs - [log in to unmask]
Silvia Mirri – University of Bologna, Italy
David Sloan – The Paciello Group, UK.
Doctoral Consortium - [log in to unmask]
Dragan Ahmetovic – Carnegie Mellon University, USA 
Giorgio Brajnik – University of Udine, Italy
IBM PWD and Student Award Chairs - [log in to unmask]
Chieko Asakawa - IBM Research, Japan
Yevgen Borodin - Stony Brook University, USA.

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