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Andrew Sears <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 22 Dec 2004 12:46:15 -0500
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Please find the enclosed Call for Participation for Assets 2005 and please
pass it along to others who may be interested.

Note that given the growing importance of the issues presented during the
conference, Assets has been converted to an annual event.

Please accept our apologies for multiple postings.

Finally, I hope you'll be about to join us in Baltimore next Fall.


Andrew Sears

Chair, Assets 2005



The Seventh International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on

Computers and Accessibility

October 9-12, 2005

Baltimore, MD, USA


Computer and Information Technologies have redesigned the way modern society
operates. In particular, they have identified new avenues to assist
individuals with special needs and provided tools and resources to alleviate
the traditional barriers encountered by persons with disabilities. For
example, speech generation systems have assisted persons with visual
disabilities, voice recognition has helped people with motor impairments,
multi-modal presentations have been shown to be effective in helping people
with learning disabilities understand information.

The ASSETS series of conferences is aimed at providing a technical forum for
presenting and disseminating innovative research results that cover either
(1) applications of computing and information technologies to provide
assistive systems to persons with disabilities, or (2) investigation of
computing technologies and their use by persons with disabilities.

The ASSETS meetings are developed with the specific focus of facilitating
sharing of information, exchange of ideas, through formal paper sessions,
demonstrations, posters, and informal/social events. To this purpose, ASSETS
is a single track conference to encourage group participation and

The Seventh ASSETS conference will follow the successful tradition
established by the previous events --- held in Marina del Rey (1994),
Vancouver (1996), Marina del Rey (1998), Washington D.C. (2000), Edinburgh
(2002), and Atlanta (2004). ASSETS is sponsored by the Association for
Computing Machinery (ACM) and the SIGACCESS Special Interest Group on
Accessible Computing.


The conference solicits submissions dealing with (but not limited to)

computing/information technology and:

    * individuals with hearing, sight and other sensory impairments

    * individuals with motor impairments

    * individuals with memory, learning and cognitive disabilities

Topics should focus on the design, development, evaluation and scientific
investigation of technologies to support these individuals as well as
practicing professionals including:

    * clinicians and teachers charged with assessing disabilities

    * rehabilitation personnel who administer assistive technologies

    * policymakers concerned with equitable access to information
technologies for people with disabilities

The conference is seeking contributions presenting research accomplishments,
new systems and technologies, and formal and empirical evaluation of


Technical Papers


We solicit submissions of technical papers presenting relevant contributions
to research, development, and practice in all areas of assistive
technologies and universal accessibility. All technical papers will be
peer-reviewed and only submissions presenting significant scientific
advances will be accepted. All technical papers will be presented at the
ASSETS 2005 conference and will appear in the formal Conference Proceedings.

Arrangements are in progress to forward a selected set of the best papers
presented at the conference for publication in a special issue of a journal.

Papers should be prepared according to the SIGCHI conference format
( and are limited in length to 8 pages.  S
ubmissions (in PDF format) should be sent via email to
[log in to unmask] no later than March 31, 2005. All electronic
submissions will be acknowledged within 24 hours. If electronic submission
is not feasible, please send hardcopy submissions (6 copies) to:

      Enrico Pontelli

      Department of Computer Science

      New Mexico State University

      Stewart Street, New Science Hall, Room #123

      Las Cruces, NM 88003, USA

      Voice: (505) 646-6239

Important Dates:

   * Paper submission: April 15, 2005

   * Notification of acceptance: May 15, 2005

   * Camera-ready materials due: June 15, 2005

Posters and Demonstrations


The Conference will offer a session dedicated to poster presentations and
demonstration of research products and tools. Posters and demonstration
proposals should be submitted using the SIGCHI conference format
(, 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 sent via email to
[log in to unmask] no later than May 21, 2005 (Notification of
acceptance: June 5, 2005; Camera-ready materials due: June 15, 2005). All
electronic submissions will be acknowledged within 24 hours. If electronic
submission is not feasible, please send hardcopy submissions (6 copies) to:

      Enrico Pontelli

      Department of Computer Science

      New Mexico State University

      Stewart Street, New Science Hall, Room #123

      Las Cruces, NM 88003, USA

      Voice: (505) 646-6239

Doctoral Consortium


The ASSETS 2005 Doctoral Consortium provides an opportunity for doctoral
students to explore their research interests in an interdisciplinary
workshop, under the guidance of a panel of distinguished experts in the
field. The Doctoral Consortium will also offer invited speakers and
discussion groups.

Additional material regarding the ASSETS 2005 Doctoral Consortium will be
available shortly.

Best Paper Awards


The following awards will be made at ASSETS 2005:

  * Best technical paper (chosen from the technical program)

  * Best student paper (chosen from the technical program)

The selection process for Best Technical Paper Award and 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 Best Student Paper Award, must have the name
of the student as first author and the submission cover letter should verify
that the first author is a student.


General Chair:

      Andrew Sears (UMBC)

Program Chair:

      Enrico Pontelli (NMSU)

Associate Chair for Posters and Demos:

      Laura Leventhal (Bowling Green State U.)

Doctoral Consortium Chair:

      Julie A. Jacko (Georgia Tech)

Registration Chair/Treasurer:

      John Black (Arizona State University)


      Harriet Fell (Northeastern University)
      Chris Law (UMBC)

Web Development:

      Klent Harkness (Wichita State University)

Technical Program Committee:

      Chieko Asakawa, IBM Japan

      Armando Barreto, Florida International University

      Torsten Felzer, Darmstadt University of Technology

      Joan Francioni, Winona State University

      John Gardner, Oregon State University

      Peter Gregor, University of Dundee

      Vicki Hanson, IBM Watson

      Julie Jacko, Georgia Tech University

      Robert Jacob, Tufts University

      Arthur Karshmer, University of South Florida

      Simeon Keates, IBM Watson

      Laura Leventhal, Bowling Green State University

Edmund LoPresti, AT Sciences

      Jennifer Mankoff, Carnegie Mellon University

      Kathleen McCoy, University of Delaware

      Klaus Miesenberger, University of Linz

      Sethuraman Pancanathan, Arizona State University

Jaime Sanchez, University of Chile

Andrew Sears, UMBC

Neil Soiffer, Design Science Inc.

Constantine Stephanidis, ICS Forth

Marilyn Tremaine, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Mary Zajicek, Oxford Brookes

Andrew Sears
Professor & Chair, Information Systems Department,
Director, Interactive Systems Research Center,
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD  21250
Phone: (410) 455-3883
FAX: (410) 455-1531
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