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We invite applications to the ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS) 2017 Doctoral Consortium to be held on Sunday, October 29, 2017, in Baltimore, MD.

Submission deadline: June 30, 2017 at 5pm PDT
Notification of acceptance (doctoral consortium): 28 July 2017


Call for Participation: ASSETS 2017 Doctoral Consortium
For more information visit:

The ASSETS 2017 Doctoral Consortium will be held on Sunday, October 29, 2017, in Baltimore, MD. During the Consortium, each student will make a formal presentation about his or her doctoral research. Feedback will be given by each member of the faculty panel, as well as by the other student participants. Discussion will be encouraged.

The feedback will be geared toward helping student participants understand and articulate how their work is positioned, relative to other research on Assistive Technologies, Universal Accessibility, and Universal Usability. Feedback will also address whether their topics are adequately focused for thesis research projects, whether their methods are correctly chosen and applied, and whether their results are being appropriately analyzed and presented.

Student participants will also present their research in the main conference during a poster session that is dedicated specifically to the work of the Doctoral Consortium participants. This will allow conference attendees to interact with, and ask questions of, the Doctoral Consortium participants, and will allow the participants the opportunity to get feedback from a larger audience.

The abstract must clearly demonstrate relevance to accessibility research. Decisions about acceptance will be based on relevance to accessibility, originality, potential significance, topicality and clarity. A detailed list of suggested topics can be found in the call for papers.

Goals of the Consortium

The overall goals of the Consortium are to:

- Provide a supportive setting for promising young researchers to give a short, critiqued research presentation, and then receive feedback from other student   participants, and from established researchers in the field of Assistive Technologies, Universal Accessibility, and Universal Usability about their current research, as well as guidance on future research directions.

- Provide opportunities for the student participants to make contact with experts in the field, and to receive fresh perspectives and comments on their work from researchers outside their own institution - including both faculty and students.

- Enable the student participants to attend the ASSETS 2017 conference, to contribute to the conference goals through interaction with other researchers and conference events, to learn of potential career paths within academia and industry, and to gain access to an international network of researchers who can support their professional development.

The overall purpose of the Consortium is to encourage and prepare a group of promising young researchers dedicated to Assistive Technologies, Universal Accessibility, and Universal Usability.

Who Should Apply

The purpose of the Doctoral Consortium is to provide feedback to Doctoral candidates at an early stage of their research, in order to help guide and shape their research program. Students submitting proposals to the Doctoral Consortium may also submit a different piece of work to the Student Research Competition, but may not submit the same work to both the Doctoral Consortium and the Student Research Competition.

Note: Student work that is complete, or near to completion, should be submitted as either a technical paper or a poster.

Relevant Topics

Relevant topics for the Consortium are the same as for the conference as a whole.
See the call for papers:

How to Apply

Each Doctoral Consortium application must contain the following materials:

1. Cover Letter

The cover letter should contain the following information:

- A statement of interest in participating in the Doctoral Consortium
- The full name of University and Department in which the candidate is earning his/her doctorate degree
- The name of the supervising professor
- Full contact information, including address, telephone number, fax number, and email address
- The title of the research, and keywords pertinent to the research
- The URL of the candidate's web page (if any)

2. Project Summary

The Research Summary must be two pages long in the ACM conference format including: title, author information, abstract, keywords, thesis research summary, and  references. This extended abstract must clearly address:

- The problem that the proposed research is addressing
- The motivation behind this research, including a broad comparison with the related literature
- The proposed solution, including a brief description of the proposed methodology to the solution
- The stage of the candidate's program of study, including the status of the research (i.e., what has been done to date, and what still needs to be done)
- The envisioned contributions to the accessibility field
- What the candidate hopes to gain from the Doctoral Consortium
- Bibliographical references

3. Letter of Recommendation

A letter from the primary thesis advisor/supervisor that briefly states what the advisor/supervisor expects the student to gain from, and contribute to the consortium.

4. The Candidate's CV

The candidate is required to submit a CV (maximum of 2 pages) that relates her/his background, relevant experience, and research accomplishments.

Submission Format

The Cover Letter, the Project Summary, the Letter of Recommendation, and the candidate's CV should be submitted to the Doctoral Consortium Chairs via the doctoral consortium submission site as separate PDF documents by June 30, 2017 at 5pm PDT. The submission website will open approximately one month before the submission deadline.

Note that submissions are not double blind submissions; the applicant's name must appear on the documents.

Student Participant Selection Process

The Doctoral Consortium applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

- The originality of work
- The importance of the work and potential impacts to the accessibility field
- The soundness and correctness of the proposed approach to address the problem

In selecting participants the committee may also consider balance in geographic areas and topics covered.


Following the Doctoral Consortium, the participants may be invited to submit revised and updated papers for publication in a 2018 issue of the SIGACCESS Newsletter.

Sign Language Interpreting or Captioning

Upon request, Sign Language interpreting or captioning will be provided for the Doctoral Consortium, and all other ASSETS events. Requests for an interpreter or captioner must be indicated on the conference registration form when registering for ASSETS 2017.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: June 30, 2017 at 5pm PDT.
Notification of acceptance (doctoral consortium): 28 July 2017.

Travel and Hotel Expenses

Upon acceptance some expenses will be funded such as conference registration, one night hotel (double occupancy) and some travel expenses. Food will be provided for lunch and dinner during the consortium.

Further Information

For further information or any questions regarding technical paper submissions, please contact the Doctoral Consortium Chairs - Jennifer Mankoff and Chieko Asakawa.

Aqueasha Martin-Hammond, ASSETS 2017 Publicity Chair

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