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The submission deadline for technical papers is quickly approaching!


Eleventh International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and 
October 26-28, 2009
Pittsburgh, PA, USA


People with disabilities can use Computer and Information Technologies 
to overcome barriers encountered in day-to-day life, and to participate 
more fully in society. The ASSETS series of conferences explores the 
potential of Computer and Information Technologies to support and 
include individuals with disabilities, and those around them. ASSETS is 
the premier forum for presenting innovative research on the design and 
use of both mainstream and specialized assistive technologies by people 
with disabilities. Sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery 
(ACM) and its SIGACCESS Special Interest Group on Accessible Computing, 
ASSETS includes formal paper sessions, demonstrations, posters, a 
doctoral consortium, and a student research competition. The single 
track and friendly atmosphere make ASSETS the ideal venue to meet 
researchers, practitioners, developers and policymakers to exchange 
ideas, share information, and make new contacts.

High quality, original submissions on topics relevant to computers and 
accessibility are invited. Appropriate topics include (but are not 
limited to) the use of technology by and in support of:
* Individuals with hearing, sight and other sensory impairments,
* Individuals with motor impairments,
* Individuals with memory, learning and cognitive impairments,
* Individuals with multiple impairments,
* Older adults

Successful submissions typically present (though submissions from other 
related areas are encouraged) novel ideas, designs, techniques, systems, 
evaluations, scientific investigations, methodologies, social issues or 
policy issues relating to:
* assistive technologies that improve day-to-day life
* assistive technologies that improve access to mainstream Computer and 
Information Technologies
* innovative use of mainstream technologies to overcome access barriers
* accessibility and usability of mainstream technologies
* identification of barriers to technology access that are not addressed 
by existing research

Where relevant, work that includes empirical data from the target user 
groups is strongly preferred.

Submission Procedures
ASSETS accepts submissions in the following categories:

* Technical papers
* Posters
* Demonstrations
* Student research competition
* Doctoral consortium

All submissions will be peer-reviewed by an international panel. 
Submissions MUST contain substantial original, unpublished material. 
Overlapping material should not be submitted to multiple categories. 
Please refer to the ACM policy on plagiarism 
( for guidance.

Important Dates
* Paper submission: May 10, 2009
* Notification of acceptance (papers): June 29, 2009
* Poster and demo submission: July 6, 2009
* Student research competition submission: July 6, 2009
* Doctoral consortium submission: July 17, 2009
* Notification of acceptance (posters and demos): July 27, 2009
* Notification of acceptance (student research competition): July 27, 2009
* Camera-ready materials due: August 11, 2009
* Notification of acceptance (doctoral consortium): August 21, 2009

Technical Papers
Accepted technical papers will be presented at the conference, will 
appear in the conference proceedings, and will remain accessible after 
the conference as part of the ACM Digital Library. Authors of select 
papers will be invited to submit extended versions to a special issue of 
ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing (TACCESS).

Papers must be a maximum of 8 pages long, in the ACM conference format 
( Papers that do not 
follow the submission guidelines will be returned without review. 
Writing guidelines on technology and people with disabilities are 
available at 
Papers should be submitted electronically (in PDF format) via the 
conference web site no later than May 10, 2009.

Posters and Demonstrations
Posters and demonstration proposals should be submitted using the ACM 
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 submitted electronically via the 
conference web site no later than July 6, 2009.

Doctoral Consortium
The ASSETS 2009 Doctoral Consortium will provide a forum for doctoral 
students to present their research plans and receive feedback from 
senior researchers, and promote contact among students working in 
similar areas. Doctoral Consortium papers will appear in a special issue 
of the SIGACCESS newsletter.

The focus of the Doctoral Consortium is on work in progress - more 
advanced research should be submitted to the Student Research 
Competition or the main conference. Submissions (in PDF format) are due 
July 17, 2009; more information about the consortium and submission 
instructions are available on the conference website 

Student Research Competition
The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) is an event open to 
undergraduate and graduate students, interested in presenting their 
research to a panel of experts. Students wishing to participate submit 
abstracts of their work. Qualifying research must deal with topics that 
are relevant to the mission of the ASSETS series, as described by the 
call-for-papers. Preference will be given to work that has been 
completed (or close to completion), and not submitted for presentation 
as a regular technical paper. Selected students will receive partial 
support from ACM to attend the conference.

At the conference, entrants will display a poster and make a brief 
presentation to a panel of judges. A small number of semifinalists will 
be chosen by the judges to present their work in a conference session, 
and of those up to three students will be designated finalists by the 
judges, receive cash prizes and award certificates from the ACM, and a 
chance to compete in the SRC Grand Finals, whose winners will be 
recognized at the Annual ACM Awards Banquet. An ASSETS finalist recently 
won the top award at the ACM Grand Finals. Submissions (in PDF format) 
are due July 6, 2009; more information is available on the conference 

ACM SIGACCESS Best Paper Awards
The following awards will be made at ASSETS 2009:

* SIGACCESS Best Paper Award (chosen from the technical program)
* SIGACCESS Best Student Paper Award (chosen from the technical program)

The selection process for SIGACCESS Best Paper Award and SIGACCESS 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 SIGACCESS Best Student Paper Award, must have the 
name of the student as first author and must be indicated as such on 
submission. Awardees will be presented with a certificate from ACM 
during the conference.

General Chair:
Shari Trewin (IBM Research, USA)

Treasurer & Registration Chair:
Sri Kurniawan (University of California Santa Cruz, USA)

Program Chair:
Kathleen F. McCoy (University of Delaware, USA)

Associate Chair for Posters and Demos:
Harriet Fell (Northeastern University, USA)

Mentor Chair:
Alistair Edwards (University of York, UK)

Doctoral Consortium Chair:
Richard E. Ladner (University of Washington, USA)

Student Research Competition Chair:
Faustina Hwang (University of Reading, UK)

Local Arrangements Chair:
Joshua Hailpern (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA)

Publicity Chair:
Karyn Moffatt (University of British Columbia, Canada)

Web Chair:
Jeffrey Bigham (University of Washington, USA)

Julio Abascal, University of the Basque Country, Spain
Ray Adams, University of Middlesex, UK
John Arnott, University of Dundee, UK
Chieko Asakawa, IBM Research, Japan
Melanie Baljko, York University, Canada
Kenneth E. Barner, University of Delaware, USA
Jeffrey P. Bigham, University of Washington, USA
John Black, Arizona State University, USA
Giorgio Brajnik, University of Udine, Italy
Noelle Carbonell, University Henri Poincare, LORIA, France
Sara Czaja, University of Miami, USA
Olga De Troyer, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Alistair D.N. Edwards, University of York, UK
Torsten Felzer, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany
Jinjuan Heidi Feng, Towson University, USA
Peter Gregor, University of Dundee, UK
Vicki Hanson, University of Dundee, UK
Simon Harper, University of Manchester, UK
Terri Hedgepeth, Arizona State University, USA
Matt Huenerfauth, City University of New York, USA
Sri Kurniawan, University of California Santa Cruz, USA
Jonathan Lazar, Towson University, USA
Laura Leventhal, Bowling Green State University, USA
Clayton Lewis, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
Klaus Miesenberger, University of Linz, Austria
Karyn Moffatt, University of British Columbia, Canada
Enrico Pontelli, New Mexico State University, USA
Jaime Sanchez, University of Chile, Chile
Andrew Sears, University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA
Constantine Stephanidis, FORTH ICS, Greece
Hironobu Takagi, IBM Research, Japan
Marilyn Tremaine, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA
Annalu Waller, University of Dundee, UK
Takayuki Watanabe, Tokyo Woman's Christian University, Japan
Gerhard Weber, Multimedia Campus Kiel, Germany
Yeliz Yesilada, University of Manchester, UK

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