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The 24th ACM Symposium on Applied Computing 2009
Preliminary Call for Papers: Special Track on Universally-Accessible Systems
March 8-12 2009, Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

http://www.acm.org/conferences/sac/sac2009/
http://sac2009-uas.di.fc.ul.pt
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For the past twenty years, the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC) has
been a primary gathering forum for applied computer scientists, computer
engineers, software engineers, and application developers from around the
world. SAC 2009 is sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group on Applied
Computing, and is hosted this year by the University of Hawaii at Manoa and
the Chaminade University of Honolulu.


*Universally-Accessible Systems (UAS)*

The Universally-Accessible Systems track aims at exploring synergies and
multidisciplinary perspectives on the modeling, design, development and
assessment of theories, techniques, systems and applications usable by all
people, to the greatest extent possible, in demanding settings and
arrangements.  As such, on the targeted users strand, universally-accessible
systems addresses people with special needs, including elderly, children,
disabled persons or fully active individuals in constrained usage situations
or with specific ethnic/cultural requirements. On the settings side, the
pervasiveness of systems and applications is pursued in order to cope with
the nature of the applications required by envisaged targeted users.
Finally, the arrangements aimed by these systems and tools include
individual ones as well as small groups and communities, where the
individual differences pose a particularly challenging goal.

Within this context, the UAS track aspires to establish a forum where HCI
specialists, software and usability engineers, computer scientists, Human
Factors experts, cognitive psychologists, sociologists, as well as assistive
technology and rehabilitation experts exchange views and disseminate
relevant technical and scientific information. 

The track welcomes submissions in the following or other related topics, and
especially on their confluence, under the umbrella of the abovementioned
universally-accessible goals (users, settings, and arrangements):

* user physiologic and cognitive modeling
* group and communities behavior modeling 
* universal design 
* universal development methodologies, methods and techniques
* usability and accessibility 
* universal guidelines
* requirements engineering for universal access 
* evaluation of universally-accessible systems
* intelligent and adaptive user interfaces
* virtual and augmented environments
* multi-sensor and uncommon interaction techniques
* multilingual and multicultural user interfaces
* ubiquitous user interfaces
* collaboration support systems
* communities support systems 
* user interfaces for all


*Important dates and submissions*

A paper cannot be submitted to more than one track. Submissions must be
original, unpublished, and not currently under review by workshops,
conferences, or journals. All papers should be submitted online at the SAC
2009 website. Papers must be formatted according to the template provided in
the SAC2009 website, and take into account the following:

* In order to facilitate  blind review, the name(s) and address(es) of the
author(s) must NOT appear in the body of the paper, and self-reference
should be in the third person. This is to facilitate blind review. Only the
title should be shown at the first page without the author's information;
* Papers should not exceed 4000 words;
* Authors should submit a separate cover sheet attached for each paper that
includes the title of the paper, the name(s), affiliation(s), address(es),
email(s), phone(s), and fax number(s) of the author(s).

All accepted papers will be published in the annual conference proceedings
and will be available at the conference. Note that accepted papers must fit
within five (5) two-column pages, with the option to add three (3) more
pages at an additional expense of 80 (eighty) USD per extra page.

For further information, please contact the chairs through
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* Dates breakdown:*

* August 16, 2008: Submission of papers by authors (STRICT DEADLINE);
* October 11, 2008: Notification of paper acceptance/rejection;
* October 25, 2008: Camera-ready copies of accepted papers.


*Track Program Chairs*

Luís Carriço
LaSIGE Research Laboratory and University of Lisbon
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Carlos Duarte
LaSIGE Research Laboratory and University of Lisbon
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Rui Lopes
LaSIGE Research Laboratory and University of Lisbon
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