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* Submission deadline for posters and demonstrations is June 22 *

Ninth International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility

October 15-17, 2007

Tempe, AZ, USA


The ASSETS series of conferences explores the potential for Computer and

Information Technologies to enhance the lives of 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 to support people with disabilities.

Since 1994, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and its SIGACCESS

Special Interest Group on Accessible Computing has sponsored the ASSETS

series of conferences.  This year's conference 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. This includes 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

Submissions should present novel ideas, designs, techniques, systems,

tools, 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

group 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Submissions MUST contain substantial original, unpublished material.

Please refer to the ACM policy on plagiarism for guidance.

Important Dates

* Abstracts for technical papers due: May 25, 2007

* Full technical paper submission: May 28, 2007

* Poster and demo submission: June 22, 2007

* Doctoral consortium submission: July 13, 2007

* Student research competition submission: July 13, 2007

* Notification of acceptance (papers): July 6, 2007

* Notification of acceptance (posters and demos): July 20, 2007

* Notification of acceptance (Doctoral Consortium): July 20, 2007

* Notification of acceptance (Student Research Competition): July 20, 2007

* Camera-ready materials due: August 8, 2007

Technical Papers

Submission of technical papers is closed.

Accepted technical papers will be presented at the conference and will

appear in the conference proceedings. Authors of the best papers will be

invited to submit extended versions to a special issue of ACM Transactions

on Accessible Computing (TACCESS).

New this year, authors who have never published at ASSETS can request a

mentor.  Mentors will be experienced ASSETS contributors, who can help

authors to improve their submissions.  See the mentor program page

( for more information.

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


Submissions (in PDF format) should be submitted electronically via the

conference web site no later than June 22nd, 2007.

Doctoral Consortium

The ASSETS 2007 Doctoral Consortium will provide a forum for doctoral

students to present their research plans and receive feedback from senior

researchers, and promote contacts 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 will be due July 13, 2007;

more information about the Consortium and submission instructions will be

available shortly.

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.

More information is available on the conference website.

Best Paper Awards

The following awards will be made at ASSETS 2007:

* Best technical paper (chosen from the technical program)

* Best student paper (chosen from the technical program)

The selection process for SIGACCESS Best Technical 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 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



General Chair:

Enrico Pontelli (New Mexico State University, USA)

Treasurer & Registration Chair:

Laura Leventhal (Bowling Green State University, USA)

Program Chair:

Shari Trewin (IBM Research, USA)

Associate Chairs for Posters and Demos:

Anna Dickinson (University of Dundee, UK)

Joy Goodman (University of Cambridge, UK)

Doctoral Consortium Chairs:

Clayton Lewis (University of Colorado, USA)

Sri Kurniawan (University of Manchester, UK)

Student Research Competition Chair:

Harriet Fell (Northeastern University, USA)

Publicity Chairs:

Valerie K. Leonard (Alucid Solution, Inc.)

Matt Huenerfauth (City University of New York, Queens College, USA)

Web Development Chair:

Klent Harkness (Wichita State University, USA)

Local Organization Chair:

John Black (Arizona State University, USA)

Technical Program Committee:

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

Keith Bain              Saint Mary's University, Canada

Armando Barreto         Florida International University, USA

John Black              Arizona State University, USA

Cathy Bodine            University of Colorado at Denver, USA

Yevgen Borodin          SUNY Stony Brook, USA

Sheryl Burgstahler      University of Washington, USA

Noelle Carbonell        University Henri Poincare, LORIA, France

Libby Cohen             University of Southern Maine, USA

Sara Czaja              University of Miami, USA

David Duce              Oxford Brookes University, UK

Alistair D.N. Edwards   University of York, UK

D. Gareth Evans         University of Manchester, UK

Harriet Fell            Northeastern University, USA

Torsten Felzer          Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany

Jinjuan Feng            Towson University, USA

Joan Francioni          Winona State University, USA

Peter Gregor            University of Dundee, UK

Vicki Hanson            IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA

Lynda Hardman           CWI, The Netherlands

Klent Harkness          Wichita State University, USA

Simon Harper            University of Manchester, UK

Terri Hedgepeth         Arizona State University, USA

Sarah Horton            Dartmouth College, USA

Julie Howell            Fortune Cookie, UK

Matt Huenerfauth        The City University of New York, USA

Julie Jacko             Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Arthur Karshmer         University of San Francisco, USA

Simeon Keates           IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA

Richard Ladner          University of Washington, USA

Chris Law               UMBC, USA

Jonathan Lazar          Towson University, USA

V. Kathlene Leonard     Alucid Solution Inc., USA

Clayton Lewis           University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

Edmund LoPresti         AT Sciences, USA

Jennifer Mankoff        Carnegie-Mellon Unversity, USA

Kathleen McCoy          University of Delaware, USA

Klaus Miesenberger      University of Linz, Austria

Karyn Moffatt           University of British Columbia, Canada

Michael Muller          IBM Research, USA

Helen Petrie            University of York, UK

Michael Pieper          Fraunhofer-FIT, Germany

Antti Pirhonen          University of Jyvaskyla, Finland

Enrico Pontelli         New Mexico State University, USA

Jaime Sanchez           University of Chile, Chile

Andrew Sears            UMBC, USA

David Sloan             University of Dundee, UK

Michael J Smith         Fujitsu Consulting, USA

Neil Soiffer            Design Science Inc., USA

Constantine Stephanidis FORTH ICS, Greece

Robert Stevens          University of Manchester, UK

Hironobu Takagi         IBM Research, Japan

Marilyn Tremaine        New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA

Olga De Troyer          Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Gerhard Weber           Multimedia Campus Kiel, Germany

Yeliz Yesilada          University of Manchester, UK




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