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* Doctoral Consortium and Student Research Competition due July 13 *

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


on the design and use of both mainstream and specialized assistive

technologies to

support people with disabilities.  Since 1994, the Association for


Machinery (ACM) and its SIGACCESS Special Interest Group on Accessible


has sponsored the ASSETS series of conferences.  This year's conference


formal paper sessions, demonstrations, posters, a doctoral consortium, and


student research competition.  The single track and friendly atmosphere


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



* 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,


evaluations, scientific investigations, methodologies, social issues or


issues relating to:

* assistive technologies that improve day-to-day life

* assistive technologies that improve access to mainstream Computer and



* 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contain substantial original, unpublished material.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


extended versions to a special issue of ACM Transactions on Accessible



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


Mentors will be experienced ASSETS contributors, who can help authors to


their submissions.  See the mentor program page

( for more information.

Posters and Demonstrations

Posters and demonstration proposals should be submitted using the ACM


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


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,


promote contacts among students working in similar areas. Doctoral


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.


will be due July 13, 2007; more information about the Consortium and


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


Students wishing to participate submit abstracts of their work. Qualifying


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


completed (or close to completion), and not submitted for presentation as a


technical paper. Selected students will receive partial support from ACM to


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


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


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


Student Paper Award will be carried out by members of the program committee


on the technical paper review process. Papers to be considered for the Best


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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