Ninth International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility

October 14-17, 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Submissions MUST contain substantial original, unpublished material.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

* Paper submission: May 25, 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

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.  More information will be available

Papers should be a maximum of 8 pages long, in the ACM conference format.
They should be submitted electronically via the conference web site no
later than May 25th, 2007.

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 (CUNY 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
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
Jinjuan Feng            Towson University, USA
Torsten Felzer          Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany
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
Simon Harper            University of Manchester, UK
Klent Harkness          Wichita State University, USA
Terri Hedgepeth         Arizona State University, USA
Sarah Horton            Dartmouth College, USA
Julie Howell            RNIB, UK (until November 2006)
Matt Huenerfauth  City University of New York, USA
Julie Jacko,            Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Arthur Karshmer         University of San Francisco, USA
Karyn Moffatt,          University of British Columbia, Canada
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
Michael Muller          IBM Research, USA
Sethuraman Panchanathan Arizona State University, 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