* 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 www.acm.org/sigaccess/assets07/ CALL FOR PAPERS 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. Topics 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 Submissions MUST contain substantial original, unpublished material.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 (http://www.acm.org/sigaccess/assets07/mentor/) 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 proceedings. 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. http://www.acm.org/sigaccess/assets07/ 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 conference. ASSETS 2007 COMMITTEE 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 - 2 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ This communication (including any attachments) is intended solely for the recipient(s) named above and may contain information that is confidential, privileged or legally protected. 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