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CFP: ASSETS 09 -- Eleventh International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (fwd)


From: Jennison Mark Asuncion
Date: Feb 16, 2009 7:40AM


Thought some here might find this conference of interest.


Jennison Asuncion
Co-Director, Adaptech Research Network http://www.adaptech.org
LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/jennison

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From: Karyn Moffatt < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Subject: CFP: ASSETS 09 -- Eleventh International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on
Computers and Accessibility

Eleventh International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility
October 26-28, 2009
Pittsburgh, PA, USA



People with disabilities can use Computer and Information Technologies to
overcome barriers encountered in day-to-day life, and to participate more fully
in society. The ASSETS series of conferences explores the potential of Computer
and Information Technologies to support and include 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 by people with disabilities. Sponsored by the
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and its SIGACCESS Special Interest
Group on Accessible Computing, ASSETS 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. Appropriate topics include (but are not limited to)
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

Successful submissions typically present (though submissions from other related
areas are encouraged) novel ideas, designs, techniques, systems, 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 groups
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. Overlapping material
should not be submitted to multiple categories. Please refer to the ACM policy
on plagiarism (http://www.acm.org/pubs/plagiarism%20policy.html) for guidance.

Important Dates
* Requests for mentors: February 27, 2009
* Paper submission: May 10, 2009
* Notification of acceptance (papers): June 29, 2009
* Poster and demo submission: July 6, 2009
* Student research competition submission: July 6, 2009
* Doctoral consortium submission: July 17, 2009
* Notification of acceptance (posters and demos): July 27, 2009
* Notification of acceptance (student research competition): July 27, 2009
* Camera-ready materials due: August 11, 2009
* Notification of acceptance (doctoral consortium): August 21, 2009

Technical Papers
Accepted technical papers will be presented at the conference, will appear in
the conference proceedings, and will remain accessible after the conference as
part of the ACM Digital Library. Authors of select papers will be invited to
submit extended versions to a special issue of ACM Transactions on Accessible
Computing (TACCESS). 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.sigaccess.org/assets09/mentor/) for more information.

Papers must be a maximum of 8 pages long, in the ACM conference format
(http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html). Papers that do not follow
the submission guidelines will be returned without review. Writing guidelines
on technology and people with disabilities are available at
http://www.sigaccess.org/newsletter/sept08/sep08_4.pdf. Papers should be
submitted electronically (in PDF format) via the conference web site no later
than May 10, 2009.

Posters and Demonstrations
Posters and demonstration proposals should be submitted using the ACM
conference format (http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html), 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 July 6, 2009.

Doctoral Consortium
[To be confirmed] The ASSETS 2009 Doctoral Consortium will provide a forum for
doctoral students to present their research plans and receive feedback from
senior researchers, and promote contact 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 (in PDF format) will be due July 17, 2009; more
information about the consortium and submission instructions will be available

Student Research Competition
[To be confirmed] 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. An
ASSETS finalist recently won the top award at the ACM Grand Finals. Submissions
(in PDF format) will be due July 6, 2009; more information will be available

ACM SIGACCESS Best Paper Awards
The following awards will be made at ASSETS 2009:

* SIGACCESS Best Paper Award (chosen from the technical program)
* SIGACCESS Best Student Paper Award (chosen from the technical program)

The selection process for SIGACCESS Best 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 SIGACCESS
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.

General Chair:
Shari Trewin (IBM Research, USA)

Treasurer & Registration Chair:
Sri Kurniawan (University of California Santa Cruz, USA)

Program Chair:
Kathleen F. McCoy (University of Delaware, USA)

Associate Chair for Posters and Demos:
Harriet Fell (Northeastern University, USA)

Mentor Chair:
Alistair Edwards (University of York, UK)

Doctoral Consortium Chair:
Richard E. Ladner (University of Washington, USA)

Student Research Competition Chair:
Faustina Hwang (University of Reading, UK)

Local Arrangements Chair:
Joshua Hailpern (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA)

Publicity Chair:
Karyn Moffatt (University of British Columbia, Canada)

Web Chair:
Jeffrey Bigham (University of Washington, USA)