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ASSETS 2011 paper submission deadline in two weeks! (May 6, 2011) (fwd)


From: Jennison Mark Asuncion
Date: Apr 26, 2011 6:03AM

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Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2011 12:53:20 -0400
From: Amy Hurst < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Subject: [access-announcements] ASSETS 2011 paper submission deadline in two
weeks! (May 6, 2011)

Thirteenth International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility
October 24-26, 2011
Dundee, Scotland, UK


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. 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. ASSETS strives to publish research that carefully addresses the issues involved when individuals with disabilities interact with information technologies. In general, this means that empirical studies should include participants that are representative of the intended users of the system being studied. This does not mean that all participants must be representative of the intended users, but it does mean that some individuals fitting this description should be included in an appropriate way in the data collection process. In some cases, articles may be accepted for publication if representative users are not included in studies, but only if a sufficiently compelling argument is presented as to why it is appropriate or necessary to use non-representative users and any implications of this decision are adequately addressed. Authors should refer to the General Writing Guidelines for Technology and People with Disabilities (http://www.sigaccess.org/community/writing_guidelines/) when preparing submissions.

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 (http://www.acm.org/pubs/plagiarism%20policy.html) for guidance.

Important Dates
* Requesting mentors: 4 March 2011, Friday
* Paper submission: 6 May 2011, Friday
* Notification of acceptance: 17 June 2011, Friday
* Posters and demos submission: 1 July 2011, Friday
* Doctoral consortium submission: 1 July 2011, Friday
* Student research competition submission: 1 July 2011, Friday
* Notification of posters and demos acceptance: 27 July 2011, Wednesday
* Notification of doctoral consortium acceptance: 27 July 2011, Wednesday
* Notification of student research competition acceptance: 27 July 2011, Wednesday
* Camera-ready materials: 15 August 2011, Monday

All deadlines are at midnight HAST (GMT-10:00) on the specified day.

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). 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/assets11/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. They should be submitted electronically via the conference web site no later than 6 May 2011, Friday, midnight HAST (GMT-10.00).

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 1 July 2011, Friday.

Doctoral Consortium
The ASSETS 2011 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 1 July 2011, Friday; 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 will be available shortly.

ACM SIGACCESS Best Paper Awards
The following awards will be made at ASSETS 2011:

* 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: Kathleen F. McCoy, University of Delaware, USA
Program Chair: Yeliz Yesilada, Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Campus
Treasurer and Registration Chair: Jinjuan (Heidi) Feng, Towson University, USA
Posters and Demonstrations Chair: Leo Ferres, University of Concepcion, Chile and Carleton University, Canada
Doctoral Consortium Chair: Clayton Lewis, University of Colorado, USA and Faustina Hwang, University of Reading, UK
Student Research Competition Chair: Krzysztof Gajos, Harvard University, USA
Web Chair: Tiago João Vieira Guerreiro, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
Accessibility Chair: Anna Cavender, Google, USA
Publicity Chair: Amy Hurst, UMBC, USA
Graphic Design Chair: Joshua Hailpern, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Technical Program Committee:
Julio Abascal, University of Basque Country, Spain
Ray Adams, University of Middlesex, UK
Chieko Asakawa, IBM Research Japan, Japan
Melanie Baljko, York University, Canada
Armando Barreto, Florida International University, USA
Jeffrey P. Bigham, University of Rochester, USA
Yevgen Borodin, Stony Brook University, USA
Giorgio Brajnik, University of Udine, Italy
Andy Brown, University of Manchester, UK
Anna Cavender, Google, USA
David Duce, Oxford Brookes University, UK
Alistair D.N. Edwards, University of York, UK
Simon Edwards, Newcastle University, UK
Michael Evans, BBC Research and Development, UK
Torsten Felzer, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany
Harriet Fell, Northeastern University, USA
Jinjuan Heidi Feng, Towson University, USA
Leo Ferres, University of Concepcion, Chile
Kelly Ford, Microsoft, USA
Krzysztof Gajos, Harvard University, USA
Joy Goodman-Deane, University of Cambridge, UK
Peter Gregor, University of Dundee, UK
Vicki Hanson, University of Dundee, UK
Simon Harper, University of Manchester, UK
Matt Huenerfauth, City University of New York, USA
Amy Hurst, UMBC, USA
Faustina Hwang, University of Reading, UK
Howell Istance, University of Tempere, Finland
Caroline Jay, University of Manchester, UK
Arthur Karshmer, The University of San Fransisco, USA
Ravi Kuber, UMBC, USA
Arun Kumar, IBM Research India, India
Sri Kurniawan, University of California Santa Cruz, USA
Richard Ladner, University of Washington, USA
Jonathan Lazar, Towson University, USA
Clayton Lewis, University of Colorado, USA
Ed LoPresti, AT Sciences, USA
Jalal U. Mahmud, IBM Research - Almaden, USA
Eleni Michailidou, The Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
Klaus Miesenberger, University of Linz, Austria
Bambang Parmanto, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Enrico Pontelli, New Mexico State University, USA
Christopher Power, University of York, UK
Loretta Guarino Reid, Google, USA
John Richards, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA
Jaime Sanchez, University of Chile, Chile
Andrew Sears, UMBC, USA
Paola Salomoni, University of Bologna, Italy
Constantine Stephanidis, FORTH-ICS and University of Crete, Greece
Hironobu Takagi, IBM Research Japan, Japan
Marilyn Tremaine, Rutgers University, USA
Shari Trewin, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA
Markel Vigo, University of Manchester, Spain
Christian Vogler, Institute for Language and Speech Processing (ILSP), Greece
Annalu Waller, University of Dundee, UK
Takayuki Watanabe,Tokyo Woman's Christian University, Japan
Gerhard Weber, University of Dresden, Germany
Jacob Wobbrock, University of Washington, USA
Michael Wu, University of Toronto, Canada
Panayiotis Zaphiris, The Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
Lynette van Zijl, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

Additional Reviewers:
Iyad Abu Doush, Yarmouk University, Jordon
Lorna Gibson, University of Dundee, UK
Tiago Guerreiro, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
Joshua Hailpern, Univsity of Illinois, USA
Shaun Kane, University of Washington, USA
Rui Lopes, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Mish Madsen, MIT Media Lab, USA
Ann Marie Piper, UCSD, USA
Kathleen Price, UMBC, USA
Kris Schindler, University of Buffalo, USA
Kristen Shinohara, University of Washington, USA
Andreas Stefik, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, USA
Lisa Vizer, UMBC, USA