CALL FOR PAPERS
About the CallPeople 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 accepts submissions in the following categories:
- Technical papers
- 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 Submissions MUST contain substantial original, unpublished material.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.
- Requests for mentors: March 25, 2007
- Paper submission: May 25, 2007
- Poster and demo submission: June 22, 2007
- Doctoral consortium submission: July 13, 2007
- Student research competition: July 13
- 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
- Publication of conference proceedings: October 14, 2007
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 for more information.
Papers should be a maximum of 8 pages long, in the ACM conference format. They should be submitted electronically using the link below 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 proceedings.
Submissions (in PDF format) should be submitted electronically using the link below no later than June 22nd, 2007.
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 the submission instructions are available at the ASSETS 2007 Doctoral Consortium information page.
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 which 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 at the ASSETS 2007 SRC information page.