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ACM SAC UAS 2009 : Special Track on Universally-Accessible Systems (ACM Symposium on Applied Computing)


When Mar 8, 2009 - Mar 12, 2009
Where aikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Submission Deadline Aug 16, 2008
Notification Due Oct 11, 2008
Categories    universal usability   usability   accessibility   HCI

Call For Papers

The 24th ACM Symposium on Applied Computing 2009

Call for Papers: Special Track on Universally-Accessible Systems
March 8-12 2009, Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

For the past twenty years, the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC)
has been a primary gathering forum for applied computer scientists,
computer engineers, software engineers, and application developers from
around the world. SAC 2009 is sponsored by the ACM Special Interest
Group on Applied Computing, and is hosted this year by the University of
Hawaii at Manoa and the Chaminade University of Honolulu.

*Universally-Accessible Systems (UAS)*

The Universally-Accessible Systems track aims at exploring synergies and
multidisciplinary perspectives on the modeling, design, development and
assessment of theories, techniques, systems and applications usable by
all people, to the greatest extent possible, in demanding settings and
arrangements. As such, on the targeted users strand,
universally-accessible systems addresses people with special needs,
including elderly, children, disabled persons or fully active
individuals in constrained usage situations or with specific
ethnic/cultural requirements. On the settings side, the pervasiveness of
systems and applications is pursued in order to cope with the nature of
the applications required by envisaged targeted users. Finally, the
arrangements aimed by these systems and tools include individual ones as
well as small groups and communities, where the individual differences
pose a particularly challenging goal.

Within this context, the UAS track aspires to establish a forum where
HCI specialists, software and usability engineers, computer scientists,
Human Factors experts, cognitive psychologists, sociologists, as well as
assistive technology and rehabilitation experts exchange views and
disseminate relevant technical and scientific information.

The track welcomes submissions in the following or other related topics,
and especially on their confluence, under the umbrella of the
abovementioned universally-accessible goals (users, settings, and

* user physiologic and cognitive modeling
* group and communities behavior modeling
* universal design
* universal development methodologies, methods and techniques
* usability and accessibility
* universal guidelines
* requirements engineering for universal access
* evaluation of universally-accessible systems
* intelligent and adaptive user interfaces
* virtual and augmented environments
* multi-sensor and uncommon interaction techniques
* multilingual and multicultural user interfaces
* ubiquitous user interfaces
* collaboration support systems
* communities support systems
* user interfaces for all

*Important dates and submissions*

A paper cannot be submitted to more than one track. Submissions must be
original, unpublished, and not currently under review by workshops,
conferences, or journals. All papers should be submitted online at the
SAC 2009 website. Papers must be formatted according to the template
provided in the SAC2009 website, and take into account the following:

* In order to facilitate blind review, the name(s) and address(es) of
the author(s) must NOT appear in the body of the paper, and
self-reference should be in the third person. This is to facilitate
blind review. Only the title should be shown at the first page without
the author's information;
* Papers should not exceed 4000 words;
* Authors should submit a separate cover sheet attached for each paper
that includes the title of the paper, the name(s), affiliation(s),
address(es), email(s), phone(s), and fax number(s) of the author(s).

All accepted papers will be published in the annual conference
proceedings and will be available at the conference. Note that accepted
papers must fit within five (5) two-column pages, with the option to add
three (3) more pages at an additional expense of 80 (eighty) USD per
extra page.

For further information, please contact the chairs through

* Dates breakdown:*

* August 16, 2008: Submission of papers by authors (STRICT DEADLINE);
* October 11, 2008: Notification of paper acceptance/rejection;
* October 25, 2008: Camera-ready copies of accepted papers.

*Track Program Chairs*

Luís Carriço
LaSIGE Research Laboratory and University of Lisbon

Carlos Duarte
LaSIGE Research Laboratory and University of Lisbon

Rui Lopes
LaSIGE Research Laboratory and University of Lisbon

*Track Program Committee*

Julio Abascal, Universidad del País Vasco, Spain
Chieko Asakawa, IBM Research, Japan
David Brown, Nottingham Trent University, UK
Vicki Hanson, IBM Research, USA
Simon Harper, University of Manchester, UK
Joaquim Jorge, IST - Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
Spiridon Likothanassis, University of Patras, Greece
Klaus Miesenberger, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Austria
Željko Obrenovic, CWI, Netherlands
Helen Petrie, University of York, UK
Jaime Sánchez, Universidad del Chile, Chile
Andrew Sears, UMBC, USA
David Sloan, University of Dundee, UK
Constantine Stephanidis, FORTH - ICS, Greece
Manfred Thüring, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
Dimitrios Tzovaras, CERTH - ITI, Greece
Jean Vanderdonckt, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
Marco Winckler, University of Toulouse, France
Yeliz Yesilada, University of Manchester, UK

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