Lisbon, Portugal         October 26-28

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Call for Papers

The ASSETS conference explores the design, evaluation, and use of computing and information technologies to benefit people with disabilities and older adults. ASSETS is the premier forum for presenting innovative research on mainstream and specialized assistive technologies, accessible computing, and assistive applications of computer, network, and information technologies.

ASSETS is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and its SIGACCESS Special Interest Group on Accessible Computing. 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 with diverse capabilities
  • Professionals who work with these populations

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 when preparing submissions.

Submission Procedures

ASSETS accepts submissions in the following categories:

All contributions are peer-reviewed by an international Program Committee. Accepted papers, posters and demonstrations will be archived in the ACM digital library. At least one author of accepted submissions must register as the presenter by the early registration deadline. Submissions MUST contain substantial original, unpublished material. Please refer to the ACM policy on plagiarism for guidance.

Important Dates

  • Requesting mentors: 5 March 2015, Thursday
  • Technical paper submission: 7 May 2015, Thursday
  • Notification of technical paper acceptance: 18 June 2015, Thursday
  • Posters and demos submission: 25 June 2015, Thursday
  • Experience Reports: 25 June 2015, Thursday
  • Doctoral consortium submission: 25 June 2015, Thursday
  • Student research competition submission: 25 June 2015, Thursday
  • Notification of posters and demos acceptance: 23 July 2015, Thursday
  • Notification of doctoral consortium acceptance: 23 July 2015, Thursday
  • Notification of student research competition acceptance: 23 July 2015, Thursday

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