ASSETS 2006 conference - Oct 23-25, 2006

The Eighth International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers & Accessibility

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Technical program

Monday 23rd October

09:00 - 10:15

Opening +
Keynote: "Technology and Older Adults: Designing for Accessibility and Usability"

Photo of Prof Sara Czaja

Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D.

Sara J. Czaja is a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Industrial Engineering at the University of Miami. She is also the Co-Director of the Center on Aging at the University of Miami and the Director of the Center on Research and Education for Aging and Technology Enhancement (CREATE). CREATE is funded by the National Institute on Aging involves collaboration with the Georgia Institute of Technology and Florida State University. The focus of CREATE is on making technology more accessible, useful, and usable for older adult populations.

Dr. Czaja has extensive experience in aging research and a long commitment to developing strategies to improve the quality of life for older adults. Her research interests include: aging and cognition, caregiving, human-computer interaction, training, and functional assessment. Dr. Czaja is very well published in the field of aging and has written numerous book chapters and scientific articles. She recently co-authored a book with other members of the CREATE team concerning the design of technology for older adult populations. In addition, she is a fellow of the American psychological Association and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and the Gerontological Society of America.

10:15 - 10:45

Coffee break

10:45 - 12:30

Technical Paper Session 1 - "Motor input assistance"

  • From letters to words: Efficient stroke-based word completion for trackball text entry
  • Alternative text entry using different input methods
  • Indirect text entry using one or two keys
  • Developing steady clicks: A method of cursor assistance for people with motor impairments

12:30 - 13:45


13:45 - 15:00

Poster Session 1

  • A three-countries case study of older people’s browsing
  • Picture planner: a cognitively accessible personal activity scheduling application
  • Designing a scripting language to help the blind program visually
  • Automatically generating custom user interfaces for users with physical disabilities
  • A rollator-mounted wayfinding system for the elderly: a smart world perspective
  • Facetop tablet: note-taking assistance for the hard of hearing
  • Using think aloud protocol with blind users: a case for inclusive usability evaluation
  • Accessibility evaluation based on machine learning technique
  • Designing auditory displays to facilitate object localization in virtual haptic 3d environments
  • Lecture adaptation for students with visual disabilities using high-resolution photography
  • SADIe: transcoding based on CSS
  • Linux screen reader: extensible assistive technology
  • PLUMB: an interface for users who are blind to display, create, and modify graphs
  • The personal portable profiler project
  • A prototype of google interfaces modified for simplifying interaction for blind users
  • Functional web accessibility tools from the university of illinois

15:00 - 15:15

Coffee break

15:15 - 17:00

Technical Paper Session 2 - "Vision"

  • A multi-domain approach for enhancing text display for users with visual aberrations
  • Accommodating color blind computer users
  • Lambda: A multimodal approach to making mathematics accessible to blind students
  • Measuring website usability for the visually impaired

17:00 - 18:00

Poster Session 2 + First round of Student Research Competition

  • Introduction to the talking points project
  • Improving non-visual web access using context
  • VoxBoox: a system for automatic generation of interactive talking books
  • A demonstration of the iCARE portable reader
  • Duckcall: tackling the first 100 yards problem
  • An extensible, scalable browser-based architecture for synchronous and asynchronous communication and collaboration systems for deaf and hearing individuals
  • A flexible VXML interpreter for non-visual web access
  • A mixed method for evaluating input devices with older persons
  • Task analysis for sonification applications usability evaluation
  • Synonymous searching in an accessible environment using proximal keywords
  • Designing assistive technology for blind users
  • Identifying usability and accessibility issues in the localization of assistive technology
  • Self-adapting user interfaces as assistive technology for handheld mobile devices
  • WISE: a Wizard Interface Supporting Enhanced usability

19:00 - 20:30

Conference Reception

Tuesday 24th October

08:30 - 10:15

Technical Paper Session 3 - "Design challenges"

  • Dynamically adapting GUIs to diverse input devices
  • MobileASL: Intelligibility of sign language video as constrained by mobile phone technology
  • American Sign Language recognition in game development for deaf children
  • Are "Universal Design resources" designed for designers?

10:15 - 10:45

Coffee break

10:45 - 12:30

Technical Paper Session 4 - "Navigational assistance"

  • Indoor wayfinding: Developing a functional interface for individuals with cognitive impairments
  • Where's my stuff? Design and evaluation of a mobile system for locating lost items for the visually impaired
  • Interactive tracking of movable objects for the blind on the basis of environment models and perception-oriented object recognition methods
  • Using an audio interface to assist blind users with steering tasks

12:30 - 13:45


13:45 - 15:15

Student Research Competition presentations + Doctoral Consortium summary

15:15 - 15:45

Coffee break

15:45 - 17:00

Poster Session 3 + Doctoral Consortium posters

  • HCI model for usability of sonification applications
  • Helping aphasic people process online information
  • Loudmouth: modifying text-to-speech synthesis in noise
  • Hardware-based text-to-Braille translator
  • A portable device for the translation of Braille to text
  • South African Sign Language machine translation system
  • A Cisco education tool accessible to the vision impaired
  • Wireless headset communications for vision impaired persons in multi-user environments
  • Evaluating a pen-based computer interface for novice older users
  • Accessibility Now! Teaching accessible computing at the introductory level
  • The impact of user research on product design. case study: accessibility ecosystem for Windows Vista
  • Beyond perceivability?: Critical requirements for universal design of information
  • Personalized and adaptive navigation based on multimodal annotation
  • Prototyping and evaluation of LandCons: auditory objects that support wayfinding for blind travelers
  • Visio-haptic wearable system for assisting individuals who are blind
  • Developing an assistive haptic framework for improving non-visual access to the Web
  • Multi-layer dialog generation for non-visual Web access
  • ViCRAM: visual complexity rankings and accessibility metrics
  • Designing cognitive supports for dementia
  • Understanding and supporting the use of accommodating technologies by adult learners with reading disabilities
  • An evolutionary system for the Scout platform
  • Virtual sign animated pedagogic agents to support computer education for deaf learners

17:00 - 18:00

SIGACCESS business meeting (open to all)

Wednesday 25th October

08:30 - 10:15

Technical Paper Session 5 - "Cognition and emotion"

  • Networked reminiscence therapy for individuals with dementia by using photo and video sharing
  • Attention analysis in interactive software for children
  • Understanding emotion through multimedia: Comparison between hearing-impaired people and people with normal hearing abilities
  • Determining the impact of computer frustration on the mood of blind users browsing the Web

10:15 - 10:45

Coffee break

10:45 - 12:30

Technical Paper Session 6 - "Mode transformations for vision"

  • Transforming Flash movies to XML for accessibility evaluations
  • A presentation document interface for the blind based on automated metadata
  • Learning and perceiving colors haptically
  • WebInSight: Making Web images accessible

12:30 - 13:45


13:45 - 15:30

Technical Paper Session 7 - "Alternative modes for motor input"

  • Improvements in vision-based pointer control
  • The Vocal Joystick: Evaluation of voiced-based cursor control techniques
  • A voice-activated syntax-directed editor for manually disabled programmers
  • Non-speech input vs. speech recognition

15:30 - 16:00

Conference closing + Best paper awards

Events and Timeline
Paper submissions June 2, 2006
Acceptance notification for papers July 3, 2006
Poster and Demonstration submissions July 14, 2006
Doctoral Consortium and Student Research Competition Proposal submissions July 14, 2006
Acceptance notification for other venues July 28, 2006
Camera-ready all venues August 18, 2006
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