The 23rd International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility

Multicolored shapes spell out the words SIGACCESS Trace 1971 2021

ASSETS 2021 will be Virtual!

ASSETS 2021 will be held virtually from
Monday, Oct 18-Friday, Oct 22, 2021
Ending Friday Oct 22 at 12 PM New York Time/5 PM London time

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the conference will be held virtually. The conference has been extended based on feedback from the post-conference surveys from the ASSETS 2020 conference. Attendees indicated that they generally found the three days of scheduled events to be overwhelming when combined with existing work and family responsibilities while working from home, as well as timezone-related issues.

Extending the conference to be Monday through Friday, allows for a schedule that is packed with fewer events per day. It also allows for the addition of more online events for socializing, as well as special events to celebrate the 50th anniversaries of SIGACCESS and the Trace Center. The foremother of SIGACCESS, known as SIGCAPH, was founded in 1971. The Trace Research and Development Center, one of the world’s oldest research centers on technology and disability, was also founded in 1971. We look forward to gathering online, and celebrating the accomplishments and impact of accessibility research over the past 50 years!

Jonathan Lazar, General Chair
Jinjuan Heidi Feng and Faustina Hwang, Technical Program Co-Chairs
Kristen Shinohara, Treasurer & Registration Chair


The ASSETS conference is the premier forum for presenting research on the design, evaluation, use, and education related to computing for people with disabilities and older adults. We invite high-quality original submissions on topics relevant to computing and accessibility.

All contributions are peer-reviewed by an international Program Committee. Accepted papers and the abstracts for posters and demonstrations, experience reports, and the student research competition will be archived in the ACM Digital Library. Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended versions of their papers to a special issue of the ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing (TACCESS).

Important Dates

All deadlines are 5 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).

  • Friday, February 19, 2021 – Mentoring request deadline,
  • Wednesday, April 14, 2021 – Technical Paper submission deadline,
  • Monday, May 24, 2021 – Initial Technical Paper reviews sent to authors, rebuttal phase opens,
  • Tuesday, June 1, 2021 – Rebuttal phase closes,
  • Tuesday, June 15, 2021 – Technical Paper acceptance decisions sent to authors,
  • Monday, June 21, 2021 – Student Volunteer deadline,
  • Wednesday, June 23, 2021 - Submission deadline for:
    • Posters
    • Demonstrations
    • Doctoral Consortium
    • Experience reports
    • Student research competition,
  • Monday, July 12, 2021 - Final versions of accepted papers due. Following this deadline, authors will receive instructions for completing their eRights forms, validating and submitting their paper to TAPS, and submitting their final accessible pdf,
  • Wednesday, July 14, 2021 - Acceptance decisions for:
    • Posters
    • Demonstrations
    • Doctoral Consortium
    • Experience reports
    • Student research competition,
  • Wednesday, July 21, 2021 - Technical Paper video presentations due,
  • Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - Final versions of accepted Posters, Demonstrations, Experience reports, and Student research competition papers due. Following this deadline, authors will receive instructions for completing their eRights forms, validating and submitting their paper to TAPS, and submitting their final accessible pdf,
  • Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - Video presentations due for Posters, Demonstrations, Experience reports, Student research competition, Doctoral Consortium,

For more information please visit the Call for Papers page.

Committees

General Chair

Jonathan Lazar Headshot

Jonathan Lazar, University of Maryland, USA generalchair-assets21@acm.org

Program Chairs

Jinjuan Heidi Feng Headshot

Jinjuan Heidi Feng, Towson University, USA tpc-assets21@acm.org

Faustina Hwang Headshot

Faustina Hwang, University of Reading, UK tpc-assets21@acm.org

Treasurer & Registration Chair

Kristen Shinohara Headshot

Kristen Shinohara, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA treasurer-assets21@acm.org

Please visit the Organizing Committee page to see the entire list.

Footnotes

  1. Please note: Mentoring is not a pre-requisite for submitting a paper to ASSETS. It is meant to help bring in researchers to our community. Though the deadline for mentoring is past, we will be happy to consider further requests on a best effort basis to match with a mentor.
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