Events to be attended
1st International Conference of AEGIS & 2nd Pan-European Workshop/User Forum

Access for All in the desktop, web and mobile field: an end-user and developer perspective

Download here the accessible PDF version of the Conference invitation.

Download here the guidelines for the papers (pdf).

Seville, Spain, 6-8 October 2010


Dear colleague,

We would like to kindly invite you to the 2nd Pan-European Workshop/User Forum and the 1st International ÆGIS Conference entitled “Access for All in the desktop, web and mobile field: an end-user and developer perspective” which will take place in Seville, Spain on 6 and 7-8 October 2010 respectively. All events are organised by the ÆGIS IP initiative (Open Accessibility Everywhere: Groundwork, Infrastructure, Standards - www.aegis-project.eu), partially funded under FP7 (Theme: ICT‐2007.7.1; ICT & Ageing).

With an estimated total population of 501 million (http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu, 1 January 2010), an estimated 45 million people in Europe have a LSHPD (long-standing health problem or disability). A mere 20-30% are believed to use Assistive Technology (AT), but concrete figures do not exist. In fact, most people with disabilities are not even aware of what AT exists. This workshop and conference aims to help spread the word on the existence of AT, and especially on technology that is freely available.

The Workshop/User Forum aims to bring together end-users and experts in the field of assistive technologies, from both the OSS community as well as the proprietary one, that focus on the accessibility of desktop, web and mobile applications. During the workshop the project will present the tools developed so far, and will stimulate discussions between both end-users and application developers vis-à-vis the project’s outcomes so far. The outcomes will be taken into account by the Consortium during the further course of the project. Participation to the workshop will be free of charge.

The conference aims to gather presenters that address both the end-users as well as the developers’ perspective in a number of areas (see topics below). Interactive demos of Assistive Technology ICT, in the Rich Internet Applications, Desktop Applications and Mobile Applications areas as well as developers’ tools that embed accessibility plug-ins will also be demonstrated in a separate exhibition area.

The participation fee will be €150 for researchers, €50 for students and people with disabilities and free for personal assistants.

In addition, an exhibition space will be provided as well which will be open throughout the conference duration. The fee for exhibitors will be € 300.

Detailed info and registration about the 1st International AEGIS Conference is available through www.aegis-conference.eu.

We kindly invite you and your colleagues to submit papers in the following categories:

  • Scientific papers
  • Technical papers

Conference topics (non-exhaustive list):

  • Accessible desktop applications (AT, developer tools and accessible applications)
  • Accessible mobile applications (AT, developer tools and accessible applications)
  • Accessible Rich Internet Applications (AT, developer tools and accessible applications)
  • Accessibility and Standardisation (e.g. ISO, eInclusion, Policies, Legislation)
  • Accessibility and Usability (e.g. Design for All)
  • Accessibility research (e.g. Assistive technology usage by end-users and their satisfaction, innovative AT training via accessible e-learning)

Important dates:

  • Paper submission deadline: 20th July 2010
  • Notification of acceptance and outcome of review process: 29th July 2010
  • Final camera ready papers: 27th August 2010
  • Registration by 30th September 2010

Abstracts submission:
Abstracts submitted in the context of one of the above topics should not exceed 500 words. The title, authors and their contact and affiliation details (authors’ email address, telephone and fax number and affiliation name and address) as well as keywords (up to five) should be included.

Under the title of your abstract, please quote the relevant conference topic. We would strongly recommend you to propose more than one conference topics, if applicable, quoting them in priority order.

Authors who are unable to provide an electronic version or have other circumstances that prevent such submission must contact us ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) prior to submission to discuss alternative options.

Abstracts should be submitted to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 28th May 2010.

Submission declaration:
Submission of a manuscript implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the copyright-holder.

Any manuscript not complying with the above requirements will not be accepted.

Publications:
Abstracts and camera-ready papers as well as exhibition applications will be reviewed by the ÆGIS Scientific Committee.  The final versions of the accepted camera-ready papers will be published and will be made available during the conference. The authors of each accepted submission are required to give a presentation at the conference.

In addition, the authors of the accepted technical papers, will be invited to publish their software in the Open Source Community.

Looking forward to meet you and welcome you to our Community!

Kind Regards,

Organisation Committee

Dr. Evangelos Bekiaris
Research Director
ÆGIS IP Coordinator

Centre for Research and Technology Hellas
Hellenic Institute of Transport
6th km. Charilaou- Thermi Road
57001 Thermi
Greece
Tel. +30-2310-498265
Fax. +30-2310-498269

Athens office:
17 Posidonos Av.
17455 Alimos
Greece
Tel. +30-210-9853194
Fax. +30-210-9853193

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
http: www.hit.certh.gr

Mr. Jon Azpiroz
AEGIS Project Technical Coordinator for Fundación Vodafone España

Fundación Vodafone España
Avda. Europa,1 Ed. A 3a planta
Parque Empresarial La Moraleja
28108 Madrid
Spain
Tel. +34 610 51 60 61
Fax +34 91 825 26 89

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Website: www.fundacionvodafone.es

Ms Deborah Goodbody
Head of Research Development, Innovation and Projects

ACE Centre Advisory Trust
92 Windmill Road
Headington
Oxford
OX3 7DR

Tel: +44 (0) 1865 759822
Fax: +44 (0) 1865 759810

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Website: www.ace-centre.org.uk

Mr. Karel Van Isacker
Project Manager

European Platform for Rehabilitation
15, rue de Spa
B-1000 Brussels

Tel. +32 2 736 54 44
Fax +32 2 736 86 22

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Website: www.epr.eu

 
AEGIS organises satellite event at ETAPS 2010 (March 27‐28, 2010) in Paphos, Cyprus.

ÆGIS (Open Accessibility Everywhere: Groundwork, Infrastructure, Standards) is organising a satellite event in the context of ETAPS 2010 (European Joint Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software - March 20-28, 2010, Paphos, Cyprus). The satellite event FOSS‐AMA (Free and Open Source Software for Accessible Mainstream Applications) will take place on 27-28 March 2010 and is inspired by the FP7 ÆGIS IP initiative (http://www.aegis‐project.eu).

FOSS‐AMA will aim to bring together recent achievements and renowned experts from the Open Source Community and Accessibility. 3rd generation access techniques and their potential for more accessible mainstream ICT for end‐users and relevant toolkits for developers will be explored. Interactive demos will embellish the presentations sessions.

The event is spread over 2 days, and will have the following outline (pdf).

Registration details are available on http://www.etaps10.cs.ucy.ac.cy/

Guide for authors

  • Authors are requested to submit their papers electronically by using email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
  • Authors are requested to submit the text, tables, and artwork in electronic form to this address.
  • Authors who are unable to provide an electronic version or have other circumstances that prevent such submission must contact us ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) prior to submission to discuss alternative options.

We regret that we are not able to consider submissions that do not follow these procedures.

Submission declaration
Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the copyright-holder.

Role of the funding source
You are requested to identify who provided financial support for the conduct of the research and/or preparation of the article and to briefly describe the role of the sponsor(s), if any, in study design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; and in the decision to submit the paper.

Abbreviations
Define abbreviations that are not standard in this field in a footnote to be placed on the first page of the article. Such abbreviations that are unavoidable in the abstract must be defined at their first mention there, as well as in the footnote. Ensure consistency of abbreviations throughout the article.

Acknowledgements
Collate acknowledgements in a separate section at the end of the article before the references and do not, therefore, include them on the title page, as a footnote to the title or otherwise. List here those individuals who provided help during the research (e.g., providing language help, writing assistance or proof reading the article, etc.).

Language and language services

  • Please write your text in good English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these).
  • Word Count and Paper Length
  • The “Paper” shall be preceded by an “Abstract” not exceeding 500 words.
  • Paper Length: written in less than 15 pages (scientific), or less than 10 pages (technical papers) on A4-size paper, including figures and tables.
  • First page include “Title of paper”: bold, centred, all uppercase and “Name(s) Of Author(s), affiliation, full mail address, telephone/fax number and e-mail address: centred, uppercase for the first letter of each word.
  • Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 5 keywords. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.
  • Submitted as WORD file or pdf file (not locked) Font and point size (text): 12 pt (14pt for title), Times New Roman.
  • Graphs, photos, diagrams and tables have to be inserted within the text in their corresponding place. None of them will be accepted separately.
  • Margins 2.5 cm (top, bottom, left, right)

Publication
Once sending your final paper, you immediately permit publication of your paper with all other papers on the conference CD-ROM.

Use of word-processing software
It is important that the file be saved in the native format of the word processor used. The text should be in single-column format. Keep the layout of the text as simple as possible.

To avoid unnecessary errors you are strongly advised to use the "spell-check" and "grammar-check" functions of your word processor.

Schedule for paper submission, notification of acceptance and final versions of camera‐ready papers

  • Abstracts submission deadline: 8th December 2009
  • Notification of abstracts acceptance: 15th December 2009
  • Paper submission deadline: 15th January 2010
  • Notification of acceptance and review outcomes: 30th January 2010
  • Final camera ready papers: 20th February 2010

Submissions in the following categories will be admissible:

  • Scientific Papers
  • Technical Papers

The final versions of the accepted camera‐ready papers will be published and will be made available during the workshop. The authors of each accepted submission are required to give a presentation at FOSS-AMA 2010.

The authors of the best papers will be invited to write a journal version of their paper which will be separately reviewed and, assuming acceptance, be published in journal form. In addition, the authors of the accepted technical papers, will publish their s/w in the Open Source Community. A program committee will be formulated for the review of the abstracts and camera‐ready papers to be submitted.

The event will also foresee an exhibition of demos on accessible open source Rich Internet Applications, Desktop Applications and Mobile Applications.

The contact address to use is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Satellite event organisers

Ms. Maria Gemou (CERTH-HIT)
Dr. Evangelos Bekiaris (CERTH-HIT)

 
eChallenges e-2010 Conference and Exhibition

eChallenges e-2010 Conference and Exhibition takes place in Warsaw, Poland, 27 - 29 October. This is the twentieth in a series of Annual Conferences supported by the European Commission, which regularly attracts over 650 delegates from leading commercial, government and research organisations around the world to share knowledge and experience, lessons learnt and good practice.

They are now inviting extended abstracts (1,200 - 1,500 words) for technical papers, visionary papers, business and government case studies. Proposals to arrange 90 minute workshop sessions are also welcome. Related themes and suggestions for papers and sessions are outlined in the Call for Papers.

eChallenges e-2010 will focus on Applied ICT research topics addressing major societal and economic challenges. The programme will combine strategic keynote presentations, technical and policy papers, case studies, workshops, an exhibition and social activities. The programme will showcase results from projects funded at national and regional level as well as those funded by European Commission Research Programmes.

Call for Papers
Important Deadlines
Submission deadline for Extended Abstracts: 26 February 2010
Acceptance decision: 31 March 2010
Submission of full paper: 30 April 2010

The scientific programme for eChallenges e-2020 is based on an open Call for Papers and the conference language is English.

All abstracts must be submitted online by 26 February for double blind peer review by the International Programme Committee.

Papers should focus on a research or eAdoption topic on which a case study, initial or final results can be published. General project descriptions are not appropriate. All papers must highlight the level of innovation and actual or expected impact.

Please bear in mind that the extended abstracts submitted are double blind peer reviewed so they should not provide contact details within the text of the extended abstract submitted. All extended abstracts are submitted as text via a form - tables and diagrams can be submitted as part of the full paper submission in April.

Extended abstracts should provide a good overview of your full paper and cover the following headings:

  • Introduction - Issues to be addressed
  • Objectives of your paper
  • Methodology Used
  • Technology or Business Case Description
  • Conclusions and Summary Recommendations

Workshop proposals must also be registered by 26 February 2010. Each workshop proposal should be supported by a minimum of two papers per workshop session. Authors submit abstracts via Abstract Submission process, as these will be double blind peer reviewed by the IPC.

Core Thematic Priorities for eChallenges e-2010

  • eInfrastructures
  • ICT for Networked Enterprise and RFID
  • eGovernment and eDemocracy
  • eHealth - Services to Citizens
  • Collaborative Working Environments
  • Living Labs
  • Digital Libraries and Cultural Heritage
  • Intelligent Content and Semantics
  • High Performance Computing Applications
  • Networked, Smart and Virtual Organisations
  • Mobility
  • Security and Identity Management
  • Technology Enhanced Learning and ICT Skills

Related Themes
Related themes include but are not restricted to:

  • i2020 and ICT take-up by SMEs
  • Digital Content and Digital Rights Management - issues, applications and technologies
  • eVoting, eParticipation
  • eInclusion and eAccessibility
  • eTourism
  • Future Emerging Technologies
  • Knowledge management and technologies
  • Interoperability and Standardisation
  • Open Source Technologies and Applications

More information.

Support Organisations

eChallenges e-2010 is Supported by DG Information Society and Media of the European Commission, Hosted by Ministry of Sport and Tourism of the Republic of Poland, Supported by Warsaw Convention Bureau and the Convention Bureau of Poland, and Technical Co-Sponsored by IEEE.

Technical Co-Sponsors

Technical Co-Sponsors confirmed to date include IEEE Region 8; IEEE Poland Computer Chapter; IEEE Poland Communications Chapter; IEEE UKRI Computer Chapter.

We kindly ask you to forward this Call for Papers to your colleagues in research, government or business interested in these topics.

We look forward to receiving your extended abstracts and workshop submissions by 26 February.

eChallenges e-2010 Organising Committee
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www.eChallenges.org/e2010

 
ACCESSIBLE 1st Workshop in collaboration with ICCHP 2010 conference

ACCESSIBLE project is organising its first Workshop on “accessibility simulation technologies and standards issues”, within the frame of the 12th ICCHP conference in Vienna. The Workshop will be held on Tuesday 13 of July 2010, in the context of the ICCHP pre-conference in Vienna.
The ICCHP, International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs, 2010 wants to highlight the progress of the issue of Interfacing the existing and emerging Human-Computer Interface as well as its achievements, and plot a R&D-roadmap towards such challenges, which will ensure even higher product and service usability.
The invitation and the program of the Workshop will be published soon.
For more information visit: http://www.icchp.org/

 

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