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Call for papers


start of contentWelcome to DSAI 2016. The 7th International Conference on Software Development and Technologies for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-exclusion (DSAI 2016) will be held December 1-3, 2016, at University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD), Vila Real, Portugal. DSAI 2016 is organised in-cooperation with ACM SIGACCESS.

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) play a major role in our lives. However, ICT development that ignores social inclusion may raise barriers and increase the gap between the average user and those with special needs, instead of contributing to promoting equal rights and opportunities for all.

Elderly and persons with special needs face often multiple disabilities that prevent them from enjoying the benefits of technology and a higher quality of life standards. According to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, technology design should take into account accessibility and usability features for the protection and promotion of the human rights of persons with disabilities, in all policies and programmes.

We invite authors to submit papers in the following and related areas:

Software and Web accessibility

  • Software engineering for accessibility
  • Web accessibility and evaluation tools
  • Design for all
  • Web authoring guidelines
  • User modelling and the adaptive Web
  • Adaptation and transformation of Web content

Interfaces and interaction

  • Ergonomics
  • Accessibility and usability
  • User Interface adaptation and personalization for accessibility
  • Human-computer interfaces
  • Multimodal interfaces
  • Multi-platform design
  • Digital TV and electronic communications access
  • Natural interaction
  • Speech interfaces
  • Tangible and organic interfaces
  • Gaming
  • Non-invasive brain computer interaction
  • Emotional and affective interaction
  • Adaptive and augmented interaction
  • Context–aware interfaces
  • User Interface Design for Ubiquitous Computing


  • Mobile technology
  • Virtual environments
  • Augmented reality
  • Image processing and Computer vision
  • Automation and robotics
  • Architectures and tools for universal access
  • Internet of Things accessibility
  • Inclusive Design of Smart Cities
  • Smart homes
  • Audio engineering

Case studies

  • Empirical studies and data analysis of crowdsourcing for accessibility
  • Quality assurance of crowdsourcing generated content
  • Methodologies for crowdsourcing procedures for accessibility
  • Accessibility guidelines, best practice, evaluation techniques and tools
  • Psychology of end user experiences and scenarios
  • Cognitive task analysis


  • Health and safety
  • Engineering systems and healthcare delivery
  • Healthcare services using IT
  • Healthcare communities
  • Therapeutics and diagnostic systems, devices and technologies
  • Bioinstrumentation: sensors, micro, nano and wearable technologies


  • Sensory substitution
  • Rehabilitation and caregiving
  • Teleoperation, puppeteering and autonomy
  • Social presence
  • Cognitive rehabilitation
  • Independent living and active ageing
  • Ambient Assisted Living
  • Mobile devices and interfaces for elderly

Universal Education

  • Special Education
  • Inclusion in Education
  • Distance learning
  • Assistive learning
  • Technology Enhanced learning


  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Easy-to-Read
  • (Automatic) Text simplification
  • Enhancing Text accessibility and readability
  • Literacy

Collaborative Accessibility

  • Groupware
  • Cooperative authoring tools
  • Human Computation
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Social networking
  • Communityware

Paper submission

Papers reporting original research results and experiences are solicited.
Each paper, written in English, should have no more than 8 pages, including references and illustrations. Electronic submissions in accessible PDF electronic format are strongly recommended. Submissions should follow the ACM conference format.

All contributions are peer-reviewed by an international Scientific Committee.
Accepted papers 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.

The conference proceedings will be submitted for indexing to Scopus and Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI Web of Science).

Important dates

Paper submission: June 3, 2016 June 17, 2016
Notification of acceptance: July 8, 2016
Deadline for registration and camera ready papers: July 29, 2016
DSAI 2016 conference: December 1-3, 2016


DSAI 2016 conference website: http://www.dsai.ws/2016
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For any other issue please contact the conference organizing committee via program@dsai.ws


ACM International Conference Proceedings Series

DSAI 2016 proceedings will be published in the ACM International Conference Proceedings Series (ISBN: 978-1-4503-4748-8). Accepted papers will be archived in the ACM Digital Librarygo to new site ACM Digital Library .

Best papers

Universal Access in the Information Society

Best papers authors will be invited to submit an extension to a Special Issue of the Universal Access in the Information Societygo to new site international journal indexed by Thomson Reuters JCRgo to new site.