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Subject: Assets '96 Conference Info
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                      The Second International ACM/SIGCAPH
                      Conference on Assistive Technologies

                               April 11 - 12, 1996

                             Waterfront Centre Hotel
                              Vancouver BC, Canada

Sponsored by the ACM's Special Interest Group on Computers and the Physically
Handicapped, ASSETS'96 is the second of a new series of conferences whose
goal is to provide a forum where researchers and developers from academia and
industry can meet to exchange ideas and report on new developments relating
to computer-based systems to help people with impairments and disabilities of
all kinds.

This announcement includes 4 parts:

      o Message from the Program Chair
      o ASSETS'96 Advance Program
      o ASSETS'96 Registration Form
      o Hotel Information

If you have any questions or would like further information, please consult
the conference web pages at

or contact the ASSETS'96 General Chair:

      Ephraim P. Glinert
      Dept. of Computer Science
      R. P. I.
      Troy, NY 12180

      Phone: (518) 276 2657



As Assets '96 Program Chair, I am pleased to extend a warm invitation to you
to attend ASSETS'96, the 1996 ACM/SIGCAPH International Conference on
Assistive Technologies! This is the second in an annual series of meetings
whose goal is to provide a forum where researchers and developers from
academia and industry can meet to exchange ideas and report on leading edge
developments relating to computer based systems to help people with
disabilities. This year, conference attendees will hear 21 exciting
presentations on state-of-the art approaches to vision impairments, motor
impairments, hearing impairments, augmentative communication, special
education needs, Internet access issues, and much more. All submissions have
undergone a rigorous review process to assure that the program is of the high
technical quality associated with the best ACM conferences, and no more
papers have been accepted than can comfortably be presented in a single track
(no parallel sessions), with ample time included in the schedule for
interaction among presenters and attendees. Come join us in beautiful
Vancouver for a great time and a rewarding professional experience!

David L. Jaffe
VA Palo Alto Health Care System



NOTE: For each paper, only the affiliation of the first author is given.

WED 4/10: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Registration + Reception

THU 4/11: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration

             8:00 am - 9:00 am Continental Breakfast
             8:45 am - 9:00 am Welcome to ASSETS'96!
             9:00 am -10:00 am KEYNOTE ADDRESS:
                                       David Rose, Center for Applied
                                          Special Technology (CAST)

            10:00 am -10:30 am Break

            10:30 am -12:00 noon Papers I: The User Interface I

                "Touching and hearing GUIs: Design issues for the
                PC access system"
                  C. Ramstein, O. Martial, A. Dufresne, M. Carignan,
                  P. Chasse and P. Mabilleau
                  Center for Information Technologies Innovation (Canada)

                "Enhancing scanning input with nonspeech sounds"
                  S.A. Brewster, V. Raty and A. Kortkangas
                  University of Glasgow (UK)

                "A study of input device manipulation difficulties"
                  S. Trewin
                  University of Edinburgh (UK)

            12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch
             1:00 pm - 2:00 pm SIGCAPH Business Meeting

             2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Papers II: The World Wide Web

                "V-Lynx: Bringing the World Wide Web to sight-impaired
                  M. Krell and D. Cubranic
                  University of Southern Mississippi (USA)

                "Computer generated 3-dimensional models of manual
                alphabet shapes for the World Wide Web"
                  S. Geitz, T. Hanson and S. Maher
                  Gallaudet University (USA)

             3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Break

             3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Papers III: Vision Impairments I

                "Emacspeak - Direct Speech Access"
                  T.V. Raman
                  Adobe Systems

                "The Pantobraille: Design and pre-evaluation of a single
                cell braille display based on a force feedback device"
                  C. Ramstein
                  Center for Information Technologies Innovation (Canada)

                "Interactive tactile display system: A support system for
                the visually impaired to recognize 3D objects"
                  Y. Kawai and F. Tomita
                  Electrotechnical Laboratory (Japan)

                "Audiograf: A diagram reader for the blind"
                  A.R. Kennel
                  Institut fur Informationssysteme (Switzerland)

             6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Buffet Dinner
             8:00 pm - 9:00 pm ASSETS'97 Organizational Meeting

FRI 4/12: 8:00 am -12:00 noon Registration

             8:00 am - 9:00 am Continental Breakfast

             9:00 am -10:00 am Papers IV: Empirical Studies

                "EVA, an early vocalization analyzer: An empirical
                validity study of computer categorization"
                  H.J. Fell, L.J. Ferrier, Z. Mooraj, E. Benson and
                  D. Schneider
                  Northeastern University (USA)

                "An approach to the evaluation of assistive technology"
                  R.D. Stevens and A.D.N. Edwards
                  University of York (UK)

            10:00 am -10:30 am Break

            10:30 am -12:00 noon Papers V: The User Interface II

                "Designing interface toolkit with dynamic selectable
                  S. Kawai, H. Aida and T. Saito
                  University of Tokyo (Japan)

                "Multimodal input for computer access and augmentative
                  A. Smith, J. Dunaway, P. Demasco and D. Peischl
                  A.I. duPont Institute / University of Delaware (USA)

                "The Keybowl: An ergonomically designed document
                processing device"
                  P.J. McAlindon, K.M. Stanney and N.C. Silver
                  University of Central Florida (USA)

            12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch

             1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Panel Discussion

                "Designing the World Wide Web for people with disabilities"
                  M.G. Paciello, Digital Equipment Corporation (USA)
                  G.C. Vanderheiden, TRACE R&D Center (USA)
                  L.F. Laux, US West Communications, Inc. (USA)
                  P.R. McNally, University of Hertfordshire (UK)

             2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Papers VI: Multimedia

                "A gesture recognition architecture for sign language"
                  A. Braffort
                  LIMSI/CNRS (France)

                "`Composibility': Widening participation in music making
                for people with disabilities via music software and
                controller solutions"
                  T. Anderson and C. Smith
                  University of York (UK)

             3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Break

             3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Papers VII: Vision Impairments II

                "A generic direct manipulation 3D auditory environment
                for hierarchical navigation in nonvisual interaction"
                  A. Savidis, C. Stephanidis, A. Korte, K. Crispien and
                  K. Fellbaum
                  Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (Greece)

                "Improving the usability of speech-based interfaces for
                blind users"
                  I.J. Pitt and A.D.N. Edwards
                  University of York (UK)

                "TDraw: A computer-based tactile drawing tool for blind
                  M. Kurze
                  Free University of Berlin (Germany)

                "Development of dialogue systems for a mobility aid for
                blind people: Initial design and usability testing"
                  T. Strothotte, S. Fritz, R. Michel, A. Raab, H. Petrie,
                  V. Johnson, L. Reichert and A. Schalt
                  Universitat Magdeburg (Germany)

             5:30 pm Closing Remarks



This form is 2 pages long. Please print it out, complete both pages and mail

     Ephraim P. Glinert, ASSETS'96
     Dept. of Computer Science
     R. P. I.
     Troy, NY 12180

We're sorry, but e-mail registration forms and/or forms not accompanied by
full payment (check or credit card information) CANNOT be accepted.

                         CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FEES
                                   EARLY LATE / ON-SITE
          ACM member: $ 395 $ 475
          Nonmember: $ 580 $ 660
          Full time student: $ 220 $ 270

1: CONFERENCE REGISTRATION (from the table above): $ ___________

2: SECOND BUFFER DINNER TICKET (Thursday, April 11): $ 50 ___YES ___NO

TOTAL AMOUNT DUE: $ ___________

   o Registration fee includes:
          ADMISSION to all sessions
          ONE COPY of the conference PROCEEDINGS
          RECEPTION, 5 MEALS AND 4 BREAKS as shown in the Advance Program!!!

   o To qualify for the EARLY RATE, your registration must be postmarked on
       or before WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 1996. If you are an ACM MEMBER, please
       supply your ID# __________________ . STUDENTS, please attach a clear
       photocopy of your valid student ID.

   o CANCELLATIONS will be accepted up to FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 1996 subject to
       a 20% handling fee.



Name ________________________________________________________________________

Affiliation _________________________________________________________________

Address _____________________________________________________________________

City _______________________________ State/Province ________________________

Country __________________________________ ZIP/Postal Code _________________

E-mail ______________________________________________________________________

Phone ___________________________________ FAX ______________________________

* I have a disability for which I require special accommodation ___YES ___NO
  If YES, please attach a separate sheet with details. Thank you!


___CHECK in U.S. funds enclosed, made payable to "ACM ASSETS'96"

___Please charge $ ___________ to my CREDIT CARD:

    Card type: ___AMEX ___VISA ___MasterCard

    Card # _______________________________________ Expiration Date __________

    Name On Card _____________________________________________________________

    Billing Address __________________________________________________________

    Cardholder Signature ________________________________________ (ASSETS'96)



All conference events will take place at the Waterfront Centre Hotel, a
member of the Canadian Pacific group. The hotel is located in downtown
Vancouver, next to the convention center and cruise ship terminal.

      Waterfront Centre Hotel
      900 Canada Place Way
      Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3L5

      Phone: 604/691-1991 or 800/441-1414
      FAX: 604/691-1999

A block of rooms for attendees of ASSETS'96 has been set aside at specially
discounted rates:

      Single $140 Canadian per night, plus applicable taxes
      Double/Twin $160 Canadian per night, plus applicable taxes
      Waterfront Suite $360 Canadian per night, plus applicable taxes

To reserve space at these prices, please call the hotel directly on or before
MARCH 15, 1996 and refer to "ACM ASSETS'96".


If you have any questions or would like further information, please consult
the conference web pages at

or contact the ASSETS'96 General Chair:

      Ephraim P. Glinert
      Dept. of Computer Science
      R. P. I.
      Troy, NY 12180

      Phone: 518/276-2657


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