Conference date and location: 21-23 October, 2013, Bellevue, Washington, USA

The 15th ACM SIGACCESS International Conference on Computers and Accessibility

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SIGACCESS Student Research Competition (SRC) 2013

The ACM SIGACCESS Student Research Competition (SRC) is a forum for undergraduates and graduate students to present their research, exchange ideas, receive feedback from a panel of experts, and have an opportunity to win awards for their work. The SRC is sponsored by a grant from Microsoft Research.

Panel of Reviewers



Students wishing to participate should submit an abstract of their work on a topic relevant to the mission of the ASSETS series, as described in the call-for-papers. Submissions MUST contain substantial original, unpublished material. Preference will be given to work that has been completed (or close to completion); the same work cannot be presented at more than one of the conference venues (SRC, DC, or as a regular technical paper).

Judges will look more favorably on complete, or nearly complete, work than research which is still in its early formative stages.

Submissions should be formatted using the ACM conference format for letter paper size (8.5" by 11"). Submissions should be a maximum of 2 pages long and submitted as a PDF. Successful entries will be published in the ASSETS 2013 proceedings and the ACM Digital Library.

Participating in the SRC

Students selected to participate in the SRC will receive partial support from ACM to attend the conference. ACM's SRC program covers expenses up to US$500 for all students invited to an SRC.

At the conference, there will be two rounds of competition:

First Round Competition

Participants will display a poster and make a brief presentation to a panel of judges. After the judges have reviewed the posters and discussed the research with each participant, a group of semi-finalists will be selected to present at the second round of the competition.

Second Round Competition

Semi-finalists will then give an oral presentation on their work as part of a main conference session. A panel of judges will evaluate their knowledge of the research area, their contribution to the field, and the quality of the presentation.

Up to three undergraduate students and up to three graduate students will be designated as finalists, and receive cash prizes and award certificates from the ACM. The finalists will also advance to the SRC Grand Finals. Note: Upon request, American Sign Language interpreters will be provided for participants in the SRC, both during the competition itself and for the remainder of the ASSETS conference. Requests for an interpreter must be indicated on the conference registration form when registering for ASSETS.

Advancing to the SRC Grand Finals

All undergraduate and graduate student finalists from ACM SRCs held throughout the year advance to the SRC Grand Finals. A panel of judges will evaluate the entries through an on-line competition. From this competition, three undergraduate and three graduate students will be designated the SRC Grand Finals winners. They are invited, along with their advisors, to the annual ACM Awards Banquet, where they receive formal recognition.

Further details about ACM Student Research Competitions and the Grand Finals are available at ACM Student Research Competition Page. For more information about the ASSETS 2013 SRC, please contact Ornella Mich at

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