DSAI 2012 NEWS - Number 3

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4th International Conference on Software Development for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-exclusion. 
Please visit DSAI 2012 website: http://dsai2012.utad.pt
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HIGHLIGHTS 
.   DSAI 2012 Call for Papers 
.   Special Tracks  
.   Conference Venue: Douro River Hotel Ship
.   About DSAI 2012 NEWS


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DSAI 2012 Call for Papers

Welcome to DSAI 2012. The 4th International Conference on Software Development for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-exclusion (DSAI 2012) will take place in July 19-22, 2012, in the Douro Region, Portugal, with the support of the Northern Region Coordination Commission.

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

Senior citizens and others with special needs are often faced with multiple minor disabilities that prevent them from enjoying the benefits of technology and 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 main areas:
.   Software and Web accessibility
.   Interfaces and interaction
.   Technologies
.   E-health
.   Ageing  
.   Case studies

Please also add DSAI 2012 important dates to your calendar:
-  March 2, 2012     - Paper submission (Extended)
-  March 26, 2012    - Notification of acceptance
-  April 16, 201     - Deadline for registration and camera ready papers
-  July 19-22, 2012  - DSAI 2012 conference

For more information and updates please visit the Conference website regularly: http://dsai2012.utad.pt.

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Special Tracks

DSAI 2012 special tracks are sessions organized by high-profile organizers that invite 5-6 authors in a special podium session as part of the conference program. They intend to extend the impact of the conference and promote its main goals, namely: provide a space for debate on new tendencies and software projects for populations with special needs; contribute to the creation of synergies among public and private entities, namely Industry and Universities; to share experiences and best practices.

DSAI 2012 special tracks

Involving People in Web Accessibility Evaluating and Accessibility Solutions
Organizer:
Simone Leal Ferreira - Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO), Brazil
Contact: simone@uniriotec.br

IAmI for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-exclusion
Organizers:
Paulo Novais - University of Minho, Portugal Paulo Moura Oliveira - University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
Contacts: pjon@di.uminho.pt and oliveira@utad.pt

Rehabilitation Practices and Tools for Special Needs
Organizers:
Paul Gnanayutham - University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom Jennifer George - SAE Institute, United Kingdom
Contacts: paul.gnanayutham@port.ac.uk and jennifer.george@sae.edu

Technology for Inclusive Education
Organizer:
Robert Todd - Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Contact: robert.todd@coa.gatech.edu

Services and attention to diversity in higher education
Organizer:
Emmanuelle Gutiérrez y Restrepo - aDeNu-UNED/Sidar Foundation, Spain
Contact: emmanuelle@sidar.org

For more information regarding DSAI 2012 Special Tracks visit: http://dsai2012.utad.pt/?page_id=405

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Conference Venue: Douro River Hotel Ship

The Douro River Hotel Ship will be the main venue of DSAI'2012. 

The Douro River Hotel Ship is one of the newest cruise ships to sail the Douro River providing accommodation for all of DSAI'2012 participants. Spacious lounges and guest areas offer an inviting and inclusive atmosphere. The hotel cruise ship also includes a panoramic restaurant and a bar where the on-cruise conference sessions will be held and where participants can, afterwards, discuss the conference activities. For an end-of-day relaxation, participants can take in the gorgeous scenery on the Sun Deck and enjoy the available swimming pool and whirlpools.

As for accommodations, the Douro River Hotel Ship offers double cabins with 15 square meters (including balcony space on the Upper Deck cabins). All cabins are external. Those on the Upper Deck have a private balcony, whereas those on the Main Deck have large, non-opening panoramic windows. All cabins feature shower and toilet, their own air-conditioning controls, hair dryer, safe, music channel and satellite TV. They are furnished with either a double bed or two single beds, which can be put together to form a double.

Douro River Hotel Ship will be the main venue of DSAI'2012, hosting various types of events, scientific and social, such as paper sessions, posters presentations and peer networking sessions. The cruise will set out from Vila Nova de Gaia/Porto and sail up all the way to Peso da Régua, thus linking to other locales hosting events in DSAI'2012 - Douro Museum and Alpendurada Monastery. The registration fee for DSAI'2012 also covers the price of the cruise and accommodation aboard the Douro River Hotel Ship. Participants will check-in at Douro River Hotel Ship in the late afternoon of July 19, 2012 and check-out in the morning of July 22, 2012.

For more information regarding DSAI 2012 locations visit: http://dsai2012.utad.pt/?page_id=47

DSAI 2012 will take place July 19-22, 2012, in the Douro Region, Portugal. The conference includes a 3-day river cruise in the Douro River, starting in Porto, going upriver until Peso da Régua and back to Porto. The conference registration includes accommodation and meals during the river cruise (no hotel reservation is required during the conference).

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About DSAI 2012 NEWS

The DSAI 2012 NEWS is a newsletter that contains information about the 4th International Conference on Software Development for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-exclusion. If you have any questions or comments please contact DSAI 2012 Organizing Committee - dsai2012@utad.pt.

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Acknowledgements

DSAI2012  project applied for funding under the ON.2, Priority V - Governance and Institutional Capacity Building,  field of "Promotion and Institutional Capacity Building - Internationalization" integrated into the Specific Objective of "Promoting Capacity Building and Regional and Local Development" to be co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and the North Portugal Regional Operational Programme

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