DSAI 2012 NEWS - Number 5

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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 
.   Call for Papers: deadline is approaching - March 2, 2012
.   DSAI 2012 Workshops  
.   Conference Venue: Day 3 - Alpendurada Monastery
.   About DSAI 2012 NEWS


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Call for Papers: deadline is approaching (March 2, 2012)

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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DSAI 2012 Workshops

DSAI 2012 Workshops provide an informal and focused environment for the information exchange and discussion of specific topics. Workshops are sessions supported and organized by the industry leaders and associations related with DSAI 2012 topics.

Microsoft Workshop
Natural User Interaction: Current Challenges and Future Perspectives
Organizers:
Daniela Braga – Microsoft, USA, ADETTI-IUL, Portugal
Miguel Sales Dias – Microsoft, Portugal, ISCTE-IUL, Portugal
Contacts: dbraga@microsoft.com and miguel.dias@microsoft.com
Workshop Date: July 21, 2012

APDSI Workshop
Acessibilidade dos Sítios Web das 1000 Maiores Empresas Portuguesas
(This pre-conference workshop will be in Portuguese)
Organizer:
Ramiro Gonçalves – University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
Contact: ramiro@utad.pt
Workshop Date: July 19, 2012

For more information regarding DSAI 2012 workshops: 
http://dsai2012.utad.pt/?page_id=688

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Conference Venue: Day 3 - Alpendurada Monastery

The Alpendurada Monastery, also called Benedito Convent, dates from the first half of the XII century. After years and several restore processes the monastery is today a luxurious hotel, located 2km distance from Alpendurada and Matos. In addition to the Convent there are also fifteen restored houses, originally built by the Beneditos.

The convent lounges have Roman and Moorish influences. The furniture and chandeliers date from the XVII and XVIII centuries and the rare collection of restored carriages are part of the legacy of the convent.

In the broad terrain that surrounds the monastery, beyond the natural landscape, there are fitness circuits, swimming pools, tennis courts and a river beach.

The medieval environment combined with the beautiful views for the Douro river make this place special, that can be appreciated in the third day of DSAI’2012, during the conference dinner.

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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