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Come To ASSETS'94 In Los Angeles!



                                   ASSETS '94
                   The First Annual International ACM/SIGCAPH
                      Conference on Assistive Technologies

                          October 31 - November 1, 1994

                         Doubletree Marina del Rey Hotel
                             Los Angeles, California

Sponsored by the ACM's Special Interest Group on Computers and the Physically
Handicapped, ASSETS '94 is the first of a new annual 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 5 parts:

     o   ASSETS '94 Advance Program
     o   ASSETS '94 Registration Form
     o   Hotel and Travel Arrangement Information
     o   ACM / SIGCAPH Membership Application
     o   Who are the organizers of ASSETS '94?

If you have any questions or would            Ephraim P. Glinert
like further information, please              Dept. of Computer Science
contact the ASSETS '94 Program Chair:         R. P. I.
                                              Troy, NY 12180

                                              E-mail: glinert@cs.rpi.edu



SUN 10/30:  18:00-21:00 Registration

            19:00-21:00 Reception

MON 10/31:   8:00-17:00 Registration

             8:00- 9:00 Continental Breakfast

             8:45- 9:00 Welcome to ASSETS '94!
             9:00-10:00 Keynote I

            10:00-10:30 Break

            10:30-12:00 Papers I: Hearing Impairments

                        "Pattern Recognition and Synthesis for Sign Language
                        Translation System"
                           Masaru Ohki, Hirohiko Sagawa, Tomoko Sakiyama,
                           Eiji Oohira, Hisashi Ikeda and Hiromichi Fujisawa -
                           Hitachi (Japan)

                        "Multimedia Dictionary of American Sign Language"
                           Sherman Wilcox and Joanne Scheibman - University
                           New Mexico (USA)
                           Doug Wood - Brains Software (USA)
                           William C. Stokoe - Linstok Press (USA)

                        "A System for Teaching Speech to Profoundly Deaf
                        Children using Synthesized Acoustic and Articulatory
                           Elizabeth Keate, Hector Javkin, Norma
                           Antonanzas-Barroso and Ranjun Zou - Panasonic
                           Technologies (USA)

            12:00-14:00 Lunch + SIGCAPH Business Meeting

            14:00-15:00 Papers II: Augmentative Communication A

                        "Iconic Language Design for People with Significant
                        Speech and Multiple Impairments"
                           P. L. Albacete, S. K. Chang and G. Polese -
                           University of Pittsburgh (USA)
                           B. Baker - Semantic Compaction Systems (USA)

                        "The Application of Spatialization and Spatial
                        Metaphor to Augmentative and Alternative
                           Patrick Demasco, U. Delaware (USA),
                           Alan F. Newell and John L. Arnott - University
                           of Dundee (UK)

            15:00-15:30 Break

            15:30-17:30 Papers III: Vision Impairments A

                        "Screen Reader/2: Access to OS/2 and the Graphical
                        User Interface"
                           Jim Thatcher - IBM Research (USA)

                        "Providing Access to Graphical User Interfaces - Not
                        Graphical Screens"
                           W. Keith Edwards, Elizabeth D. Mynatt and Kathryn
                           Stockton - Georgia Institute of Technology (USA)

                        "Increasing Access to Information for the Print
                        Disabled through Electronic Documents in SGML"
                           Bart Bauwens, Jan Engelen and Filip Evenepoel -
                           Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium)
                           Tom Wesley and Chris Tobin - U. Bradford (UK)

                        "Interactive Audio Documents"
                           T. V. Raman, Digital Equipment Corporation (USA)
                           David Gries, Cornell (USA)

            18:00-21:00 Buffet Dinner + Keynote II

            21:00-22:00 ASSETS '95 Organizational Meeting

TUE 11/1:    8:00-12:00 Registration

             8:00- 9:00 Continental Breakfast

             9:00-10:00 Papers IV: Motor Impairments

                        "An Overview of Programs and Projects at the
                        Rehabilitation Research and Development Center"
                           David L. Jaffe - Dept. of Veteran Affairs
                           Medical Center (USA)

                        "Using the Baby-Babble-Blanket for Infants with
                        Motor Problems: A Case Study"
                           Harriet J. Fell, Linda J. Ferrier, Hariklia Delta,
                           Regina Peterson, Zehra Mooraj and Megan Valleau -
                           Northeastern University (USA)

            10:00-10:30 Break

            10:30-12:00 Papers V: Vision Impairments B

                        "Personal Guidance System for the Visually Impaired"
                           Jack M. Loomis and Reginald G. Golledge -
                           University of California at Santa Barbara (USA)
                           Roberta L. Klatzky, Carnegie Mellon (USA)
                           Jon M. Speigle and Jerome Tietz - University of
                           California at Santa Barbara (USA)

                        "Hyperbraille: A Hypertext System for the Blind"
                           Thomas Kieninger and Norbert Kuhn - Deutsches
                           Forschungszentrum fuer Kuenstliche Intelligenz

                        "Automatic Impact Sound Generation for use in
                        Nonvisual Interfaces"
                           Helmut Schauer - University of Zurich (Switzerland)
                           A. Darvishi, V. Guggiana, E. Munteanu, M. Motavalli
                           and M. Rauterberg - Swiss Federal Institute of
                           Technology/ETH (Switzerland)

            12:00-14:00 Lunch + Panel (Elizabeth Mynatt, moderator)

            14:00-15:00 Papers VI: Augmentative Communication B

                        "A Writing Tool for Physically Disabled Individuals:
                        Lexical Semantics for Filling in the Pieces"
                           Kathleen F. McCoy, Patrick W. Demasco, Mark A.
                           Jones, Christopher A. Pennington, Peter B.
                           Vanderheyden and Wendy M. Zickus - University of
                           Delaware (USA)

                        "Validation of a Keystroke-Level Model for a Text
                        Entry System Used by People with Disabilities"
                           Heidi H. Koester and Simon P. Levine - University
                           of Michigan (USA)

            15:00-15:30 Break

            15:30-17:30 Papers VII: New Directions and Work-in-Progress

                        "An Experimental Sound-Based Hierarchical Menu
                        Navigation System for Visually Handicapped Use of
                        Graphical User Interfaces"
                           Arthur I. Karshmer, Pres Brawner and George
                           Reiswig - New Mexico State University (USA)

                        "A Rule-Based System that Suggests Computer
                        Adaptations for Users with Special Needs"
                           William W. McMillan, Michael Zeiger and Lech
                           Wisniewski - Eastern Michigan University (USA)

                        "LVRS: The Low Vision Research System"
                           Mitchell Krell, University of Southern
                           Mississippi (USA)

                        "EEG as a Means of Communication: Preliminary
                        Experiments in EEG Analysis using Neural Networks"
                           Charles W. Anderson, Saikumar V. Devulapalli and
                           Erik Stolz - Colorado State University (USA)

                        "Audio Formatting of a Graph"
                           Sophie H. Zhang and Mukkai Krishnamoorthy -
                           Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (USA)

                        "Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and
                        Technology (DO-IT) on the Electronic Highway"
                           Sheryl Bergstahler and Dan Comden - University of
                           Washington (USA)

            17:30       Close

ASSETS '94 REGISTRATION FORM      #############################################

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

     Ephraim P. Glinert, ASSETS '94
     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):             $ ___________

2: EXTRA RECEPTION TICKET (Monday, Oct. 31):             $ 40   ___YES  ___NO

TOTAL AMOUNT DUE:                                        $ ___________

   o   Registration fee includes: ADMISSION to all sessions, one copy of the
       conference PROCEEDINGS, and MEALS as indicated in the program above.

   o   To qualify for the EARLY rate, your registration must be postmarked on
       or before FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 1994. If you are an ACM MEMBER, please
       supply your ID# __________________ (OR use the membership application
       below to join ACM and SIGCAPH today!). STUDENTS, please attach a clear
       photocopy of your valid student ID.

   o   CANCELLATIONS will be accepted up to FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1994 subject
       to a 20% handling fee.



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All conference events will take place at the Doubletree hotel in Marina del Rey
(the precise address is 4100 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey CA 90292). The hotel
is located just a few minutes from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

A block of rooms for attendees of ASSETS '94 has been set aside at a special
discounted rate of $86 per night (single or double), plus applicable taxes. To
reserve space at this price, please call the hotel directly BEFORE OCTOBER 9
at (800) 353 6664 toll free, or (310) 301 3000, and refer to "ACM ASSETS '94".

BIRKMAYER TRAVEL, the official travel agency for ASSETS '94, is offering
discounted airfares to attendees on United, Delta and USAir. The terms vary
for each airline, but in general discounts of up to 50% and more are
available, and no Saturday night stay is required. Please note that the
reduced fares apply only to travel within the continental United States or
originating in Canada, that all prices are subject to change without notice,
and fares are guaranteed only after tickets are actually purchased. Space is
limited, and some restrictions apply. Please call Birkmayer Travel directly
during normal East Coast business hours for further information/reservations:

    Birkmayer Travel, Inc.
    2 Third Street
    Troy, NY 12180

    Tel. (800) 338 5735 (continental U.S. and Canada)
         (518) 272 2650 (New York State and international)
         (518) 272 7257 (fax)

Special discounted rates have also been arranged with HERTZ for attendees who
wish to rent a car. For more information or to make reservations, just call
Hertz Conference Services at   1 (800) 654 2240   and mention   CV# 13646
(international attendees please contact your local Hertz office with this



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___Add SIGCAPH to ACM Membership  $15         (___Expedited Air Option: $3)

___Add SIGCAPH to ACM Student Membership  $6  (___Expedited Air Option: $3)

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  General Chair:       Theodor D. Sterling, Simon Fraser University

  Program Committee:   Norman Alm, University of Dundee
                       Julie Baca, Waterways Experiment Station
                       Meera M. Blattner, LLNL and U. California at Davis
                       James L. Caldwell, IBM RISC Adaptive Technologies
                       S.-K. Chang, University of Pittsburgh
                       Patrick Demasco, University of Delaware
                       Alistair D.N. Edwards, University of York
                       Gerald L. Engel, National Science Foundation
                       Carl Friedlander, ISX Corp.
                       Hiromichi Fujisawa, Hitachi (Japan)
                       Ephraim P. Glinert (Chair), RPI
                       Ralph Guertin, MITRE Corp.
                       Robert J.K. Jacob, Tufts University
                       David L. Jaffe, Palo Alto VA Medical Center
                       Earl Johnson, Sun Microsystems Labs
                       Karen Kukich, Bell Communications Research
                       Richard E. Ladner, University of Washington
                       Clayton Lewis, University of Colorado at Boulder
                       Elizabeth D. Mynatt, Georgia Inst. of Technology
                       Randy Pausch, University of Virginia
                       T.V. Raman, DEC Cambridge Research Laboratory
                       Gregg C. Vanderheiden, TRACE Center at U. Wisconsin
                       A. Rudy Vener, AT&T Bell Labs
                       Bryant W. York, Northeastern University

  Treasurer:           David H. Leserman, NOAA

If you have any questions or would            Ephraim P. Glinert
like further information, please              Dept. of Computer Science
contact the ASSETS' 94 Program Chair:         R. P. I.
                                              Troy, NY 12180

                                              E-mail: glinert@cs.rpi.edu