ICT-AAC 2012 - Invited Session on ICT-based Alternative and Augmented Communication @ KES-AMSTA 2012

Invited Session on ICT-based Alternative and Augmented Communication (ICT-AAC 2012)
 
within the program of
Dubrovnik, Croatia, 25-27 June 2012
 
Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) combines different methods that can be used to help people with complex communication needs by replacing or supplementing natural speech and/or writing with symbols. ICT-based AAC services refer to services utilizing specific know-how on symbol-based human-to-human and human-to-machine communication in a computer and networking environment.
 
Advances in technology provide more opportunities and cost effective solutions for AAC. By using tablet, smartphone or any other mobile device adapted to their needs, AAC users may be effectively included in the information society if they are provided with appropriate high quality AAC service. As the opportunities rise, more challenges appear on the horizon. New initiatives, models, methods and pilot services come out from different research centers or enterprises. On the other side, users often experience inconsistency in user interfaces when using the same service on different devices, low usability and adaptation features of these services. Developers face new challenges in different phases of the service design.
 
The goal of this special session is to share and exchange research results on ICT-based augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) targeted for persons with complex communication needs. Multidisciplinary approach is beneficial, involving the aspects of electrical engineering, computer science, education and rehabilitation sciences, speech therapy, psychology, and graphic design. The original submissions are solicited on topics related to the R&D issues and solutions in the field of AAC services, applicability of new mainstream technology (smartphone, tablet) and user experience.
 
List of topics includes (but is not limited to):
  • Concepts of eAccessibility and e-Inclusion in general;
  • AAC in mobile network – opportunities and challenges;
  • Touchscreen mobile devices in AAC;
  • AAC tools, solutions and software platforms;
  • AAC in social networks;
  • Context aware agents and applications for AAC;
  • User interface and content adaptation in AAC services.
 
Instructions for Authors
Submitted papers must follow the format requirements as detailed in the Conference Web Site. Details could be find here.

Paper Publications
Accepted papers will be included in conference proceedings published by Springer-Verlag in Lecture Notes in AI as part of the LNCS/LNAI series. Regarding formatting papers, please refer to the conference web site. Selected papers may also be published as book chapters in a volume of their Engineering Series and indexed in ISI conference publications, EI, INSPEC or appropriate journals, etc.
 
Important Dates
Submission of Papers:                    January 22, 2012
Notification of Acceptance:             February 20, 2012
Upload of Final Publication Files:    March 10, 2012
 
Session Chair
Dr. Ċ½eljka Car
University of Zagreb
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing
Unska 3, HR-10000 Zagreb, Croatia
E-mail: zeljka.car@fer.hr
Phone: +385 1 6129 787
Fax: +385 1 6129 832

Additionally, you can find the pdf version of the ICT-AAC 2012 CFP here.