SIGACCESS Student Research Competition (SRC) 2010

The submission deadline for the Student Research Competition is July 2, 2010. Submit via the conference web site.

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. We have traditionally had funding to help support entrant travel and lodging at the conference - details will be posted as they become available.

Aims of the SRC:

  • Give undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to present their work to and establish themselves in the ASSETS research community.
  • Provide students with detailed feedback from a panel of experts on their research and presentations.
  • Give students the opportunity to meet other researchers in computer accessibility, both fellow students as well as the leaders in the field
  • Encourage and inspire students to continue their work in this area.
  • Recognize and reward outstanding students.


Participants must currently be enrolled in a university or college and have active ACM student membership. The project may be either an individual or a group research project, however, all authors on group papers must meet the eligibility requirements. Students may only participate in one ACM SRC per program year, so those who participate in any other ACM SRC between July 1-June 30 will not be eligible. Following submission, participants will be asked to provide a letter confirming their eligibility.

Work accepted as a full paper for one of the technical sessions of the conference cannot also be considered for the Student Research Competition. Students having a technical paper, however, are encouraged to submit separate work to the Student Research Competition.


Students wishing to participate should submit an abstract of their work on a topic relevant to the mission of the ASSETS series, as described by the call-for-papers. Submissions MUST contain substantial original, unpublished material.

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 2010 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 $500 for all students invited to an SRC. In the case of a group submission, only one representative of the team will be eligible to receive funding. 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 2010 SRC, please contact Jeffrey P. Bigham at

Accepted Participants

Does a Sonar System Make a Blind Maze Navigation Computer Game more "Fun?"
Matt Wilkerson, Amanda Koenig and James Daniel Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Investigating Meaning in Uses of Assistive Devices: Implications of Social and Professional Contexts
Kristen Shinohara University of Washington
ZigAlert: A ZigBee Alert for Toileting Training Children with Developmental Delay in A Public School Setting
Yi-Chien Chen Chung Yuan Christian University
Improving Public Transit Usability for Blind and Deaf-Blind People by Connecting a Braille Display to a Smartphone
Shiri Azenkot and Emily Fortuna University of Washington
Helping Older Adults Locate 'Lost' Cursors using FieldMouse
Nic Hollinworth University of Reading
A Clothes Matching System for Visually Impaired
Shuai Yuan The City College of New York
Accessible Indoor Navigation
Kyle Montague School of Computing, University of Dundee
Text Locating in Scene Images for Reading and Navigation Aids for Visually Impaired Persons
Chucai Yi The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Joystick Text Entry with Word Prediction for People with Motor Impairments
Young Chol Song University of Rochester
Utterance-Based Systems: Organization and Design of AAC Interfaces
Timothy Walsh University of Delaware
Head-Guided Wheelchair Control System
John Hinkel, III Computer Science, University of Rochester
LocalEyes: Accessible GPS and Points of Interest
Jason Behmer and Stillman Knox University of Washington
FlashDOM: Interacting with Flash Content from the Document Object Model
Kyle I. Murray University of Rochester
AudioWiz: Nearly Real-time Audio Transcriptions
Samuel White University of Rochester