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Welcome to DSAI 2013. The 5th International Conference on Software Development and Technologies for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-exclusion (DSAI 2013) will take place in November 13-15, 2013, in Vigo, Spain.

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 areas:

Software and Web accessibility

  • Software engineering for accessibility
  • Web accessibility tools and evaluation
  • End-user development for accessibility
  • E-learning and accessibility
  • Design for all
  • Web authoring guidelines
  • Cooperative authoring tools
  • Tools for accessibility problem repair
  • Tools for collaborative accessibility testing
  • User modeling and the adaptive Web
  • Adaptation and transformation of existing Web content
  • Technological advances to support Web accessibility

Interfaces and interaction

  • Ergonomics
  • Accessibility and usability
  • Adaptive interfaces
  • Human-computer interfaces
  • Multi-platform design
  • Improving digital TV and electronic communications access
  • Natural interaction
  • Interaction design
  • Speech interfaces
  • Natural language interfaces
  • Tangible and organic interfaces
  • Interactive animation
  • Gaming
  • Universally accessible graphical design
  • Tools for accessible graphic design
  • Computer simulation of the user interaction
  • Non-invasive brain computer interaction
  • Novel and multi-modal user interfaces


  • Mobile technology
  • Virtual environments
  • Augmented reality
  • Assistive technology
  • Computer vision
  • Image processing
  • Automation and robotics
  • Architectures and tools for universal access
  • Audio engineering
  • Smart homes
  • Sound design
  • Social networking
  • Accessible media
  • Cloud computing based assistive technologies
  • Deployment and scalability of cloud computing accessibility tools
  • Innovative techniques to support accessibility
  • Assistive technologies that improve access to mainstream computer and information technologies
  • Identification of barriers to technology access that are not addressed by existing research
  • Service applications

Case studies

  • Empirical studies and data analysis of crowdsourcing for accessibility
  • Quality assurance of crowdsourcing generated content
  • Methodologies for crowdsourcing procedures for accessibility
  • Accessibility guidelines, best practice, evaluation techniques and tools
  • Psychology of end user experiences and scenarios
  • Cognitive task analysis


  • Health and safety
  • Psychosocial issues
  • Cognitive modeling
  • Engineering systems and healthcare delivery
  • Healthcare services using IT
  • Access to on-line communities and e-services
  • Simulation and optimization
  • Therapeutics and diagnostic systems, devices and technologies
  • Neural engineering and neuromuscular systems
  • Rehabilitation engineering
  • Bioinstrumentation: sensors, micro, nano and wearable technologies


  • Distance learning
  • Sensory substitution
  • Rehabilitation and caregiving
  • Teleoperation, puppeteering and autonomy
  • Design for inclusion
  • Communityware
  • Healthcare communities
  • Social presence
  • Cognitive rehabilitation
  • Adaptive and augmented interaction
  • Independent living and active ageing
  • Assistive technologies that improve day-to-day life

Paper submission

Papers reporting original research results and experiences are solicited. Each paper, written in English, should have no more than 10 pages, including references and illustrations (see submissions). Electronic submissions in accessible PDF electronic format are strongly recommended. All submissions must describe original research, not published nor currently under review for another conference or journal. The scientific committee will referee all papers.

All accepted papers of the conference will be published in Procedia-Computer Science Journal go to new site (ISSN: 1877-0509) by Elseviergo to new site and will be indexed by ScienceDirect, Scopus, Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI Web of Science).

Important dates

Paper submission: June 1, 2013 June 15, 2013

Notification of acceptance: July 15, 2013 July 30, 2013

Deadline for registration and camera ready papers: September 1, 2013 September 30, 2013

DSAI 2013 conference: November 13-15, 2013


DSAI 2013 conference website: http://dsai2013.utad.pt

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For any other issue please contact the conference organizing committee via dsai2013@utad.pt


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DSAI 2013 Proceedings

All accepted papers of the conference will be published in Procedia-Computer Science Journal go to new site (ISSN: 1877-0509) by Elseviergo to new site and will be indexed by ScienceDirect, Scopus, Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI Web of Science).

Best papers

Universal Access in the Information Society

Best papers authors will be invited to submit an extension to a Special Issue of the Universal Access in the Information Societygo to new site international journal indexed by Thomson Reuters JCRgo to new site. (Call for papers)