SIGACCESS Best Paper Award

The SIGACCESS Best Paper Award is presented to the individual(s) judged by an awards committee to have written the best paper appearing in the ASSETS conference proceedings. Recipients are presented with a certificate from ACM at the conference.

The 2019 SIGACCESS Best Paper was awarded to:

Sign Language Recognition, Generation, and Translation: An Interdisciplinary Perspective
Danielle Bragg, Oscar Koller, Mary Bellard, Larwan Berke, Patrick Boudreault, Annelies Braffort, Naomi Caselli, Matt Huenerfauth, Hernisa Kacorri, Tessa Verhoef, Christian Vogler and Meredith Morris
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SIGACCESS Best Student Paper Award

The SIGACCESS Best Student Paper Award is presented to the individual(s) judged by an awards committee to have written the best student paper appearing in the ASSETS conference proceedings. To be considered for the Best Student Paper Award, the student must be the first author.

Selection Process for Best Paper Award and Best Student Paper Award

Based on the technical paper reviews, the Program Chair selects a shortlist of best paper candidates. These are discussed and reviewed by a selection committee drawn from the program committee. Membership on this selection committee is limited to those who have no conflict of interest with the shortlisted papers, as defined by the ACM SIGACCESS Conflict of Interest Policy.

The 2019 SIGACCESS Best Student Paper was awarded to:

Deep Learning for Automatically Detecting Sidewalk Accessibility Problems Using Streetscape Imagery
Galen Weld, Esther Jang, Aileen Zeng, Anthony Li, Kurtis Heimerl and Jon Froehlich
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ASSETS 2019 Best Artifact Award

Sponsored by Microsoft Research

For ASSETS 2019, we are introducing a new category for research that has led to products, apps, or other resources that are available to the public. To acknowledge the importance of getting our research out into society, and the extra work required to do so, SIGACCESS will present the 2019 Artifact Award for research that has reached the public.

Who is eligible for this award?

Applicants must have an accepted paper, poster, or demo related to the project at ASSETS 2019.

What counts as an artifact?

Your artifact must be some version of your project that can be downloaded, purchased, or accessed by the general public. Examples include apps in mobile or desktop app stores, physical devices that can be purchased, public data sets, or web apps that are publicly available.

Open source projects are eligible if they include appropriate documentation and are presented in a form that can be used by a non-expert computer user.

What is the benefit of participating in this program?

All applicants will be acknowledged in the ASSETS 2019 program. Links to each project will be included in the program. One winner and one runner-up will be chosen by the program committee.

How will the winners be chosen?

The committee will select the winner and runner-up based on the project’s contribution to the field of accessibility.

How do I apply?

For authors submitting in 2019, you will be given an opportunity to include a link to the publicly available work as part of the paper, poster, and demo submission process. Authors will also be asked to write a paragraph describing how their work will directly benefit end users, developers, and/or accessibility researchers.

The 2019 ASSETS Best Artifact Award Winners are:

Major Awards in the Field of Computer Accessibility

SIGACCESS Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computing and Accessibility

The SIGACCESS Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computing and Accessibility recognizes individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to the development of computing technologies that improve the accessibility of media and services to people with disabilities. The award includes a $1000 honorarium, an award certificate of recognition, and an invitation for the recipient to present a keynote talk at the ASSETS Conference. The award is presented every other year. The selection process is available at the SIGACCESS website.

SIGACCESS ASSETS Paper Impact Award

The SIGACCESS ASSETS Paper Impact Award is presented every other year (odd-numbered years) to the authors of an ASSETS conference paper presented 10 or more years prior to the award year which has had a significant impact on computing and information technology that addresses the needs of persons with disabilities. The award includes a $500 prize and a plaque.

The 2019 ASSETS Paper Impact was awarded to:

Slide rule: making mobile touch screens accessible to blind people using multi-touch interaction techniques
Shaun K. Kane, Jeffrey P. Bigham, Jacob O. Wobbrock
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