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[Archived] Call for Papers: User Modeling for Accessibility
Online Symposium 15 July 2013

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The W3C WAI Research and Development Working Group (RDWG) invites you to contribute to the online symposium on user modeling for accessibility.
     Symposium date: 15 July 2013
     Abstract submission date: 9 June 2013 (updated)

Accepted papers will be published online in an attributable form as part of the symposium proceedings. Authors of accepted papers will be invited to participate in the symposium panel.


This online symposium invites researchers, practitioners, and users with disabilities, to explore current and past research experiences related to user modeling for accessibility. User modeling is an approach for generating and adapting user interfaces to address particular user needs and preferences. The goal of the symposium is to analyze different methods and implementations of user modeling and their potential usage for improving accessibility for people with disabilities. This includes the design, creation, storage, and usage of user models, in particular in web browsers, applications, authoring tools, and other aspects of the Web.

See the main User Modeling for Accessibility Symposium page for more on background and objectives.

Important Dates


Users: The primary focus is on people with disabilities, including people with age-related accessibility needs. Impact on other users including mainstream usability impact is welcome as well.

Tools: Another main focus is on research and existing applications of adaptive, customizable, and personalized systems that enhance accessibility of web-related products and services for people with disabilities.

Technologies: Technologies used for building user models and storing user profile information. This also includes technologies for exchanging user profile information and addressing privacy concerns.

Standards: Primarily standards for user models that describe accessibility related information, but also standards for user models in other domains that are related to accessibility.


We invite researchers, practitioners, users, and others to submit research and position papers that address the following issues and challenges:

We particularly welcome submissions that describe:

Paper Submission

Paper submission closes on 6 June 2013.

Papers should be extended abstracts of about 1,000 words. We encourage concise contributions that are scientifically sound with appropriate references. Papers should clearly explain the:

Papers must be submitted in the template provided (.doc format), and must be accessible.

Paper submission form

The paper submission form asks for: author information, alternate contact, topic areas (based on the contributions section above), keywords, and abstract.

Review Process

Contributions will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee and each paper will get at least three independent reviews for criteria including relevance, clarity, soundness and power of the arguments, understanding of user needs, and contribution to knowledge about user modeling for accessibility. Papers will be accepted based on this criteria and space availability.

Copyright Policy

Accepted papers will be published online in an attributable form as part of the symposium proceedings.
(For more information, see the FAQ sections RDWG Publications and RDWG Practice for Writership and Credits.)

The Symposium Report will be published under the W3C Document License. Paper authors shall grant W3C a perpetual, non-exclusive, royalty-free, world-wide right and license to copy, publish, use, and modify the contribution and to distribute the contribution under a BSD License or one with more restrictive terms, as well as a right and license of the same scope to any derivative works prepared by the W3C and based on, or incorporating all or part of the contribution. The Contributor further agrees that any derivative works of this contribution prepared by the W3C shall be solely owned by the W3C.