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ACM DEV 2013 : 3rd Symposium on Computing for Development


When Jan 11, 2013 - Jan 12, 2013
Where Bangalore, India
Submission Deadline Sep 7, 2012
Notification Due Oct 26, 2012
Final Version Due Dec 7, 2012

Call For Papers

ACM DEV 2013
3rd Symposium on Computing for Development
Co-located with COMSNETS
January 11-12, 2013
Bangalore, India

Important Dates:

Submissions due: September 7, 2012 (11:59pm UTC) - firm deadline
Author notification: October 26, 2012
Camera-ready: December 7, 2012
Conference: January 11-12, 2013

DEV 2013 provides an international forum for research in the design and implementation of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for social and economic development. In particular, we focus on emerging contexts where conventional computing solutions are often inappropriate due to various contextual factors - including, but not limited to, cost, language, literacy, and the availability of power and bandwidth.

Papers should describe original and previously unpublished research. Three metrics will be applied to judge papers: (a) Relevance of the problem for development; (b) Novelty of the technical solution; (c) Evaluation of the solution, making a case for development-focused impact. All DEV paper submissions should either provide or directly motivate a novel technical solution that has direct implications for development. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:


Low-cost wireless connectivity
Intermittent networks and systems
Power-efficient systems
Low-cost computing devices
Mobile systems and applications
Mixed networks, e.g., telephony and IP
Special-purpose sensor systems
Security challenges in developing regions


User interfaces for low-literacy populations
Multi-lingual computing
User-interfaces for low-cost devices
Participatory methods and user-centered design
Accessibility to disabled populations in developing regions
Design and evaluation of applications for health, microfinance, education, agriculture, entertainment

AI/NLP/Data Mining/Speech/Vision

Machine learning techniques for large-scale data analysis in development contexts
Adapting content and applications to local languages and education levels
Understanding social relationships and information flows in disadvantaged societies
Speech interfaces and speech recognition for low-resource languages
Development of new AI-centric tools/solutions for development
Computer vision challenges in development

We also welcome papers outside of these topics that address the DEV focus on computing innovations supporting social and economic development.

Conference co-chairs:
Bill Thies, Microsoft Research India
Amit Nanavati, IBM India Research Labs

PC co-chairs:
Richard Anderson, University of Washington
Aaditeshwar Seth, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

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