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ACM DEV 2014 : Fifth Annual Symposium on Computing for Development


When Dec 5, 2014 - Dec 6, 2014
Where San Jose, California
Submission Deadline Aug 8, 2014
Notification Due Sep 8, 2014

Call For Papers

**The paper submission deadline for ACM DEV 2014 has been extended to August 8, 2014.**

DEV 2014 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Papers and posters should describe original and previously unpublished research. Three metrics will be applied to judge the submissions: (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:

1. Networks/Systems/Security/Architecture
- 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

2. HCI/Applications
- 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

3. 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.

The conference will be held at the Hilton San Jose hotel in San Jose, California, and is co-located with the 3rd Global Access to the Internet for All (GAIA) workshop. More information is available on the website: Follow conference updates on @ACMDEV2014. Please direct enquiries to

Important Dates:

1. Full papers due: August 8, 2014 (11:59pm UTC)
2. Author notification: September 8, 2014
3. Conference: December 5-6, 2014


1. Conference General Chairs:
- Anitha Kannan, Microsoft Research
- Krishnaram Kenthapadi, Microsoft Research

2. Program Committee Co-Chairs:
- Marshini Chetty, University of Maryland, College Park
- Vanessa Frias-Martinez, University of Maryland, College Park

3. Program Committee:
- Aaditeshwar Seth, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
- Amit Nanavati, IBM India Research Labs
- Bhaskaran Raman, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
- Bill Thies, Microsoft Research India
- Bill Tucker, University of Western Cape
- Brian DeRenzi, IBM Kenya
- Ed Cutrell, Microsoft Research India
- Elizabeth Belding, University of California, Santa Barbara
- Ellen Zegura, Georgia Institute of Technology
- Emma Brunskill, Carnegie Mellon University
- Gaetano Borriello, University of Washington
- James Davis, University of California, Santa Cruz
- Jay Chen, New York University
- John Canny, University of California, Berkeley
- John Quinn, Makerere University
- Josh Blumenstock, University of Washington
- Kentaro Toyama, University of California, Berkeley
- Kurtis Heimerl, University of California, Berkeley
- Lakshmi Subramanian, New York University
- Melissa Densmore, Microsoft Research India
- Nick Feamster, Georgia Institute of Technology
- Nitendra Rajput, IBM India Research Labs
- Roni Rosenfeld, Carnegie Mellon University
- Saurabh Panjwani, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs India
- Sibren Isaacman, Loyola University
- Susana Muñoz Hernandez, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
- Tapan Parikh, University of California, Berkeley

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