call for papers

The first annual ACM SIGCAS Conference on Computing and Sustainable Societies (COMPASS 2018) invites submissions of Full Papers for the conference to be hosted at Facebook from June 20-22, 2018. COMPASS 2018 is a re-creation of the ACM DEV conference, which was held annually between 2010 and 2016. Inspired by the broad agenda of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the new conference expands the focus of the original conference to explicitly welcome work on all under-represented and/or marginalized communities worldwide and to include work on sustainability, gender equality, health, education, poverty, accessibility, conservation, climate change, and economic growth, among others.

To ensure strong research contributions, the conference will review papers based on focus areas corresponding to the computing areas they draw upon. The four focus areas for the 2018 conference are Systems, HCI, Data Science/AI, and Applications. Possible topics for each focus area include, but are not limited to:


Systems Focus

●      Low-cost connectivity and computing devices

●      Power-efficient systems

●      Network solutions for poorly connected regions, including white space spectrum

●      Novel tools and applications for underserved communities

●      Mobile systems and applications

●      Special-purpose systems, e.g sensors, wireless, IVR

●      Cellular phone systems and applications

●      Measurements of existing technology in underserved regions, e.g network deployment

●      Systems challenges and opportunities in low-resource contexts, e.g security, sustainability, resilience

●      IT systems for smart-grids and smart-homes


HCI Focus

●      User interfaces for low-literacy populations

●      Multilingual computing

●      Participatory methods and user-centered design for low resource contexts

●      Accessible technologies for underserved communities with disabilities 

●      User interfaces for low-cost devices

●      Adapting content and applications to local languages and education levels

●      Understanding social relationships and information flows in underserved communities

●      Understanding technology adoption dynamics in underserved communities


Data Science/AI Focus

●      Computational sustainability

●      Computational social science

●      Econometric models and developmental economics

●      Novel applications for underserved communities, including in poverty mapping, disease surveillance, population migration, health services

●      Machine learning techniques for large-scale data analysis in development contexts

●      Data cleaning and data integration methods

●      Speech interfaces and translation for local languages

●      Computer vision challenges and opportunities in low-resource settings

●      Understanding social networks and digital media in underserved regions


Applications and Other Focus

●      Design and evaluation of applications in health, financial services,  education, agriculture, entertainment, and social media in underserved regions

●      Studies of large scale deployments of technology for social good

●      Internet policy and law for underserved communities

●      Critical analyses of technology in low resource contexts

●      Blockchain applications

●      Security analyses of systems used by marginalized communities

●      Additional relevant topics not covered above


The COMPASS conference will have a model of rolling submissions, as has been recently adopted by several other top conferences. As this is a transition year for the conference, there will be two separate submission dates. Papers submitted on the first deadline may be given the option of revise and resubmit for consideration of acceptance at the conference. Full papers will have a length limit of 7-10 pages (not including references). The conference will have a separate track for notes (short papers of 4 pages or fewer, focusing on a single topic). Please see the FAQ page for further clarifications. Details of the requirements for notes are below. 

All submissions are due 11:59 pm UTC. Please submit at the ACM SIG Conference Format (sigconf) available here. See our FAQ if you still have questions! 


important dates

January 12, 2018: Round one deadline for submission of Full Papers.

March 2, 2018: Notification of decisions for Full Papers submitted for round one.

March 2, 2018: Round two deadline for submission of Full Papers.

March 30, 2018: Deadline for resubmission of round one papers that were not accepted, but invited to resubmit.

April 13, 2018: Notification of decisions for Full Papers submitted for round two.

April 13, 2018: Notification of decisions on resubmitted Full Papers of round one and Notes.

May 4, 2018: Camera-ready of Full Papers accepted in rounds one and two and Notes due.