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 https://compass18round2.hotcrp.com/.  Use the CHI 2018 Proceedings Format 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.

March 30, 2018: Deadline for Notes.

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.

 

preliminary call for notes

The first annual ACM SIGCAS Conference on Computing and Sustainable Societies (ACM COMPASS 2018) invites submissions of 4-page Notes for the main conference program. ACM COMPASS is a re-creation of the ACM DEV conference, which was held annually between 2010 and 2016. The new conference expands the focus of the original conference to explicitly welcome work on underrepresented communities worldwide and includes a new track on sustainability. To ensure strong contributions, the conference will accept Notes based on tracks corresponding to the computing areas they draw upon. The tracks for the 2018 conference are Systems, HCI, Data Science, Sustainability, and Applications.

Notes are treated to a similar review process as full papers, with a focus on strength of the research contribution to scholarship in computing and sustainable societies. However, Notes are more focussed and provide a shorter contribution. For example, related work or discussion may be much more targeted, rather than aiming for breadth and completeness as in Full Papers. Notes can be up to 4 pages in length (not including references). Notes will be published in the ACM SIGCAS proceedings. Due to the short review cycle, Notes will be assessed as is, without revise and resubmit provisions.

Some examples of note-scoped contributions could be:

  • A case study of an intervention towards social good and evidence of its utility.

  • A novel technical system that provides a contribution over known techniques in low resource computing.

  • An empirical or conceptual understanding of a specific under-represented community or situation that enhances how the community or situation is viewed within COMPASS.

  • A novel methodology for designing, building, or understanding a system for under-represented communities.

  • An analysis of the impact of a policy, law or regulation in an area relevant to COMPASS.

  • A discussion with scholarly debate about:

    • viewpoints (short articles dedicated to views and opinions on the impact of technology in which positions are substantiated by facts or principled arguments),

    • point/counterpoints (two viewpoints, taking opposite sides of an argument), and

    • multi-author discussion articles (e.g. authors discuss arguments around an issue concerning the impact of technology on society).

Works in progress without a clear research result are not appropriate submissions and will be rejected. For work-in-progress research, consider submitting to Posters. Please see the FAQ page for further clarifications.

 

important dates

March 30, 2018: Deadline for submission of notes.

April 13, 2018: Notifications of decisions on submitted notes sent.

May 4, 2018: Camera-ready of accepted notes due.

All submissions are due 11:59 pm UTC.  

 

NB:

This is a preliminary release of a call for notes for the ACM COMPASS 2018 conference. As additional details are developed, this call for notes will be revised accordingly. The deadlines for notes will not change, so researchers can start planning their submissions. Notes will have a length limit of four pages.