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April 23-25, 2013. King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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CFP for the Fourth National Symposium on Informatics

Technologies for special Needs


Topics and Themes
Student Sessions
Travel and Accomodation
Submission type
Language of the Symposium‎
Important Dates


On behalf of King Saud University (KSU), the Collegeof Computer and Information Sciences (CCIS) would like to invite faculty members, members of the ministry of Education and Higher Education, social workers, researchers, graduate students, and educational institutions and organizations to participate in our Fourth National Symposium on Informatics.

The theme for this Symposium is information technology and People with Special Needs (PwSN). This includesthe use of information technology to help PwSN, new technologies and development for PwSNin different areas such as education and health, and best practices in teaching. Hence, the Symposium aims to highlight the latest research in the field of computers and information technology for PwSNsuch as hearing, sight and other sensory impairments, motor impairments, memory, learning and cognitive impairments and individuals with multiple impairments.

The symposiumputs particular emphasis on the use of computers, networking and digital information and the development in the technologies forPwSNand showcases some practical experiences at different stages of education.

The Symposium is also a platform for experts in the field of Information Technology and Experts in Special Needs to discuss issues relevant to the theme at hand. The Symposium will provide all participants with an opportunity to share, network, and collaborate through the exchange of ideas and experiences for the benefit of PwSN.

Topics and Themes

The Symposium themes and topics include, but are not limited to:

  • E-Accessibility
  • Aging and Gerontechnology
  • Assistive Technology
  • Augmented and Alternative Communication
  • Design for All
  • E- Services such as E-Government, E-Health, E-Learning, for helping people with special needs
  • HCI and Non Classical Interfaces
  • Usability and Ergonomics
  • User centered Design, User Involvement
  • Handicap Computer Accessories for the Disabled
  • Labor Market Integration
  • Social Innovation and E-Service Delivery
  • Tertiary Education for special needs students
  • Successful inclusion at various educational levels
  • Assessment and early intervention
  • PwSN Gifted students
  • Curriculum adaptation/modification for special needs from kindergarten through college level
  • Parents support services
  • Study skills development
  • Enhancement of employment services provided to students with special needs
  • Coordination between various educational institutions to allow for a smooth transition to tertiary education.
  • Preparation of special needs students for a smooth transition.

Special Sessions in the Symposium for participants for undergraduate and graduate students

The Symposium aims to build a group of researchers who have interest in the technologies for people with special needs and encourage researchers to participate in this symposium by submitting their ideas and the inventions to help people with special needs and encourage them to follow the research direction in the future.
The symposium will offer special sessions for graduate andundergraduate students to present their projects and thesis in order to demonstrate the results and exchange the experience in this direction. The symposium would like to ask all supervisors to inform their distinguished students (either graduate or undergraduate) to submit a summary of their work in at most 6 pages in either Arabic or English provided that the participant is studying at the kingdom universities.

The symposium will offer special arrangement for student participants from outside Riyadh which includes tickets and housing. In addition, it will offer awards for the best 3 papers after the evaluation from a specialized committee.

Target Audience

  • Faculty members, researchersand ‎students
  • Teachers and administrators
  • Supervisors and researchers in social ‎sector
  • People with special needs and their Parents
  • Special needs organizations and entities

Submission type

Short papers: 5 pages (max)
Long papers: 15 pages (max)

Submitted papers must abide by this template.

In addition, selected papers after complete modification and revision will be considered for possible publication in the CCIS Journal.

Language of the Symposium‎

• ‎Arabic and English

Important Dates

Full paper submission: Jan. 14, 2013 (2/3/1434)
Student Research submission: Jan. 26, 2013 (14/3/1434)Closed
Notification of Acceptance: Jan. 22, 2013 (10/3/1434)
Symposium dates: April 23-25, 2013(13-15/6/1434)