AcMuC 2013

1st International Accessibility and Multimodality in Communication -symposium
A forum for discourse between academia and 3rd sector professionals

Organized in cooperation with:

University of Turku, Department of Information Technology

University of Tampere, TAUCHI

Finnish Deafblind Association

Deafblind International Social-haptic Network

Symposium dates: 30.–31.5. 2013
Venue: ICT Building, University of Turku, Finland
Submissions through EasyChair:
Submission deadline: 1st March, 2013
Notification of acceptance: 8th April, 2013 (Date postponed by one week from the original.)
Registration: 15th March – 15th May 2013, through UTUshop. (The online registration is now closed. You may register on-site by cash. The price is 200€.)

Conversation and talking to each other are a clear example of human activities that are above all interactive and social, which are challenged by hearing and visual impairments. We invite papers relating to accessibility, multimodality and technological aids in communication with a focus on sensory impairments and their effect on communication. While there are well-established conferences on various aspects of human communication, such as speech (Interspeech and ICPhS among others), signing (TISLR), interpreting (EFSLI, ECOS), and information society adaptation for the sensory impaired (WIS) this symposium contributes to the combination of the previous aspects. This combination has not been in focus of conferences previously.

Our symposium provides a forum for researchers from various fields, such as human-computer interaction, computing, linguistics, phonetics, interpreting, speech therapy, social science and medical professionals with interested 3rd sector professionals, such as associations with target group users to discuss various related issues together. Symposium consists of keynote talks, workshops and poster sessions. The event is an intensive two-day meeting in Turku, Finland, May 2013.

Conference themes

The areas of interest and themes touched upon within the conference are face-to-face communication, mediated discourse, different languages, different modalities, combining modalities, augmented and assisted communication (AAC) and shared space, technical aids, and assistive technology. Recent technological development has increased accessibility, however, there are many areas of human communication spectra not yet fully understood.


We encourage papers, posters and demos addressing fundamental research issues and related case studies including, but not limited to, the following topics:

Papers will undergo peer-review process, where special emphasis is put on scientific originality and topics related to improved life quality of persons with hearing and/or visual impairment. There will be a conference proceedings published after the conference with extended abstracts.

Further information

Stina Ojala, Department of Information Technology, University of Turku