Usability Engineering (UE) Track

The 33rd ACM/SIGAPP Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC-2018)

Pau, France, April 9 - 13, 2018


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Track description


From a socio-cultural point of view, usability becomes increasingly important with the rise of the so-called information society and the new and innovative ways of interacting with computers in the post-PC era.

However, achieving good usability is not easy: Usability has always been difficult to define, measure, and evaluate. Since usability is a multifaceted concept, we need a great diversity of usability techniques to perform a usability study. The study of usability has been somewhat disconnected from the development life cycle of a product. Usability results of real products are usually kept secret, as companies prefer not to openly disclose the defects of their products, etc.

In this track we seek original, unpublished contributions that are mainly focused on applying usability engineering models and techniques to real products or theoretical studies with clear practical potential of being applied.


Track topics


Topics of special interest include, but are not limited to:


Submission guidelines


Papers should be submitted in PDF using the ACM-SAC proceedings format via the SAC 2018 website. Authors' names and affiliations should be entered separately at the submission site and not appear in the submitted papers. Also, self-reference should be avoided and made in third person.

Regular papers are limited to 8 pages, in camera-ready format, included in the registration fee. Authors have the option to include up to two (2) extra pages at additional fee of US$80 per page.

Posters are limited to 3 pages, in camera-ready format, included in the registration fee. Authors have the option to include only one (1) extra page at additional fee of US$80. (No change from previous years.)

SRC Abstracts are limited to 2 pages, in camera-ready format, included in the registration fee. No extra pages allowed. (No change from previous years.)

Each submission will be reviewed in a double-blind process according to the ACM-SAC Regulations. Student Research Competition (SRC) submissions are welcome.

Paper selection is based on the originality, technical contribution, presentation quality, and relevance to the track. Some papers may be accepted as posters.

For accepted papers, the paper registration is required, allowing the inclusion of the paper/poster in the conference proceedings. An author or a proxy attending SAC MUST present the paper: This is a requirement for the paper/poster to be included in the ACM/IEEE digital library. No-show of scheduled papers and posters will result in excluding them from the ACM/IEEE digital library.


Important dates

Submission of regular papers and SRC research abstracts September 15, 2017 September 25, 2017
Notification of paper and SRC acceptance/rejection November 10, 2017 November 17, 2017
Camera-ready copies November 25, 2017 December 2, 2017
Author registration due date December 10, 2017

Track chairs


Eduardo Mosqueira-Rey

University of A Coruña, Spain. Email:

Vicente Moret-Bonillo

University of A Coruña, Spain. Email:

David Alonso-Ríos

University of A Coruña, Spain. Email:  


Program committee (to be updated)

Damiano Distante Unitelma Sapienza University, Italy
Juan M. González Calleros Univ. Autónoma Puebla, México
Josefina Guerrero García Univ. Autónoma Puebla, México
Hermann Kaindl Vienna Univ. of Technology, Austria
Vivian G. Motti George Mason University, USA
José Ignacio Panach University of Valencia, Spain
Fabio Paternò Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
Denis Rosário Federal University of Pará, Brasil
Ahmed Seffah Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland
Marcos Seruffo Federal University of Pará, Brasil
Jean Vanderdonckt Univ. Catholique de Louvain, Belgium