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Call for papers, participation, announced by Identity Solutions Symposium, Acxiom Laboratory for Applied Research (ALAR) Conference

Nov. 19, 2008 --  A call for conference papers and participation in the second Identity Solutions Symposium and the 2009 Acxiom Laboratory for Applied Research (ALAR) Conference on Applied Research in Information Technology has been announced—the deadline for submissions is Sunday, Dec. 7.

The ALAR Conference on Applied Research in Information Technology is being held in conjunction with the 2009 Arkansas Identity Solutions Symposium and the 2009 Acxiom Collegiate Programming Contest. The second Identity Solutions Symposium, the 2009 ALAR conference, and the Acxiom Collegiate Programming Contest will be held Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, in the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center on the University of Central Arkansas campus in Conway. Arkansas State University-Jonesboro’s Delta Center for Identity Solutions Project will provide transportation to and from the conference.

The Identity Solutions Symposium will focus on identity solutions including various auto-id technologies such as radio-frequency identification (RFID), sensor networks, bar coding, biometric measurement, smart card technologies, and related security and privacy issues. The invited morning keynote speaker is Michael A. Jortberg, client executive for Acxiom Corporation, speaking on “A Practical Application of Authentication and Identity Management in Higher Education with a focus on Blackboard online course management system.”

All faculty and researchers in various disciplines are invited to submit and present work in all areas of applied research in information technology. The conference will accept both full papers and research in progress; accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings. Research in progress should be submitted in slide format; 1-page summaries of accepted presentations will also be published in the conference proceedings. (Conference proceedings will be published online at

All submissions should be formatted as pdfs and e-mailed to ALAR program manager Nancy Ward ( The final document format templates for both full papers and research in progress are available at To facilitate anonymous review, the author’s name, affiliation, and contact information should be provided on a separate cover page.

Important conference dates include the deadline for submissions (Sunday, Dec. 7); notification of acceptance (Friday, Jan. 9, 2009); registration deadline (Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009); submission of final manuscript deadline (January 23, 2009); and the conference date (Friday, Feb. 13, 2009).

For information about the conference, visit at, and see the link to the free online registration. Deadline for registration is Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009. Registration, including lunch, is free for both presenters and audience, but seating is limited, and pre-registration is encouraged.

Dr. Farhad Moeeni, professor of Computer and Information Technology at Arkansas State University-Jonesboro, is a member of the conference organizing committee. Dr. Moeeni and Dr. Jeff Jenness, chair and associate professor of Computer Science in ASU’s Department of Computer Science, are members of the conference program committee. Contact Dr. Moeeni by e-mailing him at



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