ECSCW 2011 Workshop on Fostering Social Interactions in the Ageing Society

ECSCW 2011 Workshop in Aarhus, Denmark
Fostering Social Interactions in the Ageing Society: Artefacts – Methodologies – Research Paradigms

2nd International Workshop in conjunction with the European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work – ECSCW 2011
24 – 28 September 2011 at Aarhus University, Denmark http://www.ecscw2011.org/

Workshop submission deadline: 15 May 2011
http://fosible.eu/ecscw2011-workshop/
Demographic change has stimulated ICT development and research in different fields, such as CSCW, HCI, or the AAL (Ambient Assisted Living) domain. Enabling ‘aging at home’ has become a main target in many nations due to economic challenges and demographic changes. ‘Aging at home’ is situated in a tension between keeping ones’ autonomy and social inclusion. This strong socio-cultural embedding of relationships in higher ages contoured by individual and societal norms and values requires socio-technical and user-oriented research approaches common in e.g. the CSCW community. However, due to the extremely heterogeneous target group in terms of technology affinity and acceptance as well as individual needs and conducts of life, it is time to reconsider common research methodologies, technological solutions and research paradigms.

The workshop aims to explore technology design research, focusing on the particular needs of technology use and access in the field of home-based social media supporting social interaction.

The workshop wishes to gather research on ICT fostering social interaction for aging at home from a wide variety and from different perspectives on concurrent artifacts, methodologies, and underlying research paradigms used:
– Social/ Interactive TV, also concerned with the design of innovative input devices for elderly persons. Here, the bandwidth is from easy-to-use remote controls over intelligent furniture to other interactive devices in the home, such as interactive picture frames.
– Social media for social support, such as online communities with special focus on social support for the elderly, 
– as well as other technologies such as smart environments, playful interaction technologies as well as games supporting social interaction.

Contributions are welcomed on such topics as:
– Analysis and design of systems fostering social interactions in an ageing society. 
– Ethnographic studies on people at home in an ageing society. 
– Analysis and design of technology-supported environments at home such as Social TV systems, SmartHomes and Smart Furnitures. 
– Approaches to playful experiences and games for elderly or in inter-generational environments. 
– Design and evaluation of awareness support in distributed environments. 
– Studies on appropriation within communities and home environments. 
– Design of software contributing to formulate virtual generational communities. 
– Design of (haptic) input/output devices in the context of social media for the elderly. 
– Living Lab and real-life, longitudinal oriented approaches to designing and evaluating social systems. 
– Usage studies of home-based social media applications by elderly people. 

Workshop goals: 
The workshop aims at creating a roadmap for the design of ICT supporting social interaction for an aging society. The ECSCW workshop is being seen as a challenging place to gather researchers and professionals across different disciplines and research fields who all are concerned with the support of social interaction for the aging society. In order to achieve these goals, the participants are requested to prepare short presentations. Each author is encouraged to read another accepted paper and to comment on it.

Presentations and topics will be positioned on a common future roadmap and future goals, themes and common activities will be planned and set up. A publication of selected extended workshop papers after the workshop is planned.

Submission details:
Potential participants are requested to submit workshop papers (from 2-10 pages, max. 5000 words) and short information on the background of the authors. Participants will be selected on the basis of the quality and relevance of their papers, and the extent (and diversity) of their backgrounds in design to foster an interdisciplinary participation (designers, developers, psychologists, ethnographers, etc.) from both industry and academia. The maximum number of participants is 15.

Submissions should be in DOC or RTF format accompanied by a PDF version based on the ECSCW template and should be send to: ECSCW2011-Workshop[at]fosible.eu

Important Dates:
15 May 2011: Submission deadline for workshop papers
15 June 2011: Notification of acceptance 
24 or 25 Sept. 2011: One-Day Workshop at Aarhus

Organizers:
Steffen Budweg, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany 
Myriam Lewkowicz, Universite de Technologie de Troyes (UTT), France Claudia Müller, University of Siegen, Germany

Contact and further information:
ECSCW2011-Workshop[at]fosible.eu
http://fosible.eu/ecscw2011-workshop/

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