STS HCI4AGING at the 13th International ICCHP Conference

HCI4Aging 2012
Special Thematic Session on Human-Computer Interaction & Usability
Engineering for Elderly at the 13th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP’12)
July 11-13, 2012
University of Linz, Linz, Austria

Submission of Full Papers: February 1, 2012

Notification of Acceptance: March 9, 2012

Camera-Ready Papers: April 20, 2012

Industrialized countries are faced with severe demographical and
social changes. Consequently, areas including Ambient Assisted Living
(AAL) are of increasing importance. The vision of AAL is to provide
technologies for supporting (elderly) people in their daily lives,
allowing them to stay longer within their own home aiming at living
independent and self-determined. User Interfaces in such systems are
mostly multimodal, because standard interfaces have limited
accessibility. Multimodal user interfaces combine various input and
output modalities (including seeing/vision, hearing/audition, haptic/
tactile, taste/gustation, smell/olfaction etc) which are a classical
research area in human-computer interaction.
One of the advantages of multiple modalities is increased usability: the weaknesses of one
modality are offset by the strengths of another. For example, on a
mobile device with a small visual interface and keypad, a word may be
quite difficult to read/type, however very easy to say/listen. Such
interfaces in combination with mobile technologies can have tremendous
implications for accessibility and can be a benefit for people. An
important issue is that all those interfaces must be accessible,
useful and usable.
Traditionally, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
bridges Psychology and Informatics, while Usability Engineering (UE)
is anchored in software technology and must guarantee a solid
technological implementation, for example by application of formal
methods. Together, HCI&UE provide the emerging potential to assist the
daily workflows in the realm of AAL. To promote a closer collaboration
between Psychologists and Computer Scientists, we invite your
participation in this special thematic session.
A particular interest of this year’s session is the question what to
do with the enormous amounts of data gathered from sensors in AAL
environments. Gaining knowledge out of this big data is one of the
most important challenges for sustainable and personalized e-Health

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
* Formal Methods and Methodologies (incl. Agile Methods)
* Human Aspects of Future Technologies
* Ambient Assisted Living and Life Long Learning
* Mobile and Pervasive Computing
* Adaptivity and Adaptation
* Multimodal Integration Techniques
* Intelligent UIs for Elderly
* User Centered Design & Development
* Real-Life Usability Testing
* Cognitive Task Analysis
* Older Adults Acceptance of Computer Technology
* Innovative Mixed and Augmented Interfaces
* Game Based Learning for the Elderly
* Knowledge Discovery out of Big Ambient Assisted Living Data

Contributions to the STS have to be submitted using the standard
submission procedures of ICCHP at:

When submitting your contribution please make sure to select this
STS under “STS/Session”. Contributions to the STS are evaluated by the
Programme Commitee of ICCHP and by the chair(s) of the STS. Please get
in contact with the STS chairs for discussing your involvement and pre-
evaluation of your contribution.

-Andreas Holzinger, Medical University of Graz, Institute for Medical
Informatics, Statistics and Documentation, Austria
-Martina Ziefle, Human Technology Centre (Humtec), RWTH Aachen
University, Germany
-Carsten Röcker, Human Technology Centre (Humtec), RWTH Aachen
University, Germany

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