How to Design Touch Interfaces for and with Older Adults: Identification of Challenges and Opportunities

DEADLINE EXTENSION: CALL FOR PAPERS: *How to Design Touch Interfaces for and with Older Adults: Identification of Challenges and Opportunities*
in conjunction with NordiCHI2012 October 14th, 2012 Copenhagen, Denmark

TOPIC: Older adults are a challenging user group, as they might not be familiar with new interfaces such as touch interfaces, or have physical or cognitive limitations in using them. Industry and research are recognizing older adults as a target group; however, there is no profound knowledge about how to design for and with this special user group (e.g., in terms of user-centered design and participatory design), and which particular role affordances might play. The aim of this workshop is to catch up and systematically generate knowledge about how to design with and for older adults. Therefore, this workshop aims at providing a platform for researchers and practitioners to discuss the design of touch interfaces for and with older adults, to closely look at the role of affordances, challenges and opportunities.

PARTICIPATION: Exchange and interaction among participants from different communities and with various backgrounds is strongly encouraged. Additionally, a mixture of academic and industrial participants is anticipated. The workshop encourages interdisciplinary discussions and aims at including researchers and practitioners in the fields of interaction design, interface design, psychology, cognitive science, sociology, interaction design, etc. Position papers are invited, but are not limited, on the following topics:
* How are touch interfaces currently designed (e.g., which guidelines are used, if any)?
* Which role do affordances play in touch interfaces for older adults?
* Which challenges and opportunities arise when designing touch interfaces for and with older adults?
* How can the collective knowledge be used to derive design guidelines for touch interfaces for older adults?

SUBMISSION: Workshop candidates are requested to submit a position paper (must be formatted according to ACM SIGCHI Publications Format and should not exceed 4 pages) about research or work they have been involved with (related to the topics described above) via email Papers will be reviewed by an invited program committee and selected according to their significance as well as their potential to stimulate discussion. At least one author of accepted papers needs to register for the workshop and for the conference itself. All accepted papers will be made available on the website.

August 13th, 2012 – Submission of Position Papers
August 27th, 2012 – Notification of Acceptance
September 15th, 2012 – Camera Ready Paper Version
October 14th, 2012 – One-Day Workshop at NordiCHI 2012

The outcome of the workshop will be twofold: On the one hand, it will help understanding the most important issues for design guidelines regarding touch interfaces for older adults, and to prioritize them. On the other hand, the workshop aims at providing the basis for a future cooperative publication of the participants on adequate design guidelines or a research agenda.

ORGANIZERS: Verena Fuchsberger, Ilhan Aslan, Christiane Moser, Manfred Tscheligi (HCI Unit, ICT&S Center, University of Salzburg, Austria) Walter Buchinger (emporia Telecom Produktions- und Vertriebs-GmbH & Co. KG, Austria) Judy Kay (School of Information Technologies, University of Sydney, Australia)

CONTACT: More details to be found on the workshop website: For any further information on the workshop please contact

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