2014 Cambridge Workshop on Universal Access and Assistive Technology (CWUAAT)

7th Cambridge Workshop on Universal Access and Assistive technology
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
24th – 27th March 2014

CWUAAT ’14 is the seventh of a series of workshops started in 2002 that
represent the inclusive design community. CWUAAT is a unique
multi-disciplinary workshop, where designers, computer scientists,
engineers, architects, ergonomists, policymakers and user communities

In the context of developing demographic changes leading to greater
numbers of older people and people with disabilities, the general field
of inclusive design research strives to relate the capabilities of the
population to the design of products. Inclusive populations of older
people contain a greater variation in sensory, cognitive and physical
user capabilities. These variations may be co-occurring and rapidly
changing, leading to a demanding design environment. Inclusive Design
Research involves developing methods, technologies, tools and guidance
for supporting product designers and architects to design for the widest
possible population for a given range of capabilities, within a
contemporary social and economic context.

Recent research developments have addressed these issues in the context
of: governance and policy; daily living activities; the workplace; the
built environment, Interactive Digital TV and Mobile communications.
Increasingly, a need has been identified for a multidisciplinary
approach that reconciles the diverse and sometimes conflicting demands
of Design for Aging and Impairment, Usability and Accessibility and
Universal Access. CWUAAT provides a platform for such a need.

We seek original research papers describing investigations within the
following broad categories:

1. Reconciling usability, accessibility and inclusive design
2. Designing inclusive assistive and rehabilitation systems
3. Measuring product demand and peoples’ capabilities
4. Designing cognitive interaction with emerging technologies
5. Designing inclusive spaces: architecture and buildings
6. Data mining and visualising inclusion : user profile data
7. Legislation, standards and policy in inclusive design

Deadline for submission of long and short papers, poster abstracts: July 1, 2013
Notification of paper acceptance: 10 September, 2013
Deadline for camera-ready version of submitted papers: 10 October, 2013
Advance registration (ends): 16 January, 2014
Late registration (ends): 20 February, 2014
CWUAAT Workshop: 24 – 27 March, 2014

CWUAAT aims to solicit:
– Long papers (6-10 pages), reporting original work relevant to the workshop themes;
– Short papers/Poster presentations/ Demonstrations (1-2 pages  abstract, 3-4 pages for camera-ready copy).
– Accepted long papers will be published as chapters of a book by Springer-Verlag, UK as part of the Inclusive Design hardback book series. Poster and Short papers will be published separately in the official conference proceedings.

The CWUAAT Workshops are held at a Cambridge University College every
two years. The workshops are characterised by a single session running
over three days in pleasant surrounding with delegates from home and
abroad staying on site at Fitzwilliam College. Set in spacious and
attractive grounds near the centre of Cambridge, Fitzwilliam
encapsulates this rare blend of history and innovation, living up to its
heraldic motto of providing “the best of the old and the new”.
Fitzwilliam College has ample car parking and is easily accessible from
all major routes, avoiding the narrow streets of the historic centre.
With its purpose-built meeting rooms and bedrooms designed around
traditional courts, its history of service and up to date business
facilities, the College is a testament to its motto.

Paper format details are available on the conference web-site. All
papers will be peer reviewed and the accepted papers will be presented
during the workshop. The best papers will be invited to a special issue
of two Journals. One special issue will focus on Technology papers and
the other special issue will focus on Architecture and Public Space

Electronic submission of papers will be available via the conference
web-site: http://www-edc.eng.cam.ac.uk/cwuaat

Doctoral Consortium. As one of the most successful aspects of CWUAAT
‘10, the event in 2014 will again include a Doctoral Consortium.
Candidates who submit to the doctoral consortium will be able to attend
the workshop at a greatly reduced registration. The two presentations
judged to be the best by the consortium panel will win a podium
presentation in the main workshop.
A 2 Hr training session on practical inclusive design will be held on
Monday the 24th, following the Doctoral consortium. This will take
people through a task analysis and demand assessment exercise, and will
involve using simulator glasses to assess visual demands.
Demonstrations. Participants will be able to gain hands-on experience
with working systems. Space and time will be available for
demonstrations of software and hardware.

User Forum: CWUAAT 2014 will contain a single paper session allocated
as a user forum. This is intended to give users of assistive technology
and beneficiaries of improved accessibility an opportunity for an oral
presentation of 25 minutes. Both short and long papers will be accepted
in this category and topics and themes are not restricted. We welcome
academic position papers, social and research agendas, critiques of
provision of technology or poor accessibility, engineering or technical
papers regarding product design and usage in work and daily living.

For further information please contact:
Ms Mari Huhtala or Ms Suzanne Williams, Department of Engineering,
University of Cambridge, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1PZ, United
Tel: +44 (0)1223 748245/748247
Fax: +44 (0)1223 332662
E-mail: mjh94@eng.cam.ac.uk; sw439@eng.cam.ac.uk

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