CHI 2013 Workshop on Designing For- and With- Vulnerable People

Call for Position Papers – Deadline extended until 18th January

CHI 2013 Workshop on “Designing for- and with- Vulnerable People”

27 April 2013, Paris, France

The workshop will be held as part of CHI 2013<;,
the annual ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems,
that will be held in Paris, France between the 27 April and 2 May 2013.
The workshop will be held on a single day prior to the start of the
conference on the 27 April 2013.

Important Dates:

– Submission by: January 18th, 2013 (new extended deadline)
– Notification of Acceptance: February 8th, 2013
– Workshop day: April 27th, 2013

Increasingly ubiquitous technologies coupled with a surge in empirical
research on people who face cognitive, emotional, physical and social
challenges give those researching and developing new technologies the
potential to enrich the lives of vulnerable people. Designing for people
with vulnerabilities requires research approaches that are sensitive to
the risks of stigmatizing people and awareness of the challenges that
can be involved for those involved. Prior work related to vulnerability
in the field of Human-Computer Interaction has included research into
homeless mothers, people living with dementia, the financial practices
of older people, children with special needs and people with depressive
disorders, among many others.

This workshop aims to synthesize and build upon this prior work by
bringing together a diverse community to explore shared sensitivities
across examples of vulnerability, identify methodological and ethical
implications that working with vulnerable individuals have on research,
and ascertain opportunities for future research into technology designed
with and for vulnerable groups.

This one-day workshop will bring together an interdisciplinary group of
researchers, designers and practitioners who are currently working to
design, evaluate and critique technologies with vulnerable user groups
in the field of interaction design or health care, or are interested in
the topic. We invite the submission of 4-6 page position papers in ACM
Extended Abstract format (
offering perspectives on topics including (but not limited to):

– Reflections on the notion of vulnerability in HCI and design
– Empirical studies of research with vulnerable groups
– Novel designs responding to the needs of a vulnerable group and
associated methods
– Discussions of existing or new frameworks for designing with
vulnerable people
– Participatory research within sensitive contexts
– Theoretical and inter-disciplinary explorations of the concept of
vulnerability both in HCI and generally
– Reflections on how working with certain groups heightens their
vulnerability or makes researchers themselves become vulnerable.

Alongside this, we also ask all submitting authors to provide a 100-150
word bio about their background and their reasons for wanting to
participate in the workshop. This will be published online.

Submissions should be sent to<> by the 18th January
2013. Workshop submissions will be reviewed by the program committee and
workshop organizers. Accepted position papers will be made available on
the workshop website. We will ask participants to read specific position
papers prior to the workshop.

Please also note that all workshop participants must register for both
the workshop and for at least one day of the main CHI 2013 conference.
The reason for this policy is that workshops are supposed to be a part
of the CHI conference, not separate events that happen to be in the same
location at the same time. The intention is that people will be
attending the conference as well.

Please email John Vines
(<>), Roisin McNaney
(<>) or any of the workshop
organiser if you have any questions about the workshop.

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