Intelligent User Interfaces for Developing Regions: Users, Problems and
Third IUI4DR Workshop in Conjunction with IUI 2013
Santa Monica, California
March 19, 2013
CALL FOR PAPERS
This workshop aims to look at interaction from the viewpoint of users
in developing regions. We will identify interesting research challenges
and usability obstacles experienced by this user population at the
workshop. Related workshops were conducted in 2008 and 2011, and several
interesting themes emerged, for example low-literacy and multimodal
interfaces. In 2013, we will build on past workshops by focusing on
different themes that affect the interactions of this target population.
This will involve a deeper user-centered analysis of who the users are
in developing regions, the main devices they use for interaction, their
most common application content, and the computer input capabilities
that best support their language and application needs. At IUI4DR 2013,
we aim to focus on understanding the problem(s) faced by people in
developing regions, and how those problems could be addressed by
appropriate intelligent user interface technologies.
• USERS AND THEIR PROBLEMS: We invite papers that provide insights on
how users ICT in developing countries are different from users in the
developed world. What specific issues need to be considered in terms of
native language literacy, English language literacy, or knowing how to
operate technology? “Low literacy” and “low purchasing power” are
frequently attributed to users in developing regions. We intend to
develop deeper insights into the variability among these users and
identify the implications for user-centered design, methods, and
appropriate evaluation techniques.
• INTERFACES IN DEVELOPING REGIONS: The developed world is moving from
standard keyboard-based interfaces to incorporate new interaction styles
such as touch-screen, gesture-based, augmented-reality,
video/image-based, spoken language, tangible, and multimodal interfaces.
At IUI4DR we would like researchers to share insights and debate what
types of interface worked best in the developing world and why.
• INPUT TECHNOLOGIES: Most worldwide languages in developing regions
are not Roman alphabetic ones, such as English, which are supported well
with keyboard input and dominate the content represented on the Web.
What obstacles exist to expressing other native languages when using
existing computers, and why is the ability to express one’s native
language a consequential issue?
• APPLICATION CONTENT: While healthcare, agriculture, education, small
business and finance are considered primary domains in most developing
regions, we would also be interested in applications involving
governance, disaster management, and other mobile domains.
• INTELLIGENCE IN INTERFACES: We would like to invite papers that could
propose AI techniques such as recommender systems, conversational
agents, intelligent assistants that have been used in the context of
We seek original, unpublished papers in the following two categories:
(a) Up to 2 page position papers that describe novel ideas on
interesting research themes and directions.
(b) Full papers or work-in-progress (6-10 pages) that document system
interfaces, usability issues, user analyses, prototypes of new
interfaces, and related topics for users in developing countries.
Author instructions and templates for formatting the papers are
available at the workshop website. Since submission deadlines are
dependent on the IUI conference, we will not be able to grant any
extensions in any circumstances. We also propose to edit post-workshop
proceedings (for a possible special issue at a journal) that would
define the problem of people interacting with information in developing
regions, and an articulation of possible approaches to overcoming these
Since the workshop also aims to be a community building event and
exchange for researchers working in this area, at least one author of
accepted papers is required to attend the workshop to present their
Paper Submission : January 09, 2013
Paper Notification : January 31, 2013
Camera-ready : February 15, 2013