Interaccion 2015: Special Track HCI and the older population in 2025

Specialtrack: Human-Computer Interaction and the older population in 2025

Special track leader: Sergio Sayago, visiting tenure-track lecturer at Universitat de Lleida

Brief description: In light of anever-increasing ageing population, along with the continuing pervasiveness of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in multiple facets of daily living, we believe that research into HCI and Ageing will remain just as important over the next decade as it has been for a number of years. The primary aim of this one-day special track is to bring together practitioners in the field of HCI and Ageing in order to discuss the question of where do we go from here? From time to time, it is a healthy practice to take stock of a research area in order to take it forward. Since the seminal Human Factors Research Needs for an Aging Population (edited by Sara J. Czaja in the 1990s), a growing number of HCI studies with older people have been conducted over the past two, almost three, decades. Established research indicates thataccommodating for age-related changes in functional abilities is key to the design of more accessible technologies for older people. It is also widely accepted, especially in areas related to HCI (such as Gerontology) that older people are a very heterogeneous user group and that chronological age is not always helpful enough to conceptualize ageing. There is also a growing movement in favour of moving away from “assistive” technological conceptions based on stereotypical negative views of ageing. Conducting Participatory Design with older people is not so straightforward as we might think. How will this body of knowledge change when most of today’s non-digital immigrant adult people grow older? How will current trends in technology development (e.g. Wearables, Big Data, Casual games and Do-It-YourSelf (DIY)) impact on HCI studies with older people? How will the fourth age shape HCI and Ageing in 2025?

Topics ofinterest: The list of topics of interest includes, but it is not limited to:

·         Ageing: How should ageing be conceptualized and operationalized within HCI? In addition to seeing ageing at the individual and social level, how will other possible ways of looking at ageing (for instance, from a cultural, rural, emotional and gendered perspective) impact on HCI in 2025, and why? How will carry over the results of cognitive ageing studies conducted in the 1940-50s, in which user interface design / usability / accessibility studies are grounded, into HCI 2025?

·         Interactivity: With the constant evolution of technologies, how does Big Data affect the older person, and, more importantly, how can Big Data help us to design better technologies and services for them? What types of wearables will older people wear in the future and what for? DIY kits allow older people to create their own digital technologies. How will (or does) this fact impact on HCI? Citizen Cyberscience is burgeoning. What are the challenges and opportunities (e.g. interaction with tablets and smartphones), from an HCI perspective, of a senior Citizen Cyberscience?

·         Methodologies: How will today’s HCI research and Participatory Design methods change when we work with older people who are mostly non-digital immigrants and considerably used to taking part in research / survey activities? The percentage of older people who belong to minority groups is expected to grow considerably between 2000 and 2050. How will this demographic change impact on developing and conducting more culturallysensitive HCI methodologies in 2025?

Objectives: We seek to bringtogether a group of motivated and active researchers, technology developers, designers and practitioners in the field of HCI research and Ageing in order to: (a) reflect critically and constructively on the state-of-the-art of the field of HCI with older people, in which we will review the currentrelationship between older people and ICTs, covering aging, design methodologies, the types of technologies being developed, and how contemporary problems are being addressed; and (b) build upon this current body of knowledge (lessons learned, mistake made, areas overlooked) in order to discuss future research challenges faced within the field of HCI and Ageing.

Expected audience and outcomes: This special track isaimed at practitioners (e.g. researchers, software / hardware developers or designers) in the field of HCI and Ageing. The main deliverable will be a white paper highlighting the outcomes of the main topics and themes discussed in the special track. This white paper will be available on the special track’s website [1] . We expect that thespecial track will encourage the fostering of working relationships and joint publications between likeminded attendees.

Important Dates:
SubmissionDeadline:  April 8
Author Notification:  May 13
Camera-ready papers due: May 27
Date of thespecial track:   To be confirmed
Conferences dates:Sep 07-09, 2015

Organizing Committee (in alphabetical order):
·          JosepBlat, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
·         Andreu Català, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
·         Andrea Rosales, IN3-Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
·         Sergio Sayago, Universitat de Lleida

Submission Guidelines:
All contributions will be reviewed by at least two members of the PC of this special track (peer review). All contributions will be written following the ACM template . The first version must be submitted in PDF. Authors should submit an original paper written in English in any of the following submission categories: Full Paper (8 pages), Short Paper (4 pages).


Accepted fulland short papers will be published entirely in the ACM Digital Library.

ConferencesSubmission System

Papersshould be submitted electronically via the EasyChair web based submission system. Inside EasyChair the topic “Special Track   HCI and older population” must be selected.


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