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23 - 25 October 2002

Paris (Chantilly), France
Golf Hotel de Mont Griffon, R.D. 909 - 95270 Luzarches

Special Theme "Universal Access"

Call for Papers

Technical Description
The 7th ERCIM Workshop "User Interfaces for All" builds upon
the results of the six previous Workshops held in Heraklion,
Crete, Greece, 30-31 October 1995; Prague, Czech Republic, 7-8
November 1996; Obernai, France, 3-4 November 1997; Stockholm,
Sweden, 19-21 October 1998; Dagstuhl, Germany, 28 November-
1 December 1999; and Florence, Italy, 25-26 October 2000.

The vision of User Interfaces for All advocates the proactive
realisation of the "design for all" principle in the field of
Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), and involves the development
of user interfaces to interactive applications and telematic
services, which provide universal access and usability to
potentially all users.

In the tradition of its predecessors, this Workshop aims to
consolidate recent work, and to stimulate further discussion,
on the state of the art in User Interfaces for All, and its
increasing range of applications in the emerging Information
Society. The emphasis of this year's event is on "Universal
Access" and invites contributions on a broad range of topics,
including technological applications and policy developments
aiming to advance the notion of Information Society Technologies
accessible and acceptable by the widest possible end-user

The requirement for Universal Access stems from the growing impact
of the fusion of the emerging technologies, and from the different
dimensions of diversity that are intrinsic to the Information
Society. These dimensions become evident when considering the broad
range of user characteristics, the changing nature of human
activities, the variety of contexts of use, the increasing
availability and diversification of information, knowledge sources
and services, the proliferation of technological platforms, etc.
In this context, Universal Access refers to the accessibility,
usability and, ultimately, acceptability of Information Society
Technologies by anyone, anywhere, anytime, thus enabling equitable
access and active participation of potentially all citizens in
existing and emerging computer-mediated human activities. The user
population includes people with different cultural, educational,
training and employment background, novice and experienced computer
users, the very young and the elderly, and people with different
types of disabilities, in various interaction contexts and scenarios
of use. As people experience technology through their contact with
the user interface of interactive products, applications and
services, the field of HCI has a critical and catalytic role to play
towards a universally accessible, usable and acceptable Information

Scientific/technological contributions should be on concepts and
tools that advance our understanding of, and contribute towards,
Universal Access to the new computer-mediated virtual spaces. Areas
of interest include, but are not limited to, future and emerging
technologies, novel computing paradigms, computer-mediated virtual
spaces, architectures and tools, interaction platforms, interaction
metaphors, experimental or empirical studies, etc., which bear an
impact on the scope of human access to digital content in an
Information Society.

Applications-oriented contributions may address practice and
experience in the application of Universal Access principles in
critical domains such as health, education, employment, etc. In
this context, this year's workshop encourages contributions that
elaborate upon, adopt, apply or validate a Universal Access code of
practice in selected application domains.

Finally, contributions on policy developments should discuss the
impact of non-technological factors, such as legislation,
standardisation, technology transfer, etc., on developing a
culture for Universal Access in the Information Society, for all
parties concerned and in particular the industry. Policy
contributions may cover success stories of the past or lay out
prevailing obstacles to be addressed and removed by effective
policy interventions.

Areas of interest
Areas of interest for which papers are solicited, include, but are
not limited to, the following topics:
* Adaptable and adaptive interaction, user modelling
* Intelligent interface technologies
* Multilinguality, internationalisation/localisation of interactive
* Novel interaction techniques, multimedia/multimodal interfaces
* Dialogue design methodologies and approaches
* Universal Access design methodologies and tools
* Interface architectures, development tools, interoperability
* Evaluation techniques and tools
* Universal Access scenarios for ambient intelligence
* Universal Access and novel interaction paradigms (wearable and
   ubiquitous computing, tangible interfaces, Virtual Reality)
* Interaction metaphors
* User Support
* Cooperation
* Personalised content delivery
* Access to e-services
* National and European policies for e-accessibility
* Standards development for Universal Design and Universal Access
* Advances in legislation for Universal Access
* Accessibility of (public) web sites
* User involvement

Solicited contributions
The 7th ERCIM Workshop "User Interfaces for All" solicits:

* long papers (between 12 and 20 pages), reporting original completed
  research and development activities relevant to the themes of User
  Interfaces for all (see list above);

* short papers (between 6 and 8 pages), reporting work in progress or
  late breaking results;

* poster presentations (1-2 pages abstract);

* position papers (between 4 and 8 pages).

Review Process
All papers will be peer reviewed. Accepted papers will be presented
during the Workshop and will appear in the Workshop Web site and the
Workshop Proceedings. All papers will appear on the ERCIM UI4ALL
Website four weeks before the workshop, together with comments from
the reviewers and responses from the authors.

The Workshop Proceedings will be published on paper and
electronically at:
Presentation and publication of accepted papers are conditional upon
registration to the Workshop.
The authors of the best papers will be invited to submit an extended
version to the Springer journal "Universal Access in the Information
Society" (

Submissions should be sent by e-mail to Prof. Noelle Carbonell
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Submissions in PDF (preferably) or in Word (PC or Macintosh) format
should include a short abstract (200 words) and comply with the
following format: A4, 1 column, with 1 inch margins, Times New Roman
12 point font, single spacing.

Important Dates
* 24 June 2002: Deadline for electronic submission of all papers

* 30 July 2002: Conditional notification of acceptance (confirmation
  will be given upon registration)

* 16 September 2002: Deadline for electronic submission of camera-
  ready papers

* 4 October 2002: Deadline for registration

Keynote Speakers
* Prof. Alfred Kobsa, University of California, Irvine, USA
* Dr. Steven Pemberton, CWI, The Netherlands

Special events
Two special pre-ERCIM Workshop events will be organised in
cooperation with the IS4ALL project (IST-1999-14101) on
23rd October 2002.

1) IS4ALL Seminar: Half-day (morning) IS4ALL seminar on "Universal
access: A practitioner's guide in Health Telematics".

2) IS4ALL Thematic Workshop: Half-day (afternoon) workshop entitled
"Methods and tools for designing universal access". This will include
invited position papers by IS4ALL members, and other actors in the
fields of Health Telematics and HCI, followed by open discussion.

Other details on these events will be published in the IS4ALL project
website: (

Registration fees
IS4ALL Seminar and Workshop (23 October 2002)
* 150 Euros:
    including accommodation (single room - Bed & Breakfast) and meals
    (dinner on 22 October 2002, lunch on 23 October 2002)
* 130 Euros:
    including accommodation (twin room - Bed & Breakfast) and meals
   (dinner on 22 October 2002, lunch on 23 October 2002)
* 70 Euros:
   including lunch on 23 October 2002

ERCIM UI4ALL Workshop (24 - 25 October 2002)
* 300 Euros:
   including accommodation (single room - Bed & Breakfast) and meals
   (dinner on 23 October 2002, lunches on 24 and 25 October 2002,
    and gala dinner on 24 October 2002)
* 260 Euros:
   including accommodation (twin room - Bed & Breakfast) and meals
   (dinner on 23 October 2002, lunches on 24 and 25 October 2002,
    and gala dinner on 24 October 2002)
* 140 Euros:
    including lunches on 24 and 25 October 2002, and gala dinner
    on 24 October 2002

Local organisation
Noelle Carbonell, Anne-Lise Charbonnier, Armelle Demange,
Christiane Demars, Danielle Marchand, Dominique Scapin

Programme Committee
* Prof. Noelle Carbonell, LORIA, France (Programme Chair)
* Prof. Constantine Stephanidis, ICS-FORTH, Greece (Workshop Chair)
* Dr. Demosthenes Akoumianakis, ICS-FORTH, Greece
* Prof. Elizabeth Andre, DFKI, Germany
* Prof. David Benyon, Napier University, United Kingdom
* Dr. Markus Bylund, SICS, Sweden
* Dr. Pier Luigi Emiliani, CNR-IROE, Italy
* Dr. Giorgio Faconti, CNR-CNUCE, Italy
* Prof. Michael Fairhurst, University of Kent, United Kingdom
* Mr. Seppo Haataja, NOKIA Mobile Phones, Finland
* Dr. Ilias Iakovidis, European Commission, EU
* Prof. Julie Jacko, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
* Dr. Eija Kaasinen, VTT, Finland
* Dr. Sri H. Kurniawan, UMIST, United Kingdom
* Prof. Mark Maybury, The MITRE Corporation, USA
* Dr. Michael Pieper, FhG-FIT, Germany
* Dr. Anthony Savidis, ICS-FORTH, Greece
* Prof. Andrew Sears, UMBC, USA
* Dr. Dominique Scapin, INRIA, France
* Prof. Cristian Stary, University of Linz, Austria
* Prof. Jean Vanderdonckt, Universite catholique de Louvain, Belgium
* Prof. Michael Wilson, RAL, United Kingdom
* Dr. Juergen Ziegler, FhG-IAO, Germany

Contact Details
For more information, please contact:

Local Organiser and Programme Chair
Prof. Noelle Carbonell
Universite Henri Poincare, Nancy 1
Campus Scientifique, BP 239
F-54506 Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy Cedex
tel: +33 (0)3 83 59 20 32
fax: +33 (0)3 83 41 30 79
e-mail: [log in to unmask]

Workshop Chair
Prof. Constantine Stephanidis
Institute of Computer Science
Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas
Hellas Science & Technology Park of Crete
Heraklion, Crete
tel: +30 810 391741
fax: +30 810 391740
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