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CALL FOR PAPERS
*Creative Interactive Play for Disabled Children*

Full day Workshop
8th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children *IDC2009*
Como, June 3rd 2009

http://playidc09.wordpress.com/

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The concept of interactive technologies and robotics are undergoing a
surprising expansion within the sphere of children's play. These
technologies refer to a growing range of interactive devices including toys,
pets and educational tools which are expected to have beneficial effects on
children development. However disabled children could be prevented from
using and taking benefits from these technologies. The workshop encourages
research on robotics, assistive technologies and interaction design
promoting play for physically, visually, and hearing impaired children and
for emotionally and mentally handicapped children.

Creative play activities with interactive technologies can help confidence
and self-esteem blossom as young children meet success in activities that
are fun. The objective is to get disable children moving, exchanging,
experimenting and having fun, regardless of their cognitive or physical
ability levels. By offering exciting activities that entice children to
participate, interactive technologies can not only help them reap the
physical benefits of exercise, but also provides opportunities for them to
learn, share, express feelings, set goals, and function independently.

The aim of the workshop is to bring together research on robotic and
assistive technologies which provide play opportunities for improving
communication, interaction and physical skills in children with
disabilities, sharing experiences and practices among researchers and
practitioners.
Themes of the workshop include exploring the world of the senses; active
games with physical involvement (rolling, crawling, walking, and more);
building and creating; imaginative outdoor fun and water play; music play;
and group games and activities.

The aim of the workshop is to bring together research on robotic and
assistive technologies which provide play opportunities for improving
communication, interaction and physical skills in children with
disabilities, sharing experiences and practices among researchers and
practitioners.

The workshop is expected to cover state-of-the-art technologies, theoretical
concepts, field trials, ongoing research projects and innovative
applications of robotic and assistive technologies for disabled children
play. We encourage cross-disciplinary contributions from interaction
designers, technology developers, accessibility experts, researchers and
practitioners to address new trends and challenges, and to discuss how
robotic and assistive technologies can be designed and improved for support
play in disabled children.

Topics of interests:
    * Inclusive robotic games
    * Playground and playware for disabled children
    * Interactive environments for disabled children
    * Smart materials for interactive toys
    * Technology design for children with multiple impairments
    * Robots as social mediators
    * Interaction design for inclusive play

The workshop is organised in collaboration with the IROMEC Project -
Interactive Robotic Social Mediators as Companions (www.iromec.org), a
Specific Targeted Research Project (contract number IST-FP6-045356)
co-funded by the European Commission within the RTD activities of the
Strategic Objective SO 2.6.1 "Advanced Robotics" of the 6th Framework
Programme.

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*Submissions*

Persons interested in participating to this workshop can submit a regular
position paper, a video, or a demo.

Position paper must be submitted as .pdf file , should be formatted
according to the ACM SIGCHI Publications Format and should not exceed 4
pages. A selection of the best position papers will appear in the conference
proceedings and in the ACM Digital Library. Position papers should include a
statement no longer than 200 words containing a research question related to
the submitted paper.
The Research Questions have to be published on the Workshop LinkedIn
Discussion Group (
http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=1807032&trk=anet_ug_hm).
Contributors will submit their own Reaserch Question for discussion before
the workshop and will be asked to stimulate an on-line debate. The debate
will be continued at the round table during the workshop.

Videos can highlight innovative concepts, field studies, play scenarios and
any other relevant aspects of creative interactive play for disabled
children. Videos should be a maximum of 5 minutes long. They should be
submitted for review in .avi or .mov formats.
Write a mail to [log in to unmask] to receive instructions for
uploading the videos to Workshop server.
A brief description up to 2 pages should be submitted electronically
together with the video and should be formatted according to the ACM SIGCHI
Publications Format.

A brief description of the demo up to 2 pages should be submitted
electronically and should be formatted according to ACM SIGCHI Publications
Format. The description should also contain a list of equipment and
technical requirement needed to show the demo.

All pdf submissions must be sent to: [log in to unmask]

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For further info on the Workshop see: http://playidc09.wordpress.com/

Join our Linkedin Workshop Group to directly contribute to the discussion by
submitting your Research Questions.
http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=1807032&trk=anet_ug_hm

Join our Facebook Workshop Group to contact other workshop participants, to
share links, interactive material and ideas.
http://apps.facebook.com/groupsplus/group.php?id=243&auth_token=15b384a0867cbb414a22e9f5260bc5cf

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*Important dates*

Submission deadline for workshop position papers: April 8, 2009:
Notification of acceptance for submitted position papers: April 20, 2009
Camera ready versions of accepted papers: May 4, 2009

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*Organizers*

Patrizia Marti - [log in to unmask]
Alessandro Pollini - [log in to unmask]
Alessia Rullo - [log in to unmask]
Interaction Design Area - www.discom.unisi.it/ida
Communication Science Dept, University of Siena, Italy
University of Siena

Leonardo Giusti - [log in to unmask]
FBK – Fondazione Bruno Kessler

Erik Grönvall - [log in to unmask]
Computer Science Department
Århus University

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