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Dynamic Accessibility: Detecting and Accommodating Differences in Ability and Situation

May 8, 2011, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Amy Hurst, UMBC, Information Systems Department 
Krzysztof Z. Gajos, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Leah Findlater, The Information School, DUB Group, University of Washington
Jacob O. Wobbrock, The Information School, DUB Group, University of Washington
Andrew Sears, UMBC, Information Systems Department
Shari Trewin, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center

Workshop Website: 

Human abilities and situations are idiosyncratic and may change frequently. Static one-size-fits-many accessibility solutions miss the opportunities that arise from careful consideration of an individual’s abilities and fail to address the sometimes dynamic aspect of those abilities, such as when a user’s activity or context causes a “situational impairment.” Our goal is to bring together researchers and practitioners in accessibility, mobile HCI, and interactive intelligent systems who are pursuing agile, data-driven approaches that enable adaptation of interactive systems to the needs and abilities of a particular individual in a particular context.

To create ample time for discussion, select participants will briefly present their experience studying, detecting and accommodating changing user needs. Participants who do not give an oral presentation will participate in an informal poster session to discuss specific research experiences. There will also be a series of discussions regarding important issues surrounding data driven accessibility. 

Important Dates
- Submission deadline: January 14, 2011
- Notification: February, 11, 2011
- Workshop: May 8, 2011 in Vancouver, BC

Submission Details
Position papers should be submitted to [log in to unmask] with the subject “CHI 2011 workshop”. Papers should be 3-4 pages in Extended Abstracts format ( Papers will be selected to represent diverse perspectives and stimulate relevant discussion.  At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the workshop and at least one day of the CHI conference.

Submissions are invited on (but not limited to) the following themes:
- Understanding user needs: how individual and contextual differences (due to permanent health conditions or temporary situations) affect people's abilities, and promising strategies for intervention
- Enabling technologies: relevant research or commercial technologies 
- Case studies of fully-built adaptive systems 
- Vision papers: discussions about challenges and future opportunities
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