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CALL FOR PAPERS

+++ HCI4Aging 2012 +++

Special Thematic Session on Human-Computer Interaction & Usability Engineering for Elderly
at the 13th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP'12)

July 11-13, 2012
University of Linz
Linz, Austria

http://www.icchp.org/node/220

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IMPORTANT DATES

Submission of Full Papers:    February 1, 2012

Notification of Acceptance:     March 9, 2012

Camera-Ready Papers:         April 20, 2012

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SESSION THEME

Industrialized countries are faced with severe demographical and social changes. Consequently, areas including Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) are of increasing importance. The vision of AAL is to provide technologies for supporting (elderly) people in their daily lives, allowing them to stay longer within their own home aiming at living independent and self-determined. User Interfaces in such systems are mostly multimodal, because standard interfaces have limited accessibility. Multimodal user interfaces combine various input and output modalities (including seeing/vision, hearing/audition, haptic/tactile, taste/gustation, smell/olfaction etc) which are a classical research area in human-computer interaction. One of the advantages of multiple modalities is increased usability: the weaknesses of one modality are offset by the strengths of another. For example, on a mobile device with a small visual interface and keypad, a word may be quite difficult to read/type, however very easy to say/listen. Such interfaces in combination with mobile technologies can have tremendous implications for accessibility and can be a benefit for people. An important issue is that all those interfaces must be accessible, useful and usable. Traditionally, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) bridges Psychology and Informatics, while Usability Engineering (UE) is anchored in software technology and must guarantee a solid technological implementation, for example by application of formal methods. Together, HCI&UE provide the emerging potential to assist the daily workflows in the realm of AAL. To promote a closer collaboration between Psychologists and Computer Scientists, we invite your participation in this special thematic session.
A particular interest of this year's session is the question what to do with the enormous amounts of data gathered from sensors in AAL environments. Gaining knowledge out of this big data is one of the most important challenges for sustainable and personalized e-Health solutions.

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SESSION TOPICS

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

 * Formal Methods and Methodologies (incl. Agile Methods)
 * Human Aspects of Future Technologies
 * Ambient Assisted Living and Life Long Learning
 * Mobile and Pervasive Computing
 * Adaptivity and Adaptation
 * Multimodal Integration Techniques
 * Intelligent UIs for Elderly
 * User Centered Design & Development
 * Real-Life Usability Testing
 * Cognitive Task Analysis
 * Older Adults Acceptance of Computer Technology
 * Innovative Mixed and Augmented Interfaces
 * Game Based Learning for the Elderly
 * Knowledge Discovery out of Big Ambient Assisted Living Data

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SUBMISSION

Contributions to the STS have to be submitted using the standard submission procedures of ICCHP at: https://secure.icchp.org/tool/login.htm. When submitting your contribution please make sure to select this STS under "STS/Session". Contributions to the STS are evaluated by the Programme Commitee of ICCHP and by the chair(s) of the STS. Please get in contact with the STS chairs for discussing your involvement and pre-evaluation of your contribution.

Accepted papers will be included in the main conference proceedings of ICCHP 2012 and be published by Springer as part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series.

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ORGANIZERS

Andreas Holzinger, Medical University of Graz, Institute for Medical Informatics, Statistics and Documentation, Austria
Martina Ziefle, Human Technology Centre (Humtec), RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Carsten Röcker, Human Technology Centre (Humtec), RWTH Aachen University, Germany

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