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Tiago Guerreiro <[log in to unmask]>
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Frontiers in Accessibility for Pervasive Computing
Call for Participation in this Pervasive 2012 Workshop
June 19, 2012, Newcastle, UK

Important Dates
Submission Deadline: March 09, 2012 (Moved from March 02)
Notification to Authors: April 02, 2012
Camera-Ready Papers: April 20,2012
Workshop: June 19, 2012

Pervasive systems, including mobile devices, present significant technical and usability challenges. In this workshop, we plan to focus on the accessibility challenges of pervasive systems and the opportunities these systems have in providing novel accessibility support. The primary objective of the workshop is to provide a venue for sharing and discussing frontier technologies and evaluation methodologies for accessibility in pervasive computing. We want to encourage the workshop's participants to discuss lessons learned from previous design successes and failures, raise methodological issues in designing special evaluations given the nature of pervasive computing and of the target user populations, and propose future research questions and challenges.

Not limited to these:
• In general, the use of pervasive computing technologies by and in support of:
 o Individuals with hearing, sight and other sensory impairments
 o Individuals with motor impairments
 o Individuals with memory, learning and cognitive impairments
 o Individuals with multiple impairments
• Methodologies, techniques, and tools to evaluate the accessibility of pervasive and
 mobile applications in general and those specifically designed as accessible
• Design patterns derived from the evaluation of accessibility in pervasive systems
• Techniques and applications to acquire and process context information to support
• Use of sensor fusion techniques to support users with disabilities
• New interaction paradigms to present contextual information to users with
• Wearable assistive technologies
• Sensing techniques for augmenting or translating human sensory input
• Sensors and actuators for supporting activities of daily living in the home
• Support for transportation and navigation

Call for Position Papers
Position papers should be between 2 to 4 pages (ACM Format) and could report work in progress, synthesize lessons from previous work, or explore early ideas and concepts.

An international program committee will select around 12-15 contributions. Authors of accepted position papers will be invited to give short presentations at the beginning of the workshop with brief discussion phases.

We aim to create a hands-on environment where all the participants present, use, design, and evaluate frontier technologies that support accessible interaction for pervasive computing. Participants of the workshop will give five-minute round-robin presentations of their research with pre-delivered slide presentations, they will bring their technologies to be used and will be ready to use other people’s technologies, and will engage in multiple rounds of constructive feedback on the technologies. Participants are encouraged to bring material on their evaluation methodologies, their study designs, and their measurement technologies, such as logging and scripting programs. Participants will engage in small-group, hands-on design and evaluation challenge of a new technology using other participants as pilot subjects.

How to Submit
Contributions must be sent by email to [log in to unmask] no later
than March 09, 2012, and should be in PDF format. If you have any
questions, we encourage you to contact us at the above
email address.

Mario Romero (point of contact - Georgia Tech - [log in to unmask])
Jeffrey Bigham (University of Rochester)
Tiago Guerreiro (Technical University of Lisbon)
Shaun Kane (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)
Votis Konstantinos (Centre for Research and Technology Hellas)
Sergio Mascetti (Università degli Studi di Milano)
Caleb Southern (Georgia Tech)
Gottfried Zimmermann (Stuttgart Media University)

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