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John Vines <[log in to unmask]>
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Call for Position Papers

CHI 2013 Workshop on "Designing for- and with- Vulnerable People"

27 or 28 April 2013, Paris, France

The workshop will be held as part of CHI 2013 (,
the annual ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems,
that will be held in Paris, France between the 27 April and 2 May 2013.
The workshop will be held on a single day prior to the start of the
conference either on the 27 or 28 April 2013.

Important Dates:

- Submission by: January 11th, 2013
- Notification of Acceptance: February 8th, 2013
- Workshop days: April 27th or April 28th, 2013

Increasingly ubiquitous technologies coupled with a surge in empirical
research on people who face cognitive, emotional, physical and social
challenges give HCI and design the potential to enrich the lives of
vulnerable people. Designing for people with vulnerabilities requires
research approaches that are sensitive to the risks of stigmatizing people
and awareness of the challenges that can be involved for those involved.
Prior work related to vulnerability in HCI has included research into
homeless mothers, people living with dementia, the financial practices of
older people, children with special needs and people with depressive
disorders, among many others.

This workshop aims to synthesize and build upon this prior work by
bringing together a diverse community to explore shared sensitivities
across examples of vulnerability, identify methodological and ethical
implications that working with vulnerable individuals have on research,
and ascertain opportunities for future research into technology designed
with and for vulnerable groups.

This one-day workshop will bring together an interdisciplinary group of
researchers, designers and practitioners who are currently working to
design technologies with vulnerable user groups in the field of
interaction design or health care, or are interested in the topic. We
invite the submission of 4-6 page position papers in ACM Extended Abstract
format ( offering perspectives on
topics including (but not limited to):

- Reflections on the notion of vulnerability in HCI and design
- Empirical studies of research with vulnerable groups
- Novel designs responding to the needs of a vulnerable group and
associated methods
- Discussions of existing or new frameworks for designing with vulnerable
- Participatory research within sensitive contexts
- Theoretical and inter-disciplinary explorations of the concept of
vulnerability both in HCI and generally
- Reflections on how working with certain groups heightens their
vulnerability or makes researchers themselves become vulnerable.

Alongside this, we also ask all submitting authors to provide a 100-150
word bio about their background and their reasons for wanting to
participate in the workshop. This will be published online.

Submissions should be sent to [log in to unmask] by the 11th January
2013. Workshop submissions will be reviewed by the program committee and
workshop organizers. Accepted position papers will be made available on
the workshop website. We will ask participants to read specific position
papers prior to the workshop.

Please also note that all workshop participants must register for both the
workshop and for at least one day of the main CHI 2013 conference. The
reason for this policy is that workshops are supposed to be a part of the
CHI conference, not separate events that happen to be in the same location
at the same time. The intention is that people will be attending the
conference as well.

Please email John Vines ([log in to unmask]), Roisin McNaney
([log in to unmask]) or any of the workshop organiser if you have any
questions about the workshop.

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