Reminder: Submissions due April 6th!
Call for papers
Special Issue of Interacting with Computers on HCI and the Older
As a follow-up to the successful workshop on HCI and the Older
Population held at HCI 2004 in Leeds, a special issue of Interacting
with Computers will focus on issues of human-computer interaction and
older people. You are invited to submit a paper to this publication on
any aspect of this topic, including user studies, design guidelines and
methodologies. Due to the wide range of technologies suitable and useful
for older people, papers on a large range of application areas will be
considered as long as they address wider issues in this field. Suitable
application areas include, but are not limited to: information browsing,
communications, the internet, mobile devices, smart homes, health
applications and entertainment.
The proportion of older people in the population of the developed world
is rapidly increasing, and it is imperative to consider how computing
can meet the needs and wants of this important user group.
Older people are expected to control an increasingly large proportion of
the wealth in developed countries, and many already have a substantial
disposable income. There is also no evidence that they are particularly
adverse to using new technologies, if those technologies are
appropriately designed and introduced. The older population therefore
presents a sizeable market opportunity for the IT industry together with
a challenge to discover how new technologies can be effectively designed
for this group.
In addition, the increasing proportion of older people will lead to a
significant increase in the numbers needing support for daily activities
and in those needing long term care. Technology presents one important
avenue for providing such support but only if it meets actual needs in
appropriate ways and can be used effectively.
Both of these reasons provide strong imperatives for investigating
human-computer interaction as it relates to the older population. This
is an increasingly important area which impacts on the development of a
large range of computer and technological products.
This special issue is based on a workshop held at HCI 2004 on HCI and
the Older Population. Addressing a wide range of application areas,
ranging from websites, computer games and mobile devices through to
smart housing, safety and support for daily living, this workshop
addressed issues of wider relevance, such as ethical issues, research
methodology and the characteristics of suitable technology. More
information about the workshop can be found at:
"Interacting with Computers" is an interdisciplinary journal of
Human-Computer Interaction, published by Elsevier. More information
about this journal can be found at:
Papers on the topics described above should be submitted to Joy Goodman
(details below) by the 6th of April 2005. Papers of two different
lengths will be considered - full papers of up to 10,000 words and
shorter papers of up to 5,000 words. The style standard is that of the
American Psychological Assocation. In addition, copies of the
Interacting with Computers guidelines for Authors can be obtained from
Joy Goodman on request.
Joy Goodman, Engineering Design Centre, University of Cambridge
Jay Lundell, Proactive Health Group, Intel Corporation
Guest Editors, Special issue of Interacting with Computers on HCI and
the Older Population
Dr Joy Goodman
Engineering Design Centre, Department of Engineering
University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1PZ, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1223 766958
Fax: +44 (0)1223 332662
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Jay Lundell, PhD
Proactive Health, Intel Research
2111 NE 25^th Ave.
Hillsboro, OR, USA 97229
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