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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.

Motivation :
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.

The Workshop:
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:

The Journal:
"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
Intel Corporation
MS JF3-377
2111 NE 25^th Ave.
Hillsboro, OR, USA 97229
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