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(note---the paper deadline was extended until September 15th!!!)
 Breaking Down Barriers: the 2018 Cambridge  University Workshop on Universal Access and Assistive Technology
 Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, 9 - 11 April 2018
 "Breaking Down Barriers” is the ninth  of a series of workshops, started in 2002, that represent
 the inclusive design community. CWUAAT is a unique  multi-disciplinary workshop where designers, computer
 scientists, engineers, architects, ergonomists, ethnographers,  policymakers and user communities
 In the context of developing demographic changes leading to greater numbers of older
 people and people living with impairments, the general field of inclusive design research strives to relate the
 capabilities of the population to the design of products,  services, and spaces. CWUAAT has always had a successful multidisciplinary focus, but if genuine transdisciplinary fields are to evolve from this, the final barriers to integrated research must be identified and characterised.  Only then will benefits be realised in an inclusive society.  Barriers do not arise from impairments themselves, but  instead, are erected by humans, who often, have not considered a greater variation in sensory, cognitive and  physical user capabilities. Barriers are not only technical or architectural, but they also exist between different  communities of professionals. Our continual goal with the CWUAAT workshop series is to break down barriers in technical, physical, and architectural design, as well as barriers between different professional communities.
 We seek original research papers describing investigations within the following broad categories:
 1. Breaking down barriers between disciplines
 2. Breaking down barriers between users, designers and developers
 3. Removing barriers to usability, accessibility and inclusive design
 4. Breaking down barriers between people with impairments and those without
 5. Breaking down barriers between scientists and policy makers
 6. Removing barriers to open data and open government
 7. Recent barriers to effective rehabilitation robotics
 Accepted long papers will be published as a book by Springer-Verlag, UK.
 Short papers will be published separately in an official conference proceedings.
 Important Dates
 Paper submission deadline: 15 September, 2017
 Notification of reviews: 20 October, 2017
 Camera-ready version of submitted papers due: 10 November, 2017
 Author and Early registration by: 15 December, 2017
 Student and late Academic registration by: 15 February, 2018
 CWUAAT Workshop: 9 - 11 April, 2018

 Formats and Submission
 Paper format details are available on
 the conference web site at  All papers will
 be peer reviewed and the accepted long papers will be
 presented during the workshop. 
 Organising Committee
 Dr Patrick Langdon, Engineering Design Centre, University of Cambridge
 Dr Jonathan Lazar, Towson University and University of Pennsylvania, USA
 Prof Ann Heylighen, KU Leuven, Belgium
 Prof Hua Dong, Tongii University, China
 For further information please contact:
 Ms Mari Huhtala or Mrs Anna Walczyk
 Department of Engineering
 University of Cambridge
 Trumpington Street
 Cambridge CB2 1PZ
 United Kingdom
 Tel:  +44 (0)1223 748245 / 748247
 Fax: +44 (0)1223 339263
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