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Fri, 7 May 2004 12:33:45 +0100
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                                CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

                             HCI and the Older Population

                      A full-day workshop at British HCI 2004
                                     Leeds, UK
                                 7 September 2004


The proportion of older people in the population is rapidly increasing. This workshop will provide a forum for academics and practitioners to discuss how technology design can meet the needs and wants of this important user group. It will discuss both current work and key challenges.

This is a very important and timely topic because the population of the UK, Western Europe and North America is ageing, but most HCI research has not yet focused on this important user group. We aim to bring together researchers interested in the area to discuss the topic and find out the current state-of-the-art.

The substantial opportunities presented to the IT industry by the ageing population of the developed world have been identified by the Foresight Programme. Older people currently control a large proportion of the wealth of the county, and many have a substantial disposable income. In the future, the proportion of older people in the population will significantly increase. These people will remain economically active longer, but also there will be a significant increase in the numbers needing long term care. There is no evidence that older people are particularly averse to using new technologies, and there are market opportunities, and an economic imperative for the advantages of communication and information technologies to be extended to support this group. 

This workshop follows on from a successful one held at HCI 2002 in London (, the proceedings of which were published as a special issue of the journal Universal Access in the Information Society.

If you would like to take part, please submit a 2 page position paper on any aspect of HCI and the older population, including design methods, applications, devices and services. Deadline for position papers: 7 June 2004. Please email them to [log in to unmask]

Dr Joy Goodman ([log in to unmask])
Prof Stephen Brewster ([log in to unmask]) Glasgow Interactive Systems Group Department of Computing Science, University of Glasgow, UK

More information can be found at

This workshop is being run as part of the SHEFC funded UTOPIA project which is investigating the relationship between older people and technology. The UTOPIA project is a consortium of four universities: Dundee, Abertay, Glasgow and Napier.