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Mon, 14 May 2007 09:41:01 -0700
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Call for Papers for a special issue on "Interactive Play and Learning 
for Children" for the journal Advances in Human-Computer Interaction.

Interactive Play and Learning for Children
Call for Papers

One of the most socially and culturally beneficial uses of human 
computer interaction is for enhancing play and learning for children. It 
is very important to understand the needs of children and craft 
visionary interactive systems designed to enhance education and 
entertainment. In this special issue we call for papers which provide 
visions and glimpses in the future of human computer interaction for 
children's play and learning. We call for papers from academia as well 
as industry led papers. In addition, we also welcome papers that 
critique and study the disadvantages of computers and media for children 
play and learning, as there may be many examples where technology may 
make a deficit rather than a benefit. We hope this special issue will 
provide concrete visions and goals for improved childrens learning and 
play at home, school, and public environments. We also especially 
encourage research which is aimed at helping increase in literacy or is 
aimed at children with disabilities.

Topics for this special issue are papers related to interactive media 
for children's play and learning, with subtopics (specifically related 
to children's play and learning) which may include:

     * Computer entertainment: development and evaluation
     * Educational games
     * Augmented / mixed reality
     * Avatars and virtual action
     * Computer entertainment and sports
     * Evolutionary platforms / hardware
     * Entertainment psychology / philosophy
     * Entertainment robots and human-robot interaction
     * Graphics techniques
     * Usability
     * Haptics
     * Interfaces
     * Mobile entertainment
     * Narratives
     * Networking
     * New genres
     * New standards
     * Novel hardware devices
     * Social computing
     * Sound and music
     * Emotion and cognition
     * Applications in classrooms
     * Social and cultural factors
     * Evaluation
     * Children with special needs
     * Distance learning
     * Digital storytelling

Authors should follow the Advances in Human-Computer Interaction 
manuscript format described at the journal site Prospective authors should submit 
an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the Journal 
Manuscript Tracking System at, according to 
the following timetable.

     Manuscript Due	October 1, 2007
     First Round of Reviews	January 1, 2008
     Publication Date	April 1, 2008

Guest Editors:

Adrian David Cheok, Mixed Reality Lab, National University of Singapore, 
Singapore 117574

Hiroshi Ishii, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307, USA

Junichi Osada, NEC Design, Ltd., Shinagawa-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Jeff Pierce, Ph.D.
Research Staff Member
IBM Almaden Research Center
O: 408-927-1282
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