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Tue, 18 Jun 2019 10:09:47 +0200
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Designing Mobile Technologies for Neurodiversity: Challenges and
International Workshop at at the 21st International Conference on
Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI
'19), October 1 – 4, 2019 Taipei, Taiwan

Workshop website:

For manifestations of interest send an email to: [log in to unmask]

Submission deadline (Extended): 27 June 2019
Notification to authors: 01 July 2019
Workshop day: 01 October 2019

In recent years, a lot of work on mobile technology has been created for
neurodiverse people. As they are meant to be carried around everywhere at
every moment of the day, mobile devices, such as smartphones and wearables,
may impact a variety of life domains, representing an always-on support
that may make their lives easier and more autonomous.

Although we know that these technologies can be beneficial, there are a
variety of open issues that still need to be addressed. For example:

- How can we design personalized applications that fit the idiosyncratic
experiences of these populations also taking into account comorbidities
- How can we design systems that address physical impairments combined with
- How can we design technology that bridges the misunderstandings between
neurodiverse and neurotypical people, facilitating their collaboration and
helping both to be full members of the everyday world?
- What do we need to go really beyond “assistive” technologies?
- What are the theoretical and moral foundations that would enable us to do
- What changes are needed in the methodologies we use to create and
evaluate technology?

In this workshop, we recognize that mobile applications have a potential in
making everyday environments more accessible from the cognitive point of
view. But what we aim to identify are the challenges that we are facing now
in this field and the strategies to tackle them. In doing so, we want to
focus on the neurodiverse people’s idiosyncratic needs, also exploring ways
for directly involving them in the design process.

To summarize, the workshop aims to discuss the main technological,
methodological, theoretical and design issues that researchers and
practitioners are facing when designing for neurodiverse people, exploring
novel strategies to address them.

Relevant workshop topics include but are not limited to:
i) Novel mobile technologies for specific neurodiverse user groups, e.g.,
people with autism, ADHD, dyslexia, etc., and also individuals with
dementia, aged individuals with mild-cognitive impairment, etc.;
ii) Novel interfaces addressed to increase the cognitive accessibility of
mobile applications and devices;
iii) User studies focusing on neurodiverse people addressed to inspire
novel designs;
iv) Methodologies for involving neurodiverse individuals in design;
v) Thought-provoking insights and theoretical reflections on how mobile
technology could impact neurodiverse users in the future, and how we can
face the challenges that this diversity poses for the research/design
vi) Use cases that investigate the effectiveness of mobile solutions for

There are two modalities for participating to the workshop:

1. Send an email with a manifestation of interest to participate to the
workshop briefly outlining the submitter’s reasons for participating.

2. Submit a full paper (four-to-six page long) or a position paper
(two-page long) related to the themes of the workshop. Papers will be
reviewed by two members of the program committee on the basis of their
relevance to the workshop topics, quality of the exposition and, mainly,
potential to elicit discussion during the workshop. Papers should be
formatted according to the ACM SIG proceedings template. Accepted papers
will be published in the Workshop Website and will be invited to submit an
extended version to a journal Special Issue (TBA).

Papers and manifestations of interest should be sent by email to:
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The workshop will have an highly interactive structure, whereby
participants will be invited to discuss relevant issues and envision novel
solutions using a research through design approach.

Amon Rapp University of Torino
Frederica Cena University of Torino
Christopher Frauenberger Vienna University of Technology
Niels Hendriks Social Spaces, LUCA School of Arts
Karin Slegers Tilburg University

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