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Fri, 18 Dec 2020 01:22:27 +0900
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Call for Papers: Special Issue on the Gerontechnology Journal: Designing
Interactions for the Ageing Populations
Special issue editors: Sayan Sarcar (University of Tsukuba), Cosmin
Munteanu (University of Toronto Mississauga)

Deadline: The final manuscript is due January 21, 2021, but early
submissions are encouraged.
First Notification to authors: Feb 20, 2021
Revised and resubmitted version due: End of March 2021
Special issue published: May 2021

This special issue advances the study and design of digital software
interfaces, particularly mobile, wearable, IoT, or conversational for the
aging population. The topic is timely, as we are seeing an increase in
essential consumer-level technologies (e.g. online banking, social media,
remote healthcare access) that have low uptake among older adults despite
their benefits. Even more, emerging tech products that are marketed as
helpful for older adults are not always designed with them in mind.
Examples include Internet-of-Things products built around artificial
intelligence technologies (such as smart speakers) or sensors (smart
homes), wearable devices (health and activity trackers), mobile
applications that are not accessible or do not match older adults’ mental
models of use (e.g. health chatbots). Neglecting the needs of older people
is diminishing their ability to access information and participate in
society. This special issue welcomes multi-disciplinary contributions to
empirical studies, theories, and design of such interfaces for older
adults, that more systematically investigate the interplay between the
design, adoption, and use of interactive digital technologies (interfaces)
and the multitude of ageing-related biological, cognitive, trust, cultural,
and social changes.

We invite contributors to submit papers related to the above-described
focus, addressing one or more of four threads:  empirical (e.g.,
evaluation), theoretical (e.g. theoretical insights from neuroscience,
gerontology, social sciences, sociology of technology, critical theory,
etc.), design (e.g., interface design), and programmatic (e.g., future
research agenda).

We welcome additional HCI topics related to older adults and interface
design. The topics include, but not limited to:
- Effects of age-related decline in perceptual, cognitive, and motor
performance on digital devices use
- Models of user performance and individual differences
- User interface design patterns and metaphors
- Assistive technology devices for older adults
- Societal implications, including the digital divide and social exclusion
- Evaluation methodologies
- Ethical concerns

All contributions will be rigorously peer-reviewed to the usual exacting
standards of the Gerontechnology journal. Further information, including
submission procedures and advice on formatting and preparing your
manuscript, can be found at

Manuscripts are actually submitted via the online manuscript system at In the "Ă€uthor"
console, please select new submission, and then choose the journal section
as "Special Issue: Designing Interactions for the Ageing Populations" and
click all the checkboxes.

To discuss a possible contribution and more details on how to submit,
please contact the special issue editor at [log in to unmask]

Please also let us know if you have any further questions on concerns

Best Regards,
Special issue editorial team

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