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Joy Goodman <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 21 Apr 2005 13:39:18 +0100
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HCI and the Older Population

A full-day workshop at British HCI 2005
Napier University, Edinburgh, UK
5 September 2005

A forum for current work on older people and HCI, exploring the 
relevance of inclusive design and asking what makes the older population 
distinct (or not) from the wider population.

The population of the developed world is ageing, and, at the same time, 
technology is an increasingly important aspect of our day to day lives. 
Researchers have suggested that compared to younger user groups, older 
people often have different needs and wants when it comes to technology, 
requiring different types of applications and devices. Ageing is also 
often associated with changes in sight, hearing, mobility and other 
abilities, which could affect an older personís technology use. In 
addition, older people often come from different backgrounds than 
typical user groups, which may affect their expertise with, and approach 
to, items of technology. Yet inclusive design approaches suggest that 
designing well for the whole population will mean designing well for 
older people.

The workshop will provide a forum for research in the area of older 
people and HCI, and allow the community to explore questions relating to 
good design for older people.

This workshop follows on from a successful ones held at HCI 2002 and 
2004 (, 
which led to special issues of the journals Universal Access in the 
Information Society
and Interacting with Computers.

Those interested in attending the workshop are asked to submit first an 
abstract and then a short position paper (2 pages) on any aspect of HCI 
and the older population, including design methods, applications, 
devices and services. These will be circulated in advance and published 
in the proceedings.

Abstract deadline: 10 June 2005
Notification of acceptance: 24 June 2005
Position paper deadline: 15 July 2005

Please email submissions to Joy Goodman and Anna Dickinson at the 
addresses below.

Dr Joy Goodman, Engineering Design Centre, Department of Engineering, 
University of Cambridge. Phone: +44 1223 766958. E-mail: [log in to unmask]

Dr Anna Dickinson, Applied Computing, University of Dundee, DD3 6JG. 
Phone: +44 1382 344787. Email: [log in to unmask]

More information can be found at

This workshop is supported by the EPSRC project, i~design 2, which seeks 
to provide tools to improve quality of life for the wider population.

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