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                             6th ERCIM WORKSHOP ON
                            "USER INTERFACES FOR ALL"

                         Florence, Italy, 25-26 October 2000

                                         Special Theme
                               "Information Society for All"

         http://www.ics.forth.gr/proj/at-hci/UI4ALL/UI4ALL-2000/call.html

                                         Call for Papers

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Technical Description
---------------------

The 6th ERCIM Workshop on "User Interfaces for All" builds upon the results of the
five previous Workshops held at Heraklion, Greece, 30-31 October 1995; Prague, Czech
Republic, 7-8 November 1996; Obernai, France, 3-4 November 1997; Stockholm, Sweden,
19-21 October 1998; and Dagstuhl, Germany, 28 November - 1 December 1999.

The vision of User Interfaces for All advocates the proactive realisation of the
design for all principle in the field of Human-Computer Interaction, and involves the
development of user interfaces to interactive applications and telematic services,
which provide universal access and quality in use to potentially all users. This user
population includes people with different cultural, educational, training and
employment background, novice and experienced computer users, the very young and the
elderly, and people with different types of disabilities, in various interaction
contexts and scenarios of use.

In the tradition of its predecessors, this Annual European Workshop aims to
consolidate recent work, and to stimulate further discussion, on the state of the art
in user interfaces for all, and its increasing range of applications in the emerging
Information Society. The emphasis of this year's event is on "Information Society for
all" and invites contributions on a broad range of topics, including technological,
applications and policy developments aiming to advance the notion of an all-inclusive
Information Society accessible and acceptable by the widest possible end user
population.

Technological contributions should be on emerging technologies, concepts and tools
that advance our understanding of, and contribute towards, universal access to the
new computer-mediated virtual spaces. Areas of interest include, but are mot limited
to, future and emerging technologies, novel computing paradigms, computer-mediated
virtual spaces, architectures and tools, interaction platforms, interaction
metaphors, experimental studies, etc., which bare an impact on the scope of human
access to digital content in an Information Society.

Applications-oriented contributions may address practice and experience in the
application of universal access principles in critical domains such as healthcare,
education, employment, etc. In this context, the workshop seeks contributions, which
elaborate upon, adopt, apply or validate a universal access code of practice in
selected application domains.

Finally, contributions on policy developments should discuss the impact of
non-technological factors, such as legislation, standardisation, technology transfer,
etc., on developing a culture for universal access in the Information Society, for
all parties concerned and in particular the industry. Policy contributions may cover
success stories of the past or lay out prevailing obstacles to be addressed and
removed by effective policy interventions.


Areas of interest
-----------------

Areas of interest, for which papers are solicited, include, but are not limited to,
the following:

- Adaptable and adaptive interaction, user modelling
- Intelligent user interfaces, guided or cooperative interaction, intelligent agents
- Computer-Supported Collaborative Work
- Multilinguality, internationalisation / localisation of interactive applications
- Novel interaction techniques, multimedia / multimodal interfaces
- Virtual and augmented reality
- Dialogue design methodologies and approaches
- Interface design assistance tools
- Interface architectures and development tools, interoperability
- Formal methods and languages for interaction specification and verification
- Ergonomics, Human Factors and usability issues
- Evaluation techniques and tools
- Sociological and economical issues
- Novel approaches to information access and retrieval in large information spaces
- Cognitive Factors in Design
- User-Centred Design
- Interface metaphors
- Intuitive, seamless interfaces
- Interfaces to wearable and ubiquitous systems
- Information Visualisation
- Support measures (e.g. standardisation) for user interfaces for all
- Accessibility of information environments

This year's special theme is "Information Society for All", and a special session
will be devoted to the issue of "Universal Access in Healthcare Telematics". In this
context, areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

- Organising Healthcare collections for universal access
- Reference models for universally accessible medical records
- Advanced interaction techniques for Healthcare professionals
- Virtual Hospital
- Personalisation and adaptation in Healthcare Telematics
- Social aspects of universal access to medical records
- Security, privacy and IPR
- Universal access principles and the organisation of Regional Healthcare Networks
- Etc


Solicited contributions
-----------------------

The 6th ERCIM Workshop on "User Interfaces for All" aims to solicit:

- long papers (between 10 and 15 pages), reporting original
  completed research and development activities relevant to
  the themes of User Interfaces for all (see list above);

- short papers (between 4 and 6 pages);

- poster presentations (1-2 pages abstract); and

- position papers (between 4 and 15 pages).

All papers will be peer reviewed. Accepted papers will be presented during the
Workshop

and will appear in the Workshop Proceedings.


Submission
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Submissions should include a short abstract (200 words) and comply with the following
format: A4, 1 column, with 1 inch margins, Times New Roman 12point font, single
spacing. ASCII, latex, Word (PC or Macintosh), or Postscript format will be accepted.
Submissions should be done electronically by e-mail to Dr Pier Luigi Emiliani
([log in to unmask]).


Programme Committee
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- Prof. Constantine Stephanidis, University of Crete and
   ICS-FORTH, Greece (Workshop Chair)
- Dr. Pier Luigi Emiliani, CNR-IROE, Italy
  (Programme Chair and Local Organiser)
- Prof. Alfred Kobsa, University of California, Irvine, USA
- Dr. Michael Pieper, GMD, Germany
- Dr. Elizabeth Andre, DFKI, Germany
- Prof. David Benyon, Napier University, United Kingdom
- Prof. Noelle Carbonell, CRIN-CNRS & INRIA, France
- Dr. Giorgio Faconti, CNR-CNUCE, Italy
- Mr. Seppo Haataja, NOKIA Mobile Phones, Finland
- Dr. Ilias Iakovidis, European Commission, EU
- Dr. Dominique Scapin, INRIA, France
- Prof. Cristian Stary, University of Linz, Austria
- Prof. Jean Vanderdonckt, Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
- Dr. Annika Waern, SICS, Sweden
- Dr. Michael Wilson, RAL, United Kingdom
- Dr. Juergen Ziegler, FhG-IAO, Germany


Keynote Speakers
----------------

The names of two keynote speakers will be announced soon.


Important Dates
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- 11 September 2000
   Deadline for electronic submission of all papers

- 2 October 2000
   Conditional notification of acceptance (confirmation will
   be given upon registration)

- 9 October 2000
   Deadline for registration

- 16 October 2000
   Deadline for electronic submission of camera-ready papers


Contact Details
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For more information, please contact:

Programme Chair & Local Arrangements:

Dr Pier Luigi Emiliani
Director
Institute of Research on Electromagnetic Waves "Nello Carrara" (IROE)
National Research Council (CNR)
Via Panciatichi, 64
50127 Firenze, Italy
Tel: +39-055-431090 / 4235235
Fax: +39-055-410893
Email: [log in to unmask]

Workshop Chair:

Prof. Constantine Stephanidis
ICS-FORTH
Science & Technology Park of Crete
Heraklion, Crete
GR-71110 Greece
Tel: +30 81 391741
Fax: +30 81 391740
Email: [log in to unmask]

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