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Enabling Technologies for Marginalised Groups: Removing barriers and
improving outcomes



We invite you to take part in this parallel paper session at the
Human-Computer Interaction International conference , 24-29 July 2021 (
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session is part of the conference's thematic area Design, User Experience
and Usability (DUXU)


An inclusive approach to technology design should draw on the full range of
human diversity. This means that as researchers, technologists, and
educators we need to learn from people with a range of experiences and
perspectives. They offer us views, insights and valuable contributions which
are often neglected in current research and practice. 

Failing to take an inclusive approach means we create exclusive solutions
that are shaped around our own biases, assumptions and design perspectives.

Inclusiveness is particularly important with marginalised user groups such
as disabled people, people with mental health difficulties, minorities,
refugees, to name a few. These groups often have little influence, little
advocacy and minimal representation amongst the creators of technology. 

At the same time, such users may be particularly dependent on technology
that enables them to access services, education, provide support and/or live
independent lives.  We simply cannot ignore the voices of marginalised
groups and need to place value on them if we are to co-design technology
that has maximum application and impact.  



This parallel session invites research and practice that explores the role
of enabling technology design with, and for, marginalised groups, including:

*	Technology design and development
*	Innovative new forms of technology (AR, VR, XR, etc.)
*	Application of technologies in situ settings
*	Ways of bringing the voices of marginalised groups to the fore in
design-based work
*	Co-designing remotely in times of social distancing
*	Applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other forms of innovation
to support technology application
*	Technology that supports routes to improved outcomes in areas such
as: education; services; employment; independent living scenarios; etc..
*	Ethics and responsible research involving all users
*	Evaluation of enabling technologies that include the voices of
marginalised users
*	Research that is fully embedded in the settings where marginalised
users are most likely to use them
*	Work that bridges issues of technology uptake in practical setting
(i.e. the home, schools, work-place)

We particularly welcome and encourage work that includes marginalised groups
as authors or co-authors in addition to work that reports lived experiences
of marginalised groups and their immediate stakeholders.



Please contact Marc Fabri ([log in to unmask]
<mailto:[log in to unmask]> ) to receive a personal invitation
through the conference CMS. Please DO NOT submit your paper through the
general HCII paper submission route as it may then not be part of this



Papers must report completed work with results available at the time of
submission for review. Proposals for new frameworks, models, methods etc.
must emerge from research or practice and cannot simply be position papers.
Any studies involving human participants must have had approval by an
Institutional Review Board or Ethics Committee.



Paper for Review: Anonymised Extended Abstracts should be up to 4 pages
long, including any tables, images and references. At this stage there are
no other formatting instructions - write freely!

Camera-Ready Papers:  Full papers must be 10-12 pages long, including all
images, tables, references etc. By the time of author acceptance
notifications, detailed instructions for how to prepare your paper will be
available on the conference website.



Accepted papers will be published by Springer in a multi-volume set of the
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series. Following the conference,
session participants will be invited to submit an extended version of their
conference paper to a Special Issue of the Journal of Enabling Technologies
(, to be
published in 2022.



*	Now: contact Marc Fabri ([log in to unmask]
<mailto:[log in to unmask]> ) to receive an invitation to submit
*	30 November 2020: Deadline to submit Extended Abstract of up to 4
*	20 December 2020: Author notifications
*	29 January 2021: Final paper due
*	19 February: Deadline for author registration*
*	24-29 July 2021: HCI International in Washington DC

* please note that we are bound by the rules of the conference which state
that for paper presentation and publication in the proceedings, at least one
delegate registration per paper is required. However, individuals can appear
as co-authors in several papers.



We look forward to hosting an exciting and rewarding parallel session at
HCII 2021, which will run as a virtual conference.


Dr Marc Fabri, Leeds Beckett University, UK,

Dr Nigel Newbutt, UWE Bristol, UK,


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