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Tue, 14 Dec 2010 17:48:50 -0800
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Workshop: Socialising Technology Among Seniors in Asia

At CSCW 2011 – The ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work

Call for Participation

Deadline: Sunday, 19 December 2010

Online info:


The history of successful technological use reveals, that in many
cases, a process of ‘socialisation’ is behind the incorporation of
technologies in the performance of daily routine. This process is
fuelled by more than technical acumens or digital literacy; it is also
facilitated and sustained by the concerted efforts of various social
structures like governments, institutions, the media, family units,
and peers.

Although technological research involving seniors is not new, there is
still a lack of use and adoption amongst the seniors. The issue is
further confounded by a scarcity of discourse and research seeking
in-depth understanding on why this is so. This is particularly
problematic among some countries in the region like Hong Kong, Japan
and Singapore whose ageing populations are among the fastest growing
in the world. The purpose of this workshop is thus to explore ways to
foster the conditions that facilitate the socialisation of ICTs among
elderly people in Asia to: (i) realise the frequently touted positive
impact of digital technology in the process of ageing itself; and (ii)
ameliorate the negative impact commonly associated with a greying
society in the region.

To this end, we want to invite researchers and practitioners from the
design, engineering, social, and scientific disciplines to submit work
that deals with the design, use, and issues of technology amongst
seniors in Asia. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

- In-depth case studies on the socialisation of various technologies
and the mediating roles of cultural values, family units, societal
support, social life, or supporting institutions.
- Technological developments aimed at addressing social, cognitive,
and physical functions associated with the process of ageing
- Seniors and the dualistic role of technology in their work and social lives.
- Studies on the role of social structures (e.g., governments,
institutions, the media, family, peers, etc.) in shaping the
experience of old age in Asia.
- User studies of the use of technology (ICTs, robots, telepresence,
ehealth, virtual and augmented reality, etc.) and/or traditional media
(TV, radio, telephone, newspapers, magazines, etc.) among seniors in
- Exploration of research approaches and methods concerning seniors in Asia.

Selected papers will also be considered for an edited book or special
issue in a journal.

Submission Instructions

The gauge interest and participation in the workshop and plan
accordingly, you can send us ANY of the following:

1. A position paper in the CHI/CSCW Extended Abstracts format
( Max 4 pages
2. A poster draft in PDF format (Tabloid size 11 x 17 inches) with a
visual explanation of the content and utility of your position paper
to the aims of the workshop. Posters drafts should NOT exceed 5 MB
when sent as attachments. Posters will be used during the workshop in
place of a traditional PowerPoint presentation to facilitate and
encourage networking and interaction among workshop attendants.
3. A simple paper abstract, paper outline, or statement of interest in
the workshop.

All submissions must include

- Titles, names, affiliations, and email address of the authors.
- Short biography including authors’ backgrounds and areas of
expertise. To be included in the workshop’s website if participation
is accepted.

ANY item from points 1-3 should be sent to: [log in to unmask]
indicating in the Subject: ‘Socialising Technology Among Seniors in
Asia Workshop Submission’

(Note: Bear in mind that points 1 and 2 both will have to be produced
if your work is selected for presentation in the workshop)

Key Dates

- Sunday, 19 December 2010: Deadline for ANY item from points 1-3
- Thursday, 30 December 2010: Notification of acceptance (The day
before New Year’s Eve!)
- 20 March 2011: ‘Socialising Technology Among Seniors in Asia’ Workshop
- 19-23 March 2011: Computer Supported Cooperative Work 2011
Conference, Hangzhou, China


Jose Rojas, University of Glasgow, UK
Theng Yin Leng, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Natalie Pang, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

More information can be found at

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