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                                  CHI2001 Workshop

                                     Universal design:
            Towards universal access in the Information Society

                                 CALL FOR PAPERS


This year's CHI conference is focused on the evolution of interaction so as to
facilitate access to anyone and anywhere. This involves addressing the needs of
increasingly diverse users, making use of an increasing variety of devices and
interaction platforms to perform ever more complex and valuable tasks.  This
workshop aims to explore the prospects of universal design as a means towards
improved accessibility and interaction quality.

Universal design is the term used to reflect a particular perspective upon the
design of interactive products and services that respects and values the
dimensions of diversity intrinsic in human capabilities, technological
environments and contexts of use. The universal design movement has its roots in
the conscious effort to address the special requirements of the ageing
population and users with disabilities. Initial areas of application have been
mainly concerned with the design of landscapes and built environments, and
universal design became respected and practised in architecture, interior
design, civil engineering, etc. More recently, in the 1990's, universal design
obtained a wider connotation and attracted considerable interest in the field of
Information Technology and Telecommunications and HCI to cater for the broadest
possible user population.

This workshop aims to review universal design methods and techniques currently
in use (e.g., adaptations, unified design), investigate links with prevalent
design perspectives in HCI (e.g., scenario-based design), assess
multi-disciplinary experiences (design case studies, artefacts), in order to
elaborate on the foundations of a conceptual frame of reference for introducing
universal design into Information Society Technologies (IST) in general, and HCI
in particular. Specifically, the workshop will pursue to identify, enumerate and
consolidate a code of universal design experiences and practice so as to
influence the IST industry, and the academic and research community. The focus
will be spread evenly on process requirements for universal design and artefact
specifications embodying features of universal design. Finally, the workshop
will address open issues and research challenges to provide the insights for the
wider adoption of universal design practices in the emerging Information
Society.

The workshop solicits participation from a wide range of research communities
and design disciplines in which universal design is either well established and
practiced, or is acquiring increasing importance and creating new challenges.
The Workshop will pay special consideration to the area of Health Telematics.


Participant contributions should be focused and report on:

- own design experiences,
- useful outlines of potential techniques and design methods,
- case studies relevant to the conduct and practice of universal design in IST
   and HCI.

The expected outcome from the contributions of the participants will be a
consolidation of diverse experiences towards the construction of a code of
practice for universal design in IST in general and HCI in particular.

Workshop Organizers: Constantine Stephanidis and Demosthenes Akoumianakis
ICS-FORTH, Greece

Submission deadline: 26th January 2001
Send submissions electronically to: [log in to unmask]

Instructions: Position papers in CHI Workshop are generally 2-4 pages long, and
outline the submitter's view on the workshop theme and the reasons for the
submitter's interest in the topic.

Format: Please follow the guidelines provided at the address
http://www1.acm.org/sigs/sigchi/chi2001/call/submissions/index.html

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