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Andrii Matviienko <[log in to unmask]>
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Dear colleagues,

we are pleased to announce the following workshop offered in conjunction with the 22nd International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI 2020):

WeCARe: Workshop on Inclusive Communication between Automated Vehicles and Vulnerable Road Users

Oldenburg, Germany; October 5th, 2020
colocated with MobileHCI 2020 (https://mobilehci.acm.org/2020/)

Workshop website: https://wecare-workshop.github.io/
Submission deadline (position papers): July 2nd, 2020
Submission via EasyChair: https://easychair.org/cfp/WeCARe2020

---------------------| IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE WORKSHOP |----------------------
* Submission deadline: July 2nd, 2020
* Notification of acceptance: July 23rd, 2020
* Camera ready version due: August 7th, 2020
* Workshop date: Ocotber 5th, 2020

----------| OBJECTIVES: Inclusive Communication between AVs and VRUs |---------
Automated vehicles (AVs) are expected to become a part of the road traffic in
the near future. This upcoming change raises concerns on how human vulnerable
road users (VRUs), e.g., cyclists or pedestrians, would interact with them to
ensure safe communication on the road. Previous work focused primarily on the
scenario in which a young adult without impairments crosses a street in front
of an automated vehicle. Several road user groups, such as children, seniors,
or people with special needs, in roles of pedestrians and cyclists, are not
considered in this scenario. On top of this, cultural differences are rarely
considered. To ensure that future traffic is safe and accessible for all
citizens, we aim to address inclusive communication between automated
vehicles and vulnerable road users. In this workshop, we will discuss and
exchange methods, tools, and scenarios applicable for inclusive
communication, identify the most relevant research gaps, and connect people
for future collaborations.


------------------------------| WORKSHOP THEMES |------------------------------
Potential topics to be discussed at the workshop include, but are not limited
to:
* Overview on current state and research gaps in research on
  interactions between AVs and VRUs
* Communication concepts for underrepresented user groups, such as
  - Children
  - People with impaired vision
  - Older adults
* Guidelines for inclusive design from related domains, such as
  - Mobile Human-Computer Interaction
  - Human-Robot Interaction


-------------------------------| PARTICIPATION |-------------------------------
This workshop welcomes researchers and practitioners with interest in
accessible technology, interactive technologies for children, seniors, or
people with impairments, or automotive user interfaces. Specifically, we want
to reach those developing mobile interfaces for traffic participants (e.g.,
pedestrians, or cyclists), inclusive interfaces (addressing, e.g., visually
impaired people), or external human-machine interfaces for AVs. This workshop
aims at providing an overview of the current state of the research for
interaction between AVs and VRUs. We want to identify the research gap and
raise awareness for lowering the barriers to traffic participation. The
participants can expect hands-on experience and live feedback in designing
inclusive interfaces. Further, we plan to establish communication with
workshop attendees for future (international) collaborations. Participants
will be selected based on their submission through a review process. The
review process will be conducted by a program committee consisting of the
organizers. Registration for the main conference is mandatory for all
workshop participants, but there are no additional costs for attending the
workshop beyond the main conference registration fee.


--------------------------------| SUBMISSIONS |--------------------------------
Participants are expected to submit a position paper of two to four pages,
not counting references, via EasyChair (https://easychair.org/cfp/WeCARe2020)
by July 2nd 2020. All submissions must follow the new CHI Extended Abstracts
Format: https://chi2020.acm.org/authors/chi-proceedings-format/#EAF
Submissions are not anonymous but reviews will be done anonymously
(single-blind). Each paper will receive at least two reviews. All accepted
papers will be published online before the beginning of the workshop.


-----------------------------| WEBSITE & CONTACT |-----------------------------
For further information have a look at https://wecare-workshop.github.io/.
You may also contact the workshop organizers directly or send an e-mail to
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---------------------------------| ORGANIZERS |--------------------------------
Andreas Löcken, Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt (THI), Germany
Mark Colley, Ulm University, Germany
Andrii Matviienko, Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany
Kai Holländer, LMU Munich, Germany
Debargha Dey, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
Azra Habibovic, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
Andrew L. Kun, University of New Hampshire, US
Susanne Boll, University of Oldenburg, Germany
Andreas Riener, Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt (THI), Germany


----------------------------------| FUNDING |----------------------------------
A. Löcken is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital
Infrastructure (BMVI) through the Automated and Connected Driving funding
program under Grant No. 16AVF2145F (SAVe).
M. Colley works within the project 'Interaction between automated vehicles and
vulnerable road users' (Intuitiver) funded by the Ministry of Science, Research
and Arts of the State of Baden-Württemberg.
A. Kun was supported in part by NSF grant CMMI-1840085.


Looking forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,
Andrii Matviienko


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