CHI 2017 Call for Papers

CHI 2017 One Day Workshop on

Designing Mobile Interactions for the Ageing Populations

Sayan Sarcar, Cosmin Munteanu, Jussi Jokinen, Antti Oulasvirta,

Chaklam Silpasuwanchai, Neil Charness, Mark Dunlop and Xiangshi Ren

Denver, Colorado, USA — 6 May 2017

Call for Papers

Submission Deadline: 13 February 2017


  • Invited speakers from gerontology and accessibility
  • Panel discussion
  • Madness session
  • Of course, many possible collaboration opportunities! e.g., with the CREATE group and AgeWell community


This workshop discusses the principles and strategies to design and evaluate mobile user interfaces for the ageing population. The topic is timely, as the mobile device has become the most widely used computer and at the same time the number of older people will soon exceed the number of children worldwide. However, most HCI research addresses younger adults and has not benefited older adults. This workshop welcomes contributions to empirical studies, theories, design and evaluation of mobile interfaces for older adults. The workshop has three goals: (i) to map the state-of-art, (ii) to build a community gathering experts from related areas, and (iii) to raise awareness of the challenges and research opportunities in this field within the SIGCHI community.

We invite contributions in one or more of four threads: empirical (e.g., specific findings and methodologies related to the workshop theme), theoretical (e.g. theoretical insights from accessibility, gerontology, cognitive psychology etc.), design (e.g., interface design practices and guidelines), and evaluation (e.g., methods and metrics to evaluate senior-centred interfaces).

We welcome all HCI topics related to older adults and mobile devices. The topics include, but not limited to:

  • Effects of age-related decline in perceptual, cognitive, and motor performance on mobile devices use
  • Models of user performance and individual differences
  • User interface design patterns and metaphors
  • Societal implications, including digital divide and social exclusion
  • Evaluation methodologies
  • Ethical concerns

Several key questions will be discussed in the workshop, e.g., 1) How does user behaviour for performing tasks with mobile devices change across age? 2) How well can psychological theory capture individual differences in older adult task behaviour? 3) What is the basis for proposing mobile application design guidelines for older adults? 4) Can mathematical and simulation models automatically design a mobile interface adaptive to older user behaviour?

At the workshop, we intend to showcase research on some of these issues through short presentations of authors as well as plenary discussions and birds of a feather groups, focusing on areas of interest that are important to the greater older adult community.


A 4-page position paper in the CHI Extended Abstracts Format (in PDF format) should be sent to Position papers will be reviewed based on relevance to the workshop and the potential for contributing to discussions on methods and the research agenda to be developed during the workshop.


At least one author of each accepted position paper must attend the workshop and all workshop participants must register for both the workshop and for at least one day of the conference.

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: 13 February 2017
  • Notification sent to authors: 28 February 2017
  • Camera-Ready Submission Due: 5 March 2017
  • Workshop Day: 6 May 2017

About the Organizers

Sayan Sarcar is Research Associate at Kochi University of Technology, Japan.  His research area includes mobile-based interaction of older adults and gaze-based interaction.

Cosmin Munteanu is an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Communication, Culture, Information, and Technology (University of Toronto at Mississauga), and Co-Director of the Technologies for Ageing Gracefully lab. Cosmin’s multidisciplinary research activities include developing applications that improve access to information and support learning, such as for elders whose enjoyment of life and participation in society could be better supported by advances in interactive assistive technologies.

Jussi Jokinen is Postdoctoral researcher at Aalto University, Finland.  His research area includes cognitive science, user experience, and HCI, specifically studying motion in HCI and the effect of age on the use of mobile devices.

Antti Oulasvirta is Associate Professor at Aalto University, where he leads the User Interfaces group. His interests lie at the intersection of computational methods in design and modeling of interactive behavior. He is an associate editor of International Journal of Human-Computer Studies.

Chaklam Silpasuwanchai is Research Associate at Kochi University of Technology, Japan.  His research interest includes HCI design and interaction.

Neil Charness is the William G Chase Professor of Psychology and Director of the Institute for Successful Longevity at Florida State University.  His research with CREATE colleagues focuses on human factors approaches to design and use of technology by older adults.

Mark Dunlop is a Senior Lecturer at Strathclyde University, Glasgow, where he leads the Mobiquitous Lab. He is an associate editor of Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, Steering Committee Secretary for MobileHCI and a Subcommittee Chair for CHI 2016 and CHI 2017.

Xiangshi Ren is Professor and Director of the Center for Human-Engaged Computing at Kochi University of Technology.  Prof. Ren has been working on fundamental studies in the field of human-computer Interaction (HCI) for over twenty years. His research interests include all aspects of human-computer interaction. He is founding president of the International Chinese Association of Computer Human Interaction (ICACHI).