CHI 2017

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

Workshop Programme

See also Call For Papers and Detailed Workshop Schedule


  • 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.

Accepted Papers

The workshop programme will be developed before CHI. In the meantime the list of accepted papers are:

  1. Assisting Older Adults in Performing Common Tasks on Mobile Devices
    Oliver Duerr, Mohamed Khamis, Daniel Buschek, and Florian Alt
    LMU Munich, Ubiquitous Interactive Systems group
  2. Exploring the Usefulness of Voice Input of Health Information on
    Smartphones for Older Adults
    Aqueasha Martin-Hammond, Swarnamouli Majumdar, Kartik Rao, and Jatin Chhikara
    School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis & Informatics Department, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  3. Feelings Towards Technology in Ageing Individuals
    Aloha Hufana Ambe, Margot Brereton, and Alessandro Soro
    Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
  4. Target Selection Difficulties of Older Adults in Small Touch Screen Devices
    Afroza Sultana and Karyn Moffatt
    School of Information Studies McGill University
  5. Deliver-UCD: Use of participatory and user-centered design to explore designing for older adults
    Preethi Srinivas, Kunal Bodke and Daniel O. Clark
    Indiana University Center for Aging Research, Indianapolis
  6. Addressing Technology-Related Anxiety in Mobile Interfaces
    Kelly S. Steelman and Charles Wallace
    Michigan Technological University Houghton, MI
  7. Blossom: a Tangible Voice Messaging System for Improving Intergenerational Communication for Ageing Population
    Mingqian Zhao, Zhutian Chen, Ke Lu, Chaoran Li, Huamin Qu, and Xiaojuan Ma
    Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, & China Academy of Art, Hangzhou
  8. Inclusive Mobile Authentication
    James Nicholson, Pam Briggs, and Lynne Coventry
    Northumbria University Newcastle upon Tyne
  9. Reflecting on 10 years of Ageing Research
    Pam Briggs, Lisa Thomas, Andrew McNeill, and Lynne Coventry
    PaCT Lab, Northumbria University
  10. The Hidden Work of Making Assisted Living Devices Useful and Usable
    Rob Procter, Joe Wherton, and Trish Greenhalgh
    University of Warwick, & Oxford University
  11. Designing for older adults: review of touchscreen design guidelines
    Leysan Nurgalieva, Juan José Jara Laconich, Marcos Antonio Báez, Fabio Casati, and Maurizio Marchese
    University of Trento
  12. Designing a Mobile Application for Older Adults: A Case Study to improve Safe Driving
    Perrine Ruer, Susan M. Ferreira, Evelyne F. Vallières, and Charles Gouin-Vallerand
    LICEF Research Centre University TÉLUQ, Montréal (QC)
  13. Improving the Learnability of Mobile Device Interfaces for Older Adults
    Joanna McGrenere
    University of British Columbia
  14. Enabling Self-care for the Elderly Emergent User, Using Mobile Apps
    Shaon Sengupta, Anirudha Joshi
    Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai
  15. Not a Technology Person: Motivating Older Adults Toward the Use of Mobile Technology
    Gabriela Villalobos-Zúñiga, Mauro Cherubini
    University of Lausanne
  16. Exploring the Design Space of Text-Entry Interfaces for Aging Users
    Chaklam Silpasuwanchai, Jussi Jokinen, Sayan Sarcar, Zhenxin Wang, Antti Oulasvirta, and Xiangshi Ren
    Kochi University of Technology & Aalto University

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

Workshop Schedule

See Schedule

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).