CHI 2018 CFP



Call for papers
CHI 2018 One Day Workshop on

Designing Interactions for the Ageing Populations

Sayan Sarcar, Cosmin Munteanu, Jussi Jokinen, Antti Oulasvirta,
Neil Charness, Mark Dunlop and Xiangshi Ren

Montréal, Canada —  22 April 2018

Submissions Deadline — 5 February 2018 February 15, 2018


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


This workshop focuses on discussing different user interface design methodologies, which will help older adults to access current digital technologies. For example, “mobile device” is one of the prominent current and future forms of mobile computing, including phones, tablets, and wearables. Mobile devices’ ownership rates for older adults are increasing, yet there are very less concrete principles for designing for older adults. The absence of guidelines risks marginalizing older adults by increasing the barriers toward their digital participation. Further, evaluating both the usability and the social and personal benefits of older adult friendly mobile interfaces is challenging and not well supported by existing HCI. Overall, we think that by providing easier access to information through digital devices, older adults can be better involved in and their Quality of Life will be enhanced. This workshop welcomes contributions to empirical studies, theories, design, and evaluation of user interfaces for older adults. Concretely, we aim to: map the state-of-art of senior-centred interaction research, build a multidisciplinary community of experts, and raise the profile of this research 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 digital devices. The topics include, but not limited to:

  • Effects of age-related decline in perceptual, cognitive, and motor performance on digital devices use
  • Models of user performance and individual differences
  • User interface design patterns and metaphors
  • Assistive technology devices for older adults
  • 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 behavior for performing tasks with digital devices change across age? 2) How well can psychological theory capture individual differences in older adult task behavior? 3) What is the basis for proposing interface design guidelines for older adults? 4) Can mathematical and simulation models automatically design an interface adaptive to older user behavior?

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.

The ‘Interactive Demonstrations’ session is a new feature of this year’s workshop. We strongly encourage authors of position papers to bring a developed working prototype of their work, if they have. During the session, other workshop participants will be able to try out different apps or hardware prototypes. We expect this will provide participants with valuable feedback and stimulate their senior-centred design ideas for future improvements. Where feasible, we will coordinate distribution of participant’s demo apps prior to the workshop. 

We are also currently finalizing agreements with a journal publisher for a special topics issue on Interactive Technologies for Older Adults. A selected set of accepted top quality position papers from the CHI workshop will have their authors invited to submit full papers to this special topics issue. Details will be finalized before the CHI 2018 conference.


A 4-page position paper in the CHI Extended Abstracts Format ( (PDF file) 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: February 5, 2018  February 15, 2018

Notification sent to authors: February 20, 2018 March 4, 2018

Camera-Ready Submission Due: February 24, 2018 March 8, 2018

Workshop Day: April 22, 2018

About the Organisers

Sayan Sarcar is a 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 a 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 an 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.

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 a 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).