UbiComp 2006 workshop

Call for Participation - submission date June 16UbiComp conference, Orange County

Title of submission

Future networked interactive media systems and services for the new-senior communities:

enabling elderly users to create and share self authored multimedia content.

This workshop is a discussion platform to unfold the design of future scenarios of pervasive interactive multimedia for elderly people. These systems should seek to improve elderly peoples' access to social services, to facilitate social contacts as well as access to context-based infotainment and entertainment, to facilitate social participation and independent living, in sum, to improve the welfare and quality of life for the industrialized world aging society and reducing the digital divide.

A senior citizen creating content in new mediaMore specifically this workshop addresses three major obstacles that must be overcome for elderly citizens to take advantage of these new technological developments: 1) lack of methods and tools to identify elderly users requirements for a social and creative media usage, 2) lack of knowledge in understanding the factors motivating usage of such applications as well as its social impact on senior citizens and 3) the complexity of multimodal user interfaces in networked applications.

The aim is to generate debate about the design and development of new pervasive applications which will make it possible for elderly citizens to be content creators and consumers of self-authored content facilitating in this way leisure and social activities and, at the same time, encouraging mobility. The workshop will focus on a discussion on new methods such as living labs, on-the-field enactments, 'Cultural Probes', Participatory Design approaches and advanced in-situ evaluation techniques.. Moreover, workshop organizers will open up a debate around how too identify suitable novel interaction models more appropriate for these scenarios.


The workshop aims at:

  • analyzing crucial user experience issues related to the support independent living and mobility through mobile devices and ambient technologies for the elderly people,
  • sharing experiences about applications for socialization, to allow the elderly people to reinforce and extend their social context, sustaining, at the same time, independent living,
  • what user requirements will help elderly people towards the creation and sharing of personal, self authored content and the convergence between personal communication and content as well as understanding the societal impact of this kind of  media activities,
  • finding suitable methodologies and techniques to prospect feasible and relevant scenarios and design consequently appropriate application/s intersecting between mobile devices, PCs, ambient interfaces and iTV.
  • identifying emerging nomadic cultures and lifestyles of elderly people and related socio-cultural trends as a relevant factor in ‘predicting the future’ of mobile social electronic media for the elderly people and encourage mobility among them.
  • exploring the potential of novel user interfaces such as home based ambient displays and iTV in advanced and pervasive communication scenarios for the elderly people using a Participatory Design and user-centred approach that focus on users' cultural, social, behavioural and ergonomic backgrounds.
  • making a roadmap of representative social features that encourage social use with mobile devices and iTV.
  • becoming aware of appropriate techniques to evaluate usability and accessibility issues in these new applications for sociability with in-situ based evaluation techniques (e.g. user testing) and expert based evaluation (e.g. heuristic evaluation).
  • investigating possible new interactive models and new ways of digital content for these systems;
  • contributing to create and strengthen a multidisciplinary research community around the topic.

Audience/Target group

The workshop is intended for managers of HCI projects working in the iTV, web, ambient  and mobile industry (telecom companies, device manufacturers, broadcasters, service and content providers, etc.); industrial designer; event organizers; human factors practitioners; interface evaluators and testers; HF academics and students with interests in human computer interaction for advanced pervasive systems; designers in general and new trends consultants. Although no particular skills are required, basic knowledge of HCI design issues is recommended.


The workshop is designed as one-day oral presentations alternated with group discussion. Every instructor will actively interact with the audience to stimulate discussion around the presentations and outline the key points that will be useful for the whole group debate.

The workshop will be structured into three sessions and will conclude with the production of a final poster to be shared with the broader Ubicomp community.

Proposed schedule

Session1. Trends, User Experience & requirements

The topics of Session 1 include, but are not limited to:

  • new experimental research methods s (e.g. cultural and mobile probes, Living labs)  for identification of requirements of elderly users’ content creation and content sharing,
  • crucial user experience issues related to the support social participation and mobility through mobile devices and home media applications for the elderly  people,
  • new technological solutions to support, motivate and encourage elderly people towards the creation and sharing of personal, self authored content and the convergence between personal communication and content,
  • novel interfaces for elderly people for such as home based ambient displays advanced communication scenarios using a Participatory Design and user-centred approach that focus on users' cultural, social, behavioural and ergonomic backgrounds.

Session2. Design, development and evaluation

The topics of Session 2 include, but are not limited to:

  • applications for socialization, to allow the elderly people to reinforce and extend their social context, sustaining, at the same time, independent living,
  • novel ambient services and  media networked applications that support existing and emerging social patterns among elderly people,
  • suitable methodologies and techniques to prospect feasible and relevant user scenarios and design consequently appropriate application/s intersecting between mobile devices, PCs, ambient technologies  and iTV,
  • Usability and design for all evaluation issues in these new applications (eg. in-situ based evaluation techniques and heuristic evaluation),

Preliminary agenda


Introduction and scene setting

  • Tutorial overview and objectives
  • Knowledge of the audience
  • Introduction Session 1
09:30-11:00 Presentations & discussion
11:00-11:30Coffee break
 11:30-12:00Presentations & discussion
12:00-12:30Whole group debate
13:30-13:35Introduction Session 2
13:35-14:45Presentations & discussion
14:45-15:15Coffee Break
15:15-16:00Presentations & discussion
16:00-16:30Whole group debate
16:30-17:00Poster elaboration Summary of the topics and conclusions


A one-day workshop, while less desirable, would also be possible, although it would imply a reduction of the content. Due to the interactive format of some sections of the workshop, a group not bigger than 20 participants will be suitable to positive share knowledge and experiences. However, if necessary, facilitators might consider a possible reformatting to accommodate larger numbers.

Before the conference

Workshop organizers will commit to distribute position papers and other pre-workshop material to participants in advance; and publicise their workshop papers.


Workshop candidates are requested to send a position paper (no longer than four A4 pages) about a research or study (to be included in one of the sessions described above) they have been involved with by June 16 to Dr Anxo Cereijo Roibás. All papers will be peer-reviewed by the members of the Program Committee and participants will be selected on the basis of their interests, quality of the position papers and familiarity with the topic.

Important Dates

  • June 16, 2006: Submission Deadline (workshop position papers)
  • July 24, 2006: Acceptance Notification (workshop position papers)
  • September 17-18, 2006: Workshops
  • September 19-21, 2006: UbiComp Main Conference


Workshop organizers commit to:

  • produce a poster summarizing the results of the workshop for the conference poster session,
  • publish workshop contributions in an edited book or in a special issue of an accredited journal, and
  • organize a informal Special Interest Group (SIG) at the conference.


The workshop organizers have a consolidated experience organizing workshops and tutorials (Mobile HCI 02/04, Mobile HCI 03, HCI International 03, HCI 03, Ozchi 03/5, IUI-DADUI 04, Percom 04, NordiChi 04, PerCom’04, AOIR 04/5, UBICOMP 04, Euro mGov 05, ISWC’05, ICCT’05) and will be responsible for facilitating the discussion during the workshop.

Dr. Anxo Cereijo Roibás is Senior Lecturer at the University of Brighton, Visiting Lecturer at Westminster University, at the Politecnico di Milano and the National Institute of Design (India). His expertise resides in the user experience in pervasive communication systems. He has been HCI Manager at the Mobile Internet Services Provider, HiuGO SpA, and User Experience Consultant for Vodafone and since 2000, he has been collaborating with the Nokia Research Center. He has coordinated European funded projects such as the TRAIN-IT, European Union - Canada Program for Cooperation in Higher Education and Training. He has coordinated an ethnographic research addressing the future use of mobile phones as multimedia tools in collaboration with the Vodafone Group Foundation and the British Royal Academic of Engineering.  He is British Telecom Fellow at the BT IT Mobility Research Centre and Executive Committee member of the British HCI Group.

Petter Bae Brandtzæg received the Master's degree in Social Psychology from the Norwegian University of Technical Science in 2000. He joined SINTEF ICT and the Department of Cooperative and Trusted Systems in 2000. He has been project manager in a number of research projects on Human-Computer Interaction issues. His expertise is in analysing user trends and patterns of use in new media, digital literacy and user experience and usability evaluations of ICT systems. Brandtzæg holds more than 20 publications, done a number of talks and more than 100 interviews for Norwegian newspapers, television and radio. The last year he is coordinating a National research project studying use of new communication technologies among youth. He has a central role in a National project adapting user-centred methods and tools for use in the context of e-government  (www.effin.org). He is at present manager for the Human-Computer Interaction group at SINTEF ICT.

Prof. Dr. Veerle Van Rompaey is visiting lecturer at the University of Leuven (Belgium) where she teaches sociological research methodologies. She studied Social Sciences and Communication Science in Leuven. In 2002 she obtained her PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Leuven with a thesis on the implications of Information and Communication Technologies for family life. She is a member of the Leuven School for Mass Communication Research at the University of Leuven and the E-medialab at the Leuven Engineering School. At the University of Leuven she is project leader for the Celtic EnComPAs project. She engages in fundamental research at the crossroads of sociology and technological innovation.

Urpo Tuomela, M.Sc. works for the City of Oulu as a program coordinator for international projects. His primary duties include co-operation with European innovation regions and participation in the strategic development activities for the City of Oulu including knowledge society programs and wireless services for citizens. Before joining in the City of Oulu last year, he worked over 11 years in Nokia Corporation. He has several years experience in team leading, project leading and research management for international research projects, where the research interests varied from context awareness and context aware communication to short range connectivity, wearable technologies and related user interface and interaction designs. He has participated in various publications and organized university and conference workshops and tutorials, and a university course for New Media and Communication (2005-2006).

Program Committee

  • Alan Newell, University of Dundee, Michiel.Pelt, Alcatel
  • Dr. Daria Loi, Senior Research Fellow, RMIT University, Australia
  • Nina Sabnani, Head of Multimedia Faculty at the National Institute of Design , Ahmedabad , India
  • Marc Goodchild, Executive Producer for iTV, BBC
  • Dr. Sepideh Chakaveh, Head of Edutainment, ITV Fraunhofer Institute IMK, Bohn , Germany
  • Glorianna Davenport, Principal Research Associate at the MIT Media Lab Interactive Cinema Group, Boston , USA
  • Akseli Anttila, Nokia Research Center , Finland
  • John Kelly, Media Research Group, Columbia University 's Graduate School of Journalism , New York , USA
  • Stephen Johnson, Mobility Research Centre, British Telecom , UK
  • Inmaculada Arnedillo Sanchez, Centre for Research in Information Technology in Education, Trinity College Dublin , Ireland
  • Prof. Cesare Massarenti, Postgraduate program in Digital TV, Interactive Communication and Multichannel Diffusion, University of Milan , Italy
  • Prof. Gianni Jacucci, Dep of Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento , Italy
  • Dr Leslie Haddon, Media and Communications Department, London School of Economics , UK
  • Dr. Jalal Kawash, Department of Computer Science School of Engineering, American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
  • Professor Alan Dix, Computing Department, Lancaster University , UK
  • Chris Seal, Head of Media Technologies, 3, UK
  • Dr. Célia Quico, TV Cabo, Lisbon , Portugal
  • Dr. John Gill, Royal National Institute of the Blind, UK
  • Dr Alain Gefflaut, European Microsoft Innovation Centre
  • Dr. Keith Cheverst, Computing Department, Lancaster University , UK
  • Owen Daly-Jones, Director Serco Usability Services, UK
  • Dr Andrew Wood, Technical Product Manager, YooMedia, UK
  • Marco Combetto, Research Program manager, Microsoft Research, UK
  • Fiorella De Cinzio, Associate Professor, Department of Informatics & Communication, University of Milan, Italy
  • Elizabeth Churchill, Research Scientist e Present, Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Palo Alto, USA
  • Dr. Carsten Sorensen, Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Information Systems, The London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Professor Abdallah Al-Zoubi, Dean of Scientific Research, Princess Sumaya University for Technology Amman, Jordan
  • Richard-Seyler Ling, Telenor, Norway
  • Andrew Oliphant, BBC R&D
  • Adrian David Cheok, Director of the Interaction and Entertainment Research Center, incorporating Mixed Reality Lab, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Published November 17, 2006

  • Submission Deadline (workshop position papers) June 16, 2006
  •  Acceptance Notification (workshop position papers) July 24, 2006
  •  Workshops September 17-18, 2006
  • UbiComp Main Conference September 19-21, 2006