We invite all researchers interested in accessibility and pervasive computing to submit a position paper to the Pervasive 2012 Workshop on Frontiers in Accessibility for Pervasive Computing, held in conjunction with Pervasive 2012. The worshop will be held June 19th, 2012. The conference will be held in Newcastle, UK, on June 18-22, 2012.

The primary objective of the workshop is to provide a venue for sharing and discussing frontier technologies and evaluation methodologies for accessibility in pervasive computing. We propose, but are not limited to, two research questions regarding the interplay between pervasive computing and accessibility. First, we aim to determine what it means for a pervasive system to be accessible and how can we measure it. Second, we propose to discuss how pervasive computing systems can provide accessibility support for everyday tasks that would otherwise be impossible or very difficult to manage independently. We want to encourage the workshop's participants to discuss lessons learned from previous design successes and failures, raise methodological issues in designing special evaluations given the nature of pervasive computing and of the target user populations, and propose future research questions and challenges.

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We aim to create a hands-on environment where all the participants present, use, design, and evaluate frontier technologies that support accessible interaction for pervasive computing. Participants of the workshop will give five-minute round-robin presentations of their research with pre-delivered slide presentations, they will bring their technologies to be used and will be ready to use other people's technologies, and will engage in multiple rounds of constructive feedback on the technologies. Participants are encouraged to bring material on their evaluation methodologies, their study designs, and their measurement technologies, such as logging and scripting programs. Participants will engage in small-group, hands-on design and evaluation challenge of a new technology using other participants as pilot subjects.

How to Submit

Position papers should be between 2 to 4 pages (ACM Format) and could report work in progress, synthesize lessons from previous work, or explore early ideas and concepts.

Contributions must be sent by email to mario@gatech.edu no later than March 16, 2012, and should be in PDF format. If you have any questions, we encourage you to contact us at the above email address.