The 6th Cambridge Workshop on Universal Access (UA) and Assistive Technology (AT), also known as CWUAAT 2012, will take place at the Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, UK on 26-29 March 2012.

We received a call for participation for the workshop theme: “Designing Inclusion for real-world applications”, which refers to the emerging potential and relevance of the latest generations of inclusive design data, tools, techniques and thinking, to mainstream project applications such as healthcare and the design of working environments. Previous research developments have addressed these issues in the context of simple daily living activities based on single tasks. New developments are now extending the scope of the approach into real-world applications.
Inclusive Design Research involves developing tools and guidance for supporting product designers to design for the widest possible population for a given range of capabilities. In the context of demographic changes leading to a greater number of older people, the general field of inclusive design research strives to relate the capabilities of the population to the design of products by better characterising the user. Inclusive populations of older people contain a greater variation in sensory, cognitive and physical user capabilities. These variations may be co-occurring and rapidly changing leading to a demanding design environment.

Important Dates

  • Deadline for submission of long and short papers: 15 August, 2011
  • Notification of paper acceptance: 19 September, 2011
  • Deadline for camera-ready version of submitted papers: 24 October, 2011
  • Advance registration (ends): 16 January, 2012
  • Late registration (ends): 20 February, 2012
  • CWUAAT Workshop: 26 – 29 March, 2012

Electronic submission of papers is now available via the conference website.

They seek original research papers describing investigations within the following broad categories:

  • Designing For Real-World Applications: Work And Healthcare
  • Designing Inclusive Assistive And Rehabilitation Systems
  • Measuring Product Demand And Peoples’ Capabilities
  • Mainstreaming And Scaling Technology For Healthcare
  • Designing Cognitive Interaction With Emerging Technologies
  • Effective Engagement With Industry
  • Designing Inclusive Spaces: Architecture And Buildings
  • Collaborative And Participatory Design For Inclusion
  • Data Issues: Visualizing Inclusion: Mining Of Profile Data
  • Legislation, Standards And Policy In Inclusive Design

User Forum

CWUAAT 2012 will contain a single paper session allocated as a user forum. This is intended to give users of assistive technology and beneficiaries of improved accessibility an opportunity for an oral presentation of 25 minutes. Both short and long papers will be accepted in this category and topics and themes are not restricted. We welcome academic position papers, social and research agendas, critiques of provision of technology or poor accessibility, engineering or technical papers regarding product design and usage in work and daily living.

Doctoral Consortium

As one of the most successful aspects of CWUAAT ‘10, the event will again include a Doctoral Consortium. Candidates who submit to the doctoral consortium will be able to attend the workshop at a greatly reduced registration and 10 places have been allocated for this purpose. The two presentations judged to be the best by the consortium panel will win a podium presentation in the main workshop.
Demonstrations. It is hoped that participants will be able to gain hands-on experience with working systems. Space and time will be available for demonstrations of software and hardware.

Organising Committee

Dr Patrick Langdon, Engineering Design Centre, University of Cambridge
Prof John Clarkson, Engineering Design Centre, University of Cambridge
Prof Peter Robinson, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge

Guest Editors

Dr Jonathan Lazar, Towson University, USA
Prof Ann Heylighen, K.U.Leuven, Belgium