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Call for papers: Deadline 5 May 2015

You are invited to submit an academic paper to the ITAG2015 Conference.

We welcome multidisciplinary papers which focus on the exploration of innovative technologies within the areas of Education, Health and Disability.

Examples of themes and topics include (but don’t let this restrict you):

Games and Education

  • Serious Games for health scenarios
  • Learning and instructional theory for games-based learning
  • Serious games and community / cultural awareness
  • Virtual environments for health
  • Evaluation and future of games-based learning
  • The psychology of serious games
  • Hardware development for serious games
  • Use of mobile games for learning

Assistive Technologies

  • Human – Robot interaction
  • Quality of Life Technologies
  • Mobile and Wearable Systems
  • Applications to improve health and wellbeing of children and the elderly
  • Brain Computer interfaces

Games and Psychology

  • Psychology of games
  • Motivations for playing (e.g. player typology)
  • Video games’ psychosocial implications (e.g. gaming addiction, behavioral change, use of VR)
  • Psychology of game design (e.g. immersion, realism, reward system)
  • Player identity (e.g. clans and groups affiliation, avatar embodiment)

Submissions

If you would like to present a paper, please prepare an abstract to a maximum of 500-words. If you are hoping to exhibit or produce a poster, a 300-word abstract is required.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 5 May 2015 and abstracts should be submitted via the ITAG Easychair submission page.

Publication opportunities

Authors of successful ITAG15 papers can choose to submit to one of the following publications:

  • Journal of Assistive Technologies
  • Xplore TM and CSDL

Authors will be informed of how to submit to the above publications in the acceptance notifications which will be sent in July.

If you have any questions or would like further assistance when submitting your paper, please email us at itag@ntu.ac.uk.

Join the conversation

We will be providing regular conference updates on our twitter pages @ITAG15.
Join the conversation, using hashtag #ITAG15.
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People with learning difficulties or memory problems face barriers in the working environment because they need extra supervision and reminders. New environments, unfamiliar equipment and changing tasks can be especially challenging and may led to frustration, reluctance to use new technologies and dependency on others.

VirtuAssist logo

VirtuAssist logo

To mitigate these difficulties, ILUNION – Accesibility, Studies and Projects (a software technology and consultancy company belonging to the business corporation of ONCE Foundation) led the proof-of-concept VirtuAssist. It was sponsored by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) and InnovateUK. It was part of the ‘Good to Go’ competition of the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) managed by Jisc TechDis, a leading UK advisory service on technologies for inclusion. This competition is about increasing independence in unfamiliar or challenging environments by giving people easy access to the information they need when they need it.

VirtuAssist aims to improve the quality of life and professional opportunities for people with disabilities (especially users with learning and / or memory problems), by improving their skills, confidence and independence in the workplace or training for employment when they are doing changing tasks or when they have to interact with complex or unfamiliar equipment.

M-CARE logo

M-CARE logo

M-CARE (Mobile Training for Home and Health Caregiver For People with Disabilities and Older People) is a project partially funded by the European Commission which aims to provide the training framework and (mobile) content for low-skilled people, nurses, etc. to become personal caregivers for people with disabilities and older people. The project will generate a dedicated PCG curriculum and relevant training material for different disabilities hosted on innovative ICT-based Web 2.0 mobile/online learning platforms (PC, smartphone and tablet). Partners come from Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, and Turkey.

The TLC Pack project (teaching languages to caregivers) focuses on ‘occupational specific language resources’ to support migrants already working in, or with aspirations to work in, the care giving sector.

TLC Pack logo

TLC Pack logo

It has been determined that this is one of the primary employment opportunities for migrant workers across Europe. In the context of the TLC Pack project ‘caregiving’ as an occupation is defined as work that involves helping people who are older or those who need assistance with grooming, medical tasks and/or daily tasks. The work may be undertaken in residential care contexts or in the home of the person receiving care. Caregiver tasks are related to ageing, illness, hygiene and daily living activities inside and outside of the home or residence. In addition to supporting the acquisition of occupational specific language, the project also recognises the importance of developing complementary intercultural knowledge and insights, to be included within the final resource package. This aspect of the resource pack seeks to highlight the intersection of caregiving duties and a range of cultural conventions to take into account the cultural values, beliefs and attitudes of both caregivers and those receiving care.

EDUROB (Educational Robotics for People with Learning Disabilities) is a research project aiming to demonstrate that cognitive development can be enhanced by means of mediated learning using robots. EDUROB proposes an intervention model that aims to drive students’ cognitive processes while addressing other transferable & social skills, making use of the advantages offered by robotics and its engaging and immersive nature.

EDUROB logo

EDUROB logo

The EDUROB team will work with stakeholders in the project countries (Bulgaria, Italy, Lithuania, Turkey, Poland and the UK) to develop a set of interventions utilising robots to enhance the learning of students with learning disabilities. This will involve scoping the needs of the teachers, and the students and the subjects that they are trying to teach and learn. Based on the results of this research, robotic teaching tools and scenarios will be developed and tested by way of pilot studies in each of the countries.

The results of the project will become common learning material for participating countries:

  • An educational robotics pedagogic framework
  • Learning with robotics curriculum and learning scenarios
  • Customised interfaces for robotic driven interaction
  • Learning with robotics case studies and case study analyses

We would like to welcome you to the Interdisciplinary Symposium “Social Competences, Creativity and Wellbeing” that will be held from June 3rd to 5th 2015 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. It is intended to facilitate an international dialogue between researchers, academics, experts and practitioners coming from different fields.

Park Hotel Sankt Peterburg Plovdiv

Park Hotel Sankt Peterburg Plovdiv

The ISSCCW 2015 will give opportunities for presenting scientific discoveries, innovative decisions, new approaches and successful practices in developing the social competences, the creativity and in improving the wellbeing of youth and people with disabilities.

The main goal of the ISSCCW 2015 is to promote the understanding of the social competences, the creativity and the wellbeing while taking into account its relation to the modern learning and teaching technologies.

The ISSCCW 2015 is organised by the University of Plovdiv “Paisii Hilendarski”.

The venue: the ISSCCW 2015 will take place in the Park Hotel Sankt Peterburg in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Program topics:

  • Creativity, innovative technologies and the social challenges of youth and people with disabilities.
  • Developing the social competences and improving the wellbeing of youth and people with disabilities with the usage of modern learning and teaching technologies.

Program events:

  • Keynotes;
  • Plenary Sessions;
  • Poster Presentations;
  • Exhibitions.

The presented materials will be published in a special ISSCCW 2015 edition.

For further information visit the Symposium website or write to the e-mail address info.english@issccw.academy or info.russian@issccw.academy, contact person Mr. Ognyan Koychev.

Chairman of the ISSCCW-2015 Scientific Committee
Prof. Rumen Stamatov PhD, DSc