Mobile and pervasive devices are rapidly becoming platforms of choice to support the development of state-of-the-art assistive technologies to improve the quality of life of those people. Pervasive sensors, actuators, and IoT installations are able to provide key information about the environment and those who traverse it, while mobile devices enable general-purpose computing on the move, cutting edge sensing, and persistent connectivity. They are also compact, widespread and socially acceptable, and therefore well suited to provide assistance everywhere and at all times. These qualities can be leveraged to achieve ubiquitous assistance for everyday activities such as mobility, information access, interaction with the environment, or with other people.
The aim of MPAT workshop is to showcase recent advancements in mobile and pervasive assistive technologies, connecting researchers and practitioners working in the fields of accessibility and pervasive systems.
According to the World Health Organization, more than 1 billion people have some form of disability. Mobile and pervasive devices are rapidly becoming platforms of choice to support the development of state-of-the-art assistive technologies to improve the quality of life of those people.
Assistive technology research is multidisciplinary: it requires to address challenges in many different fields, including human-computer interaction, data management, distributed systems, and computer vision. In particular, recent research on assistive technologies often involves advanced data management techniques and evolved pervasive systems, all of which are key topics addressed by the PerCom community.
The aim of this workshop is to showcase recent advancements in mobile and pervasive assistive technologies, connecting researchers and practitioners working in the fields of accessibility and pervasive systems.
In particular, we encourage submissions in two tracks:
- Research track: original research advancing the state of the art in the field of mobile and pervasive assistive technologies.
- Tutorial track: papers that present the state of the art in the field of assistive technologies, introducing scientific and technical challenges for enabling accessibility and creating assistive technologies through data management and pervasive computing research.
Possible research topics include but are not limited to:
- Assistive technologies using mobile, wearable, and pervasive devices
- Wireless, distributed, and IoT-driven assistive technologies
- Smart homes, domotics, and smart cities for people with disabilities
- Accessibility of mobile and pervasive devices
- Mobile interaction techniques for individuals with disabilities
- Rehabilitation using mobile and pervasive devices
- Human factors in mobile assistive technologies design and evaluation
- Remote assistance and crowdsourced mobile assistive technologies
- Social aspects related to mobile accessibility and assistive technologies
6 pages (including references), in the IEEE format (10pt font, 2-column format)
EDAS submission page
Important dates (tentative):
- Paper submission deadline: November 9, 2020
- Paper notification date: January 5, 2021
Sergio Mascetti received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Università degli Studi di Milano, where he is currently an associate professor at the Computer Science Department. His research interests cover the areas of mobile data management, with particular focus on the topics of privacy and assistive technologies.
Dragan Ahmetovic received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Università degli Studi di Milano, where he currently holds a position as an assistant professor at the Department of Computer Science. His research interests involve accessibility, embodied sensing, and intelligent user interfaces, mediated by mobile and pervasive devices.
Uran Oh received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park. Now, she is an assistant professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Ewha Womans University, Republic of Korea. Her main research interests include natural user interaction, user interface personalization and assistive technology especially for people with visual impairments.
The Program Committee will include top researchers in the fields of pervasive computing and accessibility
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