Call for participation

Besides the authors who will present their paper during the workshop, we will accept a few registration from researchers who have not submitted a paper.

  • For the registration to the workshop please use the registration code “InviteW10”.
  • The deadline for the early registration is January 5, 2014.


This workshop seeks contributions on issues of design and development of systems to support coordination and foster communication and collaboration between informal caregivers and their friends, family members, and health professionals, such as:

  • Integrated social support platforms to serve all relevant aspects of caregivers’ needs through adequate products and services.
  • Accessible (mobile, tactile) ICT applications to automate tasks of general caregiving when suitable.
  • Social interactive TV, also concerned with the design of innovative input devices.
  • Social media for social support, such as online communities with special focus on social support for the elderly.
  • Interoperability and interfaces among systems in use.
  • Architectures of ICT supporting caring processes.
  • Scalability and security of such systems.

Contributions are welcomed on the following themes, contextualised to the abovementioned themes:

  • User-centred and participatory design
  • Sustainable technology development
  • Ethnographic studies and associated challenges (e.g. getting access to the field, collecting and analysing fieldwork data, etc.)
  • Cross-cultural studies
  • Ethical issues
  • Usage studies of current technological solutions for informal caregivers

Interdisciplinary participation from designers, developers, psychologists, ethnographers, among others, is appreciated. Therefore, this workshop will provide an important opportunity for researchers from both academia and industry to share ideas and possibly coordinate their efforts. In this way, it will be possible to gain insights that would otherwise be beyond reach.

Dynamics of the workshop

The workshop will start with short presentations on the position papers accepted for it. Authors will be encouraged to give demonstrations or present video prototypes of their ideas.

In the last workshop session, a mind map exercise will be carried out and the topics from the presentations will be positioned on a common future roadmap. Future goals, themes, and common activities will be planned and set up.


Papers accepted and presented in the workshop will be published in the workshop proceedings, which will be edited by the workshop organisers. The proceedings will include the final versions of all accepted papers, adjusted to satisfy reviewers’ recommendations. It will be issued under an ISBN number by Vienna University of Technology on paper and made available for online consultation and archiving at the ACM Digital Library (to be confirmed).

Submission format

Participants interested in presenting in the workshop should submit a position paper containing a brief overview (max. 3000 words) over the key ideas of the presentation and some information on their occupational background.

Submissions must adhere to the ACM Extended Abstract Format:


Papers must be submitted through the EasyChair Conference System:

Review process

Contributions will be peer-reviewed by members of a Program Committee (soon to be soon announced at and selected on the basis of their quality, compliance with the workshop theme, and the extent (and diversity) of their backgrounds in design.

Important dates

Important dates are listed here.