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"Usability, Accessibility and Inclusive Design"

Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, 9 - 11 April 2018

Registration is now OPEN

Important dates


Breaking Down Barriers is the ninth of a series of workshops, started in 2002, that represent the inclusive design community. CWUAAT is a unique multi-disciplinary workshop where designers, computer scientists, engineers, architects, ergonomists, ethnographers,  policymakers and user communities meet.

In the context of developing demographic changes leading to greater numbers of older people and people living with impairments, the general field of inclusive design research strives to relate the capabilities of the population to the design of products, services, and spaces. CWUAAT has always had a successful multidisciplinary focus, but if genuine transdisciplinary fields are to evolve from this, the final barriers to integrated research must be identified and characterised. Only then will benefits be realised in an inclusive society. Barriers do not arise from impairments themselves, but instead, are erected by humans, who often, have not considered a greater variation in sensory, cognitive and physical user capabilities. Barriers are not only technical or architectural, but they also exist between different communities of professionals. Our continual goal with the CWUAAT workshop series is to break down barriers in technical, physical, and architectural design, as well as barriers between different professional communities.

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

1. Breaking down barriers between disciplines

2. Breaking down barriers between users, designers and developers

3. Removing barriers to usability, accessibility and inclusive design

4. Breaking down barriers between people with impairments and those without

5. Breaking down barriers between scientists and policy makers

6. Removing barriers to open data and open government

7. Recent barriers to effective rehabilitation robotics


Accepted long papers will be published as a book by Springer-Verlag, UK.
Short papers will be published seperately in an official conference proceedings.

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: 15 September, 2017
Notification of reviews: 20 October, 2017
Camera-ready version of submitted papers due: 10 November, 2017
Author registration by: 15 December, 2017
Early registration (non-authors) by: 31 December, 2017
Student and late Academic registration by: 28 February, 2018
CWUAAT Workshop: 9 - 11 April, 2018

Formats and Submission

Paper format details are available on the conference web-site.  All papers will be peer reviewed and the accepted long papers will be presented during the workshop. Extended abstracts will be taken and reviewed but may be required to resubmit as full papers.

To submit a paper please register on the CWUAAT submissions website.

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Organising Committee

Dr Patrick Langdon, Engineering Design Centre, University of Cambridge
Dr Jonathan Lazar, Towson University and University of Pennsylvania, USA
Prof Ann Heylighen, KU Leuven, Belgium
Prof Hua Dong, Tongii University, China

Contact Information

For further information please contact:

Ms Mari Huhtala or Mrs Anna Walczyk
Department of Engineering
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street

Cambridge CB2 1PZ
United Kingdom

Tel:  +44 (0)1223 748245 / 748247
Fax: +44 (0)1223 339263
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Date last modified: 13/04/11