HCI, the Web and the Older Population

A full-day workshop at
British HCI 2006
Queen Mary, University of London, London, UK
12 September 2006


This workshop on HCI and the older population will provide a forum for the presentation of current work and a platform for discussing key challenges in this area. It aims to build up and support the research community in this area, encouraging communication with older people and addressing key issues together. HCI issues for older people are extremely important in light of the rapidly ageing population in developed countries and the potential offered by computerised technology, a potential that can only be fulfilled if the technology can be used effectively by its target user group. The workshop continues a successful series held at HCI in recent years and this year focuses on the creation and use of websites, a particularly important and timely topic as the use of the internet becomes increasingly integrated with daily life.

More information about the topic and format of the workshop can be found in the workshop proposal (pdf format) and the draft programme (pdf format).

The workshop is supported by the EPSRC funded i~design project.


You can also see some photos from the workshop.


Participants were asked to submit 2 page position papers on their work in the area of HCI and the older population. This would enable attendees to gain a picture of each other's interests before the meeting and also provide a record of the workshop for other interested parties.

A list of the accepted papers is available and copies of these papers can be downloaded from that page.

Special Issue

Following on from the example of the previous workshops in this series, we plan to publish a journal special issue in Spring/Summer 2007 with Universal Access in the Information Society (UAIS), with submissions solicited from workshop attendees.

The deadline for papers for this issue is 8 Dec 2006. More details can be found in the call for papers.

If you have further questions about this or would like to contribute, please contact Joy Goodman (contact details at the end of this page).

Previous Workshops

This workshop builds on previous workshops at HCI 2002, 2004 and 2005:


Queries should be directed to Dr Joy Goodman, Engineering Design Centre, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1PZ
Tel: +44 (0)1223 766958
E-mail: jag76@cam.ac.uk