HCI and the Older Population 2008

A full-day workshop at
British HCI 2008
Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK
1 September 2008



HCI issues for older people are extremely important in light of the rapidly ageing population in developed countries. In addition, technology offers great potential for this age group but it will only be useful if it can be used effectively by its target users. In this workshop, we will therefore examine how HCI can address the needs and situations of this increasing older population. We aim to build up and support the research community in this area by providing a forum for the presentation of current work and a platform for discussing key challenges in this area.

This workshop continues a successful series held at HCI in recent years and this year focuses on methodology, exploring how older people can be considered and included most effectively in design. See the end of this page for details of previous workshops.

More information about the topic and format of the workshop can be found in the workshop proposal (pdf format). The workshop is supported by the EPSRC funded i~design project.


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.


You can read some feedback on the workshop discussions and activities.

Photos of the workshop can be also seen on the photo page.

Previous Workshops

This workshop builds on previous workshops at HCI 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006:


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