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Workshop: Defining the Architecture for Next Generation Inclusive Television

3 June 2009 (half day)    Part of EuroITV 2009 in Leuven, Belgium

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For inclusivity and accessibility, the switchover to digital television (DTV) presents great possibilities, but has also introduced new frustrations.  New architectures for television reception are in development that in principle will enable much more creative solutions.  The workshop is intended to contribute to the development of these new architectures by exploring the issues and problems for inclusive design in digital television, and proposing methods, enhancements and adaptations that new architectures should enable.  DTV Practitioners both with and without experience of inclusive development are invited to contribute.

The aim of the workshop is to support inclusive design within the interactive television industry by exploring the development both of methods for its incorporation in the design process and technology for its realisation, which are effective and commercially acceptable.

The immediate goals of the workshop are:

·         To collate and summarise the issues that inclusive design raises for digital and interactive television.

·         To explore new methods for inclusiveness in the design process.

·         To further establish a multi-disciplinary community with the aim of influencing research, development and policy relevant to inclusive and accessible DTV.

The workshop schedule

The schedule and proposed topics for discussion .

Brief profiles of the organizers

Richard N Griffiths is a member of the British HCI Group and course leader of the MSc in Digital Television Management & Production at the University of Brighton, UK, a course the he has managed since its inception in 2001.  He researches usability design for interactive TV, particularly accessibility, and is currently involved with an EU FP6 multi-partner project; LOGOS: Knowledge on demand for ubiquitous learning.  He has previously been an organising member of workshops at Interact 1999 and CHI 2000 on usability pattern language, and HCI 2002 and 2003, and EuroITV08 on iTV and accessibility.

Dr Mark Springett is a member of the Interaction Design Centre and the Design-for-all research group at Middlesex University. He is a member of the Usability Professionals Association.  He is a Working Group Co-ordinator for MAUSE (COST Action 294).  He has 20 years experience of working in the area of Human-Computer Interaction, and has had a specialist interest in accessibility since 2000.  His recent research includes investigations of iTV accessibility for citizens with low vision.  He Co-chaired the workshop ‘Inclusive Interactive Television: Setting the Agenda for Innovative Research’ at EUROITV 2008.  He was Co-organizer of the COST 294 workshop ‘Valid Useful Usable Evaluation Measures’ in Iceland in June 2008.

To join the workshop

Please send a position paper of up to 1000 words length (2 A4 pages) by 9 March 2009 (extended deadline) to the contact below.

Papers will be placed on this web site before the workshop. They should be formatted using the ACM guidelines (download Word template - instructions when using LaTeX ). Of those accepted, selected position papers may be published in the conference adjunct proceedings.

It is not necessary that you have previously worked on accessibility or inclusivity; in which case your position paper may raise questions or issues about the application of inclusivity to particular specialism in the DTV industry.

Themes include but are not limited to:

·         Strategies for ensuring accessibility in the digital switchover

·         Design for diversity (rather than an ‘average user’)

·         Design for supporting users with specific impairments

·         Inclusive and participatory design approaches

·         Design for ubiquitous TV

·         Tangible interaction and iTV

·         New metaphors and models for iTV interaction

Significant dates

9 March 2009

Position paper extended submission deadline

23 March 2009

Workshop acceptance notification

13 April 2009

Camera-ready position papers

3 June 2009

Workshop held

Relevant Links

Relevant information and resources. These will be added to in the run up to the workshop. Please suggest interesting links.

Position Papers

The position papers of the workshop participants.

Notes on the Workshop

Notes made during the workshop and subsequent reflections: notes.  Please send your comments and they will be incorporated.


Richard Griffiths

   phone: +44 1273 642477