Workshop on Interactive Learning Environments for Children

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    Subject: One-day Workshop on Interactive Learning Environments for Children
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                                            One-day Workshop on
                        Interactive Learning Environments for Children
                                           Held in conjunction with:
                i3 Spring Days 2000, Athens, Greece, March 1 - 3, 2000
                                        FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS
    Technical Description
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    The one-day Workshop on "Interactive Learning Environments for Children" is
    organised by the ERCIM Working Group on "User Interfaces for All" in the
    context of the i3 Spring Days 2000, a cluster of workshops that bring
    together i3 members and friends on the basis of common interests and
    research themes. In particular, this Workshop aims to facilitate the
    exchange of knowledge and experience between researchers and practitioners
    in the fields of Universal Access and Design for All, and the i3 community.
    The vision of User Interfaces for All advocates the proactive realisation of
    the Design for All principle in the field of Human-Computer Interaction, and
    involves the development of user interfaces to interactive applications and
    telematic services, which provide universal access and quality in use to
    potentially all users. This user population includes people with different
    cultural, educational, training and employment background, novice and
    experienced computer users, the very young and the elderly, and people with
    different types of disabilities, in various interaction contexts and
    scenarios of use.
    The i3 community, on the other hand, has attained in recent years a
    considerable amount of work targeted to young children, one of the most
    challenging categories of "non-average" users. Combining education and
    leisure activities, supporting novel paradigms of teaching, creating
    environments that foster collaboration and knowledge sharing, are only some
    examples of issues that have received attention and led to innovation in the
    field to date.
    The goals of this Workshop are to consolidate recent work, and to stimulate
    further discussion, on the state of the art in user interfaces that are
    intended for use by children. The premise of this endeavour is that there
    are many common research themes between the User Interfaces for All and the
    i3 communities, and the Workshop is expected to serve as a catalyst for a
    lively, continued and fruitful exchange between the two research
    The emphasis of the Workshop will be on theories, methodologies, techniques
    and tools which contribute to the development of interactive systems that
    are fun and engaging, support a multitude of learning activities, are usable
    by and appropriate for children, foster social interaction, support the
    developmental process, and can cater for the individual requirements and
    preferences of each child.
    Solicited Contributions
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    This one-day Workshop on "Interactive Learning Environments for Children"
    - - long papers (between 10 and 15 pages), reporting original
       completed research and development activities relevant to
       the themes of the Workshop (see list below); and
    - - short papers (between 4 and 6 pages).
    All papers will be peer reviewed. Accepted papers will be presented during
    the Workshop and will appear in the Workshop Proceedings.
    Areas of Interest
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    Areas of interest, for which papers are solicited, include, but are not
    limited to, the following:
    - - Novel input/output technologies and interaction techniques
    - - Interaction metaphors
    - - Interacting through / with physical objects and the environment
    - - Language-independent communication
    - - Education and skill development
    - - On-line communities
    - - Virtual and augmented environments
    - - Ergonomics, Human Factors and usability issues
    - - Design and evaluation methods and tools
    - - Child-centred design
    - - Intuitive, seamless interfaces
    - - Interfaces to wearable and ubiquitous systems
    - - Information visualisation
    - - Intelligent user interfaces, guided or cooperative interaction,
       intelligent agents
    - - Computer-Supported Collaborative Work
    - - Multilinguality, internationalisation / localisation
    - - Multimedia and multimodal interfaces
    - - Sociological and psychological issues
    - - Configurable, adaptable and adaptive interfaces
    - - Conversational interfaces
    Paper Submission
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    Submissions should include a short abstract (200 words) and comply with the
    following format: A4, 1 column, with 1 inch margins, Times New Roman 12point
    font, single spacing. ASCII, latex, Word (PC or Macintosh), HTML, or
    Postscript format will be accepted. Submissions should be done
    electronically using the on-line submission form
    Workshop Participation
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    Workshop attendance will be limited. Workshop papers and participation of
    members in the greater i3 community as well as from outside this community
    are encouraged. People who have submitted a paper will be given priority.
    The workshop is sponsored by i3, and probably there will be a very low
    workshop fee. To indicate your interest in participating in the Workshop
    please use the on-line registration form
    Workshop Venue
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    The Workshop will be held at the Training and Conference Center of the
    National Bank of Greece S.A. (, Glyfada,
    Athens, Greece (nearby Athen's international airport). The fee will be
    reasonably low since it is basically to cover the costs for meals and coffee
    Programme Committee
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    - - Prof. Constantine Stephanidis, ICS-FORTH, Greece (Workshop Chair)
    - - Prof. Alfred Kobsa, GMD, Germany
    - - Dr. Michael Pieper, GMD, Germany
    - - Dr. Elizabeth Andre, DFKI, Germany
    - - Dr. Thomas Rist, DFKI, Germany
    - - Prof. David Benyon, Napier University, UK
    - - Prof. Noelle Carbonell, CRIN-CNRS & INRIA, France
    - - Dr. Pier Luigi Emiliani, CNR-IROE, Italy
    - - Mr. Seppo Haataja, NOKIA Mobile Phones, Finland
    - - Dr. Dominique Scapin, INRIA, France
    - - Prof. Cristian Stary, University of Linz, Austria
    - - Dr. Annika Waern, SICS, Sweden
    - - Dr. Michael Wilson, RAL, United Kingdom
    - - Prof. Michael Fairhurst, University of Kent, UK
    Important Dates
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    1 February 2000
         Deadline for electronic submission of all papers
    14 February 2000
         Conditional notification of acceptance (confirmation will be given
         upon registration)
    21 February 2000
         Deadline for registration
    25 February 2000
         Deadline for electronic submission of final papers
    Contact Details
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    For more information, please contact:
    Workshop Chair:
    Prof. Constantine Stephanidis
    Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH)
    Institute of Computer Science (ICS)
    Science and Technology Park of Crete
    Heraklion, Crete, GR-71110
    Tel: +30 81 391741
    Fax: +30 81 391740
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