[Elsnet-list] CFP: IUI4DR 3rd International Workshop on Intelligent User Interfaces for Developing Regions with IUI 2013

Nitendra Rajput rnitendra at in.ibm.com
Wed Dec 12 07:32:08 CET 2012

(apologies for duplicate postings)


Intelligent User Interfaces for Developing Regions:
Users, Problems and Technologies

Third IUI4DR Workshop in Conjunction with IUI 2013
Santa Monica, California
March 19, 2013

Website: http://www.eis.mdx.ac.uk/research/idc/IUI4DR/

Submission Deadline:  9 Jan 2013


This workshop aims to look at interaction from the viewpoint of users in
developing regions.  We will identify  interesting research challenges and
usability obstacles experienced by this user population at the workshop.
Related workshops were conducted in 2008 and 2011, and several interesting
themes emerged, for example low-literacy and multimodal interfaces. In
2013, we will build on past workshops by focusing on different themes that
affect the interactions of this target population. This will involve a
deeper user-centered analysis of who the users are in developing regions,
the main devices they use for interaction, their most common application
content, and the computer input capabilities that best support their
language and application needs. At IUI4DR 2013, we aim to focus on
understanding the problem(s) faced by people in developing regions, and 
those problems could be addressed by appropriate intelligent user 


1. Users and their problems: We wish to invite papers that provide 
on how the users in developing countries are different from users in the
developed world. What specific issues need to be considered in terms of
native language literacy, English language literacy, or knowing how to
operate technology? While ?low literacy? and ?low purchasing power? are
frequently attributed to users in developing regions, we wish to develop
deeper insights into the variability among these users and implications 
user-centered design, methods, and appropriate evaluation techniques.

2. Interfaces in developing regions: The developed world is moving from
standard keyboard-based interfaces to incorporate new interaction styles
such as touch-screen, gesture-based, augmented-reality, video/image-based,
spoken language, tangible, and multimodal interfaces. At IUI4DR we would
like researchers to share insights and debate what types of interface
worked best in the developing world and why.

3. Input technologies: Most worldwide languages in developing regions are
not Roman alphabetic ones, such as English, which are supported well with
keyboard input and dominate the content represented on the Web. What
obstacles existto expressing other native languages when using existing
computers, and why is the ability to express one?s native language a
consequential issue?

4. Application content: While healthcare, agriculture, education, small
business and finance are considered primary domains in most developing
regions, we wouldalso be interested in applications involving governance,
disaster management, and other mobile domains.

5. Intelligence in interfaces: We would like to invite papers that could
propose AI techniques such as recommender systems, conversational agents,
intelligent assistants that have been used in the context of developing

We seek original, unpublished papers in the following two categories: (a)
Up to 2 page position papers that describe novel ideas on interesting
research themes and directions, (b) Full papers or work-in-progress (6-10
pages) that document system interfaces, usability issues, user analyses,
prototypes of new interfaces, and related topics for users in developing
countries. Papers should be in the IUI publication format. The papers need
to be authored in CHI archival format. All submissions should be in the 
format and should be submitted electronically through the IUI4DR Easychair
Conference site (https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iui4dr13).
Since the submission deadlines are dependent on the IUI conference, we 
not be able to grant any extensions in any circumstances. We also propose
to edit a post-workshop proceedings or book that would define the problem
of people interacting with information in the developing regions, and an
articulation of possible approaches to overcoming these problems.

Since the workshop also aims to be a community building event and exchange
for researchers working in this area, at least one author of an accepted
paper is required to attend the workshop to present their work.


Paper Submission     9 Jan 2013
Paper Notification   31 Jan 2013
Camera-ready         15 Feb 2013
Workshop             19 Mar 2013


Sheetal K. Agarwal (IBM Research, India)
Dr. Neesha Kodagoda (Middlesex University, UK)
Dr. Sharon Oviatt (Incaa Designs, USA),
Nitendra Rajput (IBM Research, India)
Prof. William Wong  (Middlesex University, UK)


- Marshini Chetty, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
- Jason Ellis, IBM Research, USA
- Alejandro Jaimes, Yahoo! Research, Spain
- Kasper L. Jensen, Polytechnic of Namibia, Namibia
- Keyur Sorathia, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India
- Bill Thies, Microsoft Research, India
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