Book Title:

Perspectives on Human-Computer Interaction research with older people

Publisher interested in the book (pending of final approval):


Series title:

Human-Computer Interaction Series


Sergio Sayago (Universitat de Barcelona)

Mission and vision of the book:

Ageing has become a significant research area in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) in recent years. This book presents the results of a critical review of approximately 20 years worth of HCI research on older people and digital technologies. By drawing upon this review and HCI research waves (Human Factors, Human Actors and User eXperience), this book posits that the central role that (i) age-related declines in functional abilities, (ii) intergenerational Computer-Mediated Communication, (iii) independent living, and (iv) fairly (negative) stereotyped views of older people take on contemporary HCI research, has come to a stage where a change of paradigm – in the sense introduced by Kuhn in The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962) – is needed to better understand, design, and evaluate older people’s digital experiences in the 21st century. This change of paradigm is grounded in the fact that ageing is a multifaceted process, the role that digital technologies (can) take on in older people’s lives goes beyond health and communication, and the relationship between older people and digital technologies is, or might be, richer than one might imagine (in a positive or negative way) when witnessing and / or talking to them about their digital experiences. This book will examine, from an HCI perspective, the relationship between older people and several topics which are receiving increasing research attention in HCI and Ageing studies, ranging from citizen science, accessibility, big data, the making culture and positive computing to technology adoption, emotions, leisure, creativity and gender, in an attempt to provide new perspectives on HCI research with, and for, older people. The chapters of this book will be written by international professionals working in academia and in industry. The chapters will be a mix of literature reviews, provocative case studies, insightful lessons learned from years of experience and the field, and conversations with older people about their present-day and envisaged, yet-to-be-designed, future digital experiences.

This website / blog:

The aim of this website is to further disseminate the research contained within the book, and to set up a shared knowledge community. The editor will request permission from the authors of accepted chapters to provide material(s) that may be relevant and helpful to include on the website.

Submissions and peer-review:

  • Potential authors are kindly invited to submit expressions of interests that provide a succinct summary of the most relevant aspects of their intended chapters.
  • Expressions of interests will be peer-reviewed.
  • Authors of accepted expressions of interest will be invited to prepare and submit full chapters taking into account the feedback provided by the editor.
  • Chapters will be permitted two rounds of peer-review.

(tentative) Schedule of publication:

  • Expressions of interest: mid-January 2017; extended to mid-February 2017
  • First versions of chapters: mid-September 2017
  • Second and final versions of chapters: mid-January 2018
  • Book (tentative): Spring 2018

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