Aging Research


Aging Well with Technology for Maintaining Good Mental and Cognitive Health

A Workshop to be held on April 3-7, 2017, Perth, Australia, co-located with ACM WWW 2017


Important Dates:

** Submission Deadline: Jan 23, 2017

** Notification of Acceptance: January 31, 2017

** Camera-Ready Versions Due: Feb 14, 2017

** Workshop date: Tuesday, April 4, 2017


Workshop Organizers:

Mark Chignell, University of Toronto

Jonathan Chan, King Mongkut’s University of Technology, Thonburi



Many countries are becoming aging societies and the proportion of people over the age of 65 is growing worldwide. There is a growing realization that the way we deal with the aging population has to change. We need to promote healthy aging and we need to develop technologies that can assist people as they age since there simply won’t be enough caregivers available in future as our societies age, if we keep using current methods and strategies.

This workshop is concerned with the problem of how to use technology to cope with the problem of aging societies, and to maintain good mental and cognitive health as people age. It will be a forum for researchers to share results and ideas on how to create technologies and services that benefit older adults and caregivers. We also hope that interactions between participants will lead to opportunities for international collaboration and research exchanges.

Submitted papers should address, in some way, the issue of how to develop and evaluate technologies and services that improve the independence and quality of life of the elderly. Relevant topics include but are not limited to:

  • enhancing safety and security
  • supporting independent living
  • reducing depression and social isolation
  • reducing responsive behaviours and frustration
  • increasing the level of social participation

Please contact the organizers if you have a question about whether a topic will be suitable for the workshop.


We solicit full research papers (4-6 pages) in the ACM conference paper style. (

Papers should be submitted in EasyChair to


Program Committee:


  • Eleni Stroulia, Department of Computer Science, University of Alberta
  • Lili Liu, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta
  • Arlene Astell, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
  • Andrea Wilkinson, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, 
University of Toronto.



Contributions will be included in the Companion volume of the ACM WWW2017 conference, which will be published by ACM and included in the ACM Digital Library. However, to make that happen at least one author of the accepted paper has to register. At the time of submission of the final camera-ready copy, authors will have to indicate the already registered person for that publication.


Submission guidelines:

All submitted papers must

  •    be written in English;
  •     contain author names, affiliations, and email addresses;
  •    be formatted according to the ACM SIG Proceedings template
  •      (
  •      with a font size no smaller than 9pt;
  •    be in PDF (make sure that the PDF can be viewed on any platform), and formatted for US Letter size;
  •    occupy no more than six pages, including the abstract, references, and appendices.


It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that their submissions adhere strictly to the required format.

Submissions that do not comply with the above guidelines may be rejected without review.

All submissions must be entered into the reviewing system:



Mark Chignell, University of Toronto, Canada;

Jonathan Chan, King Mongkut’s University of Technology, Thonburi


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