Alan Newell: Decades of Research on Technology for Seniors
The Computer-Human Interaction Special Interest Group
of the Association for Computing Machinery
recently awarded Prof. Alan Newell
(School of Computing, University of Dundee, Scotland) its Social Impact Award for his
decades of work on making information and communications technology more accessible to seniors.
Prof. Newell presented an overview of his work at the ACM CHI 2011 conference in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
The following are some of the highlights of his
began by pointing out that the percentage of seniors in the world's population is growing, based on two factors:
made the point that designing technology to be accessible is not just an added expense to create something for a small "disabled" population.
disputes this, arguing that technology is constantly changing so what people understand and use now won't be "cutting edge" for very long.
closed by mentioning some of the projects of his
university's Queen Mother Research Centre for information technology to support older and disabled people.
also mentioned his
forthcoming book: Design and the Digital Divide: Insights from 40 years research into computer support for older and disabled people (Morgan and Claypool, Summer 2011).
We thank Prof. Newell
informative talk, and congratulate him on his
well-deserved Social Impact Award.