© 2019 by the Mixed Reality and Accessibility workshop. 

Call for Participation

Mixed Reality (MR) refers to technology in which real and virtual world objects are presented together in one environment. This technology holds great potential for accessibility, for example, facilitating different daily tasks by incorporating virtual assistive information into the real environment, and creating MR environments to support training and rehabilitation for people with different needs and disabilities. Despite its potential, as a new form of technology with hardware and software limitations, MR itself could pose unique challenges to people with disabilities, involving technical, privacy, ethical, and accessibility concerns. As more and more MR products and research prototypes are designed to address accessibility issues, it is time to discuss opportunities and challenges for MR applications for people with disabilities, as well as to derive accessibility standards for MR technology itself.

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: August 1st 2019, 23:59 AoE.

  • Notification of Acceptance: August 14th 2019, 23:59 AoE.

  • Camera-ready Submission: September 4th 2019, 23:59 AoE.

  • Workshop: October 14th 2019, 9:00 am GMT+8.

 

Submission Details

The aim of this workshop is to establish a community for discussing the design and development of MR technology in the context of accessibility. We will focus on three major topics:

  • MR application design for accessibility;

  • Challenges of MR in the context of accessibility (technical, privacy, ethical, etc.);

  • Accessibility of general MR technology.

We welcome researchers, designers, and practitioners who work on MR technology and accessibility related areas. Those who are currently not in this field but interested in these research topics are also welcomed to participate. The workshop will last one day, including paper presentations, a demonstration session, a panel in which people with disabilities describe their experiences with MR, and a group activity session with presentations.

We accept three types of submissions:

  • A research paper;

  • A demo or poster description: including a system description and space requirements for a demo, or a research description and a poster draft for a poster

  • A position statement, including the researcher’s original research and his/her interest and experience in the workshop topic.

 

A submission should be no longer than four pages in ISMAR paper format. References will not count towards the page limit. Submissions will be selected by the organizers based on originality and relevance to the scope and goal of the workshop. Accepted papers will be published in ISMAR 2019 adjunct proceedings and IEEE Xplore. Selected submissions will be posted on the workshop website (https://mr-accessibility) beforehand.

Submissions should be sent by email to Yuhang Zhao (yz769@cornell.edu) and Shiri Azenkot (shiri.azenkot@cornell.edu).

Upon acceptance, at least one author of each accepted paper must attend the workshop and all participants must register for both the workshop and for at least one day of the conference.