Presentations: HCI International and GUSEGG

Presentations: HCI International and GUSEGG

This summer is being quite busy for CNSC members. Andrea Rosales presented the paper “Long-term appropriation of smartwatches among a group of older people” at the 20th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction between May 15-20 in Las Vegas, United States of America. This paper, coauthored by Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol and Núria Ferran-Ferrer, was published last June in the conference compilation ITAP 2018: Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population. Acceptance, Communication and Participation. Check the abstract below and the link to the paper in the Links section.

Abstract: In this paper, we analyze long-term appropriation of smartwatches among a group of older people. For the purpose of the study, we provided five older individuals (aged 71 to 80; three women, two men) with Android smartwatches. We interviewed participants after 2 and 12 months of smartwatch usage and observed its usage in an informal gathering 12 months after the end of the study. Drawing on Morville’s model of user experience (2004), we focus on how the smartwatch was (not) useful, usable, valuable, and desirable for each participant in each stage of the process. Results show the relevance of valuableness and desirability in the (non-)appropriation of smartwatches for those participants. Specifically, participants used the smartwatches to express their sporty, techie and fashion identities.

CNSC members and students, Sarah Wagner and Daniel Blanche, participated in the 14th Graz International Summer School Seggau 2018 (GUSEGG), organized by the University of Graz and held between July 1-14 near the city of Leibnitz, Austria. The theme of this two-week program was “Mediating and meditating change: State – Society – Religion“. Daniel provided a presentation about the ongoing project “Older audiences in the digital media environment: A cross-national longitudinal study“, as part of the Ageing + Communication + Technologies (ACT) project. In addition, more members of the ACT project took part in this summer school, either as lecturers, organizing staff or affiliated students, such as Kim Sawchuk (Principal Investigator, lecturer of the Ageing, Communication and Technologies seminars), Stephen Katz (lecturer of the Sustainability and Intergenerational Ethics seminars), and Roberta Maierhofer (director of the summer school). For more information, check the Links section.


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