Participatory approaches are used to design interactive systems, services and products to improve their impact and usability. However, these approaches are not always suitable for people with cognitive limitations such as dementia. This workshop will focus on participatory approaches for working with people living with dementia, challenge assumptions and provide concrete examples to inform design and technology development. Participants will review current design and technology offerings and work towards the development of a shared research agenda for future work. The workshop will explore how to negotiate the need for inclusion, personalization, and scalability to accommodate the growing needs in dementia. It will focus on setting an inclusive agenda for developments in Design and HCI in the ‘here and now’ to build sustainable approaches for the future.


8.30-9.00: Walk in and coffee
9.00-9.30: Welcome, introductions (through speed dating) and scope of workshop
9.30-10.30: What have we got to offer, exploring the current state Design and Dementia based on papers submitted by participants
10.30-11.00: Coffee Break and networking opportunities
11.00-12.30: What next for Design and Dementia – blue ocean thinking or acknowledging legacies? Discussion of participatory approaches and authentic collaboration in context with people with dementia? Who are these participants now – who will they be in the future?
12.30-13.00: Who decides what design for dementia will look like? Establishing the research (funding and support) agenda (in groups)
13.00-14.00: Lunch – continue work over lunch
14.00-15.00: Establish the research agenda continued. How do we get the agenda taken up
15.00-15.30: Coffee Break, welcome guests
Community partner talk about local projects, plans issues and possibilities?
15.30-16.30: Feedback on research agendas and making it happen.
16.30-17.30: Closing discussion, feedback on workshop, and what next
17:30: optional networking drinks and socialising – offsite

Sarah Foley

Sarah Foley is a PhD Student in the School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork. Her PhD research has involved working closely with people with dementia in residential care to explore the potential of participatory methods and technology to enrich the experience of care.

Call for Papers

Dementia has increasingly gained attention as a topic of interest within the design and HCI research community. Yet, as the number of people with dementia continues to grow, further development of a clear Design and HCI agenda for dementia and technology is needed. The recent shift calls for research ‘with’ people, rather than ‘for’, has resulted in a more equal inclusion in design and research. As this shift occurs, researchers need to reconsider existing approaches to how we engage, interact and design with people. This one-day workshop will gather researchers and practitioners in the domain of design and HCI to share and discuss advances in this field. All levels of experience are welcomed, from new to well-established researchers. Community members will be invited to attend the workshop and contribute to the discussion and agenda setting. We invite anyone interested in participating to submit a three to four-page position paper (ACM Extended Abstract format). Papers should critically reflect on how the authors’ research or interests address issues related to the workshop topics. Authors’ prior experience does not have to be specifically concerned, but the position papers will be expected to demonstrate how their work is relevant to the workshop’s topic and can be applied within the workshops’ context. Submissions should be sent to r.g.a.brankaert@tue.nl in PDF format and will be reviewed. At least one author of each accepted position paper should attend the workshop and all participants must register for both the workshop and at least one day of the DIS2019 conference. It is the obligation of the author(s) to obtain written permission for quotations from unpublished material, for all quotations in excess of 250 words in one extract or 500 words in total from any work still in copyright, and for the reprinting of illustrations or tables from unpublished or copyrighted material.

Submission Deadline:1st of May 2019