Call for participation


Important dates

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Workshop Themes

Following up the successful first edition of the CCCiC workshop at the 2014 ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2014), Baltimore, Maryland, USA, we now elaborate on the resulting roadmap for future research in the domain devised in it. Therefore this edition of the workshop seeks contribution on:

  • Conceptual frameworks that describe the coordinative nature of informal care.
  • Integrated platforms that serve all relevant aspects of caregivers’ needs in form of adequate integration of products and services.
  • Computer supported learning for informal caregivers.
  • Accessible (mobile, tactile) ICT applications that might automate many tasks of general caregiving.
  • Social interactive TV, also concerned with the design of innovative input devices.
  • Social media for social support, such as online communities with special focus on social support for informal caregivers.
  • Knowledge sharing among informal caregivers.
  • Interoperability and interfaces among systems in use.
  • Architectures of ICT supporting caring processes.
  • Scalability and security of such systems.

Contributions are welcomed on the following themes, but not limited to:

  • Design and development of technologies to support coordination, communication, and collaboration between informal caregivers, their friends, family members, and
  • health professionals.
  • User-centered and participatory design in the context of informal care.
  • Sustainable technology development.
  • Usage studies of current technological solutions for informal caregivers.
  • Ethnographic studies and associated challenges (e.g., getting access to the field, collecting and analyzing data, etc.).
  • Cross-cultural studies.
  • Ethical issues.
  • Conceptual work aiming at describing informal care.

We particularly encourage submissions of position papers reporting on research studies currently in the analysis of informal care or in the design and prototyping phases of the development of interactive systems for informal care as well as of demos of existing systems or of video prototypes of innovative technological concepts for it.

Interdisciplinary participation from designers, developers, sociologists, psychologists, ethnographers, etc. is appreciated. In this way, the workshop will provide an important opportunity for researchers from both academia and industry to share ideas and possibly coordinate their efforts.

Dynamics of the workshop

The workshop will be split in three moments. At the first moment, there will be short presentations of the position papers accepted for the workshop. Each author is encouraged to read another accepted paper and to comment on it after the original talk is delivered. Following the presentation of the position papers, there will be a session dedicated to the demonstrations. Finally, a brainstorming session will be conducted in order to define the elements of a conceptual frame for the domain of informal care and to discuss of the array of methodologies for conducting research within it. Furthermore, a list of implications for design for technological developments will be collaboratively elaborated and validated by participants at the end of the workshop.

Submission format

Position Paper

Participants interested in contributing with a position paper have to send in a submission (max. 3000 words) containing a brief overview over the key ideas of the presentation and some information on their occupational background.


Participants interested in contributing with a demo should submit an extended abstract describing the system to be demonstrated and the design rationale for it (max. 1500 words). Additionally, demos’ contributors can submit videos, links or any other relevant artifacts of the system to be demonstrated.

Submissions must adhere to the ACM Extended Abstract Format:

Papers must be submitted through the EasyChair Conference

Review process

Contributions will be peer-reviewed by members of a Program Committee (soon to be announced at and selected on the basis of their quality, compliance with the workshop theme, and the extent (and diversity) of their backgrounds in terms of fieldwork, design, and technology.


Papers accepted and presented in the workshop will be published in the workshop proceedings, which will be edited by the workshop organisers. The proceedings will include the final versions of all accepted papers, adjusted to satisfy reviewers’ recommendations. It will be issued under an ISBN number by Vienna University of Technology on paper and made available for online consultation and archiving at the ACM Digital Library (to be confirmed).