Call: “Enabling technologies for marginalised groups: Removing barriers and improving outcomes” at HCII 2021


Enabling Technologies for Marginalised Groups: Removing barriers and improving outcomes
Session at the Human-Computer Interaction International conference 2021
Washington DC, USA / Online
24-29 July

Deadline to submit extended abstract: 30 November 2020

We invite you to take part in this parallel paper session at the Human-Computer Interaction International conference in Washington DC, USA, 24-29 July 2021 ( This session is part of the conference’s thematic area Design, User Experience and Usability (DUXU)

An inclusive approach to technology design should draw on the full range of human diversity. This means that as researchers, technologists, and educators we need to learn from people with a range of experiences and perspectives. They offer us views, insights and valuable contributions which are often neglected in current research and practice.

Failing to take an inclusive approach means we create exclusive solutions that are shaped around our own biases, assumptions and design perspectives.

Inclusiveness is particularly important with marginalised user groups such as disabled people, people with mental health difficulties, minorities, refugees, to name a few. These groups often have little influence, little advocacy and minimal representation amongst the creators of technology. At the same time, such users may be particularly dependent on technology that enables them to access services, education, provide support and/or live independent lives. We simply cannot ignore the voices of marginalised groups and need to place value on them if we are to co-design technology that has maximum application and impact.

This parallel session invites research and practice that explores the role of enabling technology design with, and for, marginalised groups, including:

  • Technology design and development
  • Innovative new forms of technology (AR, VR, XR, etc…)
  • Application of technologies in situ settings
  • Ways of bringing the voices of marginalised groups to the fore in design-based work
  • Co-designing remotely in times of social distancing
  • Applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other forms of innovation to support technology application
  • Technology that supports routes to improved outcomes in areas such as: education; services; employment; independent living scenarios; etc….
  • Ethics and responsible research involving all users
  • Evaluation of enabling technologies that include the voices of marginalised users
  • Research that is fully embedded in the settings where marginalised users are most likely to use them
  • Work that bridges issues of technology uptake in practical setting (i.e. the home, schools, work-place)

We particularly welcome and encourage work that includes marginalised groups as authors or co-authors in addition to work that reports lived experiences of marginalised groups and their immediate stakeholders.


Please contact Marc Fabri ( to receive a personal invitation through the conference CMS. Please DO NOT submit your paper through the general HCII paper submission route as it may then not be part of this session.


Papers must report completed work with results available at the time of submission for review. Proposals for new frameworks, models, methods etc. must emerge from research or practice and cannot simply be position papers. Any studies involving human participants must have had approval by an Institutional Review Board or Ethics Committee.


Paper for Review: Anonymised Extended Abstracts should be up to 4 pages long, including any tables, images and references. At this stage there are no other formatting instructions – write freely!

Camera-Ready Papers:  Full papers must be 10-12 pages long, including all images, tables, references etc. By the time of author acceptance notifications, detailed instructions for how to prepare your paper will be available on the conference website.


Accepted papers will be published by Springer in a multi-volume set of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series. Following the conference, session participants will be invited to submit an extended version of their conference paper to a Special Issue of the Journal of Enabling Technologies (, to be published in 2022.


  • Now: contact Marc Fabri ( to receive an invitation to submit
  • 30 November 2020: Deadline to submit Extended Abstract of up to 4 pages
  • 20 December 2020: Author notifications
  • 29 January 2021: Final paper due
  • 19 February: Deadline for author registration
  • 24-29 July 2021: HCI International in Washington DC

* please note that we are bound by the rules of the conference which state that for paper presentation and publication in the proceedings, at least one delegate registration per paper is required. However, individuals can appear as co-authors in several papers.

We look forward to hosting an exciting and rewarding parallel session at HCII 2021, which will run as a virtual conference.

Dr Marc Fabri, Leeds Beckett University, UK,

Dr Nigel Newbutt, UWE Bristol, UK,

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