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Design4Diversity 2018: Workshop on Designing with Diverse Populations: Sharing Experiences, Best Practices, and Opportunities


To be held in conjunction with the12th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare,  PervasiveHealth 2018

May 21-24, 2018 in New York, USA


Call for Papers

Participatory design is a highly valued and widely used method in the Pervasive Health community. A growing focus on health, wellness, and social good have expanded the use of participatory design to a variety of populations. From children and older adults to patients and refugees, the Pervasive Health community is engaging in important design work to benefit diverse populations. The aims of these design activities include the development of assistive technologies, novel applications of interaction paradigms, and empowerment of vulnerable groups. This workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to compare and contrast their experiences with engaging diverse populations in participatory design.

We invite researchers, students, and practitioners with experience conducting participatory design with diverse populations. Junior researchers and students who are planning to conduct participatory design with diverse populations are also encouraged to share their plans and obtain feedback. The goal of the workshop is to discuss the challenges that emerge when conducting participatory design with diverse populations. We will compare and contrast challenges across populations, and share successful techniques as well as lessons learned.

Scope and Topics
The workshop aims to provide the discussion of following issues:

  • Building rapport: How do you introduce facilitators (i.e., yourself) and the participatory design process (i.e., your work)? What phrases are effective for encouraging participants to provide ongoing, detailed and honest input?
  • Prompts: When is it useful to provide narrative prompts such as scenarios or stories for participants to respond to? How are these prompts generated and integrated into the design process?
  • Activities: What are some examples of innovative and creative activities that have proven appropriate and effective for specific populations? What types of activities can maximize enjoyment for participants while optimizing data collection for facilitators?
  • Tools/Artifacts: What tools or artifacts are helpful to participants and/or facilitators? When does high tech work well? When does low tech work well?
  • Technology experience: How much relevant technology experience should participants have? Do different amounts of experiences lead to different types of contributions?
  • Allies: When and how do you utilize gatekeepers, champions, or advocates for a specific population? When and how do you enlist caregivers, clinicians, or proxies for a specific population? What are the advantages of these points of view, and when do they outweigh the potential risks of not engaging the population directly?

Workshop format

The workshop will include a technical program enabling participants to share and discuss different protocols, approaches, lessons learned and strategies they have used to conduct participatory design with diverse populations. We invite position papers 4-6 pages long, which reflect on challenges conducting participatory design with a specific population, discuss lessons learned, outline effective strategies and opportunities. Particularly, we are interested in two types of submissions:

  • Research experiences: Reflections on lessons learned and best practices in conducting participatory design sessions.
  • Research proposal: Proposal of a study involving participatory design with a specific population.

Contributions to the workshop will be reviewed by a Technical Program Committee, and final decisions will be made by the workshop organizers taking into account the originality of contributions and the potential for generating interesting discussion around different challenges in participatory design with diverse populations.

Paper Submissions

All accepted workshop submissions will be published in the conference’s main proceedings. Workshop submissions should follow the PervasiveHealth 2018 general proceedings format:  2-column format using SIGCHI template. Details in: Please be sure to use the correct Category and Subject Descriptor in your paper. Visit for more information.

Authors of the accepted submissions will be invited to present and discuss their work at the workshop. For each of the accepted submissions, at least one author must attend the workshop and at least one day of PervasiveHealth 2018 conference.

Your paper must be submitted in PDF format. Send your PDF contributions by the deadline to the following email:


For more information visit the workshop website:


Important Dates

March 30th, 2018: Deadline for paper submissions to Workshop (23:59 AoE)

April 15th, 2018: Workshop paper notification

April 22nd, 2018: Deadline for Camera-ready submission

May 21st, 2018: Workshop day


Workshop Organizers

Karina Caro, Drexel University, USA
Yamini Karanam, Indiana University, USA
Gabriela Marcu, Drexel University, USA
Kay H. Connelly, Indiana University, USA
Juan Fernando Maestre, Indiana University, USA

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