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Special Sessions

Special sessions are very small and specialized events to be held during the conference as a set of oral and poster presentations that are highly specialized in some particular theme or consisting of the works of some particular international project. The goal of special sessions (minimum 4 papers; maximum 9) is to provide a focused discussion on innovative topics. All accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book, under an ISBN reference, and on digital support. All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library. SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef and every paper is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier). The proceedings are submitted for indexation by Web of Science / Conference Proceedings Citation Index, DBLP, EI and SCOPUS.


AGEWELL 2015Special Session on How Can Digital Games Help Older Adults?
Chair(s): David Kaufman

SocialICT 2015Special Session on Social Motivations and Social Benefits of ICT
Chair(s): Paula Trigueiros

Special Session on How Can Digital Games Help Older Adults? - AGEWELL 2015


David Kaufman
Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University

This special session will address the new area of digital games for older adults. The potential benefits and barriers will be discussed, and examples will be presented of research being conducted in this area.

Special Session on Social Motivations and Social Benefits of ICT - SocialICT 2015


Paula Trigueiros
School of Architecture - Product Design Graduation, University of Minho

It is widely accepted that social interaction promotes a sense of wellbeing and belonging, which can have a direct impact on people’s life expectancy. In fact, the health risks of social isolation have been compared to smoking, alcoholism, and not exercising. However, as we age and our life circumstances change, it can become increasingly difficult to maintain our social networks. This workshop concerns the use of ICT-enabled services to support interactions with existing contacts, as well as to forge new networks. In particular, the workshop aims to explore opportunities to leverage social interaction as a means of motivating users, such as older people, who are typically disengaged from the use of ICT.