Human-Computer Interaction and Usability Engineering for Elderly (HCI4AGING): Introduction to the Special Thematic Session

  • Andreas Holzinger
  • Martina Ziefle
  • Carsten Röcker
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6180)


In most countries demographic developments tend towards more and more elderly people in single households. Improving the quality of life for elderly people is an emerging issue within our information society. Good user interfaces have tremendous implications for appropriate accessibility. Though, user interfaces should not only be easily accessible, they should also be useful, usable and most of all enjoyable and a benefit for people. Traditionally, Human–Computer Interaction (HCI) bridges Natural Sciences (Psychology) and Engineering (Informatics/Computer Science), whilst Usability Engineering (UE) is anchored in Software Technology and supports the actual implemen-tation. Together, HCI and UE have a powerful potential to help towards making technology a little bit more accessible, useful, useable and enjoyable for everybody.


Human–Computer Interaction Usability Engineering User Interfaces Elderly People Older Adults 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreas Holzinger
    • 1
  • Martina Ziefle
    • 2
  • Carsten Röcker
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Medical Informatics, Statistics & Documentation (IMI), Research Unit HCI4MEDMedical University GrazGrazAustria
  2. 2.Communication Science, Human Technology Centre (Humtec)RWTH Aachen UniversityAachen

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