Addressing the Challenges of Situationally-Induced Impairments and Disabilities in Mobile Interaction

Garreth W. Tigwell, Zhanna Sarsenbayeva, Benjamin M Gorman, David R Flatla, Jorge Goncalves, Yeliz Yesilada, Jacob O Wobbrock

Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems


Situationally-induced impairments and disabilities (SIIDs) make it difficult for users of interactive computing systems to perform tasks due to context (e.g., listening to a phone call when in a noisy crowd) rather than a result of a congenital or acquired impairment (e.g., hearing damage). SIIDs are a great concern when considering the ubiquitousness of technology in a wide range of contexts. Considering our daily reliance on technology, and mobile technology in particular, it is increasingly important that we fully understand and model how SIIDs occur. Similarly, we must identify appropriate methods for sensing and adapting technology to reduce the effects of SIIDs. In this workshop, we will bring together researchers working on understanding, sensing, modelling, and adapting technologies to ameliorate the effects of SIIDs. This workshop will provide a venue to identify existing research gaps, new directions for future research, and opportunities for future collaboration.