Workshop on XR Accessibility: Call for Papers

Virtual Reality Meets Real Accessibility: Progress Through R&D Toward Full Inclusion

TVX/IMX Conference | Barcelona | June 17-19, 2020

Deadline extended to Feb. 29, midnight Central European Standard (Barcelona) Time

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Workshop Organizers

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona   |   Verizon Media  |   XR Access Initiative

About the Workshop

The XR Access Initiative, in partnership with the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Autonomous University of Barcelona) is conducting a full-day workshop on Accessibility in XR (virtual, augmented, mixed, extended reality and 360 video) at IMX 2020, the ACM International Conference on Interactive Media Experiences. The Workshop will feature papers from researchers, designers and practitioners that contribute to the advancement of infrastructure, platforms, standards, best practices and solutions for assuring that XR technologies are designed and developed for all users, regardless of ability or disability.

Call for Presentation Proposals

Presentation proposals focusing on the following topics are welcomed; presentations at the workshop will be scheduled for 30 minutes each with an additional 15 minutes for questions and answers.

  • Identifying barriers for users with disabilities
  • Flexibility, adaptability, customizability of user interfaces
  • Creation of accessible content – tools and methods
  • I/O adaptations for diverse users
  • Authoring tools that support accessibility
  • Definitions and measurement of accessibility
  • Devices – enabling users through innovative the hardware design
  • Platforms – accessibly designed operating systems
  • Application of XR to learning environments at all levels for all learners
  • Image and video accessibility challenges, including AI and ML solutions
  • Input modalities – voice, gestures, adapted switches, eye gaze, etc.
  • Sensation and cognition – addressing neuro-diversity needs
  • Sound in and out: speech recognition and synthesis
  • Haptic technologies
  • Standards and Policies

The Workshop seeks presentation proposals describing or demonstrating research, prototypes and leading-edge accessibility concepts that help advance best practices and accessibility standards for XR technologies, including hardware, software, devices and content. Proposals will be judged by the following criteria and priorities:

  • Does the proposal focus on the XR Access Initiative’s goals of addressing cross-platform accessibility and related infrastructure, authoring, devices, best practices, standards and content creation?
  • Has the presented work been implemented in product or does it have the potential for wide-scale implementation and dissemination/distribution?
  • Have the authors of the paper involved the disability community as creators, designers, developers or testers?

Upon acceptance, at least one author of each accepted paper must attend the workshop and all participants must register for both the workshop and for at least one day of the conference.

NOTE:  While of great interest to the XR Access community, this Workshop will not be focused on specific applications of XR to address perceived or demonstrated needs of people with disabilities but rather will be presenting and promoting solutions that advance the accessibility of the entire field of XR, for any and all users. If unsure of the applicability of your proposal, feel free to submit it and the judges will respond accordingly.

Submission Information

Proposals should be submitted to:
Prof Pilar Orero, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona at pilar.orero@uab.cat

Deadline extended to Feb. 29, midnight Central European Standard (Barcelona) Time

Notification of Acceptance: March 1, 2020

Workshop Presentations: June 17, 2020, 9:00-17:00

​Questions? Email Prof Pilar Orero at pilar.orero@uab.cat