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“Haptics for Inclusion” Symposium -06-07/11/2023- Registration, calls for submission & participation

Updated: May 14

Join the Symposium supported by MuseIT, Include - Center for Inclusive Studies, the University of Borås, Forte, and ACM SIGCHI! Two days of Demonstrations, Workshops, Networking and Collaborative Exploration.

Dates: 6th and 7th of November 2023

Location: DoTank Center (Textile Fashion Centre), Borås, Sweden - A limited hybrid attendance will also be made available for selected sections of the programme.

Symposium Programme - Haptics for Inclusion
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This symposium is aimed at :

  • researchers in human-computer interaction, haptics, accessibility, wearables, multisensory technologies, engineering, design, and beyond

  • potential users of haptics, multisensory and assistive technologies

  • innovators, developers, practitioners, educators, or others interested in multisensory and haptic assistive technologies

  • representatives for cultural institutions interested in broad and equal access to shared cultural heritage

  • policymakers striving for an inclusive society and improved conditions through inclusive tech solutions

  • disability rights advocates rooted in inclusion and promotion of equal opportunities for all

Registration (free & mandatory): Registration

The "Haptics for Inclusion" symposium includes Knowledge Exchange sessions and a Discovery Den, to present your research, exchange insights, network with peers, showcase your own prototypes, engage with haptic technologies developed by others, experience multisensory artistic installations, and together explore the potential for future collaborations towards shaping a more inclusive world.

The symposium is a research-based event that seeks to strengthen the community and to build bridges between different fields of studies towards improved technologies for a more inclusive society. By attending you can take an active role and contribute to this movement.

The primary goal is to create a forum where haptics researchers, accessibility researchers, potential users with lived experiences, and interested communities can come together and share latest findings, ongoing projects, and novel ideas in their respective fields and help bring about advancements in these areas. By facilitating dialogue, hands-on experiences, and interaction, we hope to encourage cross-disciplinary collaborations and inspire new research directions that incorporate multisensory technologies to improve accessibility for diverse user groups, regardless of variations in abilities.

Call for Submissions

In addition to attending the symposium, participant have the opportunity to:

  1. Present your work and discuss their ideas

  2. Showcase their multisensory or haptic innovations.

Interested parties are invited to send a brief description or video clip describing your research, your idea or the technology you wish to demonstrate. All submissions will be peer-reviewed to ensure quality and relevance. If approved, your proposal will be included in the event programme.

Deadline for submission: 30 September Notification of acceptance: 6 October

Send your submissions via email to:

Call for participation

As part of this event, we plan to conduct two participatory studies where you as the participant will interact with different devices or objects and share your perceptions and experience with us.

We, therefore, would like to invite willing participants with lived experiences of disability to join us for these collaborative studies.

It should be noted that these sessions will be recorded for the purposes of analysis, however, the recordings will not be shared. Both study sessions will start with a description of the MuseIT project, its aims and objectives, and the reason for these studies. The rights of the participants will also be clearly stated.

The studies:

Session A – Haptics for communication and sensing

In this session, the participants will be introduced to a number of haptic devices (e.g., a vest that conveys different sensations). The participants are then requested to test the haptic devices and provide feedback on their experience. Furthermore, a tool for design of meaning-bearing haptic patterns will be demonstrated. Then the participants will be invited to engage in brainstorming discussion on how to improve this tool and about other related devices and methods.

Session B – Embodied ideation of experimental aesthetics

This study focuses on non-visual representations and subjective perceptions of cultural artefacts. In this session, the participants will be presented with various objects to explore and share their perceptions of these objects. This will follow with discussions and embodied ideations about alternative representations of the introduced artefacts in different modalities for more inclusive and diverse representation formats of cultural artefacts.

Participants of both Study Sessions will receive a symbolic token of appreciation for their participation.

More information & registration:

Phone: +46-33-435 4605


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