[Deadlines extended due to difficulty in carrying out research in dementia during the pandemic]
My collaborators and I will be editing a special issue for International Journal of Human Computer Studies, on Advances in Human-Centred Dementia Technology. We welcome papers in novel and emerging technologies with a human-centered perspective.
There are approximately 46 million people living with dementia worldwide and these numbers are expected to rise to 102 million by 2040. Dementia is a syndrome of progressive and irreversible cognitive decline affecting daily functioning, commonly caused by Alzheimer’s disease or vascular dementia. With a complex array of dementia symptoms, people with dementia progressively lose their sense of autonomy; including engagement in activities of daily living and capacity to make decisions. Emerging research in HCI has begun to examine various uses of technology to aid and assist people with dementia to improve their wellbeing, such as to provide interventions for training, assistive technology, cognitive assessment, or reminiscence. For instance, immersive technologies such as virtual reality have been explored as a tool for training and rehabilitation for individuals with early or mild dementia. There are also emerging interests in using smart devices, AI-powered devices to help better manage the condition.
This Special Issue calls for high-quality, multidisciplinary research papers in the field of human-centred computing, engineering and life sciences which aim to address issues associated with dementia with novel technologies. We are interested in submissions focusing on emerging technologies to support dementia care, diagnosis, early intervention, prevention, monitoring, to name a few. The submission must address these issues from a human-centred perspective. Manuscripts must be original, but significant revisions of papers recently presented at conferences and workshops will be considered (at least 50% new material). Some topics of interest include but are not limited to the follow:
- Wearable and sensing technologies for monitoring and timely intervention.
- Artificial intelligence and machine learning for data analytics to improve care and management.
- Novel applications of virtual and augmented reality for dementia care.
- Technology for cognitive training and prevention.
- Communication technologies to alleviate social isolation and loneliness.
- Robots for assistive care and companionship.
Manuscript submission due: 15 September, 2021
First round notification: 15 November, 2021
Revised manuscript due: 15 January , 2022
Final decision made: 15 March, 2022
Final revision due: 15 April, 2022
Expected publication date: Throughout 2021-22
Chee Siang (Jim) Ang, University of Kent, UK
Panote Siriaraya, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan
Eiman Kanjo, Nottingham Trent University, UK
Francesca Falzarano, Cornell University, USA
Holly Prigerson, Cornell University, USA
Please refer to the following for submission guides:
When submitting your manuscript please select the article type “HCDT”. Please submit your manuscript before the submission deadline (15 March 2021). All submissions deemed suitable to be sent for peer review will be reviewed by at least two independent reviewers. Once your manuscript is accepted, it will go into production, and will be simultaneously published in the current regular issue and pulled into the online Special Issue.