Information Technology (IT) has had significant impact on the society and has touched all aspects of our lives. Up and until now computers and expensive devices have fueled this growth. It has resulted in several benefits to the society. The challenge now is to take this success of IT to its next level where IT services can be accessed by the users in developing regions.
The first IUI4DR workshop was held at IUI 2008. This workshop focused on low cost interfaces and interfaces for illiterate . Since then the research in this area has significantly increased with people from the industry and the academia working on a whole new range of issues addressing this segment.
Most of the interaction interfaces for IT access in developing regions have so far has been in speech domain or simple visual (icons/images) or multimodal applications on smart phones or kiosks. Given the varied nature of such interfaces, the low literacy and IT skills of people in developing regions and their cultural diversity, we would like to explore non-traditional interfaces that will enable users to interact with applications more intuitively. Such interfaces should also aim to overcome the language barriers which become a bottleneck to apply any technology on a large scale globally.
The focus of the workshop in 2010 is to identify the alternative sources of intelligence and use them to ease the interaction process with information technology. We would like to explore the different modalities, their usage by the community, the intelligence that can be derived by the usage, and finally the design implications on the user interface. We would also like to explore ways in which people in developing regions would react to collaborative technologies and/or use collaborative interfaces that require community support to build knowledge bases (example Wikipedia) or to enable effective navigation of content and access to services.
This workshop aims to highlight the novel intelligent user interfaces for people in developing countries.