Agile Development for the Creation of Proper Human-Computer Interfaces for the Elderly

  • Drew WilliamsEmail author
  • Mong-Te Wang
  • Chih-Hung Chang
  • Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed
  • William Chu
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8456)


While computers may greatly enhance the lives of the elderly, many software developers fail to create human-computer interfaces that properly appeal to elderly users. Developers often fail to take into consideration the elderly user from the beginning, and the elderly now face a variety of challenges when using most applications. We believe that the adoption of a modified agile development workflow when developing human-computer interfaces for the elderly will assist in better integrating an inclusive design into applications as early as possible. Agile development relies heavily on user feedback, which is imperative in the development of elderly-friendly human-computer interfaces where the target audience has a diverse set of abilities.


Human computer interfaces Elderly people Agile development Software engineering practices Software development 



This work is sponsored by TUNGHAI UNIVERSITY ‘The U-Care ICT Integration Platform for the Elderly – No.102 GREEnS004 – 2’, 2013. We also would like to offer a special thanks to Mohammad Arif Ul Alam, who offered many helpful comments on this paper via his experience with the subject of developing for elderly users [13].


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Drew Williams
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mong-Te Wang
    • 2
  • Chih-Hung Chang
    • 3
  • Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed
    • 1
  • William Chu
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer ScienceMarquette UniversityMilwaukeeUSA
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceTunghai UniversityTaichungTaiwan
  3. 3.Department of Computer Science and Information EngineeringHsiuping University of Science and TechnologyTaichungTaiwan

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