Nov 192019


The 20th International Conference on

“Urban Space Extended accessibility”


in conjunction with

The 2020 International Conference on Computational
Science and its Applications (ICCSA 2020)
July 1st – July 4th 2020




The purpose of the “USEaccessibility” workshop is to collect papers on the criteria, methodologies and tools useful to ensure the accessibility of the urban space to all categories of users, with specific reference to the most disadvantaged people.
In fact, the concept of “extended accessibility” has assumed a fundamental importance for the use of urban space, becoming the basis of any good project for using city’s places. The term “expanded” highlights the intent to overcome the concept of “architectural barrier”, giving the same importance to psycho-cognitive, sensory and communicative barriers. In the same way it is necessary to overcome the stereotype of the wheelchair disabled user, paying the same attention to the complexity of all forms of disability. Only in this way it will be possible to eliminate the categorizations and the relative solutions exclusively dedicated to people with disabilities, in favor of inclusive solutions, conceived instead for a wider use, according to the principles of “Universal Design” or “Design for all”.
Talking about accessibility implies referring to this concept in its broadest sense, not only the physical one, but also all its other forms, including psycho-cognitive accessibility. In fact, the cognitive disabilities are not protected by law like the physical ones.
Finally, the “extended accessibility” is based on the latest generation technologies, such as augmented reality, virtual reality and automatic recognition, able to overcome the limits of physical accessibility, especially in places with particular physical constructive characteristics, in order to enhancing the cognitive characteristic with immersive and stimulating solutions.
Also, that of sensoriality is linked to the problem of accessibility. It offers a physical approach to knowledge that can amplify the experience and above all guarantee accessibility to people with disabilities, particularly those with low vision.
Focusing on “extended accessibility”, this workshop may critically explore (but is not limited) these relevant issues:
1.      Studying and recognizing the specificities and differences between the various categories of people with disabilities, identifying needs and, at the same time, widening the concept of disability to populations considered up to now as “able-bodied” (elderly, children, etc.);
2.      Analysis of the conditions for an independent life for people with disabilities, or for their self-determination, through the study of measures and strategies that give the possibility of living ones life like any other person;
3.      Design and creation of spaces, strategies and measures to promote total accessibility, for the purpose of accessibility that can be both physical and cognitive;
4.      Highlighting how accessible architectures in cities favor quality and urban security and contrast urban degradation;
5.      Supporting public system strategies in order to guarantee an optimal use of resources for the creation of overall present and future value in local communities;
6.      promoting social inclusion and raising peoples well-being and autonomy also through the development of knowledge, methodologies, technological tools and advanced automation techniques;
7.      reconceptualizing cultural tourism from a perspective of accessibility and sustainability, guiding the actions of Public, Private and Third Sector, in order to intercept the demand of tourists with special needs (disabled people,
elderly people, families with small children, people with eating disorders, etc.), in view of a demand largely unanswered but constantly growing, above all due to the aging of the population and the increase in the propensity to
travel of elderly people.Given the focus of the Conference on Computational Science issues, the workshop welcomes contributions on ICT and computational aspects, proposals and applications from a wide variety of scholars on the issues proposed.
Engineers, Geologists, Urban and Regional Planners, Landscape Architects, Geographers and Economic Geographers, Environmental Engineers, among others are welcome to contribute.

Keywords: Extended accessibility, Urban space, Cities, Augmented reality, Virtual reality, Accessibility design, Cultural tourism accessibility.

Each paper will be independently reviewed by 3 programme committee members. Their individual scores will be evaluated by a small sub-committee and result in one of the following final decisions: accepted, or accepted on the condition that suggestions for improvement will be incorporated, or rejected. Notification of this decision will take place on April 2020.
Individuals and groups should submit complete papers (10 to 16 pages).
Accepted contributions will be published in the Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) volumes
Authors Guideline
Please adhere strictly to the formatting provided in the template to prepare your paper and refrain from modifying it.The submitted paper must be camera-ready and formatted according to the rules of LNCS. For formatting information, see the publisher’s web site ( Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper.
papers should be submitted at:
please don’t forget to select “”Urban Space Extended accessibility” (USEaccessibility_2020)” workshop from the drop-down list of all workshops.
Papers accepted to “USEaccessibility 2020” will be published in the ICCSA Conference proceedings, in Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series, with doi, indexed by WOS, Scopus and DBLP.
Important dates
15 March 2020: Deadline for full paper submission
24 April 2020: Notification of acceptance
8 May 2020: Early-bird registration ends
8 May 2020: Deadline for Camera Ready Papers
1-4 July, 2020ICCSA 2020 Conference

Organizers Information:

Francesco Pinna, (DICAAR, University of Cagliari)
Chiara Garau, (DICAAR, University of Cagliari)
Beniamino Murgante, (University of Basilicata)
Mauro Coni, (DICAAR, University of Cagliari)
Francesca Maltinti, (DICAAR, University of Cagliari)
Vincenza Torrisi, (DICAR, University of Catania)
Matteo Ignaccolo (DICAR, University of Catania)

Scientific Committee: 

Mauro Coni, University of Cagliari, Italy

Tanja Congiu, University of Sassari, Italy

Chiara Garau, University of Cagliari, Italy

Matteo Ignaccolo, University of Catania, Italy

Francesca Maltinti, University of Cagliari, Italy

Beniamino Murgante, University of Basilicata, Italy

Enrica Papa, University of Westminster, London, United Kingdom

Francesco Pinna, University of Cagliari, Italy

Alessandro Plaisant, University of Sassari, Italy

Francesco Scorza, University of Basilicata, Italy

Vincenza Torrisi, University of Catania, Italy

Claudia Yamu, University of Groningen

Paola Zamperlin, University of Florence, Italy



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