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On 22 January 2013, the conference “Accessible ICT: Priorities for Future Research on Accessible Information and Communication Technology Systems and Services” will take place at the Institution of Engineering and Technology, 2 Savoy Place, London WC2R 0BL.

The aim of this conference is to obtain a consensus on priorities for future research on accessible information and communication technology systems and services. Funding bodies need to ascertain the best strategy for investing their finite resources in research and development to benefit disabled and elderly people. The scope will include network-based services (social networks, collective intelligent systems, augmented reality, cloud computing, advanced location aware services and ambient intelligent systems) as well as novel user interfaces and technology transfer.

Speakers include Mike Short, Brian Collins, Gregg Vanderheiden, Graham Worsley, Patrick Roe, Alan Newell, Deborah Pullen, Gunela Astbrink and Guido Gybels.

The agenda can be found here.

To register for this conference, please click here.

For a list of other demonstration days of AEGIS across Europe, go this overview page.

Beste,

Het AEGIS project dat ondersteunende (en gratis) software ontwikkelt voor PC, gsm en internet organiseert op 29 en 30 mei 2012, telkens vanaf 9.30u in de ochtend tot 17.30 in de avond demonstratiedagen in Leuven waarbij iedereen welkom is die interesse heeft. Dit gebeurt in samenwerking met de KULeuven en EPR (European platform for Rehabilitation).

De 29ste richten we ons vooral op toepassingen voor personen met visuele beperkingen, terwijl de 30ste de nadruk ligt op oplossingen voor personen met andere beperkingen.

Volgende toepassingen zullen echter op BEIDE dagen kunnen worden getoond:

Smartphone/Tablet
- Android Accessible Contact Manager and Phone Dialer: Functionaliteit vriendelijke toepassing, met tevens ondersteuning TTS.
- AEGIS Contact Manager for Java: Functionaliteit vriendelijke toepassing.
- Mobile Dasher (for Android and iPhone): Alternatieve manier van tekst input voor Android of iPhone smartphone.
- Tecla Access Keyboard: Alternatieve manier van tekst input voor Android smartphone of tablet.
- AEGIS Real Time Text: real time tekst versturen tussen 2 gsms (Symbian gebaseerd).
- Screen reader for Java mobile: screenreader voor Java gebaseerde gsm (nog niet zeker dat we dit op tijd kunnen tonen)
- CCF-SymbolDroid: Tekst naar symbolen, symbolen naar tekst (Android smartphone of tablet)

Internet toegankelijkheid via browser die wordt aangetoond via een reeks online functionaliteiten die met screenreaders kunnen worden bediend:
- Accessible Calendar
- Accessible Widgets for MooTools
- Accessibility Advisor
- CMS demonstrator
- LWUIT accessible components and themes

Desktop/PC/laptop
- CCF-SymbolWriter: Tekst naar symbolen, symbolen naar tekst
- Odt2Daisy: Odt documenten naar Daisy bestanden omzetten.
- odt2Braille: Odt documenten naar Braille bestanden omzetten.
- AccessODF: Toegankelijkheidschecker voor OpenOffice/LibreOffice
- Improved language files for eSpeak and training manual: verbeterde TTS teopassing, ook voor Nederlands uit België.

Belangrijk: wilt u dit ter plaatse zelf testen, dan is dit uiteraard mogelijk op verschillende apparaten die ter beschikking zullen staan. Maar als u uw eigen laptop meebrengt of Android/iPhone smartphone/tablet, dan kunnen we dit ook daarop ter plaatse installeren.

Plaats van afspraak: 122-01 SW Fac. Sociale Wetensch. – Alma2, Parkstraat 45, 3000 LEUVEN, Lokaalnummer: Raadzaal SW (SW 00.113).

Toegang is gratis en een broodjeslunch zal ter beschikking worden gesteld.

Wil je je alvast inschrijven, contacteer ons dan via aegis@epr.eu met aanduiding welke dag je zou komen, alsook of het in de voormiddag (9.30-12.30) of namiddag (13.30-17.30) zou zijn.

Hierbij de routebeschrijving voor de bus vanaf Leuven station:
- Bus 2 (normaal gezien op perron 6 – busperrons liggen rechts als je uit het station komt) Kessel-lo-Heverlee richting Heverlee nemen, tot aan de halte Heilig Hartkliniek (ongeveer 8 minuten). Van daar is het nog 5 minuten wandelen (ongeveer 400m) naar Parkstraat 45.
- Hierbij ook nog een link naar onze contactgegevens op de website, met o.a. routebeschrijving voor auto, en melding dat als je met de auto komt, we een parkeerplaats kunnen reserveren.

Tot dan!

Het AEGIS-team
Lieve, Mark, Karel

Mailing by AEGIS project

We would like to introduce you to our Open Accessibility Everywhere Group (OAEG) which you may reach at http://www.oaeg.eu/.

This is an effort that is taking place in the context of the AEGIS IP project, which is running its fourth and last year of life.

OAEG aims to collect and provide information on Open Source Accessibility in various ways, through mobility schemes, through its Open Source Accessibility Repository, through its Blog Aggregator and its Open Accessibility Framework linked to AEGIS semantics.

Feel free to go and visit our site and join our blog aggregator, search the solutions in the repository and upload your own one, comment our content and come back to us through our on-line forms in each section or directly at OAEG-RSVP@aegis-project.eu.

As AEGIS is approaching its end (end of August 2012), we hope this will be an opportunity for us all to be in communication with you and plan together our common future research roadmap.

Chronic, degenerative and incurable, Parkinson’s disease affects five out of 1000 Europeans over 60 years old. Researchers from the DiPAR project are now using the latest technologies, including video games, to improve the accuracy of early diagnosis and provide patients with better rehabilitation treatments.

DiPAR will deliver a novel diagnostic system for the early diagnosis of the onset of Parkinson’s disease. As part of the consortium, five European SMEs have come together to form a vertically integrated supply chain to work with four RTD performers to deliver an enhanced version of technology developed by Manus Neurodynamica Ltd. as a proof of concept. The intelligent decision support system will include a unique hand held device, and communications framework, supporting secure patient data transfer between remote clinics and healthcare centres. The final system will be taken through pre‐ clinical trials, conducted at the University Medical Centre Groningen (Netherlands) to demonstrate the efficacy of the system.

Parkinson’s disease affects 5 citizens in every 1000 over the age of 60, is chronic, degenerative and currently incurable. Although there are promising therapies on the horizon, the best patient outcome available today can only be delivered on the basis of early and accurate diagnosis, which would lead to superior management and care planning, resulting in enhanced quality of life for the patient. Across the developed world, the population is ageing, leading to increases per capita in neuromotor conditions.

The commercial exploitation of DiPAR will lead to improvement of the European and global healthcare system via early diagnosis of the illness and will generate significant revenues from the sales and associated support of the diagnostics system, thereby improving the competiveness of the SME partners involved.

The research is enabled by a grant awarded to the consortium by the European Union under the Framework Programme 7.

The purpose of the survey is to gain insight into the depth and breadth of work currently being undertaken by professionals involved in the creation and promotion of Accessible ICT, in order to better understand the challenges faced, where improvements are required and how best to facilitate and support these improvements.
The survey was launched March 30 2012, and will be open until April 30 2012. Access survey.
eACCESS+ is an EU-funded project that intends to establish, co-ordinate and systematically grow a platform for co-operating, discussing and improving the implementation of eAccessibility throughout Europe.

The AALIANCE2 Project is pleased to announce the first Stakeholder Workshop of the AALIANCE2 Roadmap “Technologies for AAL solutions: AAL application domains” on February 14, 2012, 9.00–16.30, at The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Viale Rinaldo Piaggio, 34 in 56025 Pontedera (Pisa), Italy. Contact persons are f.cavallo@sssup.it, m.aquilano@sssup.it, christian.wehrmann@vdivde-it.de.

AALIANCE2 Project is a Coordination Action funded in the FP7-ICT-2011.7, which focuses on the Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) solutions based on advanced ICT technologies for ageing and wellbeing of elderly people in Europe. One of its main objectives is to build consensus upon research priorities in the AAL roadmap and Strategic Research Agenda for the upcoming decades.

This first workshop will focus on the functional areas associable to the AAL application domains (AAL4Person, AAL in the Community) and the relative activities/application scenarios. The objectives are to refine, classify, organize and improve the contents of the first AALIANCE Roadmap, published in March 2010.

Suitable persons for the AALIANCE2 Workshop are experts in the AAL domain, which have experience in some of the following tasks: designing, developing, producing, experimenting, and assessing AAL technologies or studying and defining the main aspects of AAL field. Experts should be AAL technology developers and researchers, ICT service providers and technology suppliers, policy‐makers, standardization organizations, health and care service organizations, caregivers, etc.

We would like to invite you (or some of your staff) to participate in this Workshop as Experts in the field of the AAL or responsible in Projects related to AAL and Ageing Well. The participation in the Workshop is limited to a small number of experts, therefore we ask you to confirm your participation as soon as possible, since the experts will be accepted based on the “who first confirms, first participates in”.
We gently ask you to extend this invitation also to all partners of the AAL project in which you are involved in.

If you accept to participate in the Workshop, you will receive guidelines to participate in the event and contents of the previous AALIANCE Roadmap.