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From 31 August 2011 – 2 September 2011, the AAATE (European Conference for the Advancement of Assistive Technology) 2011 conference take splace in Maastricht, The Netherlands.
The theme of the conference is “Everyday Technology for Independence and Care”. The event is the opportunity for the AAATE community to share their expertise, what has been achieved and what is further needed to advance the position of AT in Europe.
More information can be found on the event website.

The ViPi project organises its 1st National Workshop in Larnaca, Cyprus on Monday 3 October 2011 (14:30 – 18:30) at the hotel “Henipa Crown Resorts”, Dhekelia Road, Larnaca.

About ViPi
A majority of Europe’s people with disabilities are unemployed (ANED figures state over 60%). There are many reasons for this. Many people with disabilities have advanced skills but suffer significant barriers to employment. This is an important issue which must be addressed. For others, skill acquisition must be facilitated. ViPi aims to support and facilitate the acquisition of basic ICT skills for those people with disabilities who lack them.
ViPi aims to provide a “one-stop-shop” interactive portal & learning environment for people with disabilities to acquire ICT skills. The ViPi platform will also act as an environment for trainer organizations to find and contribute Learning Objects (Los) that they can integrate in existing learning environments and practices. The platform will thus be able to support a fully accessible and Open Source based pan-European learning network and community, bringing together key stakeholders and gatekeepers (VET, target groups, umbrella organizations), while offering a vast set of reusable (PC and Mobile) LOs, supported by Web 2.0 social services.
ViPi has been partially funded under the Lifelong Learning program, subprogramme KA3 ICT.

Target Group
The workshop targets and is expected to attract the following profiles of people and organizations:

  • Organizations representing people with disabilities
  • Individuals with a disability
  • Relatives of, or carers of persons with disability
  • Training Centers and individual trainers of any level that are experienced or are interested in working with people with disabilities
  • Intermediaries (Employment Centres, etc.)
  • Policy makers

Objectives of the Workshop
The Workshop will comprise an opportunity for the participants to receive information on the early project’s findings and to discuss directly with the project consortium and affect the future workplan. The high-level objectives of the workshop are summarized as:

  • Presentation of project work and findings (Basic ICT Training curriculum, ViPi Survey, ViPi platform technologies and integration pathway, Current work on mobile applications, Current work on Semantic Content Management enhancements, etc.)
  • Presentation of Cyprus situation regarding education and employability of people with disabilities (invited talks by representatives of Training Centers and/or Organizations of people with disabilities)
  • Open (moderated) discussion among participants on the above subjects, to affect the present and future of the ViPi project

The official language of the workshop will be the English, however, informal translation to/from Greek will be offered wherever required and for the participants’ convenience.

The participation to the workshop is free of any charge, but preliminary registration is obligatory. In order to express your interest and register to the workshop, please, send an email or call Mr. George Milis at: +357 99587884, by Friday 23 September 2011.

Please provide following information:

  • Full Name
  • Organization (if applicable)
  • Contact details
  • Reason of interest
  • Transportation required? (please, see Transportation section)
  • Interested for lunch? (please, see Lunch section).

Considering the fact that the majority of the participants are expected to arrive from Nicosia, the project will arrange for a bus (free of charge) to transfer people from Nicosia to the workshop venue and back.

  • From Nicosia to workshop venue: 03 October 2011, 12:00 or 13:30 (please, see Lunch section).
  • From workshop venue to Nicosia: 03 October 2011, 19:00.

Please, explicitly state your interest to use the above service at registration.

Before the workshop and depending on interest expressed through registration, the project will offer lunch (free of charge) to the participants, at the workshop venue. Time: 13:00.

The 6th Cambridge Workshop on Universal Access (UA) and Assistive Technology (AT), also known as CWUAAT 2012, will take place at the Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, UK on 26-29 March 2012.

We received a call for participation for the workshop theme: “Designing Inclusion for real-world applications”, which refers to the emerging potential and relevance of the latest generations of inclusive design data, tools, techniques and thinking, to mainstream project applications such as healthcare and the design of working environments. Previous research developments have addressed these issues in the context of simple daily living activities based on single tasks. New developments are now extending the scope of the approach into real-world applications.
Inclusive Design Research involves developing tools and guidance for supporting product designers to design for the widest possible population for a given range of capabilities. In the context of demographic changes leading to a greater number of older people, the general field of inclusive design research strives to relate the capabilities of the population to the design of products by better characterising the user. Inclusive populations of older people contain a greater variation in sensory, cognitive and physical user capabilities. These variations may be co-occurring and rapidly changing leading to a demanding design environment.

Important Dates

  • Deadline for submission of long and short papers: 15 August, 2011
  • Notification of paper acceptance: 19 September, 2011
  • Deadline for camera-ready version of submitted papers: 24 October, 2011
  • Advance registration (ends): 16 January, 2012
  • Late registration (ends): 20 February, 2012
  • CWUAAT Workshop: 26 – 29 March, 2012

Electronic submission of papers is now available via the conference website.

They seek original research papers describing investigations within the following broad categories:

  • Designing For Real-World Applications: Work And Healthcare
  • Designing Inclusive Assistive And Rehabilitation Systems
  • Measuring Product Demand And Peoples’ Capabilities
  • Mainstreaming And Scaling Technology For Healthcare
  • Designing Cognitive Interaction With Emerging Technologies
  • Effective Engagement With Industry
  • Designing Inclusive Spaces: Architecture And Buildings
  • Collaborative And Participatory Design For Inclusion
  • Data Issues: Visualizing Inclusion: Mining Of Profile Data
  • Legislation, Standards And Policy In Inclusive Design

User Forum

CWUAAT 2012 will contain a single paper session allocated as a user forum. This is intended to give users of assistive technology and beneficiaries of improved accessibility an opportunity for an oral presentation of 25 minutes. Both short and long papers will be accepted in this category and topics and themes are not restricted. We welcome academic position papers, social and research agendas, critiques of provision of technology or poor accessibility, engineering or technical papers regarding product design and usage in work and daily living.

Doctoral Consortium

As one of the most successful aspects of CWUAAT ‘10, the event will again include a Doctoral Consortium. Candidates who submit to the doctoral consortium will be able to attend the workshop at a greatly reduced registration and 10 places have been allocated for this purpose. The two presentations judged to be the best by the consortium panel will win a podium presentation in the main workshop.
Demonstrations. It is hoped that participants will be able to gain hands-on experience with working systems. Space and time will be available for demonstrations of software and hardware.

Organising Committee

Dr Patrick Langdon, Engineering Design Centre, University of Cambridge
Prof John Clarkson, Engineering Design Centre, University of Cambridge
Prof Peter Robinson, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge

Guest Editors

Dr Jonathan Lazar, Towson University, USA
Prof Ann Heylighen, K.U.Leuven, Belgium

The special focus of this issue is on the findings of the project’s first pilot testing phase, as well as the findings of the 1st AEGIS International Conference that took place in combination with the 2nd Pan-European Workshop / User Forum. The AEGIS accomplishments and prototypes are highlighted. However, AEGIS is not only about technology, but also about people and how their needs can be met. This is why a major topic of this issue is their opinion about what we do, expressed though interviews with some of our users who have already tried out the AEGIS developments. Finally, the 2nd international AEGIS Conference and User Forum is announced.

An accessible PDF version can be downloaded here.

You can also download it as accessible PDF.

The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Communication Enhancement (AAC-RERC) offers a white paper as a means for raising issues related to mobile technologies and AAC Apps and to encourage discussion and collaboration among AAC stakeholders. In order to gather information in a timely manner, they interviewed more than 25 AAC “thought leaders” between January and March, 2011, representing multiple stakeholder groups. Interviews were conducted by phone, e-mail and Skype.
This white paper is available as a downloadable pdf.

The 2nd Workshop on Speech Language Processing for Assistive Technology will be held in conjunction with the 2011 ACL Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (SIGDAT – EMNLP) which will take place on 30 July 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
This 1-day workshop will bring together researchers from all areas of speech and language technology with a common interest in making everyday life more accessible for people with physical, cognitive, sensory, emotional or developmental disabilities. This workshop will build on the first such workshop (co-located with NAACL HLT 2010); it will provide an opportunity for individuals from both research communities, and the individuals with whom they are working, to assist to share research findings, and to discuss present and future challenges and the potential for collaboration and progress. In addition to academic papers, we are planning a short demo/exhibition session as part of this workshop. Commercial exhibitors should indicate in their proposal that their systems are commercial products rather than research systems.
More information at the workshop website.