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This European Conference on 9-10 November 2011 is organised in the framework of the project ImPaCT in Europe—Improving Person Centred Technology in Europe, funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme of DG Education and Culture.
The conference programme has been designed to deliver an exciting agenda bringing together key people from across Europe to demonstrate how assistive technology can significantly support independence for people with disabilities in a person centred way.
Key speakers hail from all relevant stakeholder groups to debate the issue from all perspectives and to reach a consensus on how to bring the PCT agenda forward.
Key topics that will be debated include Ethics in PCT service delivery, Training needs for care staff, Areas of PCT use and related challenges, and PCT in education and at work.

Conference venue:
Hotel Crowne Plaza
Rue de la loi 107 Wetstraat
1040 Brussels

Registration details: on www.impact-in-europe.eu and www.easpd.eu.

The 6th Cambridge Workshop on Universal Access (UA) and Assistive Technology (AT) (CWUAAT 2012) takes place on 26th – 29th March 2012 at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

The workshop theme: “Designing Inclusion for real-world applications” 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 papers: 15 August, 2011
Notification of paper acceptance: 6 October, 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.

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

A workshop on cognitive support technology for older people will be organised at Goldsmiths, University of London on 19th May 2010. This workshop is jointly organised by the Vital Mind and Hermes FP7 projects.
In this one-day workshop, the state of the art in cognitive support technology for older people will be explored. It will discuss how technology can help the elderly to preserve their quality of life, describing work which several research groups have done and are doing in the area of cognitive training and assisting technologies and outlining some of the challenges that lie ahead. The goal is to share best practice and to generate new conceptual frameworks for how to advance, promote and spread assisting technology research for older people.
The topics that will be covered are:
– Universal access and assistive technology
– Inclusive design for older people
– Benefits of cognitive training systems in older adults
– Drivers and barriers to the adoption of ICT by older people
– Exploitation of cognitive support technology for older people

The Vital Mind project use cognitive psychology, the television medium and advance interactive ICT to enable older adults to actively and autonomously participate in mind fitness activities while sitting in front of their TV set. The project supports the design of iTV-based applications to enhance cognitive training as well as develop innovative input devices, including non-verbal vocal interaction, gestural and pointing inputs. Delivery of the applications via USB Flash disk will be promoted in addition to broadcasting.
HERMES aims at reducing the negative effects of cognitive decline by supporting prospective and episodic memory in situations where a user feels at a loss. An accessible home-based and mobile device offer advanced calendaring functionality and sophisticated access to past events based on intelligent audio and visual processing and reasoning.

Who should attend?
Healthcare professionals; older people associations; service providers, ISPs and Telco manufacturers; researchers in the field of ICT and ageing; other projects in eInclusion, AAL and ICT PSP projects partners.

There is no registration fee for the workshop.
To register please contact:
Andrea Miotto
E: a.miotto@gold.ac.uk
T: +44 (0) 20 7078 5409
Arjan Geven
E: geven@cure.at
T: +43 1 743 54 51 14