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Ambient Intelligence (AmI) is a recent paradigm emerging from Artificial Intelligence (AI), where computers are used as proactive tools assisting people in their day-to-day, making everyone’s life more comfortable.
The interaction with computers is changing quickly, as we no longer need to do it in ways not natural for us, since a main concern of AmI consists in to make possible the interaction with computational systems using friendly interfaces, allowing input through natural language or simple gestures.
This inclusion of technology in our day-to-day objects and environments should be as invisible as possible, because of the computational power and communication technologies embedding in most of the devices we use nowadays.
Human interaction with computing power embedded systems should happen without noticing it. The only awareness people should have arises from AmI: more safety, comfort and wellbeing, emerging in a natural and inherent way.
As defined by the IST Advisory Group (ISTAG), AmI has born thanks to three new key technologies: Ubiquitous Computing, Ubiquitous Communication and Intelligent User Interfaces, which are starting to change the way we see computers.
ISAmI is the International Symposium on Ambient Intelligence, aiming to bring together researchers from various disciplines that constitute the scientific field of Ambient Intelligence to present and discuss the latest results, new ideas, projects and lessons.
Brand new ideas will be greatly appreciated as long as relevant revisions and actualizations of previously presented work, project summaries and PhD thesis.
ISAmI 2010 will be held in the beautiful and historic city of Guimarães, Portugal, nominated by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage. With exceptional opportunities for sightseeing and gastronomy, Guimarães is a wonderful venue for a great symposium.
More information at http://isami2010.di.uminho.pt.

ÆGIS IP initiative (Open Accessibility Everywhere: Groundwork, Infrastructure, Standards) of the FP7 (Theme: ICT‐2007.7.1; ICT & Ageing; http://www.aegis‐project.eu) would like to kindly invite you to the forthcoming FOSS‐AMA (Free and Open Source Software ‐ for Accessible Mainstream Applications) event, at ETAPS 2010 (European Joint Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software) that takes place in Paphos, Cyprus on March 27‐28, 2010.

FOSS-AMA is organised by the ÆGIS IP initiative and will aim to bring together the most recent achievements and renowned experts in Open Source Community and Accessibility. 3rd generation access techniques and their potential for more accessible mainstream ICT for end‐users and relevant toolkits for developers will be explored. Interactive demos (including free assessment and simulation tools) will embellish the presentations sessions.

The event is spread over 2 days, will be chaired by Karel Van Isacker (Marie Curie Association) and will have the outline as presented in this pdf.
Registration details will be available from 25 January 2010 on via http://www.etaps10.cs.ucy.ac.cy/.

YouTube is introducing machine-generated automatic captioning to YouTube. The captions can also be translated. This potentially might have considerable implications for the hearing-impaired and language translation, albeit it will need further work in terms of reliability. Automatic captions will be generated using Google’s automated speech recognition (ASR) technology and the same voice recognition algorithms used in Google Voice. Additionally, auto-timing is being introduced. If you provide all the words in the video, Google will automatically time the captioning for you.
Google put together a video on how to access the automatic captioning and auto-timing features:

Source: Blog.searchenginewatch.com

AbleGamers offers game reviews that focus on accessibility. While games might have many qualities, some of them may be difficult to appreciate by disabled players. AbleGamers provides critique and advice on several aspects one may take for granted, including the presence of subtitles, colorblind options and adjustable controls. “There are countless sites out there that review games for their graphics and sound, but no one is looking at the game from the standpoint of accessibility,” explains Mark C. Barlet, President of the AbleGamers Foundation.

Traveling Wheelchair website

Traveling Wheelchair website

Kenny Cieplik, 34, also known as the “traveling wheelchair” is fighting to make buildings accessible to disabled people in Middleborough (Massachusetts, USA). With the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 approaching its 20-year anniversary, Kenny’s blog –thetravelingwheelchair.com– rates handicapped access at local businesses and brings attention to the challenges faced by disabled people. Cieplik started life with no disabilities, but suffered a massive cerebral hemorrhage at age 11.
Source: Wicked Local Middleborough

EASPD is organising the “Towards Community living: current realities, future challenges” conference in Skopje on 7-9 October 2010.
The general goal of the conference will be to facilitate the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in society, in the light of the UN convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It also aims at promoting the broadest cooperation of stakeholders involved in the disability sector, across borders and cultural differences.
Conference venue: Skopje, Former Yugoslavian Republic Of Macedonia. More information to come at a later stage
Date event: 7-9.10.2010
Registration via the event website.