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Keynote speakers

 

The Future Potential of Artificial Vision for the Visually Impaired

Frode Eika Sandnes

Frode Eika Sandnes

Oslo and Akershus University, College of Applied Sciences, Oslo, Norway

Abstract

Artificial vision research has come a long way over the last decades. Moreover, computer hardware and mobile technologies have become computationally powerful, functionally rich, portable and inexpensive. What potential lies in these developments for the visually impaired? What needs do visually impaired users have? How can recent technologies augment the reality for this user group in a useful manner? This talk will address these questions in light of recent exciting research initiatives around the world. Finally, examples of how artificial vision technologies have made their way into mainstream non-visually impaired consumer markets will be discussed and how technologies intended for the visually impaired is also useful for everybody.

Bio

Frode Eika Sandnes received a B.Sc. in computer science from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K., and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Reading, U.K. He is currently pro-rector for Research and internationalization at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences in Norway and a Professor in the Institute of Computer Science, Faculty of Technology, Art and Design. His research interests include human computer interaction generally and universal design specifically. Dr. Sandnes has been instrumental in the establishment of the first master specialization in Norway that addresses assistive technologies. He is an editorial member of several journals including Journal of Systems and Software, Human-centric Computing and Information Sciences and he was involved in the translation of WCAG2.0 into Norwegian. He has also hosted and been involved in the organization of numerous conferences and served on the board of the usability special interest group of the Norwegian Computer Society.

 

 

Ubiquitous Support to People with Disabilities. Requirements and Approaches.

Julio Abascal

Julio Abascal

University of the Basque Country/Euskal Herriko Unibersity, Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain

Abstract

Ubiquitous Computing provides exciting opportunities to support dependent people to carry out usual home activities. The main aim of these intelligent environments is to supply supportive instructions for everyday routines and warnings for safety issues. Since most of these services are context-sensitive, accurate user location is usually required. In addition, the system has to maintain models of the users, their tasks and the environment in order to be able generate suitable instructions and warnings.

Most supportive environments are conceived for homes and residences, but this concept can be extended to public spaces, where ubiquitous accessible services allow people with restrictions to access location-dependent web services (providing maps, addresses, transport schedules, etc.) and local intelligent machines (such as information kiosks, ATMs, vending machines, etc.). This new scale requires the adequate extension of the models and the enhancement of the location technologies.

The deployment of ubiquitous services is yet incipient. This situation allows policy makers to discus their use to support people with restrictions and to plan their implementation in order to avoid the proliferation of inaccessible technology. The requirements to the development of accessible ubiquitous services include: design of accessible adaptive user-machine interfaces; seamless interaction; dynamic management of models; standardization and interoperability of the underlying technology, etc. In this talk these issues will be presented and the basic requirements will be discussed.

Bio

Julio Abascal, B.S.D. in Physics (Universidad de Navarra, 1978) and Ph. D. in Informatics (Universidad del País Vasco-Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, 1987), is a Professor at the Computer Architecture and Technology Department of the University of the Basque Country, where he works since 1981. In 1985 he co-founded the Laboratory EGOKITUZgo to new siteof Human-Computer Interaction for Special Needs.

His research activity is focussed on the application of Human-Computer Interaction methods and techniques to the Assistive Technology, including the design of ubiquitous, adaptive and accessible user interfaces. Currently he also leads a research group aiming to develop methods and tools to enhance and measure physical and cognitive accessibility to the web. In these areas he has leaded numerous research projects and authored several papers publishedgo to new site in scientific journals.

He is the Spanish representative in the IFIP Technical Committee 13 on “Human-Computer Interactiongo to new site” (from 1991), and the former and founder chairman (in 1993) of IFIP WG 13.3 “Human-Computer Interaction and Disabilitygo to new site”. From 1990 he served as an advisor, reviewer and evaluator for diverse EU research programs (TIDE, TAP, IST…). He serves in the Editorial Board of diverse publications: Int. Jour. Universal Access in the Information Society, Int. Jour. of Mobile Human Computer Interaction, Jour. of Accessibility and Design for All, Jour. of Interaction Science, and in the Program Committees of several international scientific conferences.

 

 

Information Technologies for the Aging Society

Chieko Asakawa

Chieko Asakawa

IBM Research, Tokyo, Japan

Abstract

Accessibility technologies have been changing the lives of persons with disabilities. Digital books allow people with print disabilities to access vast amounts of knowledge, and Voice Web access allows them to participate in global online communities. Now our society is facing new challenges as societies age around the world. Japan and certain European countries are at the front of this trend. How can we support the active participation of seniors by using IT? How can IT help seniors to overcome the limitations of their declining physical and cognitive abilities? In this presentation, I will try to forecast the lives of the senior citizens as empowered by information technologies.

Bio

Chieko Asakawa is an IBM Fellow and Chief Technology Officer for Accessibility Research and Technology, IBM Research. Her contributions to accessibility include IBM Home Page Reader, one of the first voice browsers for the visually impaired. Her many awards, include awards from Ministers of the Government of Japan in 1999 and 2011, induction into the Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame in 2003, the IPSJ Kiyasu Special Industrial Achievement Award in 2009, and the Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision Award in 2011. She is a member of ACM, IEICE, IPSJ, and the IBM Academy of Technology. Her Ph.D. in engineering is from the University of Tokyo, Japan.

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DSAI 2012 Proceedings

All accepted papers of the conference will be published in Procedia-Computer Science Journal go to new site (ISSN: 1877-0509) by Elseviergo to new site and will be indexed by ScienceDirect, Scopus, Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI Web of Science).

Best Papers

Universal Access in the Information Society

Best papers authors will be invited to submit an extension to a Special Issue of the Universal Access in the Information Societygo to new site international journal indexed by Thomson Reuters JCRgo to new site.