FaceGrid Multimedia Art Project
We are invited to speak at Rediscovery: Icograda Design Week, 15-21 October 2012, Sarawak.
Active Ageing and Mobile Technology Project
As part of the international collaboration research project on ‘Active Ageing, Mobile Technologies’, an international partnership development research grant funded by Canada SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council), the team members conducted an intensive interview at residency centre with senior citizens in Toronto. The project is led by Professor Kimberly SAWCHUK (Canada), and the members are Mireia Fernandex-ARDEVOL (Spain), Line GRENIER (Canada), Chui Yin WONG (Malaysia) and Barbara A. CROW (Canada).
Universal Accessibility to Ubiquitous Services Seminar
We will organise a special talk entitles “Universal Accessibility to Ubiquitous Services: Supporting the Everyday Life of People with Restrictions” by an Accessibility Expert from Spain, Professor Julio Abascal.
You are cordially invited to attend the Seminar at the followings:
Date: 2nd March 2012 (Friday)
Time: 10.00am-11.30am (include Q&A session)
(Registration starts at 9.30am)
Venue: FCM Meeting Room, Ground Floor, Faculty of Creative Multimedia (FCM), Multimedia University
*Light refreshment will be provided.
Kindly R.S.V.P. to firstname.lastname@example.org whether you would like to attend the seminar.
Ubiquitous computing offers stimulating chances to assist people with disabilities and elderly people in developing everyday activities at home. Smart environments aim to support people providing them with advice for their tasks and security warnings when safety issues may arise. This support is by nature context-aware and requires user location. In order to adapt the interface to the specific characteristics of the users, the system maintains diverse models, such as user, task and context models, which are usually built by means of ontologies. So far most of the assistive intelligent environments are designed for homes and residences, where users are well modeled. But the rising ob ubiquitous computing allows extending them to out-of-home spaces. In this way people may obtain support to access services supported by ubiquitous computing, such as information kiosks, ATMs, vending machines, etc. Since the use of out-of-home services is sporadic, the system cannot maintain a detailed user model. For this reason, the adaptation may be less suitable. Therefore, schemes to extend and share user models among the diverse providers of ubiquitous services are required. This may include some standardization of common data structures and vocabularies. On the other hand, universal accessibility also requires hardware and software interoperability. The deployment of ubiquitous services is still nascent. This allows policy makers to discuss their accessibility by people with the restrictions and to plan their development in order to prevent the proliferation of accessible technology. In this talk, these issues will be presented and the basic requirements will be discussed.
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, Spain, where he works since 1981.
In 1985, he co-founded the Laboratory EGOKITUZ of Human-Computer Interaction for Special Needs. His research activity is focused on the application of Human-Computer Interaction methods and techniques to the Assistive Technology, including the design of ubiquitous, adaptive and accessible user interfaces. He is also interested in methods and tools to enhance and measure sensory, physical and cognitive accessibility to the web. He has led numerous research projects and authored several papers published in scientific journals. He is the Spanish representative in the IFIP Technical Committee 13 on “Human-Computer Interaction” (from 1991), and the former and founder chairman (in 1993) of IFIP WG 13.3 “Human-Computer Interaction and Disability”. From 1990 he served as an advisor, reviewer and evaluator for diverse EU research programs (TIDE, TAP, IST…). He also serves on 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.