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Jul
09

14th International Conference on Computers Helping People

The 14th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs will take place on July 09-11, 2014; Pre-Conference July 07-08, 2014 by the Université Paris, France. The details of Veritas VUMS Cluster Meeting (chairman: Tom Grill) will be announces later. More information...

Jul
04

Next week, VERITAS and VUMS partners will be attending the ICCHP 2012 (13th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs) event in Linz, Austria. On the agenda:

  • 9 July: VUMS Cluster meeting 13-17.00 CET
  • 10 July: Scientific Advisory Board meeting 9-12.15 CET
  • 10 July: VUMS Workshop 13-17.00 CET (agenda): Virtual User Models for Designing and Using of Inclusive Products – open, afternoon (Tuesday only). Chairs: Konstantinos Moustakas and Dimitrios Tzovaras, CERTH/ITI, GR – Room: K 224 B
  • 11-12 July: VERITAS project meeting
  • 11 July: Session C 16:30 – 18:30 – Track III – Virtual User Models for Designing and Using Inclusive Products

All the meetings will take place at the campus of the Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU), Altenberger Strasse 69, 4040 Linz, Austria.

Feb
09

The VUMS position paper aims to provide input to the standardisation of user models. Finally it targets at helping designers and developers to maximize the level of usability and accessibility of products and services by providing appropriate user models. Moreover they are intended to be used for the generation and adaptation of user interfaces during runtime.
It presents general term definitions and a concept of generic interoperable user models that describe the relevant characteristics of users, who will interact with products and user interfaces. These include physical, cognitive, and sensory attributes, habits, preferences and accessibility capabilities.
The produced tables with user characteristics are being provided for other research groups and standardization bodies to advance the discussions in this area.
Download paper (pdf) and presentation (pdf).

The variable table of the VUMS model can be accessed here.

Nov
07

VUMS workshop at the 13th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs, organised on July 11-13, 2012 (Pre-Conference July 09-10, 2012) at the University of Linz, Altenbergerstraße 69, 4040 Linz, Austria

This workshop at ICCHP 2012, organised by four EU-funded projects VICON, VERITAS, GUIDE and MyUI building the VUMS cluster VUMS (Virtual User Modelling and Simulation Cluster), presents prototypes and discusses concepts of generic interoperable user models that describe the relevant characteristics of users, who will interact with products and user interfaces. These include physical cognitive, and sensory attributes, habits, preferences and accessibility capabilities. With such a model designers can define as many user interaction profiles as needed to address the whole range of requirements from a target population. It will also help designers and developers to maximize the level of accessibility of products and services by providing a comprehensive set of Human Factors design guidelines, which could be used in virtual spaces to visualize accessibility and usability issues.

All user models depend heavily on their specific use cases. There are a number of reasons for this:

  • A complete model of the user, meaning a model that includes facets according to the state of the art would be rather complex and inefficient in use for both simulation purposes and even more for implementation in a product’s user interface.
  • Existing devices might not be able to handle complicated user models.
  • Not all facets are needed for the specific use case. E.g. modelling some severe visual impairment is not relevant when designing a car.
  • Specific requirements might require modifications in existing user models.
  • Ways of measuring variables might differ among use cases.

New findings may result in changes and updates of models.

Workshop Chairs: Dr. Dimitris Tzovaras, Dr. Konstantinos Moustakas, CERTH/ITI
Background, Experiences:
Dr. Dimitrios Tzovaras is a Senior Researcher A’ (Full Professor) at CERTH/ITI. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Imperial College London. His research activity has led to the coauthoring of more than 250 papers in refereed journals and international conferences. He has been very active in the field of accessibility serving as the coordinator of the ACCESSIBLE project and the Technical Coordinator of VERITAS, while being also the Principal Investigator in AEGIS, OASIS, APSIS4ALL, ATIS4ALL, CLOUD4ALL.
Dr. Konstantinos Moustakas is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at CERTH/ITI. During the latest years, he has been the (co)author of more than 75 papers in refereed journals, edited books, and international conferences, many of them in the field of accessibility. He has been also involved in ten research projects funded by the EC and the Greek secretariat of Research and Technology, among them VERITAS, AEGIS, OASIS.

Co-Chairs: Fraunhofer FIT: Manfred Dangelmaier, Matthias Peissner, Carlos Velasco; Pradipta Biswas

Participation: open

Duration: 3 hours

Time: to be announced

Room: to be announced

Link to ICCHP workshop page: http://www.icchp.org/node/348

Nov
07

VUMS STS at the 13th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs, organised on July 11-13, 2012 (Pre-Conference July 09-10, 2012) at the University of Linz, Altenbergerstraße 69, 4040 Linz, Austria.

This STS, organised by four EU-funded projects VICON, VERITAS, GUIDE and MyUI building the VUMS cluster VUMS (Virtual User Modelling and Simulation Cluster) , calls for papers and presentations of:

  • research and development work
  • prototypes and products
  • concepts and
  • evaluation of usability and applicability

of generic interoperable user models that describe the relevant characteristics of users, who will interact with products and user interfaces. These include physical cognitive, and sensory attributes, habits, preferences and accessibility capabilities.

With such a model designers can define as many user interaction profiles as needed to address the whole range of requirements from a target population. It will also help designers and developers to maximize the level of accessibility of products and services by providing a comprehensive set of Human Factors design guidelines, which could be used in virtual spaces to visualize accessibility and usability issues. All user models depend heavily on their specific use cases. There are a number of reasons for this:

  • A complete model of the user, meaning a model that includes facets according to the state of the art would be rather complex and inefficient in use for both simulation purposes and even more for implementation in a product’s user interface.
  • Existing devices might not be able to handle complicated user models.
  • Not all facets are needed for the specific use case. E.g. modelling some severe visual impairment is not relevant when designing a car.
  • Specific requirements might require modifications in existing user models.
  • Ways of measuring variables might differ among use cases.

New findings may result in changes and updates of models.

STS Chair: Fraunhofer FIT: Yehya Mohamad, Manfred Dangelmaier, Matthias Peissner, Carlos Velasco;
Pradipta Biswas

Submission: Contributions to a STS have to be submitted using the standard submission procedures of ICCHP. When submitting your contribution please make sure to select this STS under “STS/Session”.
Contributions to a STS are evaluated by the Programme Commitee of ICCHP and by the chair(s) of the STS.
Please get in contact with the STS chairs for discussing your involvement and pre-evaluation of your contribution.

Submission Deadline: February 1, 2012

Link to STS page: http://www.icchp.org/node/349

Sep
21

VERITAS VUMS cluster meeting 2011

Cluster meeting in Nottingham, UK

VERITAS organised a successful 4th VUMS Cluster Meeting in Nottingham, UK on the 21st September 2011.

Representatives from VUMS cluster projects (VERITAS, Guide, Vicon, MyUI) were present.

Jul
04

VERITAS’ 2nd workshop “Accessibility Engineering with User Models, Simulation and VR” is organized in the context of the 2011 Joint Virtual Reality Conference on 20-21 September 2011, Nottingham UK.

The workshop chaired by Manfred Dangelmaier (Fraunhofer IAO, Stuttgart, Germany), and which is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon 21 September 2011, will gather a wide array of experts and users in the area of Simulation and Virtual Reality, and showcase relevant projects and initiatives in the area of accessible design and simulation in the areas of automotive, home, working environment, infotainment and ehealth design.

Nov
30

The 3rd VUMS cluster meeting took place on 30 November in Prague, Czech Republic, with focus on the standardisation and ethical aspects, faced by all projects.

Sep
29

The 2nd VUMS cluster meeting took place on 28 September in Brussels, Belgium, with focus on the user modelling that will be applied by all projects.

Jun
29

The VUMS (Virtual User Modeling and Simulation Cluster) cluster website has been launched and can be reached via www.vums-cluster.eu. VUMS is a project cluster that includes the GUIDE, MyUI, VERITAS and VICON projects. The projects collaborate on future joint efforts. All projects work on improving the accessibility of various products and application areas, taking into account various impairments.

Apr
28
Cluster event meeting in Stuttgart, Germany.

Cluster event meeting in Stuttgart, Germany.

On 28 April 2010, VERITAS participated in the VUMS project cluster event in Stuttgart, Germany. Other participants included the VICON, MyUI and GUIDE project. The participants (coordinators) agreed on collaborations between the projects, and on future joint efforts. All projects work on improving the accessibility of various products and application areas, taking into account various impairments.

Below is an overview of the other participating projects.

Guide

The GUIDE project aims to fulfill the individual accessibility needs of elderly users with mild impairments through the provision of a development toolbox for personalized, adaptive multimodal user interfaces. This GUIDE toolbox will especially put developers of TV set-top box applications in the position to realize applications with accessibility features tailored to the specific needs of impaired users with reduced development risk and costs. GUIDE will further target the set-top box as an application platform for different scenarios reflecting the needs of the users for assisted living, social inclusion and continuing education. These applications will act as proofs of concept for the GUIDE toolbox and include services for home automation, video conferencing, media content access as well as tele-learning. The adaptation of the multimodal interface components to the individual requirements of the users will be based on a user centered design approach taking into account the results of several end-user studies as basis for a generic virtual user model.

MyUI

MyUI will foster the mainstreaming of accessible and highly individualized ICT products – a major issue for e-Inclusion. The project addresses important barriers which include developers’ lack of awareness and expertise, time and cost requirements of incorporating accessibility and missing validated approaches and infrastructures. The project’s approach goes beyond the notion of Universal Design by addressing specific user needs through adaptive personalized interfaces. An ontology-based context management infrastructure will collect user and context information in real-time during use. Sharing the collected information across several personal applications will increase efficiency and validity. The user interface will self-adapt to the evolving individualuser model, in order to fit the user’s special needs and preferences. The MyUI adaptation engine will rely on empirically based design patterns for specified user and context characteristics. MyUI technologies will be implemented in three selected ’use cases’ to demonstrate their benefit and feasibility in industrial development contexts:

  • Interactive TV device
  • Interactive digital physiotherapy service
  • Interactive socialisation service

VERITAS

VERITAS aims to develop, validate and assess tools for built-in accessibility support at all stages of ICT and non-ICT product development, including specification, design, development and testing. The goal is to introduce simulationbased and virtual reality testing at all stages of assistive technologies product design and development into the automotive, smart living spaces (buildings & construction, domotics), workplace, ehealth and infotainment applications areas. The goal is to ensure that future products and services are being systematically designed for all people including those with disabilities and functional limitations as well as older people. Furthermore, VERITAS plans to promote its results to the appropriate standards organisations for consideration and potential adoption and also to make them available through an open framework.

VICON

The challenge of VICON comprises three “How-To” questions:

  • How can consumer-oriented companies adapt their existing product portfolios to the needs of sensory and physically impaired users in a competitive and sustainable manner?
  • How can companies in Europe gain a competitive advantage from adopting inclusive design, related to markets characterized by cheap products from Far East?
  • How can product developers be empowered during product development to consider the real-time accessibility needs of physically impaired users, with the aim of securing universal access to future consumer products?