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Dec
13

CRF workshop “High Comfort and usability in automotive”

VERITAS partner CRF will organise on the 13th December a 1-day workshop focused on high-accessibility solutions for automotive interiors. This event will be held in CRF site, Orbassano, Italy and CRF and Piaggio will show their results within VERITAS activities. The target audience are engineers and designers that work on present and future solutions for interiors. For more information you can contact Stefano BERNARD (CRF).

May
16

Final User Forum in Brussels

The VERITAS project will hold its Final User Forum in Brussels on the 16th May 2013 in parallel with AGE Platform Europe’s annual Conference on “Towards an age-friendly EU by 2020”. The event "Accessibility design at the service of age-friendly environments - The VERITAS approach to Design-for-all", will focus on how the VERITAS tools can levy obstacles to independent living of older people and people with disabilities and be at the service of age-friendly environments. It will share the project outcomes, evaluate the usability and impact of the VERITAS technology, discuss exploitation plans and business opportunities, as well as make the necessary links with relevant EU policies and initiatives. The VERITASvision of design-for-all and accessibility engineering will also be presented. The agenda of the event will soon be available. Registration is open through the following link: http://www.age-platform.eu/CRM/index.php/veritas-user-forum.html For more information you may contact Nena Georgantzi.

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.

May
07

Interactive Technologies and Games: Education, Health and Disability 2012

Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham 23rd and 24th October 2012

Visit the conference social media:

http://itag.gamecity.org/
http://www.facebook.com/iTAG.conf
http://twitter.com/#!/ITAG12

Call for papers:

The aim of the conference is to bring together academics and practitioners working with interactive technologies to explore and innovate within the areas of Education, Health and Disability. We have a particular focus on the use of gaming hardware and software to implement accessible solutions, interaction design using new input/output devices and the increasing impact of ubiquitous computing on our everyday well being.
The conference provides an excellent opportunity to showcase practice and to mainstream research ideas and outcomes. It introduces a wider audience to key findings and products from research and illustrates how practice feeds back into and informs research. The conference creates a forum for two-way communication between the academic and practitioner communities and particularly welcomes user led presentations and workshops.
The programme includes presentations of papers, workshops, and an exhibition space for demonstrations and posters. This event is held in partnership with GameCity – the World’s best-loved videogame festival (http://gamecity.org/) and delegates are welcome to attend all GameCity events including the opening drinks reception.

Scope:

As guidance to participants on scope of papers and activities we state that: ‘Education’ includes both compulsory and post-compulsory education; ‘Disability’ includes physical, sensory and cognitive impairment; and the impact of interactive technologies and games on health and well-being is also a focus of this conference. An emphasis is placed on practical applications and guides to where currently available training resources and tools can be found and used. A selection of papers will be published electronically in full, so presentations will be limited to 20 minutes for the key findings, including time for questions from the floor. It is hoped (as in previous years) that the best papers will be published in a special issue of a relevant academic journal.

Previous special issues have included:

  • Journal of Assistive Technologies – Volume 3 issue 2 June 2009 (ITAG 2008 selected papers)
  • Computers and Education – Volume 56, issue 1 (ITAG 2009 selected papers)
  • International Journal of Games Based Learning – in press (ITAG 2010 selected papers)
  • Journal of Assistive Technologies – Volume 6 issue 3 in development (ITAG 2011 selected papers)

Themes and topics:

The conference encourages multidisciplinary papers and examples of themes and topics include (but don’t let this restrict you):
Games Based Learning:

  • Social and collaborative aspects of games (e.g., educational aspects of Massively Multiplayer Online Games)
  • The efficacy of games based learning
  • Self authored content and personalisation in games
  • Learning theory, pedagogy and instructional design in games
  • Motivational aspects of games
  • Collaboration between Science and Art for more effective learning
  • Games to promote the inclusion (e.g., for offenders and people with disabilities, motivation of female gamers)

Game related Technologies:

  • Using contemporary games controllers to create new opportunities in health and rehabilitation applications (e.g., applications for Wii Fit, Kinect. Move).
  • Brain control interfaces to games
  • Pervasiveness and mobility of games
  • Location based services
  • Handheld learning in the classroom

Games for Health:

  • Serious games for clinical assessment (e.g. after stroke)
  • Serious games for rehabilitation and treatment (e.g. of phobias, ADHA, post-traumatic stress disorders, stroke)
  • ‘Modding’ for health
  • Art and music rehabilitation in 3D multisensory environments
  • Games for children in hospital
  • Games to increase physical activity in children

Accessibility and Design:

  • Open source accessibility
  • Participatory design
  • Design for all
  • Natural user interfaces
  • The representation and promotion of gender equality in games
  • Alternative input modalities to games for people with disabilities (e.g., brain, haptic and audio interfaces)
  • Access to interactive technologies for elderly people

Web based technologies:

  • Resources for interactive learning tools and environments, e.g. Flash, podcasts, simulations, mobile games, Web 2.0 tool etc.
  • The Internet as a communication medium ( e.g. for people with Asperger Syndrome).
  • Browser based games and linking into social media channels Submissions

Those wishing to present papers or hold a workshop should send abstracts, to a maximum of 500 words. For those hoping to exhibit or produce a poster, a 300-word abstract is required. The deadline for submissions is Friday1st June 2012 to be sent to: karen.krelle@ntu.ac.uk

Final copies of accepted papers are required by Friday 14th September 2012.
There is a conference fee of £150 for 2 days, and £80 for 1 day registration. This price includes your invitation to the Game City opening event, lunch, and morning and afternoon refreshments.

Accommodation and Travel Links: https://www.conferencebookings.co.uk/delegate/NCBITAGEHD2010
NottinghamCityTravel Link: http://www.nctx.co.uk/

Prizes Offered:

As in previous years prizes will be awarded!

  • Best Paper Award: £250
  • Best Student Paper award: £250
  • Best Student Poster: £150.

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

Aug
31

Following events have been planned by MyUI (VUMS partner project) for the following months:

  • Workshop: Interactive TV: Collaborative Design with Older People – 25/26 October 2001 at the Interactive Technologies and Games: Education, Health and Disability 2011 conference, 25th and 26th October 2011, Nottingham, UK (http://www.ntu.ac.uk/ITAG).
  • 21st eChallenges e-2011 Conference, 26-28 October 2011, Florence, Italy (www.echallenges.org). Paper: “Accessible ICT-mediated services for older users through interactive TV: opportunities, challenges and achievements”.
  • Cambridge Workshop on Universal Access and Assistive Technology, 26 – 29 March 2012, Cambridge (http://www-edc.eng.cam.ac.uk/cwuaat/). Paper “From guinea pigs to design partners – involving older people in technology design”.
  • Participate in the VUMS (2nd Pan-European VERTAS workshop) workshop at JVRC 2011 on 21 September 2011.

Jul
06

The next VERITAS User Forum entitled “Defining simulation task models for everyday solutions, designed for all”, takes place on Tuesday 20th September from 13h00 till 17h00, hosted at Crown Plaza in Nottingham.

This workshop is intended to attract:

  • End-users (people with disabilities, older people);
  • Designers from the automotive, home and working environment, ehealth, and infotainment area;
  • Representatives from end-user organizations;
  • Policy makers.

During this highly participative workshop you will be introduced to the VERITAS project, followed by a first demonstration of how accessible design can be simulated in the automotive, working and home environment. You will as such co-influence the project development and, through your input, expertise and feedback as users and designers of accessible solutions, ensure that the developed applications respond to real user needs

Main issues that will be addressed:

  • The VERITAS project at a glance
  • Outcomes of the 1st User Forum
  • Introducing to the VERITAS task models – Demonstration users/task models simulation environment.
  • Discussion in groups per application area on the task models
  • Presentations in plenary on outcome of group discussions

The full agenda can be downloaded here (accessible pdf).

You are kindly invited to take part in this event. While access is free, places are limited. We therefore kindly ask you to register, using the below form.

Registration is now closed.

Mar
08

VERITAS was present with a booth at the Danish EU Presidency Conference: “Accessibility and Participation – Full Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Society” which took place in Copenhagen, Denmark on 5 and 6 March 2012. This official conference of the Danish EU Presidency examined how people with disabilities can exercise their rights to have access to society and be able to participate and make the same choices as non-disabled persons.

Jun
10

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

The workshop –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.

Outline is as following:

  • 13.30-15.30 Workshop (per paper 15 minutes presentation + 5 minutes discussion)
  • 15.30- 15.45 Coffee break
  • 15.45-16.45 Workshop (Panel discussions)

Call for papers:
We launch a call for papers in the following categories:

  • Scientific papers
  • Technical papers

Workshop topics:

  • Virtual Reality and Digital Human Modelling
  • Virtual Reality Hardware and Modelling
  • VR Interfaces for Avatar Control
  • VR Interfaces for Object Manipulation
  • VR Applications in Accessibility Assessment
  • Assistive Technologies in VR
  • Scene interpretation and cognition in VR
  • Geometric Algorithms for Physical Simulation
  • Collision Avoidance in Virtual Reality Environments
  • Haptic Control Methods for VR
  • Anthropometry and Human Functionality Modelling and Simulation
  • User Modelling, Adaptation and Personalization
  • Verification and validation of Digital Human Modelling (DHM)
  • Ergonomics tools and techniques
  • Virtual interactive design and assessment
  • 3D Human Body Modelling
  • Human Body Motion Planning and Simulation
  • Special (older, impaired) Populations Data Collection and Modelling
  • Biomechanics and Comfort Factors
  • Accessibility & Usability in VR
  • VR & Design for All

Important dates:

  • Abstract submission deadline: 31st July 2011
  • Notification of acceptance abstract submission: 15th of August 2011
  • Paper submission deadline: 10th September 2011
  • Notification of acceptance and outcome of review process: 15th September 2011
  • Registration by 15th September 2011

Abstracts submission:
Abstracts submitted in the context of one of the above topics should not exceed 500 words. The title, authors and their contact and affiliation details (authors’ email address, telephone and fax number and affiliation name and address) as well as keywords (up to five) should be included.
Under the title of your abstract, please quote the relevant workshop topic. We would strongly recommend you to propose more than one topic, if applicable, quoting them in priority order.

Authors who are unable to provide an electronic version or have other circumstances that prevent such submission must contact us (veritas@marie-curie-bg.org) prior to submission to discuss alternative options.

Abstracts should be submitted to veritas@marie-curie-bg.org by 31st July 2011.

Submission declaration:
Submission of a manuscript implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the copyright-holder.
Any manuscript not complying with the above requirements will not be accepted.

Guidelines for Final Paper:
Download Guidelines for Final Papers.
Papers should be 6-8 pages in length.
Papers should be submitted to veritas@marie-curie-bg.org by 10th of September 2011.

Live demonstrations:
Additionally, VERITAS will also provide live demonstrations of its work at the conference’s Demo track.

Full details and guidelines on the conference are available on http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/jvrc2011/index.aspx.

Please forward this to anyone you believe might be interested.

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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.

Sep
30

VERITAS was shortly presented (in the RAMSIS in Motion presentation) at the specialised RAMSIS User Conference on September 20 in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Oct
12

University of Trento attended the SIAMOC (Italian Society of Clinical Movement Analysis) congress. The SIAMOC 2010 took place in Ferrara (Italy), from 4 to 7 October 2010. A dissemination poster was provided on the VERITAS project and the related activities of the University of Trento.

Sep
29

VERITAS project participated in the “Workshop to explore the idea of developing a European/Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure”, which took place at the EC Offices on 29-30 September 2010. The purpose of this workshop was to explore the NPII concept (http://NPII.org) and recent international efforts in this field and collaboration opportunities with partners in Europe who might be interested in contributing to developing such a European Public Inclusive Infrastructure.

Jun
07

A list of past events relevant to VERITAS are enlisted below.

  • ASME 2010 World Conference on Innovative Virtual Reality (WINVR2010), 12-14 May 2010, Ames, Iowa, USA. Link to event website.
  • INNOVATION FOR ALL, Oslo, Norway, 20-21 May 2010: Premier forum for Inclusive Design, focusing on the business value of the approach with international speakers from business, design and policy. Workshops lead by Inclusive Design experts will give participants an informative and interactive experience. An exhibition will showcase new and recent case studies from industry. The conference will have relevance to anyone interested in creating, growing and implementing an Inclusive Design approach. Link to event website. It is one of the few business-facing conferences on people-centred and Inclusive Design. The event will showcase new case studies and also launch a new book on Inclusive Design called “The Business of Inclusive Design”.
  • Smart Living – The Way Forward for Disabled and Older People, 15 June 2010, BIS Conference Centre, Victoria Street, London, UK. Link to event website.
  • Foundations of Digital Games (FDG 2010), 19-21 June 2010, Asilomar Conference Grounds, Monterey, California, USA. Link to event website.
  • 7th International Conference on Virtual Reality, Computer Graphics, Visualization and Interaction Afrigraph Conference, 21-23 June 2010, Franschhoek, South Africa. Link to event website.
  • Healthcom’10, 1-3 July 2010, Lyon, France. Link to event website.
  • 2010 International Conference on Computer Graphics and Virtual Reality (CGVR’10), 12 -15 July 2010, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Link to event website.
  • 12th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs, 14-16 July 2010, Vienna University of Technology, Austria. Link to event website.
  • IADIS International Conference Web Virtual Reality and Three-Dimensional Worlds 2010, 27 – 29 July 2010, Freiburg, Germany, paper submission 1st call extension – until 24 May 2010. Link to event website.
  • 8th International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies (ICDVRAT 2010) with ArtAbilitation 2010, Viña del Mar / Valparaíso, Chile, 31 August – 2 September 2010. Link to event website.
  • Human Computer Interaction – HCI2010, 6-10 September 2010, Dundee, UK, paper submission 19th March 2010. Link to event website.
  • Using Audio and Haptics for Delivering Spatial Information via Mobile Devices, 7 September 2010, Lisbon, Portugal. Link to event website.
  • AAL Forum, 15-17 September 2010, Odense, Denmark. Link to event website.
  • ICT 2010,  27-29 September 2010. Link to event website.
  • VIC2010, Tampa, FL. USA, 14-16 October 2010: VIC2010 is a unique conference model designed to bring together members of the design/build community, the healthcare industry, the disabled community, and governmental agencies to facilitate the transfer of knowledge that will build empathy and identify opportunities for more inclusive design of products and spaces. Link to event website.
  • IADIS, 14-17 October 2010, Timisoara, Romania. Link to event website.
  • European Congress on Visual Disabilities, 22-24 October 2010, Valladolid, Spain. Link to event website.
  • 12th International ACM SIG ACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS 2010), 25-27 October 2010, Orlando, Florida, USA, paper Submission  May 7th, 2010. Link to event website.
  • eChallenges e-2010, 27-29 October 2010, Warsaw, Poland. Link to event website.
  • The 3rd International Conference for Universal Design in 2010, Hamamatsu, Japan, 30 October – 3 November 2010: This International Conference will have for its theme “For the People and the Earth of Tomorrow – Towards a Sustainable Co-existence”. Through the constructive and active exchange of ideas and the experience of participants from far and near we will aim at realizing a better UD society with spontaneous and sustainable individual contributions. Link to event website.
  • BCS HCI 2010, 6-10 December 2010, Dundee, Scotland, UK. Link to event website.
  • VR Continuum and Its Applications in Industry (VRCAI 2010), 12 – 13 December 2010, Seoul, South Korea, paper submission June 30 2010. Link to event website.

Oct
22

Ve dnech 29.-30. listopadu se na Fakultě elektrotechnické Českého vysokého učení technického v Praze bude konat První celoevropský workshop a Uživatelské fórum projektu VERITAS.
Cílem projektu VERITAS je podpora vývoje uživatelsky přístupných produktů z různých aplikačních oblastí pomocí virtuálních modelů uživatelů a využití těchto modelů pro testování vyvíjených produktů pomocí simulací ve virtuálním prostředí. Za použití nástrojů vytvářených v projektu VERITAS bude možné odhalit v počátečních fázích vývoje různé překážky, které snižují přístupnost produktů pro různé skupiny uživatelů (zejména postižené a seniory), což dovoluje návrhářům vylepšit a upravit jejich původní návrh tak, aby žádné skupiny uživatelů nevylučoval. Konkrétní aplikační oblasti, na které se projekt zaměřuje, zahrnují automobilový průmysl, inteligentní domácnost, zdravotní péči a oblast elektronické zábavy. Projekt VERITAS je podporován ze 7. rámcového programu Evropské unie a sdružuje 34 univerzit, výzkumných institucí a firem z různých zemí Evropské unie.
Uživatelské fórum projektu má za cíl umožnit setkání vývojářů a návrhářů na straně jedné a budoucích uživatelů na straně druhé. Workshop poskytne podněty zejména vývojářům a výkonným pracovníkům ze zmíněných aplikačních oblastí. Obě události představí již vyvinuté modely virtuálních uživatelů a první funkční prototyp.
Program obou událostí je dostupný na webové stránce projektu VERITAS. Již nyní je možné se bezplatně zaregistrovat na níže uvedené adrese. Termín pro registraci je 22. listopad 2010.
Potenciální návrháři, výrobci a uživatelé aplikací VERITAS se také mohou připojit k online uživatelskému fóru, kde se mohou zúčastnit diskuse. V případě potřeby dalších informací nebo dotazů prosím kontaktujte: info@www.veritas-project.eu (komunikace v anglickém jazyce).
Stránka pro online registraci.