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The Consortium

EPFL is one of the two Ecoles Polytechniques Fédérales in Switzerland. The Acoustic Group of the Laboratoire d’Electromagnétisme et d’Acoustique (LEMA) is one of the only research laboratories in the area of acoustics in Switzerland. Its main research fields are room acoustics, environmental acoustics, electro-acoustics, audio engineering, hearing aids and active noise control.

Patrick Roe

Prof Patrick Roe worked as a senior researcher on several European projects including the three COST219 Actions, where he acted as Chairman for five years of the COST 219ter Action “Accessibility for All to Services and Terminals for Next Generation Networks”.  Within the framework of these COST Actions, he has been the main editor of several publications and books.

2. Central Remedial Clinic
The Central Remedial Clinic’s Technology Research Department specialises in participating in research programmes dedicated to the development and promotion of technologies for people with disabilities and the elderly. They have participated in a wide range of national and EU funded projects, developing and examining technology and related services for people with disabilities and the elderly. 

Bob Allen

Dr Bob Allen is currently Director of Technology Research and Development. He has been involved in EU funded projects for the past 20 years and has been responsible for establishing such research at the Central Remedial Clinic.

Mary Nolan

Mary Nolan has worked at the CRC for the past three years in the Assistive Technology & Specialised Seating department working on various research projects and developing the European Seating Symposium. Prior to joining the CRC, Mary was Head of  Group Marketing & Communications at one of Ireland’s largest commercial banks, where one of her key roles was to develop the bank’s  e-commerce strategy based on key findings from consumer research for abled, disabled and elderly customers.

The Cyprus Neuroscience & Technology Institute conducts research in areas related to the human brain and learning, technology and social change, accessibility, Web 2.0, global society, conflict transformation and global peace.

Yiannis Laouris

Dr. Yiannis Laouris has over 15 years of experience in designing and implementing structured dialogue design systems.

Alexander Christakis has 40 years experience in developing and testing methods for engaging stakeholders in productive and authentic dialogue for the practice of participative democracy. He is the author of over 100 papers on stakeholder participation.

Marios Michaelides has a Masters Degree from the University of New York and more than 20 years of experience in applying SDDP in diverse groups of people. He is a senior SDDP Facilitator with extensive experience also in applications for resolving inter-communal conflicts.

The University of the Basque Country employs over 7,000 people. The Laboratory of Human-Computer Interaction for Special Needs is mainly working in the design of advanced user interfaces for people with disability and context-aware ubiquitous systems and their application to ambient intelligence, specifically for smart homes.

Julio Abascal

Julio Abascal a Professor of the Computer Architecture and Technology Department.  He co-founded the Laboratory of Human-Computer Interaction for Special Needs that has participated in several R&D projects at national and international level.  His research activity is focussed on the application of human-computer interaction methods and techniques to assistive technology, including the design of ubiquitous, adaptive and accessible user interfaces and the development of smart homes for people with disability under the ambience intelligence philosophy.  Currently he also leads a research group aiming to develop methods and tools to enhance physical and cognitive accessibility to the web.

Myriam Arrue works as an associated professor in the Computer Architecture and Technology Department and carries out her research in the Laboratory of Human-Computer Interaction for Special Needs.

Nestor Garay Vitoria is an associate professor in the Computer Architecture and Technology Department.

Mikel Larrea is an Associate Professor of Computer Science.  His research interests include distributed systems, fault tolerance and ubiquitous computing.

5. CNR
National Research Council is a government research organisation (staff of about 7000), which is involved in activities enveloping most disciplinary sectors (physics, chemistry, medicine, agriculture, etc.), in co-operation with universities and industries;  one of its tasks being the transfer of innovations to production and services. The Institute of Applied Physics (IFAC) in Florence has a broad range of activities in pure and applied physics. The IFAC Department on Information Theory and Processing is involved in research on the theory and applications of signal and image processing and information technology (communications, biomedicine, non-destructive testing, user interface and aids for disabled persons).

Pier Luigi Emiliani

Pier Luigi Emiliani undertakes research in ICT theory and applications, with main emphasis on the applications of digital signal processing and information technology in eInclusion.  He is (co-)author of over 160 scientific and technical papers.

6- Evangelische Stiftung Volmarstein, Forschungsinstitut Technologie und Behinderung
Evangelische Stiftung Volmarstein is a rehabilitation centre with about 2500 employees and cares for people with disability of all ages.  The Research Institute for Technology and Disability is the department responsible for requirement analysis, research, development, evaluation, advice, and exploitation of assistive technology of ESV.  In addition FTB is a scientific institution at the universities of Hagen and Dortmund.

Christian Buhler

Prof Dr-Ing Christian Bühler is director of the Research Institute for Technology and Disability.  He is an honorary professor for rehabilitation and assistive technology at FernUniversität; and he holds a chair of Rehabilitation Technology of the Faculty for Rehabilitation Science of the Technical University Dortmund.

Dr-Ing Helmut Heck coordinates R&D projects. His current interests relate to computer/robotic applications, human-machine-interaction for people with disabilities, accessibility of IT systems, as well as AAL.

7. John Gill Technology Ltd
John Gill Technology Ltd specialises in the needs of disabled and elderly people, including assistive technology and inclusive design.

John Gill

Dr John Gill OBE DSc FIET has worked for over 40 years in the area of scientific and technological research for people with disabilities.  His research has included the design of fonts, public access terminals, tactile communication, orientation systems, automated production of braille and large print, and access to telecommunication systems and services.  He has visited 40 countries and written 250 publications.

8. Smart Homes is an independent expert centre for smart houses and smart living. The centre carries out applied research projects in its test/demonstration house and leads several projects with various types of smart technology in real houses with residents.

Ad van Berlo

Ad van Berlo PhD, MEng, M.A. is manager R&D of Smart Homes. He is both mechanical engineer and gerontologist and holds a PhD in biomedical engineering. Since 1992 he specialised in smart houses and smart living and has mainly been working in applications and services for older persons and people with special needs.

Ilse Bierhoff

lse Bierhoff MSc is a research project manager at Smart Homes.  She graduated as human-technology engineer and has specialised over the past 8 years in user centred design and technology for older persons. Her main activities at Smart Homes are in the field of the use of smart home technology for independent living and more efficient care delivery.

9. Department of Informatics, University of Oslo has research groups in biomedical research, computational mathematics, digital signal processing and image analysis, distributed multimedia systems, global infrastructures, logic and natural language, nanoelectronics, networks and distributed systems, object-orientation, modelling and languages.

Kjell Åge Bringsrud is employed as an associate professor in the research group for distributed multimedia systems.

10. Technion - Israel Institute of Technology is Israel’s primary technological university and the largest centre of applied research.

Dr. Noemi Bitterman is the head of industrial design in the Faculty of Architecture & Town Planning.  The research interests of her group include “Social Design”- addressing the needs of special populations, such as elderly, disabled and the ill, with special emphasis on innovative technology and human factors methodology.

The Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas is one of the largest research centres of Greece.  The Institute of Computer Science, one of the seven institutes of FORTH, has a relatively long history and recognized tradition, in conducting basic and applied research, developing applications and products, providing services, and playing a leading role in Greece and internationally, in the fields of Information and Communication Technologies. The Human Computer Interaction
Laboratory carries out research activities focused on developing user interfaces for interactive applications and services that are accessible, usable, and ultimately acceptable for all users.

Constantine Stephanidis

Prof  Constantine Stephanidisis the Director of the Institute of Computer Science - FORTH, and Head of its Human - Computer Interaction Laboratory and the Centre for Universal Access and Assistive Technologies and head of the Ambient Intelligence Programme.

Dr Margherita Antona is a member of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory and Centre for Universal Access and Assistive Technologies of ICS-FORTH.

Iosif Kironomos

Iosif Klironomos is member of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory and Centre for Universal Access and Assistive Technologies of ICS-FORTH.

12. ATC-US
The Robotics & Computer Technology Group, which is part of the department of Computer Architecture at University of Seville, has participated in EU, national and industrial projects related to embedded real time systems, bioinspired systems, service and industrial robotics, ICT accessibility and eLearning.

Anton Civit

Anton Civit is director of the Department of Computer Architecture. He is author of over 100 publications in the fields of embedded systems, bioinspired systems, robotics and accessibility.

Rocio Garcia-Robles is a lecturer at the Department of Computer Architecture. Her publications are mainly related to e-learning standards, accessibility, usability and user-interface design.

13. FMH
The Interdisciplinary Centre for the Study of Human Performance, which is a research unit of the Faculty of Human Kinetics at Technical University of Lisbon, aims to establish a common conceptual framework between different disciplines, applying multidimensional models in order to analyse problems posed by human functioning and performance.

Leonor Moniz Pereira is a doctor in the area of special education and rehabilitation and is a professor at the Faculdade de Motricidade Humana.

Ana Cristina Guerreiro Espadinha has participated in various projects related with assistive technologies, accessibility and disabilities studies.

14. GSA
GSA Information Consultants conducts research and policy development in many facets of ICT for people with disabilities. It does user-oriented research and consultation and specialises in practices to involve end-users in the product and service life-cycle.

Gunela Astbrink

Gunela Astbrink is based in Australia and is the Principal of GSA Information Consultants. She has 20 years of international experience in research and policy with a focus on regulatory processes to benefit people with disabilities.


Scientific Advisory Group

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Prof Ricardo Baeza-Yates
VP of Research for Europe and Latin America, leading the Yahoo! Research labs at Barcelona, Spain and Santiago, Chile, and also supervising the lab in Haifa, Israel. Until 2005 he was the director of the Center for Web Research at the Department of Computer Science of the Engineering School of the University of Chile; and ICREA Professor and founder of the Web Research Group at the Dept. of Information and Communication Technologies of Univ. Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. He maintains ties with both mentioned universities as a part-time professor for the Ph.D. program. 
His research interests includes algorithms and data structures, information retrieval, web mining, text and multimedia databases, software and database visualization, and user interfaces.


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Chiara Giovannini 
Holds Bachelors and Masters degrees  in law. She is Research & Innovation Manager, responsible for the management of the ANEC research & testing projects as well as the sectors of Design for All and Information Society.


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Hiroshi Kawamura
He is the chairperson of the DAISY Consortium.  Previously he was a director of the Department of Social Rehabilitation/NRCD Research Institute.  Prior to that he was Director of the Information Center, Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities.


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Peter Korn
Sun Microsystems’ Accessibility Architect and Sun' primary representative to the US Access Board Telecommunication and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee. Mr. Korn co-chairs the OASIS OpenDocument Accessibility subcommittee.  He helped design and implement the Java Accessibility architecture, and he also developed technology that allows assistive technologies for the Microsoft Windows platform to access Java applications. Mr. Korn is one of the designers of the open source GNOME Accessibility architecture used on Solaris, GNU/Linux, and other UNIX systems. He consults with the Star Division of Sun Microsystems in Germany on the development of an accessible edition of the StarOffice and OpenOffice.org suite of application productivity suite, with the Mozilla and Evolution accessibility teams, as well as other software application groups both within and outside of Sun.  Prior to his work at Sun, Mr. Korn spent five years in the assistive technology field at Berkeley Systems, Inc., inventors of the first graphical screen magnification and screen reading technologies. There, he designed the first cross-platform Accessibility toolkit, lead the team which developed outSpoken for Windows - a Windows screen reader for the blind - and managed the development of several other assistive technology products for the Macintosh and Microsoft Windows. Mr. Korn successfully transitioned these access technologies to ALVA BV in the Netherlands, and assisted them in setting up a US subsidiary. His most recent previous position was that of President of the Berkeley Access division of Berkeley Systems.


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Prof Zhengjie Liu
Founder and Director of Sino European Usability Center (SEUC), Professor at School of Information Science & Technology of Dalian Maritime University (DMU), Director of NCR-DMU HCI Research Center, Co-founder and Co-chair of ACM SIGCHI China. Former Chinese National Representative (1999-2005) to IFIP TC.13 Committee on Human-Computer Interaction. His areas include usability/user experience, user-centered design (UCD), accessibility and human-computer interaction (HCI).


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Prof Crt Marincek


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Dr Mathijs Soede
Founder of the Association for Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe and first president of the AAATE. Editor of the AAATE’s Journal “Technology and Disability”. Chairman of the AAATE2011 conference, 30 Aug – 2 September 2011,  in Maastricht. Background is in human factors (Cybernetic Ergonomy) The focus in his career is on technology for enhancing independence and participation of persons with a disability. Subjects of R&D has been Innovation stimulation in Assistive Technology, Communication aids for speech and motor impaired persons, Robotic Manipulators, Interfaces and accessibility and finally involvement of end-users in Standardization. Main positions have been at the Delft University of Technology, TNO Organization for Applied Scientific Research-Delft, iRv-Institute for Rehabilitation Research- Hoensbroek as managing director and at present a part-time professorship at the Zuyd University for professional education-Heerlen.


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Prof Gregg Vanderheiden
Director of the Trace R&D Center and a Professor in both the Industrial & Systems Engineering and Biomedical Engineering Departments at University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Dr. Vanderheiden has been working on technology and disability for just under 40 years.  He was a pioneer in the field of Augmentative Communication (a term he coined in the 1970's) before moving to computer access in the 1980s. Many of the accessibility features that are now built into every Macintosh, Windows and Linux computer were created by his group in the 1980s.  He has worked with over 50 companies, served on numerous governmental advisory and study committees on both sides of the ocean, and has chaired and/or edited many of the early accessibility standards.  He is co-founder of "Raising the Floor" (http://raisingthefloor.net) and initiated the international efforts to build National and Global Public Inclusive Infrastructures (gpii.org).