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Special Sessions
Alternative Human Computer Interfaces for People with Motor Disorders
AT Centres and Service Delivery Issues
Design for All and Mainstreaming in Ambient Assisted Living – The Role of Networking
ICT-Based Learning Technologies for Disabled People
Power mobility: User experiences and Outcomes
Predictors, acceptance and use of e-health technology by older adults and professionals
Remote Care
(Semi-automatic) User Interface Generation
Standardization within the Assistive Technology Field
Using the cloud to enhance AT
Submission: Submissions to a Special Session follow the same guidelines and procedures as submissions for the main conference and are equally to be entered through our conference management system Primoris. After selecting “Submit Paper” you will be able to choose the Special Session you want to submit to under “Select Event”.

Alternative Human Computer Interfaces for People with Motor Disorders
This Special Session will collect publications about the newest advances and trends in Human Computer Interfaces (HCI) for people with motor disorders. The objective of this Special Session will be to present the most recent technologies used in the context of HCI and discuss potential users that may benefit from these Assistive Technologies, concerning applications for communication and other fundamental daily activities as mobility, manipulation or cognition. HCI are important for people with complex communication needs caused, in most cases, by motor and cognitive disorders. These devices intend to reduce the gap caused by the disability, connecting the user with his/her both physical and social contexts. Attendants will be able to assess potential users including those with progressive neuromuscular diseases and severe motor dysfunctions (e.g. locked-in syndrome, traumatic brain injury, stroke and cerebral palsy). This Special Session encourages authors working on some emerging systems that play an important role in augmentative and alternative communication and that will include eye-tracking systems, biosensors (e.g. Electromyography, Inertial Sensor, Brain-Computer Interfaces) and multimodal interfaces. Papers describing the usability and versatility of some already commercially available systems will be also considered. Nowadays, the Human Computer Interfaces are not only used for communication purposes. Besides communication, users with motor disorders can benefit from HCI for performing rehabilitation tasks. The combination of HCI with virtual environments (e.g. videogames) is a new trend in the rehabilitation of people who suffer cognitive and motor disorders. In this regard, papers focused on using the HCI for rehabilitation purposes are welcome. This Special Session will also accept papers focused on designing and validating strategies to reduce the effect of the motor disorder on the control of the devices (e.g. filtering techniques or adaptive software).
Photo Eduardo Rocon
Short Bio
Eduardo Rocon, PhD. is with Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) since 2001. He is currently research assistant at CSIC. His research interests include rehabilitation robotics, biomechanics, adaptive signal processing, and human machine interaction. His main field of expertise is in active control of human-machine interaction, and the main topic of his doctoral dissertation was active tremor suppression through exoskeleton-based application of load. Dr. Rocon has actively participated in a number of National, European and International RTD projects in the area of rehabilitation robotics. In particular, he was scientific coordinator of EU TREMOR project, EU NeuroTREMOR project and EU ABC project. He was awarded the Georges Giralt PhD Award as the best thesis in Europe.

Photo Rafael Raya
Short Bio
Rafael Raya, PhD. works in the Bioengineering group of Spanish National Research Council (CSIC, Spain). He received the PhD degree in 2011 and a M.S. degree in 2008 from the University of Alcalá (Spain). He received an Electronic and Automatic Engineering degree in 2006 from the University of Córdoba (Spain). He was a postdoc fellow at the Harvard Medical School in Boston (USA) and MOVE Institute (Vrije Amsterdam Universiteit). He is the technical coordinator of the AITADIS (Iberoamerican Association for Assistive Technology). He is author/co-author of more than 40 publications including international journals and conferences and he is reviewer of several international journals. His research activity is focused on assistive devices for people with Cerebral Palsy. Dr. Raya has actively participated in a number of National, European and International RTD projects. The Spanish Committee for Automation has recently awarded him with the Award Best Spanish PhD Thesis in Robotics 2011.

AT Centres and Service Delivery Issues
The advancement of AT in the world is highly determined by effective service delivery systems and practices, able to cater for the needs of the various stakeholders involved: persons with disabilities, professionals, policy makers, etc. Worldwide AT centres, intended as specialised resource centres play an important role in furthering AT knowledge, skills and outcomes. Although there are important differences in the national or regional context in which they operate, the share many concerns: how to enhance the role of persons with disabilities in service delivery, how to keep models of service delivery up to date, how to boost AT outcomes, how to transfer experiences from one country to another, how to adapt and localise outcome measurement tools in different cultural contexts, etc. This session will address some of those issues. Although the session is interesting for all AT expert, in particular AT Centres are invited to participate.
Photo Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf
Short Bio
Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf is Head of the Projects Office of AIAS Bologna onlus and staff member of Emilia Romagna’s Regional Centre for Assistive Technology. He is an active AAATE member (president elect) and part of the group of founding members of the G3ICT Global AT Centres Leadership Network. Contact: hoogerwerf@ausilioteca.org

This session is recommended by GLIC, the Italian association of independent ICT-AT Centres.

Design for All and Mainstreaming in Ambient Assisted Living – The Role of Networking
In eInclusion, as a first instantiation of the ambient intelligence paradigm, ambient assistive living (AAL) is in the focus of attention at the European level. Even if so far the main interest has been from the perspective of remote people’s monitoring (e.g. of parameters connected to healthcare), alarm systems and environmental control by people with severe motor disabilities, recently, particularly for the explosion of the aging problem, there is a shift toward applications of support to any aspect relevant for independent living. This, in turn, has fostered the discussion about the possibility of mainstreaming at least some of the relevant technical innovations, both when they are foreseen as common characteristics of emerging technology and since some of the anticipated necessary developments can lead to improvements for all users, irrespective of their possible lack of abilities.

Due to the potential wide market of AAL, at least in terms of numbers of users, it is arguable that design for all can have an important impact, as a design methodology leading naturally to mainstream the identified solutions. Moreover, it appears that design for all and the following mainstreaming of systems, services and applications may be favoured by the possibility of identifying problems with a common approach and cooperatively finding and testing solutions. Networking interdisciplinary communities of people active in the eInclusion environment and end users can lead to significant improvements, not only from the perspective of identification of user needs and solution, but also toward the diffusion of information and creation of a common level of awareness necessary for building up consensus. Moreover, a more active participation can be envisaged e.g. with some sort of crowdsourcing.

The purpose of this session is first to discuss, with reference to a specific research and development field (Ambient Assisted Living) and, therefore, to specific experiences and results, the possible impact of design for all in producing valuable solutions for inclusion and independent living and the possibilities of mainstreaming these interesting solutions. Then, due to the important developments of networking in the society and particularly the new possibilities, also technological, for cooperation through the networks, it appears particularly important to consider their impact for support design and development in the AAL environment. From this perspective, it is necessary to start from the fact that in the Design for All environment, EDeAN (European Design for eAccessibility Network) has recently attempted to play the role of catalysing interest about these problems at a very general level. Therefore, a discussion of its possible role, starting from a specific application environment, seems also interesting, taking into account e.g. some possible modifications, such as adaptations of the rules for participation, the scope, the sustainability and, possibly, the technical infrastructure on which it is based.
Photo Pier Luigi Emiliani, CNR, EDeAN NCC
Short Bio
Dr. Pier Luigi Emiliani is Associate Research Director in the Institute of Applied Physics “Nello Carrara” (IFAC). In CNR, he has been: Head of the “Signal Processing” Department, Institute of Research on Electromagnetic Waves (IROE) (1995-1997); Director of the Institute of Research on Electromagnetic Waves “Nello Carrara” (IROE) (1997-2002); Director of Institute of Applied Physics – “Nello Carrara” (IFAC (2002-2008); President of the CNR Research Area in Florence (2002-2008). He has carried research in the theory and applications of digital signal processing and information technology and in their application in telecommunications, biomedicine and eInclusion. He has been lecturer on signal processing at the University of Florence (Electronics Engineering Department) and has managed many research projects on eInclusion at the national and European levels. He is (co-)author of over 180 technical papers published in scientific archival journals, books, and international conferences on speech processing, signal processing and eInclusion.

Photo Christian Bühler, FTB – Forschungsinstitut Technologie und Behinderung der Evangelischen Stiftung Volmarstein, Lehrstuhl für Rehabilitationstechnologie, Technische Universität Dortmund, EDeAN NCC
Short Bio
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian R. Bühler is Professor for Rehabilitation Technology at the Faculty for Rehabilitation Science of the TU Dortmund University and Founding Director of FTB (Research institute on technology and disability of the German rehab center ESV). He holds a degree in electrical engineering from University of Karlsruhe, a PHD in engineering from University of Dortmund and an Honorary Professorship from the distance teaching University of Hagen. His main scientific interest is in the support of older people and people with disabilities by assistive technology, accessibility and universal design. He has more than 20 years of experience in research and teaching in the areas of accessibility, eAccessibility, assistive technology, and design for all. He is founding member and past president of “Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe” (AAATE) and has supported the formation of “European Design for all eAccessibility Network” (EDeAN). He is leader of the German Alliance for Barrier-free Information Technology. He is involved in many inter-/national projects and initiatives, and acts as a consultant for government, standardisation, and companies. He has represented Germany in many international committees and commissions.

ICT-Based Learning Technologies for Disabled People
Education should be considered a basic right, but many disabled people experience barriers in accessing it. The focus of this session will be ICT-based learning technologies for disabled and students and the associated pedagogical issues. In addition to computer based and multi-media learning technologies, mobile learning using smart phones and PDAs is now feasible. Disabled people may require access to both purely learning technologies and assistive technologies to to obtain the full benefit from education. Topics covered include the following:
Mobile learning technologies
Classification of the different technologies
Case studies of new technologies and good practice
State of the art learning technologies
Pedagogical issues
Accessibility, usability and support issues
Design for all approaches to learning technologies
Educational games for disabled people
Photo Marion Hersh
Short Bio
Marion Hersh PhD is a senior lecturer (associate professor) in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Glasgow. Her main research interests are in the area of assistive technology, including inclusive learning technologies and pedagogies, with a secondary interest and ethics and social responsibility issues in science and engineering. Particular topics include inclusive approaches to the design of learning technologies for disabled and non-disabled people, mobility issues and assistive travel technology for blind people, communication devices for deafblind people, assistive technology to support leisure activities for blind people and the user-centred design of assistive technology.

She is co-editor and author of a book series on assistive technology, with two volumes on assistive technology for people with hearing impairments and visual impairments published to date by Springer Verlag. She recent completed a Research Fellowship awarded by the Leverhulme Trust for research on Mobility for Blind People: Current Strategies and Solutions. Dr Hersh has organised and chaired an EC funded conference series on assistive technology for people with sensory impairments and co-organised workshops on advanced learning technologies for disabled and non-disabled people at three IEEE International Conferences on Advanced Learning Technologies. She is one of a very small number of researchers investigating the accessibility and usability for disabled people of educational games and gaming environments.

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Power mobility: User experiences and Outcomes
The focus of this Special Session is user experiences with and outcomes of power mobility. The intention is to increase the understanding of how power mobility can be improved for the users. The session will comprise qualitative as well as quantitative research, and also theoretical studies. Outcomes of interest may for example concern activity and participation, satisfaction, and quality of life. The session will also encompass studies of factors that influence power mobility use and outcomes, such as factors concerning the user, the device, and the environment, for example the physical environment or the service delivery.
Photo Åse Brandt
Short Bio
Åse Brandt, PhD, MPH and reg. OT is a Senior Researcher at the National Board of Social Services, Denmark. Her main interest is within outcomes research in the field of assistive technology, mainly focusing on how and to which degree assistive technology impacts on activity and participation. Her main focus is on mobility devices Dr. Brandt has been and is currently the Principal Investigator of several projects, she is tutoring PhD students at several universities, has written more than 75 publications, e.g. scientific articles, textbooks, and reports, and has presented at numerous international conferences.

Photo Charlotte Löfqvist
Short Bio
Charlotte Löfqvist, PhD and reg.OT is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher at Lund University, Centre for Ageing and Supportive Environments (CASE) in Sweden. Her research interest concerns the area of assistive technology, mobility devices in particular, and other closely related interventions involving person, environment and activity interactions, in order to enhance activity and participation for old and very old people. Dr Löfqvist is involved in several international projects and has a special interest in the European perspective of assistive technology. She also has the assignment as study director for CASE Graduate School, involving teaching and tutoring of PhD student in a multidisciplinary environment.

Predictors, acceptance and use of e-health technology by older adults and professionals
This special session wants to contribute to decrease engineering illiteracy. This by sharing the results and experience of several projects about predictors, acceptance and use of e-health technology by older adults and professionals. The developed tools and instruments for knowledge and experience extension in e-Health technology will be shared with the participants of the special session.

The focus of the session is to gain insight in the predictors for the use of e-Health technology by older adults and by care professionals, know what older adults and professionals do find acceptable in the use of e-health technology, and finally look at user preferences for e-health applications. With the knowledge, instruction and training can be given to clients and professionals respectively.

We want to give a podium to researchers so we collectively may develop a long term program for practice oriented research on e-Health technology for older adults and care professionals in order to achieve that older adults are not socially excluded from the use of e-Health technology by deficient knowledge and skills and that care professionals are better equipped to use e-Health technology in their daily practice.

Chair: Helianthe S.M. Kort

Short Bio:Prof. dr. Helianthe S.M. Kort (1962) has been working as a professor in Demand Driven Care since 2004. She studied Biology, majoring in medical biology, at Utrecht University (UU). In 2011 she is appointed as a Full Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).

2011 Appointed Full Professor at the Faculty of Built Environment for the chair Building Performance, Building Healthy Environments for Future Users at TU/e.
2004- today Professor Demand Driven Care at Hogeschool Utrecht, University of Applied Sciences.
2004 Initiator of the national Network of Professors at University of Applied Sciences in Care and Technology.
2006-2009 Programme manager ‚Technology and Accessibility‘ at Vilans, with a particular focus on long term care, e-Health and ‚Ageing-in-place‘.
2004-2006 Head of department Quality of Care at Netherlands Institute for Care and Welfare (NIZW).
2001-2004 Head of department Care and Professionals at NIZW.
1997-2001 Programme coordinator Care at NIZW.
1995 Project leader of the elective study Group Biomedical Health Technology (BMGT) at TU/e.
1994-2000 Freelance advisor and researcher in the field of Home and Health.
1994 PhD on Structural Allergological Residential Sanitation, TU/e.
1987-1994 Tenure track researcher within the inter-university study Group Living and Health (Department of Architecture, Building and Planning TU/e and Faculty of Medicine UU).

Remote Care
Innovation in care can be organized by the introduction of technology as a tool in the process of care delivery. The introduction of technology has become an important driver in the innovation of medical care. Now the use of internet technology has become a driving force, in long term care and in mental health care as well. Technology can reduce the distance between a client and a care provider. In modern European society scarcity of care providers is not only influenced by the physical distance but also by demographic factors. Due to the graying of the population it is becoming difficult to obtain adequate care and support when needed. This has led to the development of “remote care”. Using “remote care” another potential is created: it enables the adequate and timely information on a client’s health status that facilitates the delivery of appropriate care when it is needed, which may strongly support the quality of care. The introduction of technology as a tool to support a specific process will lead to a drastic reorganization of procedures and practice. This also occurs in long term care. Expectations, procedures and protocols have to be redesigned to make care delivery supported by technology effective. From idea, through experimentation, towards implementation, the process of re-design of current practice requires commitment of potential users, clients and technology- and care providers. Different approaches can be followed. The aim of this session is to present examples of applied research in which several steps of the development of new care applications are discussed. Starting from the selection of the appropriate technology, through identification of user requirements and the ‘building’ of the application and finally its implementation in practice. In this session we start with the presentation by Peetoom et al. who investigated the daily functioning of elderly in the home environment. Their aim was to obtain insight into which monitoring technologies exist, what the characteristics are and what is known about the outcomes. Effective application development starts with the exploration of user requirements. Van de Dijk et al. present their results on the requirements of older COPD patients for eHealth support at home. Their intention was to create a remote care application to promote self-management and to increase quality of life. Another example of development of a care related application is given by Willems et al. Using a sequence of research and co-creation cycles the development of a stroke rehabilitation application is described. The choice of technology to be used in the development of specific applications is of vital importance. M.Betke gives a description of a database that gives details on remote user sessions. Analysis of these data may give rise to an improvement of the user-technology interaction. The development and implementation of remote care in regular practice is a complex process. As a final presentation Van der Vlies et al. describe a technology transfer tool that may support researchers as a guide through the innovation process. Taken together these presentations cover the route from idea up to the implementation of remote care. An area in which technology acts as a supportive means to care delivery. In 2013 this area is becoming important to the delivery of quality of care.
Photo Prof. Dr. Luc de Witte
Short Bio
Prof.dr. Luc de Witte is professor of Care and Technology at Maastricht University and Zuyd University of Applied Science in Heerlen, The Netherlands. He has extensive experience in health care innovations in the field of rehabilitation and long term care, as well as research in this area. He has supervised more than 50 national and international projects and 10 PhD studies in this area. At this time his research focuses on the application and implementation of innovative technology in long term care.

Photo Charles G. Willems
Short Bio
Holds a part-time position at Saxion university of applied sciences as associate professor in the area Technology in Care and Wellbeing an combines this with a position as senior researcher at Zuyd University, His main concern is to perform applied research. Initially the research theme was directed to support people with special needs with assistive technology to support them in independent living. Gradually a shift has been made towards the use of technology in long term care.

(Semi-automatic) User Interface Generation
Needs and wishes regarding the interaction with ICT solutions change over time and vary between older adults. They depend on the user’s physical and mental capabilities and his/her preferences. Thus the user interface is considered critical to the success or failure of an ICT product or service.
Since many years researchers and developers try to automatize the process of user interface generation with different approaches. The aim is to create more than just operable user interfaces based on an abstract description describing only basic interaction elements.
With different transformation processes, including context and user information, these adaptation processes should deliver appreciable and usable interfaces, some taking care of accessibility issues, others hardly or not all.
Several languages and procedures have been developed, with different application areas. Some of these approaches were stopped at prototype stage, others are widely adopted and some are still under development.
We want to invite you to share your ideas, findings, experiences and knowledge about how users with all kinds of abilities and special needs can interact in an easy way with automatic generated user interfaces.

Papers should address one ore more of the following topics
Prototypes of highly innovative and intuitive automatic generation user interfaces
Speech in/output
Multi)Touch interfaces
Mobile Devices
Pervasive and ubiquitous methods
Multimodal user interfaces description languages
Adaptive and self adapting user interfaces
Best practice examples of large scale and long term usability trials
Approaches for the standardisation and interoperability of user interfaces and underlying systems
Other topics dealing with the accessibility and usability of automatic user interface generation
Papers should cover some of the following criteria
Detailed description of the automatic generation process of UIs
Detailed descriptions and illustrations of the user interface
Statistical evaluation with a high number of users
Long time evaluations
Lessons learned
Martin Morandell
Short Bio
Martin Morandell has graduated in computer science with focus on Assistive Technology (AT) and graduated as academic expert in a four-semester university course on AT. His focus is on Ambient Assisted Living, HCI for older adults and people with cognitive impairments, AT for visually impaired end-users as well as on how to apply AT in a successful and lasting way. Joining the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH in 2008 he works as a project manager and takes part in international projects on AAL. He also offers trainings on AT for people with disabilities and gives lectures. Currently he attends master courses in law and business for technicians at the JKU-Linz.

Christopher Mayer, PhD
Short Bio
Christopher Mayer, PhD in applied mathematics, has joined the biomedical engineering group of AIT during his studies. He has graduated in 2004 and received the doctor’s degree in 2007 at the Vienna University of Technology. His research focus is on the one hand on smart home environments, sensor integration and the analysis of data from sensor systems by means of different pattern recognition technique and on the other hand on user interaction. Furthermore he is project coordinator of the AAL JP project AALuis and involved in various international AAL projects (e.g. universAAL, NovaHome, E-MOSION)

Standardization within the Assistive Technology Field
This Special Session will comprise contributions covering several aspects about the present development within standardization in the area of Assistive Technology. It will include the emerging grey zone in between traditional assistive products and consumer technology, new areas like cognition and accessible design, consumer participation in standardization, regional cooperation in Asia and special aspects related to Low and Middle Income countries and transfer of technologies.

Chair: Claes Tjäder

Short Bio: Claes Tjäder is Research Director at the Swedish Institute of Assisitive Technology. Member of the Scientific Boards for AAATE 2011 and AAATE2013, Chair for ISO/TC 173 Assistive products for persons with disability and CEN/TC 293 Assistive products for persons with disability.

Using the cloud to enhance AT
This Special Session wants to share knowledge on cloud and ATs and the experiences of Cloud4all/GPII. The way to create an infrastructure to enable users to declare requirements in functional terms (whether or not they fill into traditional disability categories) and new systems that will allow users to access and use solutions not just on a single computer, but on all of the different ICT that they must use.
The goal of the session is to show how to take advantage of the cloud for the challenge of handling user settings across devices, applications, platforms and ATs. By substantially improving accessibility, over the next ten years these technologies will open up access to, and improve the use of, ICT products and services in general (whether eCommerce, eGovernment, eHealth, eCulture, or Internet banking) and make opportunities available for older people and for people with disabilities (i.e. to make online job applications, use job-matching platforms or eLearning applications).
The special session will let researches discuss the importance of knowledge engineering, context modeling, user-centred design methodologies, database federation, machine learning and ruled-based systems to ensure a better access to health and public services, improve employability and productivity or increase embeddedness for people in social relations and networks.
Photo Gregg Vanderheiden
Short Bio
Gregg Vanderheiden, prof of Indust. & Biomed. Engr, director Trace R&D; Center, co-director Raising the Floor-International, Technical Director Cloud4all, co-chair/editor of WCAG 1.0 & 2.0. Has worked in technology and disability for over 40 years. Pioneer in Augmentative Communication (a term taken from his writings in 1979). His computer access features (e.g. MouseKeys, etc.) have been built into Windows (95 thru 8), MacOS, Linux, and more. His cross-disability accessible interfaces are found in ATMs, POS terminals, Amtrak ticket machines, and airport terminals. Has worked with over 50 companies and numerous advisory committees including FCC, NSF, NIH, NCD, Access Board, and White House.

Photo Manuel Ortega
Short Bio
Manuel Ortega is a Telecommunications Engineer, Postgraduate Diploma in Machine learning from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, R&D; Manager at Technosite and Project Coordinator of Cloud4all and Apsis4all. Manuel Ortega has worked for years in machine learning and business intelligence systems for private companies and the Spanish Treasure. At Technosite has worked or led various innovative projects related to automatic generation of adapted multimodal interfaces, personalization of public digital terminals, independent living applications, IT-based improvement of accessibility of public areas and cloud-based Assistive Technologies.

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