Mobility for all-The use of Ambient Intelligence in addressing the mobility needs of people with imp (AmI)

Venue: The French Riviera

Location: Nice, France, France

Event Date/Time: Oct 26, 2006 End Date/Time: Oct 27, 2006
Registration Date: Apr 28, 2006
Abstract Submission Date: Apr 28, 2006
Paper Submission Date: Apr 28, 2006
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Description

The ASK-IT International conference marks the two year point of this EU research funded project and the conference will provide the opportunity to take stock of the progress made in ASK-IT so far. It will also provide a unique occasion for different stakeholders, whether it be telecom providers, industry, user representatives, research institutes or local authorities, to gather together to discuss the role of Information Communication Technology in aiding and improving the everyday lives of mobility impaired people. It will include high level speakers and experts from around the world who will look at various issues, such as making content accessible, accessible tools and Ambient Intelligence. The conference will provide state-of-the-art information on accessibility initiatives in Europe and beyond.





ASK-IT –Ambient Intelligence System of Agents for Knowledge based and Integrated Services for Mobility Impaired Users

ASK-IT is an integrated project, partly funded by the European Commission under the 6th Framework Programme, e-Inclusion. The driving vision behind the ASK-IT project is to develop services based on Information Communication Technologies (ICT) that will allow Mobility Impaired people to live more independently. Through a device (mobile phone, PDA) users will have access to relevant and real-time information primarily for travelling but also whilst home, for work and leisure services. The emphasis is on a seamless service provision and a device that is intelligent enough to address the personal needs and preferences of the user. For example, information for a visually impaired person will be given orally, while for an illiterate person mostly in graphics. The project involves a demonstration phase during which the ASK-IT system will be tested and evaluated in 8 cities across Europe. ASK-IT involves 57 partners from a range of organisations, including industry, research institutes and European user associations and is coordinated by SIEMENS (Spain) and CERTH/HIT (Hellenic Institute of Transport, Greece).

Preliminary Conference Programme

Day 1: 26th October 2006

09:00 Registration and Coffee
10:00 Opening session, including welcome speech by Local Politician, European Commission, ASK-IT Coordinators (SIEMENS and CERTH/HIT)
12:00 Lunch
13:30 Session A1: Accessibility content and services
Session A2: Ontologies and models for service provision
15:30 Coffee break
16:00 Exhibition and posters
17:30 End of Day 1

Day 2: 27th October 2006

09:30 Session B1: Accessibility tools for the mobile user
Session B2: Usability issues for the mobile user
12:00 Lunch
13:30 Session C1: Ambient Intelligence in the services of accessibility
Session C2: Accessibility initiatives in Europe
15:30 Coffee
16:00 Session D: World experiences
17:00 Conclusions ASK-IT Coordinators, SIEMENS and CERTH/HIT

Exhibition and sponsors
The conference exhibition area will be formally opened and form an integral part of the conference. Delegates will be given ample time to visit the exhibition area.

Call for papers: Deadline 28th April 2006
The conference welcomes high quality contributions from a variety of stakeholders from across Europe and beyond for all sessions. Below, you will find a short description of each session, indicating the scope and expectations relating to that session.

Session A1: Accessibility content and services
This session focuses on the existence, creation and exploitation of accessible content on the web (or elsewhere) related to buildings, historical sites, transport etc. It also focuses on accessibility services offered regarding transport, tourism or people on the move in general. Issues of interest include content ownership, management, maintenance, quality of service, business models, coverage, key actors, evaluation etc.

Session A2: Ontologies and models for service provision
This session focuses on ontological frameworks for semantic web services. It will look at content and service delivery format and structure. Accessibility attributes are the focus, although do not necessarily have to be covered in each paper.

Session B1: Accessibility tools for the mobile user
This session looks at technologies and tools to support the mobility-impaired user to find his/her way (localisation, accessible route guidance), to drive and get information whilst driving, to control his/her environment,(elevator, things, public terminals, etc.), to electronically book and/or pay for services, to get medical support while travelling and to control assistive devices, work and learn.

Session B2: Usability issues for the mobile user
This session presents innovative approaches towards user interfaces for mobility impaired users (including motor impaired, blind, deaf, elderly, illiterate etc) to control their environment whilst on the move and get infomobility services. It will focus on user interfaces for mobile devices (PDAs, intelligent phones, in-vehicle terminals) and moreover on the concept of self-adaptive interfaces according to user needs and/or context of use.

Session C1: Ambient Intelligence in the services of accessibility
This session focuses on Ambient Intelligence frameworks: The use of Intelligent Agents technology to personalise services and interfaces to static (i.e. age, disability, gender), semi-dynamic (i.e. travelling as tourist, commuter, or businessman) and dynamic (i.e. type of restaurant or hotel preferred, maximum walking distance) user preferences and context of use (i.e. while driving, at home, on the move, in the airport, etc.).

Session C2: Accessibility initiatives in European sites
This session identifies initiatives in European cities, regions or other areas to enhance the electronic (information) and physical accessibility for all types of mobility impaired users (including wheelchair users, blind, deaf, elderly, illiterate, dyslectic, etc.). Local initiatives, as well as country-wide or multi-national ones are welcomed, with emphasis on serving the mobile user (citizen or tourist).

Session D: World experiences
This session identifies international (non-European) initiatives to enhance the electronic (information) and physical accessibility for all types of mobility impaired users (including wheelchair users, blind, deaf, elderly, illiterate, dyslexic, etc.). Local initiatives, as well as country-wide or multi-national ones are welcomed, with emphasis on serving the mobile user (citizen or tourist).

Scientific Committee
All abstracts submitted will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee made up of a panel of experts:
Dr. Evangelos Bekiaris (Centre for Research and Technology Hellas/Hellenic Institute for Transport), Dr Constantine Stephanidis (Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas) Dr. Jan Ekberg (National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health), Dr Karel Brookhuis (Technical University Delft), Prof. Phil Blythe (University of Newcastle upon Tyne) Dr Alex Bullinger (Centre of Applied Technologies in neuroscience).

How to submit an abstract?
The deadline for submissions is 28th April; abstracts should not be longer than two pages. Submissions will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee and you will be notified of the outcome by mid-June. You can either submit an abstract by filling in the form below and attaching the abstract or online via the ASK-IT website: http://www.ask-it.org/conference/

Venue

to be announced soon
Nice
France
France
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Additional Information

For more information on the exhibition and rates please fill in the form (http://www.ask-it.org/conference/ASK_IT_contact_form.doc) and we will contact you.

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