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SEVENTH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
                                                                  FP7-ICT-2009.7.2
                                                        Accessible and Inclusive ICT


                                               Virtual and Augmented Environments and
                                                   Realistic User Interactions To achieve
                                                        Embedded Accessibility DesignS
                                                                   http://veritas-project.eu/

                                                            Starting date: 1 January 2010
                                                                     Duration: 48 Months




             Editorial Newsletter N° 4

As VERITAS reached two years of activities, it is time to
                                                                   Upcoming Events
share some interim project results and take stock of the
feedback received during the latest VERITAS events: the         Innovation in Healthcare
User Forum and the Workshop that were held in                       without borders
Nottingham in September 2011. At the political level the             16-17 April 2012
European Year 2012 and the proposed EU Accessibility                Brussels, Belgium
Act is the momentum to achieve tangible results for
                                                                 Universal Design 2012
products and services accessible to all. In its fourth
                                                                 Public space: Inspire,
newsletter the synergies between VERITAS and other
relative initiatives become apparent, as VERITAS informs        Challenge, and Empower
its readers on external news and events in the area of              11-13 June 2012
Accessibility.                                                        Oslo, Norway
                                                                    ISG*ISARC2012
Each issue is available both in PDF and accessible HTML                26-29 June
format via http://veritas-project.eu/category/newsletter/            Eindhoven, The
                                                                       Netherlands
                                                                   13th International
                   A newsletter about:
                                                                    Conference on
   Project news
                                                                  Computers Helping
   Current policy developments
                                                                  People with Special
   Upcoming events
                                                                         Needs
   Related initiatives
                                                                    11- 13 July 2012
                                                                      Linz, Austria

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                      2nd Pan-European VERITAS User Forum
                            20th September 2011, Nottingham UK

                                              The 2nd Pan-European User Forum of the
                                              VERITAS Project took place in Nottingham on
                                              the 20th September 2011. This half-day meeting
                                              attracted 35 participants from all over Europe
                                              and provided a platform to discuss the project
                                              development mainly with beneficiaries (older
                                              people and people with disabilities), while the
                                              next day the VERITAS workshop was attended
                                              solely by designers and developers. The
                                              VERITAS Consortium had constructed a
                                              program that allowed beneficiaries to gain a
                                              good understanding of the project during the
                                              plenary session and gave them sufficient time to
                                              actively participate, splitting the group into two
                                              working sessions. The majority of the attendees
                                              came from user organizations, while the
academic community was also involved in the meeting.

Building on the 1st User Forum where participants
were presented with the use cases and scenarios,
during the Nottingham meeting beneficiaries
provided their comments on the task analysis.
Engaging the beneficiaries in this important step for
the creation of the VERITAS simulation environment
analytical exercise, ensures that the VERITAS task
analysis reflects reality in the studied application
areas and allows the VERITAS Consortium to
cross-check its methodology and its findings.

The technical partners also shared some simulation
demos which were very welcomed by the audience
as they gave a concrete idea of how the VERITAS
tools will work in practice. Presentations, images
and videos from this event are available in the
VERITAS website through this link: http://veritas-project.eu/2011/09/successful-2nd-user-forum/.




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        2nd VERITAS Workshop in the frame of the Joint Virtual Reality
                            Conference 2011
                             21st November 2011, Nottingham UK

The workshop “Accessibility Engineering with User Models, Simulation and VR” was successfully
organized in the context of the 2011 Joint Virtual Reality Conference on 21 September 2011,
Nottingham UK. The workshop chaired by Manfred Dangelmaier (Fraunhofer IAO, Stuttgart,
Germany), and which took place on Wednesday afternoon 21 September 2011, gathered a wide
array of almost 40 experts and users in the area of Simulation and Virtual Reality, and showcased
relevant projects and initiatives in the area of accessible design and simulation for automotive,
home, working environment, infotainment and ehealth application domains.




Following papers were presented (the hyperlinks will bring you to the presentations):
       Dimitrios Tzovaras et al.: VERITAS – An open simulation platform for immersive and non-
        immersive accessibility engineering
       Sue Cobb, Belinda Lange: VR in rehabilitation – examples and challenges
       Mauro Da Lio, Mariolino De Cecco, Francesco Biral, Daniele Bortoluzzi: How do human
        beings move? A lesson from driver models. State of the art and ideas concerning the
        planning of human movements.
       Yehya Mohamad, Pradipta Biswas: Standardisation of user models for designing and using
        inclusive products
       Manfred Dangelmaier, Matthias Bues et al: A VR application for planning processes for
        nursing homes
       Christian Schönauer, Thomas Pintaric, Hannes Kaufmann: Full body motion capture a
        flexible marker-based solution


The event was also live tweeted.


VERITAS at 13th International Conference on Computers Helping People
   with Special Needs (ICCHP 2012), July 11-13, 2012, Linz, Austria

Our following events are planned to take place at the 13th International Conference on Computers
Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP 2012), organised on July 11-13, 2012 (Pre-Conference
July 09-10, 2012) at the University of Linz, Altenbergerstraße 69, 4040 Linz, Austria:

       VUMS Special Thematic Session: This STS 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


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        of users, who will interact with products and user interfaces. These include physical
        cognitive, and sensory attributes, habits, preferences and accessibility capabilities.
       VUMS workshop: This workshop 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.

Registration details can be found on:

       Link to STS page: http://www.icchp.org/node/349
       Link to ICCHP workshop page: http://www.icchp.org/node/348


                Developments in the VERITAS Simulation Viewer

                                        In the past 6 months a lot of improvements and new
                                        features have been added to the Simulation platform, the
                                        Simulation Viewer application and the Simulation Model
                                        Editor. Currently, 70-80% of the functionality of both
                                        applications is ready and demos involving most application
                                        areas are in development. The main new features of the
                                        Simulation Core (and therefore supported in both the
                                        Simulation Viewer and the Simulation Editor) are the
                                        following: Path-finding for gait simulation, Cal3D support
                                        (import), Human factors support for best posture simulation,
                                        restructuring of the simulation framework for optimization
                                        and editor support, gasp module support, LookAt module
                                        support, sitting support through an elaborate POI and IK-
                                        Chain system. Some of these features were developed in
                                        order to support the development of the now functioning but
                                        still very much in development Simulation Model Editor.
    The Simulation Editor is the main tool that will be offered to developers and designers, to
    facilitate the creation of simulation scenarios for accessibility assessment. The creation of
    scenarios involves Scene Model adaptation, Simulation Model adaptation and Humanoid
    Model adaptation.

    The features supported for Scene Model adaptation so far are:
    •   Import Scene: The user loads a 3D scene in a supported format;
    •   Add, Copy, Paste, Delete objects in the scene graph;
    •   Set 3D object as Moveable or Static: A 3D scene consists of 3D objects that are only visual.
        The user can appoint a 3D object to be static or moveable. Initially all objects are
        considered Static;
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    •   Assign parameter values for Static
        and Moveable objects;
    •   Add POI Sets and POIs to Static
        and Moveable objects;
    •   Add DoF Chains and DoFs to
        Moveable Objects.
    The features supported for Simulation
    Model adaptation so far are:
    •   Abstract Task models are imported
        and used for the adaptation;
    •   Motor Task rules can be added, removed and edited.
    Finally, the features supported for Humanoid Model adaptation so far are:
    •   Import Humanoid: The user loads a male/female/child humanoid in a supported format;
    •   Posture Editor: The user loads can load/create/modify and save postures that define
        specific actions.



                 Testing the Multisensorial Platform in local sites

                                             The aim of the developed Multisensorial Platform is to
                                             provide the technological infrastructure for the capture of
                                             user motion in each of the application contexts. The next
                                             step is to conduct all the measurements and
                                             observations needed, in order to collect data required
                                             for the iterative testing and fine tuning of the abstract
                                             user models. These measurements took place in
                                             October-December 2011 in Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, and
                                             UK. A group of older people and people with disabilities
were recruited to perform a set of biomechanics measurement sessions. The first session of tests
was carried out in the clinic "Ulivella and Glicini" of Florence between 3th and 7th October 2011.

Twenty-nine      persons     with
different    disabilities   were
measured;       each      subject
performed a list of actions
(workflow), each workflow was
defined to capture a specific list
of parameters; a document to
ensure that the measures are
consistent has been written
(methodology of measure), and
the actions included into workflow need to be performed as described in the document.



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Some examples of workflows are described below:
Workflow “Gait Parameters”:

 Task    Task Name                     Task Description                    Sensors Involved       Parameters Covered
  ID
1       Gait Pass          Subject is requested to walk in a straight      Motion Tracking      Gait Parameters (all)
                           line walking Left 2 Right                       Knee Sensors         Lower body Joint Angular
                                                                                                velocity (Knee only)
5       Knees              Subject standing bending knee as much           Knee Sensors         Knees Flexion / Extension
                           as possible.
6       Hip                Subject standing executing flexion-             Inertial Platform    Hip Flexion / Extension
                           extension and lateral movement of the
                           hip as much as possible.

Workflow “Torso parameters”:

Task    Task Name          Task Description                                Sensors               Parameters Covered
ID                                                                         Involved
1       Neck flexion       An inertial platform is placed in a             Inertial Platform     Neck lateral bend
        / extension:       forehead band and used to monitor
                           simple sagittal flexion/extension of the
                           neck while the subject is standing.
2       Torso              An inertial platform is placed on the chest     Inertial Platform     Torso Sagittal flexion
        Sagittal           by using and adequate band and used to
        flexion            monitor simple sagittal flexion of torso.

Workflow “Torque and Force Parameters”:

Task    Task Name          Task Description                     Sensors Involved          Parameters Covered
ID
1       Fitts’ task        Execute “Fitts” test                 Force Panel               a = linear model intercept [s];
                                                                                          1/b = linear model inverse
                                                                                          coefficient, i.e. the Index of
                                                                                          Performance [bit/s].
2       Human              Execute       “Human      transfer   Force Panel               Gain
        Transfer           function” test                                                 Cut frequency [Hz]
        Function                                                                          Delay [ms]
                                                                                          Noise RMS and PSD
3       Force     &        Execute “force-position” test        Force Panel               Delay [ms]
        Position                                                                          Gap between touch position and
        Recording                                                                         target [pixel]
                                                                                          applied force [N]
6       Push       Force   Subject is asked to push the         Joystick                  Push Force
        Test               joystick handgrip, applying the
                           maximum strength and trying to
                           maintain it as long as possible.
7       Pull       Force   Subject is asked to pull the         Joystick                  Pull Force
        Test               joystick handgrip, applying the
                           maximum strength and trying to
                           maintain it as long as possible.
8       Reach Test         Subject is requested to perform      Video                     Hand position [m]
                           a “Reach envelope” test                                        Hand velocity [m/s]
                                                                                          Elbow position [m]
                                                                                          Arm characteristic vectors [m/s]

The sites where measurements have been conducted are:
    •   Trento: 21-25 November 2011 (UNITN)
    •   Newcastle: 5-9 December 2011 (UNEW)
    •   Thessaloniki: 12-16 December 2011 (CERTH/ITI)
    •   Plovdiv: 17-21 December 2011 (MCA)


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                           VERITAS papers and publications

Papers
Following papers were or will be published so far:
    •   Nicola Cofelice, Roberto Zanni, Davide Locatelli, Alessandro Toso, David Moreno Giner,
        Jian Kang, Stijn Donders, Vibrational analysis of a multibody virtual dummy for car and
        motorcycle users, IMSD 2010, The 1st Joint International Conference on Multibody System
        Dynamics, May 25-27, 2010, Lappeenranta, Finland
    •   Nicola Cofelice, Davide Locatelli, Roberto Zanni, Alessandro Toso, David Moreno Giner,
        Jian Kang, Stijn Donders, A multibody virtual dummy for vibrational analysis in car and
        motorcycle environments, ISMA conference on Noise and Vibration Engineering
        (ISMA2010), 20-22 September 2010, Leuven, Belgium
    •   N. Kaklanis, P. Moschonas, K. Moustakas and D. Tzovaras, “Enforcing accessible design
        of products and services through simulated accessibility evaluation”, International
        Conference on ICT for ageing and eInclusion, CONFIDENCE 2010, Jyväskylä, Finland,
        December 2010.
    •   M. Kirchner, M. De Cecco, M. Confalonieri, M. Da Lio, A joint force-position measurement
        system for neuromotor performances assessment, IEEE Medical Measurements and
        Applications, Bari, Italy, 30-31 May 2011
    •   Caterina Calefato, Romina Catani, Leandro Guidotti, Karel Van Isacker, User Requirements
        For Supporting The Accessible Design Process: Survey Results In The Framework Of
        Veritas Project, IADIS International Conference Interfaces And Human Computer,
        Interaction 2011, Rome, Italy, 24- 26 July 2011
    •   Fotios Spyridonis and Gheorghita Ghinea, 2D vs. 3D Pain Visualization: User Preferences
        in a Spinal Cord Injury Cohort, HCI International 2011, Orlando, Florida, USA, 9-14 July
        2011
    •   N. Kaklanis, K. Moustakas and D. Tzovaras, “A framework for automatic simulated
        accessibility assessment in virtual environments”, HCI International 2011, Orlando, Florida,
        USA, 9-14 July 2011
    •   M.Fontana, M.Carrozzino: VR interaction tools for motor impairment simulation, IADIS
        International Conference Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction 2011, Rome, Italy 24
        – 26 July 2011.
    •   Kunc, L., Slavik, P.: Corrected Human Vision System and the McGurk Effect, HCI
        International 2011, Communications in Computer and Information Science 174, pp. 345 –
        349, Springer, 2011
    •   N. Kaklanis, K. Moustakas and D. Tzovaras, “An extension of UsiXML enabling the detailed
        description of users including elderly and disabled”, in International Workshop on Software
        Support for User Interface Description Language, Interact 2011, Lisbon, 2011.
    •   Monk, A., Jackson, D., Nielsen, D., Jefferies, E. & Olivier, P. (2011),
    •   “N-backer: An auditory n-back task with automatic scoring of spoken responses, Behavior
        Research Methods”, DOI: 10.3758/s13428-011-0074-z

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    •   Ivo Ramos Maia Martins, María Fernanda Cabrera-Umpiérrez, Maria Teresa Arredondo,
        Ana María Navarro Cerdá, “A New Approach Parameterization of Cognitive Disabilities”, III
        Workshop on Technology for Healthcare and Healthy Lifestyle, 2011, Valencia, Spain, 1
        December 2011
Presentations
Following presentations were made so far:
    •   Caterina Calefato, Luca Minin, Francesco Tesauri, A design framework for accessibility
        based upon virtual reality: the VERITAS project, IX Congresso Nazionale Ergonomia,valore
        sociale e sostenibilità, 27-28-29 October 2010, Rome, Italy
    •   VERITAS networking session, ICT 2010, 27-29 September 2010 at Brussels Expo,
        Brussels, Belgium
    •   Manfred Dangelmaier, Human Models for Accessible and Personalized Products: The
        VUMS Project Cluster and VERITAS, pHealth 2011 (8th International Conference on
        Wearable Micro and Nano Technologies for Personal Health), Lyon, France, 29th June –
        1st July 2011
Posters
Following posters were published so far:
    •   On 4-7 October 2010, VERITAS was presented via a poster at SIAMOC 2010, at Ferrara,
        Italy.
More events will be attended in the next 2 years. To stay updated, do follow our updates at
http://veritas-project.eu/category/news/.


                                  EU Policy developments

A European Accessibility Act to be delivered in 2012
                               The European Commission Work Programme for 2012 was published
                               in November 2011, and made reference to the creation of a European
                               Accessibility Act. In its Communication the European Commission
                               proposes a new Directive “to improve the market of goods and
                               services that are accessible for persons with disabilities and elderly
                               persons, based on a “design for all” approach. This business friendly
initiative will include binding measures to promote procurement and harmonisation of accessibility
standards.” An ambitious Accessibility Act, including EU standards on accessibility and binding
legislation for web-accessibility of public services websites, will greatly improve the social inclusion
of older people and people with disabilities.

You       may     read     the    European    Commission     Work                Programme        here:
http://ec.europa.eu/atwork/programmes/docs/cwp2012_annex_en.pdf




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       European Year 2012 for Active Ageing and Solidarity between
    Generations: a time to emphasize the need for accessible goods and
                                services!

                                       2012 is the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity
                                       between Generations, representing the chance for
                                       policymakers, researchers, designers, developers and civil
                                       society to reflect on the challenges and opportunities of
                                       population ageing.

                                    The European Year seeks to raise awareness for the issues
                                    and the best ways of dealing with them. Accessibility is a key
factor in order to allow people with disabilities and older people to live independently and stay
active in areas as diverse as employment, health care, social services, adult learning, volunteering,
housing, IT services or transport. Through accessibility, all generations will be able to benefit from
devices and services in the same manner, no matter the decline of older people’s physical and
mental abilities. Thus, in the course of 2012 all relevant stakeholders should engage themselves
towards and accessible European Union.

AGE       Platform     Europe,       the
organization that aims to promote the
interests of the 150 million inhabitants
aged 50+ in the EU and one of the
VERITAS partners, has long been promoting this year and has established a Coalition of
stakeholders that have drafted a joint manifesto including recommendations for an age-friendly EU.
You may read the manifesto, including a call for enhancing accessibility here:
http://www.age-platform.eu/images/stories/EN/EY2012_Manifesto_FINAL.pdf

The Opening Conference of the Year will be held on 18-19 January in Copenhagen. For more
information about the European Year 2012 you may visit the European Commission’s website:
http://ec.europa.eu/social/ey2012.jsp?langId=en


                               External (but relevant) news

Access City Award
On 1 December 2011 the Austrian city Salzburg was proclaimed as the winner of the Access City
Award 2012. The Award Ceremony took place in Brussels during the European Day of Persons
with Disabilities Conference in the presence of Vice-President of the European Commission
Viviane Reding and President of the European Disability Forum Yannis Vardakastanis.

The Access City Award sets out to showcase and reward cities with over 50.000 inhabitants
which take exemplary initiatives to improve accessibility in the urban environment.

The award is given to the city that:
    •   has demonstrably improved accessibility in fundamental aspects of city living:

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               the built environment and public spaces;
               transport and related infrastructure;
               information and communication, including Information and Communication
                Technologies (ICT);
               public facilities and services.
     •   is committed to continued improvements in accessibility in a sustainable way;
     •   can act as a role model and encourage the adoption of best practices in all other European
         cities.

114 cities from 23 EU member states joined the competition. After a pre-selection at national level,
a European Jury composed of experts in accessibility and representatives of the European
Commission, the European Disability Forum and AGE Platform Europe selected one overall
winner, three finalist "runners-up" and four special mentions.
To know more about the results of the Access City Award follow this link:
http://www.accesscityaward.eu/index_en.htm

Vodafone Smart Accessibility Awards




The Vodafone Foundation partnered with AGE Platform Europe and the European Disability Forum
(EDF) to devise and deliver the Smart Accessibility Awards: an international competition which
rewards developers who have the creativity, vision and social commitment to harness the power of
smartphones and the mobile internet in support of disabled and older people’s needs. The winning
applications were announced on the 5th December during the inaugural Vodafone Foundation
Smart Accessibility Awards at a ceremony attended by the European Commissioner for Digital
Agenda Neelie Kroes. The event which aimed to raise awareness on the additional needs that
older people and people with disabilities face when using new technologies and promote the
accessibility of new products and services was attended by developers, industries, foundations,
policymakers and civil society. Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, one of the VERITAS partners,
competing with the application BOARD, was among the finalists of the awards under the category
of independent living.

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For the list of the applications that made it to the finals click here:
http://developer.vodafone.com/smartaccess2011/finalists/

A short video with the winning applications can be found here:
https://developer.vodafone.com/smartaccess2011/

Launch of the WAI-ACT Project to Support eAccessibility
The WAI-ACT project will develop a framework for open, expanded cooperation among European
and international stakeholders, technical guidance on advanced web technologies; an evaluation
methodology for web accessibility; and a research agenda for eAccessibility. Technical guidance
will include a repository of information on accessibility support in web technologies, application
notes on authoring accessible web page components, and code samples for web applications.
WAI-ACT will result in: expanded cooperation on the development of accessibility solutions;
authoritative accessibility guidance on advanced web technologies; harmonised methodologies for
evaluating accessibility of websites; common visions for a coordinated eAccessibility research
agenda. WAI-ACT will build upon the strengths of the existing World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) cooperation mechanisms to facilitate strategic European and
international participation throughout the project. WAI-ACT will also seek active exchange with
relevant networks in Europe such as eAccess+, and with standardisation activities such as EC
Mandate M/376. WAI-ACT is co-funded by the European Commission as a Specific Support Action
under the IST 7th Framework Programme.

For more information see related site: http://www.w3.org/WAI/ACT/Overview.html

AEGIS Final Workshop and Conference, Brussels 28-30 November 2011
AEGIS project organised its final Workshop and 2nd International Conference entitled
“Accessibility Reaching Everywhere” on 28-30 November 2011 in Brussels, bringing together both
end-users (people with disabilities) as well as platform and application accessibility developers,
representative organisations, the Assistive Technology industry, and policy makers. Since 2008,
the AEGIS consortium has been developing an Open Accessibility Framework – comprising open
accessibility interfaces, user interface components, developer tools, end-user applications and
prototype accessibility solutions for desktops, rich Internet applications and mobile devices.




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The workshop on 28 November focused on the realisations of the AEGIS (Open Accessibility
Everywhere: Groundwork, Infrastructure, Standards) project and provided attendees the
opportunity to try out all outcomes of the project. The demonstrated products offer barrier-free
access to desktop, mobile and web applications, are open source based and will be freely
available.

The conference on 29-30 November gathered a wide array of experts and users in the area of
Assistive Technology to discuss scientific and policy developments in accessible technology and
showcase relevant projects and initiatives in the area of assistive technology.

For more information go to the AEGIS conference website: http://www.epr.eu/aegis/

Kick-off meeting of the European Project Cloud4All
A new project called Cloud4All started on November 1st 2011. An international consortium is
forming to tap the unprecedented ability to pool resources and match demand with supply enabled
by the Cloud to build a Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) that can deliver accessibility to
every individual where they need it, when they need it and in a way that matches their unique
requirements; automatically so that they do not need to negotiate, explain, qualify or justify.
Cloud4All represents a European based effort to advance the GPII concept by pulling together a
large multi-sector international community including stakeholders, industry leaders and experts in
emerging technologies to thoughtfully research, design, develop and test the key software
infrastructure and pilot implementations needed to explore this promising approach to digital
inclusion.

Cloud4All will do this by:
     •   Creating/refining user profiling standards and tools capable of capturing the individual
         needs and preferences of the full range of users facing interface barriers
     •   Creating/refining interface and materials profiling standards and tools capable of
         characterizing the full range of ICT/materials users need to access and the different
         techniques and strategies for accessing them
     •   Improving mechanisms to match users and with interfaces and materials they can use or
         techniques or services that can make them usable
     •   Creating a mechanism to allow users to locate solutions from many different sources in a
         single search -Demonstrating automatic, on-demand, matching or modification of
         mainstream and specialized technologiesto match each individual as they encounter them,
         including proof-of-concept demonstrations of this approach across a spectrum of
         technologies including: Computer OSs and Browsers; Web pages/Apps; Mobiles;
         Kiosks/Info-Transaction Machines; Installed and Virtual Assistive Technologies; Digital
         Televisions and Smart Homes
     •   Testing of the concept with users with a wide variety and combination of physical, sensory,
         cognitive, language, and learning disabilities If successful, this approach may give us our
         first chance of reaching the large group of users that do not qualify for or otherwise have
         not been reached by special services, but nonetheless face barriers to access that prevent
         them from participating in our rapidly advancing digitally enabled society.


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                                    VERITAS project meetings




    A VERITAS Plenary Meeting took place in Nottingham, UK, 22-23 September 2011 (in coincidence
    with a user forum and workshop), and one in Torino, Italy, on 14-16 December 2011 at the
    premises of Centro Ricerche Fiat S.C.p.A.


                                     VERITAS project videos

    The CRF location was also used for recording most of the VERITAS project video. This will be
    launched in February 2012, and will be streamed via the project website at http://veritas-
    project.eu/category/dissemination/video/. This section now already features demonstration videos
    of the simulations the project is working on in the different application areas.


                                      VERITAS Deliverables

    VERITAS released a number of public deliverables, which you can download from http://veritas-
    project.eu/deliverables/.

     Project Coordinator                  Technical Manager                 Dissemination Manager
    Dr. Manfred Dangelmaier               Dr. Dimitrios Tzovaras               Mr. Karel Van Isacker
Head of Business Unit Engineering        Electrical Engineer, Ph.D.              Project Manager
            Systems                   Researcher Grade B (Associate
                                                                           MARIE CURIE ASSOCIATION
         Fraunhofer IAO                Professor) CERTH-ITI, Hellas
manfred.dangelmaier@iao.fraunho          Dimitrios.Tzovaras@iti.gr          veritas@marie-curie-bg.org
             fer.de

                         Visit the VERITAS website: http://veritas-project.eu/
                    Visit the VERITAS Twitter page: http://twitter.com/VeritasProj
                      Visit the VUMS page: http://www.veritas-project.eu/vums/
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VERITAS newsletter n° 4

  • 1. SEVENTH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME FP7-ICT-2009.7.2 Accessible and Inclusive ICT Virtual and Augmented Environments and Realistic User Interactions To achieve Embedded Accessibility DesignS http://veritas-project.eu/ Starting date: 1 January 2010 Duration: 48 Months Editorial Newsletter N° 4 As VERITAS reached two years of activities, it is time to Upcoming Events share some interim project results and take stock of the feedback received during the latest VERITAS events: the Innovation in Healthcare User Forum and the Workshop that were held in without borders Nottingham in September 2011. At the political level the 16-17 April 2012 European Year 2012 and the proposed EU Accessibility Brussels, Belgium Act is the momentum to achieve tangible results for Universal Design 2012 products and services accessible to all. In its fourth Public space: Inspire, newsletter the synergies between VERITAS and other relative initiatives become apparent, as VERITAS informs Challenge, and Empower its readers on external news and events in the area of 11-13 June 2012 Accessibility. Oslo, Norway ISG*ISARC2012 Each issue is available both in PDF and accessible HTML 26-29 June format via http://veritas-project.eu/category/newsletter/ Eindhoven, The Netherlands 13th International A newsletter about: Conference on  Project news Computers Helping  Current policy developments People with Special  Upcoming events Needs  Related initiatives 11- 13 July 2012 Linz, Austria 1
  • 2. VERITAS Newsletter N° 4 2nd Pan-European VERITAS User Forum 20th September 2011, Nottingham UK The 2nd Pan-European User Forum of the VERITAS Project took place in Nottingham on the 20th September 2011. This half-day meeting attracted 35 participants from all over Europe and provided a platform to discuss the project development mainly with beneficiaries (older people and people with disabilities), while the next day the VERITAS workshop was attended solely by designers and developers. The VERITAS Consortium had constructed a program that allowed beneficiaries to gain a good understanding of the project during the plenary session and gave them sufficient time to actively participate, splitting the group into two working sessions. The majority of the attendees came from user organizations, while the academic community was also involved in the meeting. Building on the 1st User Forum where participants were presented with the use cases and scenarios, during the Nottingham meeting beneficiaries provided their comments on the task analysis. Engaging the beneficiaries in this important step for the creation of the VERITAS simulation environment analytical exercise, ensures that the VERITAS task analysis reflects reality in the studied application areas and allows the VERITAS Consortium to cross-check its methodology and its findings. The technical partners also shared some simulation demos which were very welcomed by the audience as they gave a concrete idea of how the VERITAS tools will work in practice. Presentations, images and videos from this event are available in the VERITAS website through this link: http://veritas-project.eu/2011/09/successful-2nd-user-forum/. 2
  • 3. VERITAS Newsletter N° 4 2nd VERITAS Workshop in the frame of the Joint Virtual Reality Conference 2011 21st November 2011, Nottingham UK The workshop “Accessibility Engineering with User Models, Simulation and VR” was successfully organized in the context of the 2011 Joint Virtual Reality Conference on 21 September 2011, Nottingham UK. The workshop chaired by Manfred Dangelmaier (Fraunhofer IAO, Stuttgart, Germany), and which took place on Wednesday afternoon 21 September 2011, gathered a wide array of almost 40 experts and users in the area of Simulation and Virtual Reality, and showcased relevant projects and initiatives in the area of accessible design and simulation for automotive, home, working environment, infotainment and ehealth application domains. Following papers were presented (the hyperlinks will bring you to the presentations):  Dimitrios Tzovaras et al.: VERITAS – An open simulation platform for immersive and non- immersive accessibility engineering  Sue Cobb, Belinda Lange: VR in rehabilitation – examples and challenges  Mauro Da Lio, Mariolino De Cecco, Francesco Biral, Daniele Bortoluzzi: How do human beings move? A lesson from driver models. State of the art and ideas concerning the planning of human movements.  Yehya Mohamad, Pradipta Biswas: Standardisation of user models for designing and using inclusive products  Manfred Dangelmaier, Matthias Bues et al: A VR application for planning processes for nursing homes  Christian Schönauer, Thomas Pintaric, Hannes Kaufmann: Full body motion capture a flexible marker-based solution The event was also live tweeted. VERITAS at 13th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP 2012), July 11-13, 2012, Linz, Austria Our following events are planned to take place at the 13th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP 2012), organised on July 11-13, 2012 (Pre-Conference July 09-10, 2012) at the University of Linz, Altenbergerstraße 69, 4040 Linz, Austria:  VUMS Special Thematic Session: This STS 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 3
  • 4. VERITAS Newsletter N° 4 of users, who will interact with products and user interfaces. These include physical cognitive, and sensory attributes, habits, preferences and accessibility capabilities.  VUMS workshop: This workshop 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. Registration details can be found on:  Link to STS page: http://www.icchp.org/node/349  Link to ICCHP workshop page: http://www.icchp.org/node/348 Developments in the VERITAS Simulation Viewer In the past 6 months a lot of improvements and new features have been added to the Simulation platform, the Simulation Viewer application and the Simulation Model Editor. Currently, 70-80% of the functionality of both applications is ready and demos involving most application areas are in development. The main new features of the Simulation Core (and therefore supported in both the Simulation Viewer and the Simulation Editor) are the following: Path-finding for gait simulation, Cal3D support (import), Human factors support for best posture simulation, restructuring of the simulation framework for optimization and editor support, gasp module support, LookAt module support, sitting support through an elaborate POI and IK- Chain system. Some of these features were developed in order to support the development of the now functioning but still very much in development Simulation Model Editor. The Simulation Editor is the main tool that will be offered to developers and designers, to facilitate the creation of simulation scenarios for accessibility assessment. The creation of scenarios involves Scene Model adaptation, Simulation Model adaptation and Humanoid Model adaptation. The features supported for Scene Model adaptation so far are: • Import Scene: The user loads a 3D scene in a supported format; • Add, Copy, Paste, Delete objects in the scene graph; • Set 3D object as Moveable or Static: A 3D scene consists of 3D objects that are only visual. The user can appoint a 3D object to be static or moveable. Initially all objects are considered Static; 4
  • 5. VERITAS Newsletter N° 4 • Assign parameter values for Static and Moveable objects; • Add POI Sets and POIs to Static and Moveable objects; • Add DoF Chains and DoFs to Moveable Objects. The features supported for Simulation Model adaptation so far are: • Abstract Task models are imported and used for the adaptation; • Motor Task rules can be added, removed and edited. Finally, the features supported for Humanoid Model adaptation so far are: • Import Humanoid: The user loads a male/female/child humanoid in a supported format; • Posture Editor: The user loads can load/create/modify and save postures that define specific actions. Testing the Multisensorial Platform in local sites The aim of the developed Multisensorial Platform is to provide the technological infrastructure for the capture of user motion in each of the application contexts. The next step is to conduct all the measurements and observations needed, in order to collect data required for the iterative testing and fine tuning of the abstract user models. These measurements took place in October-December 2011 in Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, and UK. A group of older people and people with disabilities were recruited to perform a set of biomechanics measurement sessions. The first session of tests was carried out in the clinic "Ulivella and Glicini" of Florence between 3th and 7th October 2011. Twenty-nine persons with different disabilities were measured; each subject performed a list of actions (workflow), each workflow was defined to capture a specific list of parameters; a document to ensure that the measures are consistent has been written (methodology of measure), and the actions included into workflow need to be performed as described in the document. 5
  • 6. VERITAS Newsletter N° 4 Some examples of workflows are described below: Workflow “Gait Parameters”: Task Task Name Task Description Sensors Involved Parameters Covered ID 1 Gait Pass Subject is requested to walk in a straight Motion Tracking Gait Parameters (all) line walking Left 2 Right Knee Sensors Lower body Joint Angular velocity (Knee only) 5 Knees Subject standing bending knee as much Knee Sensors Knees Flexion / Extension as possible. 6 Hip Subject standing executing flexion- Inertial Platform Hip Flexion / Extension extension and lateral movement of the hip as much as possible. Workflow “Torso parameters”: Task Task Name Task Description Sensors Parameters Covered ID Involved 1 Neck flexion An inertial platform is placed in a Inertial Platform Neck lateral bend / extension: forehead band and used to monitor simple sagittal flexion/extension of the neck while the subject is standing. 2 Torso An inertial platform is placed on the chest Inertial Platform Torso Sagittal flexion Sagittal by using and adequate band and used to flexion monitor simple sagittal flexion of torso. Workflow “Torque and Force Parameters”: Task Task Name Task Description Sensors Involved Parameters Covered ID 1 Fitts’ task Execute “Fitts” test Force Panel a = linear model intercept [s]; 1/b = linear model inverse coefficient, i.e. the Index of Performance [bit/s]. 2 Human Execute “Human transfer Force Panel Gain Transfer function” test Cut frequency [Hz] Function Delay [ms] Noise RMS and PSD 3 Force & Execute “force-position” test Force Panel Delay [ms] Position Gap between touch position and Recording target [pixel] applied force [N] 6 Push Force Subject is asked to push the Joystick Push Force Test joystick handgrip, applying the maximum strength and trying to maintain it as long as possible. 7 Pull Force Subject is asked to pull the Joystick Pull Force Test joystick handgrip, applying the maximum strength and trying to maintain it as long as possible. 8 Reach Test Subject is requested to perform Video Hand position [m] a “Reach envelope” test Hand velocity [m/s] Elbow position [m] Arm characteristic vectors [m/s] The sites where measurements have been conducted are: • Trento: 21-25 November 2011 (UNITN) • Newcastle: 5-9 December 2011 (UNEW) • Thessaloniki: 12-16 December 2011 (CERTH/ITI) • Plovdiv: 17-21 December 2011 (MCA) 6
  • 7. VERITAS Newsletter N° 4 VERITAS papers and publications Papers Following papers were or will be published so far: • Nicola Cofelice, Roberto Zanni, Davide Locatelli, Alessandro Toso, David Moreno Giner, Jian Kang, Stijn Donders, Vibrational analysis of a multibody virtual dummy for car and motorcycle users, IMSD 2010, The 1st Joint International Conference on Multibody System Dynamics, May 25-27, 2010, Lappeenranta, Finland • Nicola Cofelice, Davide Locatelli, Roberto Zanni, Alessandro Toso, David Moreno Giner, Jian Kang, Stijn Donders, A multibody virtual dummy for vibrational analysis in car and motorcycle environments, ISMA conference on Noise and Vibration Engineering (ISMA2010), 20-22 September 2010, Leuven, Belgium • N. Kaklanis, P. Moschonas, K. Moustakas and D. Tzovaras, “Enforcing accessible design of products and services through simulated accessibility evaluation”, International Conference on ICT for ageing and eInclusion, CONFIDENCE 2010, Jyväskylä, Finland, December 2010. • M. Kirchner, M. De Cecco, M. Confalonieri, M. Da Lio, A joint force-position measurement system for neuromotor performances assessment, IEEE Medical Measurements and Applications, Bari, Italy, 30-31 May 2011 • Caterina Calefato, Romina Catani, Leandro Guidotti, Karel Van Isacker, User Requirements For Supporting The Accessible Design Process: Survey Results In The Framework Of Veritas Project, IADIS International Conference Interfaces And Human Computer, Interaction 2011, Rome, Italy, 24- 26 July 2011 • Fotios Spyridonis and Gheorghita Ghinea, 2D vs. 3D Pain Visualization: User Preferences in a Spinal Cord Injury Cohort, HCI International 2011, Orlando, Florida, USA, 9-14 July 2011 • N. Kaklanis, K. Moustakas and D. Tzovaras, “A framework for automatic simulated accessibility assessment in virtual environments”, HCI International 2011, Orlando, Florida, USA, 9-14 July 2011 • M.Fontana, M.Carrozzino: VR interaction tools for motor impairment simulation, IADIS International Conference Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction 2011, Rome, Italy 24 – 26 July 2011. • Kunc, L., Slavik, P.: Corrected Human Vision System and the McGurk Effect, HCI International 2011, Communications in Computer and Information Science 174, pp. 345 – 349, Springer, 2011 • N. Kaklanis, K. Moustakas and D. Tzovaras, “An extension of UsiXML enabling the detailed description of users including elderly and disabled”, in International Workshop on Software Support for User Interface Description Language, Interact 2011, Lisbon, 2011. • Monk, A., Jackson, D., Nielsen, D., Jefferies, E. & Olivier, P. (2011), • “N-backer: An auditory n-back task with automatic scoring of spoken responses, Behavior Research Methods”, DOI: 10.3758/s13428-011-0074-z 7
  • 8. VERITAS Newsletter N° 4 • Ivo Ramos Maia Martins, María Fernanda Cabrera-Umpiérrez, Maria Teresa Arredondo, Ana María Navarro Cerdá, “A New Approach Parameterization of Cognitive Disabilities”, III Workshop on Technology for Healthcare and Healthy Lifestyle, 2011, Valencia, Spain, 1 December 2011 Presentations Following presentations were made so far: • Caterina Calefato, Luca Minin, Francesco Tesauri, A design framework for accessibility based upon virtual reality: the VERITAS project, IX Congresso Nazionale Ergonomia,valore sociale e sostenibilità, 27-28-29 October 2010, Rome, Italy • VERITAS networking session, ICT 2010, 27-29 September 2010 at Brussels Expo, Brussels, Belgium • Manfred Dangelmaier, Human Models for Accessible and Personalized Products: The VUMS Project Cluster and VERITAS, pHealth 2011 (8th International Conference on Wearable Micro and Nano Technologies for Personal Health), Lyon, France, 29th June – 1st July 2011 Posters Following posters were published so far: • On 4-7 October 2010, VERITAS was presented via a poster at SIAMOC 2010, at Ferrara, Italy. More events will be attended in the next 2 years. To stay updated, do follow our updates at http://veritas-project.eu/category/news/. EU Policy developments A European Accessibility Act to be delivered in 2012 The European Commission Work Programme for 2012 was published in November 2011, and made reference to the creation of a European Accessibility Act. In its Communication the European Commission proposes a new Directive “to improve the market of goods and services that are accessible for persons with disabilities and elderly persons, based on a “design for all” approach. This business friendly initiative will include binding measures to promote procurement and harmonisation of accessibility standards.” An ambitious Accessibility Act, including EU standards on accessibility and binding legislation for web-accessibility of public services websites, will greatly improve the social inclusion of older people and people with disabilities. You may read the European Commission Work Programme here: http://ec.europa.eu/atwork/programmes/docs/cwp2012_annex_en.pdf 8
  • 9. VERITAS Newsletter N° 4 European Year 2012 for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations: a time to emphasize the need for accessible goods and services! 2012 is the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, representing the chance for policymakers, researchers, designers, developers and civil society to reflect on the challenges and opportunities of population ageing. The European Year seeks to raise awareness for the issues and the best ways of dealing with them. Accessibility is a key factor in order to allow people with disabilities and older people to live independently and stay active in areas as diverse as employment, health care, social services, adult learning, volunteering, housing, IT services or transport. Through accessibility, all generations will be able to benefit from devices and services in the same manner, no matter the decline of older people’s physical and mental abilities. Thus, in the course of 2012 all relevant stakeholders should engage themselves towards and accessible European Union. AGE Platform Europe, the organization that aims to promote the interests of the 150 million inhabitants aged 50+ in the EU and one of the VERITAS partners, has long been promoting this year and has established a Coalition of stakeholders that have drafted a joint manifesto including recommendations for an age-friendly EU. You may read the manifesto, including a call for enhancing accessibility here: http://www.age-platform.eu/images/stories/EN/EY2012_Manifesto_FINAL.pdf The Opening Conference of the Year will be held on 18-19 January in Copenhagen. For more information about the European Year 2012 you may visit the European Commission’s website: http://ec.europa.eu/social/ey2012.jsp?langId=en External (but relevant) news Access City Award On 1 December 2011 the Austrian city Salzburg was proclaimed as the winner of the Access City Award 2012. The Award Ceremony took place in Brussels during the European Day of Persons with Disabilities Conference in the presence of Vice-President of the European Commission Viviane Reding and President of the European Disability Forum Yannis Vardakastanis. The Access City Award sets out to showcase and reward cities with over 50.000 inhabitants which take exemplary initiatives to improve accessibility in the urban environment. The award is given to the city that: • has demonstrably improved accessibility in fundamental aspects of city living: 9
  • 10. VERITAS Newsletter N° 4  the built environment and public spaces;  transport and related infrastructure;  information and communication, including Information and Communication Technologies (ICT);  public facilities and services. • is committed to continued improvements in accessibility in a sustainable way; • can act as a role model and encourage the adoption of best practices in all other European cities. 114 cities from 23 EU member states joined the competition. After a pre-selection at national level, a European Jury composed of experts in accessibility and representatives of the European Commission, the European Disability Forum and AGE Platform Europe selected one overall winner, three finalist "runners-up" and four special mentions. To know more about the results of the Access City Award follow this link: http://www.accesscityaward.eu/index_en.htm Vodafone Smart Accessibility Awards The Vodafone Foundation partnered with AGE Platform Europe and the European Disability Forum (EDF) to devise and deliver the Smart Accessibility Awards: an international competition which rewards developers who have the creativity, vision and social commitment to harness the power of smartphones and the mobile internet in support of disabled and older people’s needs. The winning applications were announced on the 5th December during the inaugural Vodafone Foundation Smart Accessibility Awards at a ceremony attended by the European Commissioner for Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes. The event which aimed to raise awareness on the additional needs that older people and people with disabilities face when using new technologies and promote the accessibility of new products and services was attended by developers, industries, foundations, policymakers and civil society. Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, one of the VERITAS partners, competing with the application BOARD, was among the finalists of the awards under the category of independent living. 10
  • 11. VERITAS Newsletter N° 4 For the list of the applications that made it to the finals click here: http://developer.vodafone.com/smartaccess2011/finalists/ A short video with the winning applications can be found here: https://developer.vodafone.com/smartaccess2011/ Launch of the WAI-ACT Project to Support eAccessibility The WAI-ACT project will develop a framework for open, expanded cooperation among European and international stakeholders, technical guidance on advanced web technologies; an evaluation methodology for web accessibility; and a research agenda for eAccessibility. Technical guidance will include a repository of information on accessibility support in web technologies, application notes on authoring accessible web page components, and code samples for web applications. WAI-ACT will result in: expanded cooperation on the development of accessibility solutions; authoritative accessibility guidance on advanced web technologies; harmonised methodologies for evaluating accessibility of websites; common visions for a coordinated eAccessibility research agenda. WAI-ACT will build upon the strengths of the existing World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) cooperation mechanisms to facilitate strategic European and international participation throughout the project. WAI-ACT will also seek active exchange with relevant networks in Europe such as eAccess+, and with standardisation activities such as EC Mandate M/376. WAI-ACT is co-funded by the European Commission as a Specific Support Action under the IST 7th Framework Programme. For more information see related site: http://www.w3.org/WAI/ACT/Overview.html AEGIS Final Workshop and Conference, Brussels 28-30 November 2011 AEGIS project organised its final Workshop and 2nd International Conference entitled “Accessibility Reaching Everywhere” on 28-30 November 2011 in Brussels, bringing together both end-users (people with disabilities) as well as platform and application accessibility developers, representative organisations, the Assistive Technology industry, and policy makers. Since 2008, the AEGIS consortium has been developing an Open Accessibility Framework – comprising open accessibility interfaces, user interface components, developer tools, end-user applications and prototype accessibility solutions for desktops, rich Internet applications and mobile devices. 11
  • 12. VERITAS Newsletter N° 4 The workshop on 28 November focused on the realisations of the AEGIS (Open Accessibility Everywhere: Groundwork, Infrastructure, Standards) project and provided attendees the opportunity to try out all outcomes of the project. The demonstrated products offer barrier-free access to desktop, mobile and web applications, are open source based and will be freely available. The conference on 29-30 November gathered a wide array of experts and users in the area of Assistive Technology to discuss scientific and policy developments in accessible technology and showcase relevant projects and initiatives in the area of assistive technology. For more information go to the AEGIS conference website: http://www.epr.eu/aegis/ Kick-off meeting of the European Project Cloud4All A new project called Cloud4All started on November 1st 2011. An international consortium is forming to tap the unprecedented ability to pool resources and match demand with supply enabled by the Cloud to build a Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) that can deliver accessibility to every individual where they need it, when they need it and in a way that matches their unique requirements; automatically so that they do not need to negotiate, explain, qualify or justify. Cloud4All represents a European based effort to advance the GPII concept by pulling together a large multi-sector international community including stakeholders, industry leaders and experts in emerging technologies to thoughtfully research, design, develop and test the key software infrastructure and pilot implementations needed to explore this promising approach to digital inclusion. Cloud4All will do this by: • Creating/refining user profiling standards and tools capable of capturing the individual needs and preferences of the full range of users facing interface barriers • Creating/refining interface and materials profiling standards and tools capable of characterizing the full range of ICT/materials users need to access and the different techniques and strategies for accessing them • Improving mechanisms to match users and with interfaces and materials they can use or techniques or services that can make them usable • Creating a mechanism to allow users to locate solutions from many different sources in a single search -Demonstrating automatic, on-demand, matching or modification of mainstream and specialized technologiesto match each individual as they encounter them, including proof-of-concept demonstrations of this approach across a spectrum of technologies including: Computer OSs and Browsers; Web pages/Apps; Mobiles; Kiosks/Info-Transaction Machines; Installed and Virtual Assistive Technologies; Digital Televisions and Smart Homes • Testing of the concept with users with a wide variety and combination of physical, sensory, cognitive, language, and learning disabilities If successful, this approach may give us our first chance of reaching the large group of users that do not qualify for or otherwise have not been reached by special services, but nonetheless face barriers to access that prevent them from participating in our rapidly advancing digitally enabled society. 12
  • 13. VERITAS Newsletter N° 4 VERITAS project meetings A VERITAS Plenary Meeting took place in Nottingham, UK, 22-23 September 2011 (in coincidence with a user forum and workshop), and one in Torino, Italy, on 14-16 December 2011 at the premises of Centro Ricerche Fiat S.C.p.A. VERITAS project videos The CRF location was also used for recording most of the VERITAS project video. This will be launched in February 2012, and will be streamed via the project website at http://veritas- project.eu/category/dissemination/video/. This section now already features demonstration videos of the simulations the project is working on in the different application areas. VERITAS Deliverables VERITAS released a number of public deliverables, which you can download from http://veritas- project.eu/deliverables/. Project Coordinator Technical Manager Dissemination Manager Dr. Manfred Dangelmaier Dr. Dimitrios Tzovaras Mr. Karel Van Isacker Head of Business Unit Engineering Electrical Engineer, Ph.D. Project Manager Systems Researcher Grade B (Associate MARIE CURIE ASSOCIATION Fraunhofer IAO Professor) CERTH-ITI, Hellas manfred.dangelmaier@iao.fraunho Dimitrios.Tzovaras@iti.gr veritas@marie-curie-bg.org fer.de Visit the VERITAS website: http://veritas-project.eu/ Visit the VERITAS Twitter page: http://twitter.com/VeritasProj Visit the VUMS page: http://www.veritas-project.eu/vums/ 13