Keynotes at ICCHP: "Brainfood for AT and eAccessibility"

ICCHP presents outstanding talks with the potential to raise awarenes for new domains and to open new perspectives for researchers and practitioners in AT and eInclusion. The keynote speeches should make the field of eInclusion reflect and rethink its own practice. They should be provoking and motivating to look accross traditional borders of disciplines:

Wednesday Opening Keynote
Thursday Roland Wagner Keynote
Friday W3C/WAI Keynote and Panel Discussion


Opening Keynote - Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Springer Logo Springer Keynote on Usability and Accessibility

Biorobotics for Personal Assistance - Translational Research and Opportunities for Human-Centered Developments

Maria Chiara Carozza 

Maria Chiara Carozza - Opening Keynote Speaker ICCHP 2020

Maria Chiara Carrozza is Professor of Industrial Bioengineering at The Biorobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy, where she served as Rector from 2007 to 2013. Since January 2018, she is Scientific Director of Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi an Italian network of Research Hospitals dedicated to Rehabilitation and Personal Assistance.

She currently serves as President of the National Group of Bioengineering. She has teaching and research experience in several Institutions in Italy, Europe, USA, Japan, Korea, China.

She is also a member of the Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE-RAS) and of the Engineering in Medicine and Biology (IEEE-EMBC).
Maria Chiara Carrozza was principal investigator and coordinator of several international research projects, funded by the European Union.
From 2016 to 2017 she was Chair of the Interim Evaluation of the Future Emerging Technology Flagship Program and Member of the Steering Committee of the Quantum Technology Flagship for the European Commission. She also holds several patents and is involved in activities of technology transfer in research and innovation projects.

She is Founding Partner of IUVO srl, a start-up active in Wearable Robotics.
Since 2015 she is Independent Director of Piaggio SpA. She has been a Member of the Chamber of Deputies (Camera dei Deputati) of the Italian Parliament from 2013 to 2017 serving in the Committee of Foreign and European Affairs. She was Minister of Education, University and Research from April 28, 2013 to February 22, 2014.



Roland Wagner Keynote - Thursday, September 10, 2020

Software and System Resilience: The Power of ICT to Drive an Inclusive and Resilient World without Barriers

A Min Tjoa

A Min Tjoa is full professor at the Vienna University of Technology for Software Technology since 1994 after being a full professor at the University of Vienna for Information Systems (1988-1994) and Informatics (1982-1988).

Since 2008, he has been the Austrian delegate for the United Nations Committee of Science and Technology Development (UN-CSTD). He was the Chairperson of UN-CSTD for the period 2018/2019 being its vice-chairperson for the periods 2015/16, 2016/2017, 2017/2018 and for the current period 2019/2020. He was the Chairperson of the first ICCHP (together with Prof. Roland Wagner) in 1989 and involved in the all the editions of ICCHP thereafter. He was the Director of the I3S3-Institute (Austrian Interuniversity Institute for Information Systems to Support Visually Impaired Students comprising the University of Linz, TU Wien, University of Graz, University of Klagenfurt) 2002-2004. He was Director of the Institute for Applied Assistive Technologies (“Integriert Studieren”) at TU WIEN (2004-2012). He is a former member of the Austrian UNESCO-Commission and the Austrian UNESCO National Committee „Information for All Programme“. ICT research and innovation continue to advance and provide new potential solutions to achieve sustainable development objectives.

Abstract: ICT research and innovation continue to advance and provide new potential solutions to achieve sustainable development objectives. 

As a first step, we will provide a brief analysis of the many doors that new achievements in Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, 5G technology and other breakthrough ICT areas can open to assistive technologies.  Since the mission of SDGs is clearly expressed by the phrase "No one should be left behind", we will focus on aspects of the broad use and development of assistive technologies on a global scale for all countries, social classes and strata. Access to assistive technologies is not only a question of technological development, but also very much linked to issues of availability, affordability and societal prioritization. 

In a second step, we will examine the aspect of resilience as a long-term ability to cope with changes for further development. 

Assistive Technology and Accessibility is dealing with a considerable vulnerable target groups. The more ICT systems and services are introduced and in use, the more participation and inclusion in all domains is dependent on secure, safe, durable and reliable systems.

This starts from live-saving and health supporting systems, but gets more and more key for ATs and Accessibility, which facilitate access to information, participation in education and on the job, living in and with embedded systems and in almost all domains of supporting independent living.

This keynote aims at raising awareness for the increasing responsibility for resilience in design and development in AT and Accessibility as well as AT/ICT based system and service provision. It will outline the state of the art of approaches, methods, techniques and tools meriting with more attention in R&D, implementing and using software in these domains.

Scenario based awareness raising:

  • Imagine a wheelchair driving support system failing when you are in the middle of high traffic.
  • Imagine a screen reader fails when you should do a business presentation in front of your boss.
  • Imagine you are at home on your own and light, door opening, telephone, … fail



Closing Keynote & W3C-WAI Keynote Panel - Friday, September 11, 2020

XR Accessibility - Immersive Inclusive Environments

Chairs: Shadi Abou-Zahra and Joshue O’Connor, W3C Web Accessibility Initiative; Mario Covarrubias Rodriguez, POLEMI, Italy

This keynote and panel session will address the challenges of research into XR and upcoming developments and trends in immersive technologies, their potential for people with disabilities and the accessibility challenges coming up.

XR is an acronym used to refer to the spectrum of hardware, applications, and techniques used for virtual reality or immersive environments, augmented or mixed reality and other related technologies. Building inclusive XR experiences presents many challenges and opportunities. While awareness of accessibility is improving over time in 2D space, little is understood about the needs of people with disabilities in XR. Some of the challenges include the use of assistive technology and interoperability, complex input devices, control schemes that require a high degree of precision and more.

Please find more details at the STS XR Accessibility.

Keynote: Leveraging the Past to Imagine a More Inclusive Future

Jutta Treviranus, The Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U)

Jutta Treviranus is a full Professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU) in Toronto, Canada. She is the Director and Founder of the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) and the Inclusive Design Institute (IDI).
Jutta Treviranus is a world expert in the field of Inclusive Design and an outspoken opponent of the harm done to minorities by statistical reasoning, and the amplification and automation of this harm through artificial intelligence. Her work has included designing open source content and helping implement accessibility legislation, standards, and specifications.

Abstract: The terrain of unmet needs for people with disabilities is vast. The speed of changes in technical systems and practices compounds the immensity. XR adds a whole new dimension which exponentially multiplies the challenges. The community attempting to address the unmet needs is relatively small and under-resourced. We can’t afford fragmented or redundant effort. How do we learn from and build upon the work of others to close the widening gaps? What changes are needed to our research and development practices to tackle this expanding domain?

Keynote Panel Discussion:

Moderators: Shadi Abou-Zahra, W3C Web Accessibility Initiative, Mario Covarrubias Rodriguez, POLEMI, Italy

  • Jutta Treviranus
    The Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U)
  • Indira Knight
    Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art
  • Joshue O’Connor
    W3C Web Accessibility Initiative