ICCHP 2014

14th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs

July 09-11, 2014; Pre-Conference July 07-08, 2014

Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis; 2, Rue de la Liberté, 93200 Saint-Denis; France


Keynotes at ICCHP: "Brainfood for AT and eAccessibility" 

ICCHP presents outstanding talks with the potential 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.

ICCHP 2014 proudly presents:


Matthieu Parmentier

Special featured joint keynote speaker of ICCHP and media4D on media / TV accessibility (topic to be announced)

Portrait Mathieu ParmentierMathieu Parmentier is Project Manager R&D at France Télévisions. He started his audio career recording classical music CDs. He joined francetelevisions in 1999 as a sound engineer for live programs.

From 2003 to 2007, as a news reporter, he was in charge of sound recording, video editing and outdoor satellite transmissions.

Since 2008, he has been working as manager for multichannel audio and HD video development projects, also organizing conferences and professional workshops.

Matthieu co-chairs the audio expert community of the European Broadcasting Union, holds two license degrees in sound recording and video post-production and a master degree in audiovisual research (Toulouse University). 

Sang-Mook Lee: "Computer is God’s Gift for People with Disability."

Portrait Sang-Mook LeeSang-Mook Lee is an Associate Professor at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Seoul National University, the foremost academic institute in Korea where he specializes in Marine Geology and Geophysics. His main interest is in plate tectonics, in particular, underwater geodynamic processes along plate boundaries including those at mid-ocean ridges, subduction zones and marginal basins using state-of-the-art instruments and research vessels.
Sang-Mook graduated from the Seoul National University, Department of Oceanography in 1985 where he studied Marine Geology. In February 1995, he received his PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Oceanography. Under the supervision of Sean Solomon and Mike Purdy, he worked on underway geophysical data collected over the East Pacific Rise. After working as a Guest Investigator at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and postdoctoral researcher at Durham University in England, Sang-Mook returned back to Korea in February 1998 to assume the position as a Senior and Principal Research Scientists at Korea Ocean Research and Development Institute, but more importantly, as the Chief Scientist of research vessel Onnuri. He headed global open ocean research in Pacific, Indian Ocean and Antarctic, setting a new trend in Korea.
In December 2003, Sang-Mook took the professorship at Seoul National University, his alma mater. He was inducted as an Associate Member to the Korean Academy of Science and Technology in 2009
On July 2 2006, during a geologic field trip with students in California dessert, Sang-Mook was critically injured in a car accident which made him quadriplegic. The injury on cervical spine number four completely paralyzed him below his neck and shoulder. Nobody thought he would return. However, in less than six months, he came out of the hospital and returned back to the university on electric wheelchair. His incredible comeback was later noticed and reported nationwide by the media, which made him a celebrity overnight. The media still follows him to this day. The fame brought to him power to change things in Korea and rendered him as an opinion leader in Korean society. The public recognition also brought a lot of responsibility. He sat on many top-level government committees including the Presidential Council for Information Society (2009-2013). Currently, he serves in the Disability Policy Coordination Council under the Prime Minister, Sustainable Development Committee for Metropolitan Seoul, and the advisory board of Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education, just to name a few. In short, he is hailed as an exemplary model of a person who overcame severe disability by taking advantage of modern technology. Since 2010, Sang-Mook is leading the Quality of Life Technology Program in Korea, a bold multimillion-dollar initiative by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy to develop assistive technology and provide high-level education for people with disability.
Sang-Mook’s main passion is still in scientific research and education. At Seoul National University, he established undergraduate interdisciplinary program in computational sciences as part of universal design in higher education and is starting a new initiative for open online education. He is also the main force behind the movement to establish graduate program in rehabilitation science and engineering. In addition to managing his time among teaching, conducting research in earth science and running big national program, Sang-Mook makes many public speeches on diverse topics around the world including earth science, disability and assistive technology. His story was featured in the New York Times, NOVA and PBS. Downloard Sang-Mooks CV (.docx).

Computer is god’s gift for people with disability: As a quadriplegic person paralyzed neck down as a result of sudden accident, I can surely attest to this. If one opens up one’s mind, it is not difficult to see that the recent advances in open online education (such as OCW, MOOC, edX) can offer new opportunities for people with disability. In my view, one of the important barriers for those with disability, sometimes more than the handicap itself, is access to good systematic education, and in the end, it is this lack of education that can be a limiting factor in one’s life. Online education can be one of many optional tools for nondisabled students, and while its effectiveness can be debated among educators and those alike, it can be the only means of accessing information for people with severe disability. Thus the potential of online education should be explored and investigated further. In Korea, we are developing new online technology and inclusive educational contents for people with disability, especially in the areas of science and engineering at college and precollege level learning. We believe that this is a step towards so-called universal design in higher education and independent living. Furthermore, we expect that our innovative approach will not only help people with disability but also reach out to a wider audience in the community,, including those that are willing to take extra effort to master college-level online courses, improve their scientific skills and expand their knowledge base, which will in turn lead to new job opportunities in this knowledge-based economy and society. 

Stéphane Natkin: From Computer Games to Smart Cities

Portrait Stephan NatkinStéphane Natkin is chair professor at the department of Computer Science of the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM: http://www.cnam.fr/) in Paris, France, and an elected member of the administrative board of CNAM. He is the Director of the Graduate School on Games and Interactive Media (ENJMIN: http://www.enjmin.fr) he is also the director of the Computer Research Laboratory CEDRIC (http://cedric.cnam.fr) of the CNAM. He is a member of several public funding commissions of the Center of Cinema and he is also a member of the executive board of the Paris Cluster Cap Digital. He is the French representative of the IFIP group in Entertainment Computing (TC14). He teaches Computer Games principles, Multimedia Systems, Digital Audio, Computer networks, Computer safety and security, and Distributed Systems.

He has worked during the last twenty years in the field of multimedia systems, video games and critical computer system (safety and security) and both from the research and the industrial point of view. He is author of numerous computer science publications and communications to international congresses in these fields. He acts, as a scientific advisor, for France Telecom R&D for the research programs related to entertainments and games, distributed architecture and software engineering.

He developed a security software editor called CESIR, which became a subsidiary of the Communication and Systems group. From 1992 to 1995 he was also the manager of "La Galerie Natkin-Berta", an art gallery situated in the center of Paris which presented modern paintings, sculptures and electronic art.

He is author of the books "Internet Security Protocols" (DUNOD 2001) and “Computer Games and Media in the XXI century” (Vuibert 2004); and “Video Games and Interactive Media, A Glimpse at New Digital Entertainment”, AK Peters Ed, 2006. He is also the producer and one of the designers of the book "Sol LeWitt Black Gouaches".

Shadi Abou-Zahra: 25 Years of the Web: Weaving Accessibility

Portrait of Shadi Abou-ZahraICCHP is proud to celebrate 25 years of the Web and 25 Years of unprecedented opportunities for people with disabilities. Since the first ICCHP in 1989, the Web, its potential, barriers, and impact on accessibility for people with disabilities has been a topic in all ICCHP conferences. By awarding W3C/WAI with the Roland Wagner Award in 2002, ICCHP expressed its respect and thankfullness for the outstanding contribution to the quality of life of people with disabilities.

Together with Shadi Abou-Zahra, W3C/WAI ICCHP 2014 features a keynote talk and a plenary panel discussion (to be announced soon) related to 25 years of the Web.

Since the first proposal in 1989, the World Wide Web rapidly evolved to become a primary media for information and communication. The Web encompasses access to education, employment, research, business, social interaction, and much more. Thus the Web provides an unprecedented opportunity for people with disabilities to access information and to participate equally in all aspects of society.

Today the Open Web Platform is continuing to converge with other media including television, radio, telephony, print, and others. As it evolves, matures, and expands to become more available on yet more devices it also becomes more complex. For example, today the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has over 300 published W3C Recommendations (web standards) and over 500 W3C Working Group Notes (supporting technical reports) reflecting the extent of maturity and complexity of the Web.

This evolution provides exciting new opportunities to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. In particular, the increasing types of media, devices, gadgets, sensors, and services that are connected through the Web open up avenues for new generations of accessibility solutions. For example, several applications show how the camera, compass, and position detection and mapping services that are now natively built into practically every modern mobile device can be used for accessibility guidance.

However, this evolution also provides exciting new challenges that we as the accessibility community need to address collaboratively. As these multitude of core web technologies emerge, converge, and evolve, it is ever more important to equip them with accessibility features from their inception to form a solid foundation for accessibility. It is also critical to continue dedicated efforts to better address:

Since 1997 the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) has been developing strategies, guidelines, and resources to make the Web accessible to people with disabilities. It includes Working Groups that focus on the development of accessibility guidelines and techniques as well as a group to ensure that W3C specifications provide support for accessibility for people with disabilities (PFWG) and a group to help increase the incorporation of accessibility considerations into research on web technologies (RDWG). WAI welcomes participation by researchers, developers, users, and more. It provides an open forum for collaborative effort to increase accessibility of the Web for people with disabilities.

Together we can weave more accessibility into the Web to make it a better place for all.

Clayton H. Lewis: "The Future of Cognitive Web Accessibility"

Portrait Clayton LewisClayton Leis is professor of Computer Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Department of Computer Science and he is a fellow of th Institute of Cognitive Science. Cognitive Accessibility is on top of the list of his research interests wich also includes Educational Technology. Read more in Clayton Lewis' CV on his outstanding career and contributions to eAccessibility.

Abstract. We can expect advances in Web accessibility for people with cognitive or learning disabilities for three reasons. First, increased attention to the needs and possibilities by the accessibility community will lead to better organization of the existing knowledge base, and wider application of it. Second, increased research on the use of the Web by people with these disabilities will strengthen the scientific foundations for cognitive accessibility. Third, emerging technology for accessibility will open up new ways to manage the delivery of accessible content to everyone, including people with cognitive or learning disabilities.



ICCHP is a series of biannual scientific conferences in the field of ICT/AT for people with disabilities run in co-operation with the Johannes Kepler University, Linz and the Austrian Computer Society

© 2007 - 2013 Institut Integriert Studieren, Johannes Kepler Universität, Linz