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 2012 proudly presents:

A Keynote Speech with Musical Demonstration by Dame Evelyne Glennie, Percussionist

Portrait Dame Evelyn Glennie

Listening with Your Whole Body

Awarded Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2007 Evelyn Glennie is the first person in musical history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist. As one of the most eclectic and innovative musicians on the scene today she is constantly redefining the goals and expectations of percussion by creating performances of such vitality they almost constitute a new type of performance.
Profoundly deaf since the age of 12, Evelyn speaks passionately about subjects including education, business and of course music. Her speaking engagements are defined as a „dialogue with a difference“, using the medium of music to demonstrate and enhance the importance of our listening skills amongst the cacophony of modern day sounds.
With her unique perspective and outlook, an attitude to her ongoing and diverse career that doesn‘t accept „no“ to be an answer and a proven track record in educational and disability issues, Evelyn is as compelling a motivational speaker as she has proved to be a musician.


Keynote Speaker Gerhard Widmer

Portrait Gerhard Widmer

Computational Music Perception: How Computers Facilitate New Ways of Understanding, Accessing, and Interacting with Music

The presentation intends to give the audience a glimpse of what it means for a computer to 'perceive' and in some (limited) sense 'understand' music, and what such musically literate machines can do for us. In particular, it is shown how computers can give us new insights into the complex and subtle art of music performance; how they enable us to intuitively explore large sound and music collections; and how they provide the basis for humans to interact with music in new ways.The goal of this presentation is not so much to explain the mathematical-algorithmic details of the underlying methods, but to inspire the ICCHP community to think of new opportunities for making music accessible to more people -- with or without 'special needs'.

Keynote Speaker Kevin Carey

Portrait of Kevin Carey

Taking Responsibility for Accessibility

The Authorial Role in Document Creation. We know the short abstract: In order to improve the accessibility of educational material for disabled people in general and blind and visually impaired people in particular, it is necessary to create author-engineered public domain documents (PDD) where the accessibility is built in to the initial production to optimise the consumption by the end user of the authorial intention. Download the Keynote Abstract.

Keynote Speaker Bruno Buchberger

Portrait Bruno Buchberger

Mathematics is Blind

Gaining knowledge about real world and solving problems in real world proceeds by the three steps "Observing - Reasoning - Acting". Observing and acting brings the senses and actors of the body into contact with the objects. Reasoning, however, is "blind", i.e. it does neither involve sensors nor actors but, rather, proceeds within the nervous system. Mathematics is cultivated reasoning. Hence, essentially, mathematics is "blind".
The art of reasoning, technically called "proving", is the essence of mathematics. Doing mathematics is essentially proving (including equational proving, which is called "computing"). In this talk we develop some ideas how recent advances in the automation of mathematical reasoning might support blind mathematicians to deal with the essential activity of mathematics, namely proving - which anyway involves only the "blind" quality of mind.
This talk is motivated by a recent encounter with one of my former students who is blind and always amazed me by his thinking power. In the two decades I did not meet him, I devoted quite some effort to the design and implementation of a logic and software system (the Theorema system) that partially automates mathematical reasoning. The encounter made me think how such systems could facilitate the work of blind mathematicians and, conversely, could profit from the experience of blind mathematicians.
In the talk we will give some demo examples of structured proofs automatically generated by reasoning algorithms and their structured, rather than linear, representation. This may resemble and support the way how proving could proceed without paper and pencil, i.e. in a "blind" mind, by keeping the relevant information in "focus windows". We will put the interaction of automated reasoning and the special needs of blind mathematicians into a broader picture of future mathematics in the intersection of logic, traditional mathematics, algorithms and software.

Invited Talk: Rob Waller

Portrait Rob Waller

Information Design to Make Reading Easier

Information design combines the principles of clear visual design and clear writing. Information designers try to articulate the structure and purpose of information, making it more usable and accessible for readers.
In this presentation I will take as my starting point the idea that writing is a memory tool. Like any physical tool it extends our reach, gives us focused functionality and multiplies our strength through leverage.
Basic linear text makes language stand still for inspection and reflection. Visually structured text goes further, marking boundaries, genres and voices, and encouraging strategic reading – a style of reading that is goal-oriented, self-aware and adaptive. Skilled readers can read most texts in that way, but those who struggle with functional literacy can particularly benefit from a more visible structure. I will introduce a series of design patterns that are commonly used to simplify information for the general reader, and propose their use for easy-to-read texts (both online and paper).
This featured talk will be included in the Special Thematic Session: "Easy to Web ..."

Keynote Speaker Gregg Vanderheiden

Portrait Gregg Vanderheiden

AT and Accessibility at an inflection point

The field of assistive technology, and accessibility in general, is reaching an inflection point. The rapid proliferation of computing platforms is making it impossible for vendors to support their products across the platforms their users are adopting.  The advent of low-cost smart phones and tablets is rapidly dropping the price of AT eliminating the margins vendors depended on for R&D, outreach, and post sale support. And the increase in built-in accessibility for some types of disability is removing some of the easy AT customers leaving vendors with only more expensive to support customers.  And ICT is now moving to the cloud, SAS is replacing software products, and ICT is being designed by millions of web app developers rather than a few software companies. As a result our past approaches to AT and accessibility simply won’t work as we move forward ... Download Keynote Abstract

Keynote Panel on Web Accessibility in Advanced Technologies

The Web is rapidly evolving and converging with other media and technologies. Today the Web is on mobile devices, televisions, self-service terminals, and computer desktops. It is continuing to be increasingly ubiquitous and indistinguishable from other interfaces and an ambient part of our daily lives, particularly with the advancement of "the cloud.

Given the highly flexible and adaptable nature of the Web, its growth provides a critical potential of increased inclusion and equality for people with disabilities. However, it also raises new challenges for technology, software, and content developers in making their products and services accessible. In particular, the specific accessibility challenges and optimal ways for providing accessibility support are not well understood in all contexts, making it difficult to effectively design and develop accessible mainstream technologies.

This panel discusses with the audience the day-to-day challenges that users, developers, evaluators, managers, policy makers, and other practitioners observe in implementing web accessibility in advanced technologies. We expect to analyze good practices, use-cases, end-user requirements, promising accessibility features and solutions, and challenges in applying web accessibility in specific contexts such as (but not limited to):

  • HTML5 and rich internet applications;
  • Websites and applications for mobiles;
  • Digital/IP TV and audio-visual media;

Research, surveys, and discussion of future trends and directions including (but not limited to) web telephony and real-time communication, self-service terminals (e.g. information kiosks, ticketing machines, ATM, etc.), online games, social networks, virtual and augmented environments, 3D Web, multi-touch, and the use of cloud technology for personalized accessible interfaces form the topic to be discussed.

Acknowledgements: This panel is jointly organized by the EC-funded WAI-ACT, AEGIS, and ACCESSIBLE projects.


Portrait of Shadi Abou-Zahra Shadi Abou-Zahra, W3C/WAI


Portrait Gregg Vanderheiden Gregg Vanderheiden, TRACE Centre, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Portrait of Nadege RicheNadege Riche, New technologies and Innovation Officer, European Disability Forum

Portrait Donal RiceDonal Rice, National Disability Authority Ireland

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

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