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How Fond Hopes Become Reality

Professor Alan Newell

Accessible ICT:Priorities for Future Research on Accessible Information and Communication Technology Systems and Services. 22 January 2013 IET London: Savoy Place

22 January 2013  IT channel

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About the presentation

The aim of this conference is to obtain a consensus on priorities for future research on accessible information and communication technology systems and services. Funding bodies need to ascertain the best strategy for investing their finite resources in research and development to benefit disabled and elderly people. The scope will include network-based services (social networks, collective intelligent systems, augmented reality, cloud computing, advanced location aware services and ambient intelligent systems) as well as novel user interfaces and technology transfer.

About the speaker

Professor Alan Newell MBE, FRSE is an Emeritus Professor at the School of Computing at Dundee University. This contains one of the largest academic groups in the world researching into computer and communication systems for older and disabled people. He has published widely in this field, including his recent book: “Design and the Digital Divide: insights from 40 years in Computer Support for Older and Disabled People� (Morgan & Claypool 2011). His current interest is the use of professional theatre to raise awareness and facilitate discussion on these issues. He was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2000 for contributions to computer-based systems for people with disabilities. In 2011 was presented with the (US) Association for Computing Machinery SIGCHI Social Impact Award, and in 2012 elected a member of the ACM SIGCHI Academy. A former Deputy Principal of the University, Alan is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Association for Computing Machinery and the British Computer Society, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

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