The ISCA Special Interest Group on Iberian Languages (SIG-IL) board, pursuing the aims of organizing conferences, schools and workshops, promoting industry/university collaboration and offering a forum to discuss opportunities in research and industry applications in the field of Speech and Language Technology, decided to organize a new event, I Iberian SLTech - I Joint SIG-IL/Microsoft Workshop on Speech and Language Technologies for Iberian Languages. A practical way of making possible the event in 2009 was to join efforts with Microsoft Language Development Center (MLDC), in Portugal, associating the SIG-IL event to a new edition of their past Workshops (I Microsoft Workshop on Speech Technology - Building bridges between industry and academia, Porto Salvo, May 2, 2007 and Propor 2008 Special Session: Applications of Portuguese Speech and Language Technologies, September 10, 2008, Curia, Portugal). The event also has the support of Red Temática en Tecnologías del Habla (RTTH).
All the community working on Processing of the Iberian Languages is invited to join us this coming September 3-4, in Microsoft’s facilities in Portugal, in a two day event planned to promote interaction and discussion.
DSAI 2009, Software Development for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-exclusion, 3-4-5 June 2009, Microsoft Portugal, Porto Salvo
After a successful start with DSAI 2006 and 2007 editions, the International Conference on Software Development for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-exclusion (DSAI 2009) took place in June 2009, at the MSFT - Software para Microcomputadores, Lda. - TAGUSPARK - Lisboa - PORTUGAL. Nowadays, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) play a major role in our lives. However, ICT development which is indifferent to the concerns of social inclusion may raise barriers and increase the gap between the average user and those with special needs, instead of contributing to eliminating this gap and promoting equal rights and opportunities for all. Senior citizens and others with special needs are often faced with multiple minor disabilities that prevent them from enjoying the benefits of technology and higher quality of life standards. According to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, technology design should take into account accessibility and usability features for the protection and promotion of the human rights of persons with disabilities, in all policies and programmes.
The main DSAI objective this year was to contribute to the European eInclusion initiative with innovations on ICT-based products and services for people with special needs and promotion of accessible technology.
Areas of interest
High quality, original submissions on topics relevant to ICT, Ageing and accessibility were received. These included the use of technology by and in support of:
- Individuals with hearing, sight and other sensory impairments;
- Individuals with motor impairments;
- Individuals with memory, learning and cognitive impairments;
- Individuals with multiple impairments;
- Senior citizens.
Accepted submissions presented novel ideas, designs, techniques, systems, tools, evaluations, scientific investigations, methodologies, social issues or policy issues relating to:
- Assistive technologies and ICT services that can improve the daily lives of elderly people;
- Accessibility and usability of mainstream technologies;
- Identification of barriers to technology access that are not addressed by existing research;
- Assistive technologies that improve access to mainstream Computer and Information Technologies;
- Innovative use of mainstream technologies for overcoming access barriers.
See more at the conference web-site http://dsai2009.utad.pt/index.html