Smart-Access: The 2nd International Workshop on Accessibility and the Smart City: Technological Challenges and Open Accessibility Issues

A Smart city is an urban area that uses different types of electronic Internet of Things sensors to collect data and then use insights gained from that data to manage assets, resources and services efficiently. This workshop will address issues relating to developments in the area of assistive technology and smart environments which enable all groups of citizens to take advantage of the services provided within the smart city concept. Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) forms a framework of human-machine interaction which incorporates technologies that support accessibility to services and electronic content as well as to various smart devices, by user communities with different communicative skills. The addressed domain entails more efficient assistive system performance, interaction and communication aspects towards inclusive human-machine collaboration, as well as incorporation of accessibility features in Ambient Intelligence systems.

A primary goal of assistive technology is to become more efficient and more user friendly, especially by increasing user confidence and motivation. These tasks require enhancement of the various technologies embedded in products and services, as well as advanced communication strategies. In this landscape, the systems’ motivation and human-like interaction characteristics, in principle, target intuitive human-machine communication and cooperation by exploiting a full spectrum of human communication and sensory-motor channels and strategies. The major challenge is to develop enabling rather than excluding smart technologies for all users. Paradigms of implementation of such technologies are various apps exploiting speech synthesis and speech recognition potentials, but also technologies that enable communication via sign languages and multimodal interaction options embedded in human-centered HCI environments.

This workshop aims to provide a meeting point for the multidisciplinary community of researchers addressing the different aspects that contribute towards placing assistive systems and devices in the landscape of the rapidly developing smart environments, focusing on the major accessibility issues and challenges that arise from extensive application of emerging technologies. Thus, a constructive dialogue is expected among groups involved in all relevant domains.
Key topics of the workshop include but are not limited to:

  • Improvement of systems’ cognitive capacities
  • Future Internet accessibility challenges
  • Accessible ambient environments
  • Exploitation and fusion of multiple human modalities in HCI/HRI
  • Speech recognition
  • Speech synthesis
  • Sign Language technologies
  • Gesture and action recognition
  • Human localization
  • Accessible interfaces
  • User-centered design
  • Dr. Eleni Efthimiou
    Institute for Language and Speech Processing (ILSP), Greece -
  • Dr. Stavroula-Evita Fotinea
    Institute for Language and Speech Processing (ILSP), Greece -

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