Play for Children with Disabilities

Play for Children with Disabilities

May 21 2018 · Ada Lovelace Lecture Hall. UPV/EHU


Play is the most prevalent activity in childhood and has a central role in child development, fostering learning of cognitive, language and social skills. Children with disabilitiesmay be deprived from playing as a direct consequence of their impairments or because they do not have access to analogous forms of play in which they can take part. Building on the workdeveloped in the COST Action TD1309 ( []), this talk will provide an overview of the topic "Play for Children with Disabilities", addressingquestions such as "What is play?", "Do children with disabilities play?", "What barriers to play do children with disabilities face?", "How can an adult facilitate play?", "What toconsider when selecting toys, physical or digital games, or playspaces for children with disabilities". It will then focus on robotic applications that may enable children withdisabilities' play.

Elkartuz Meeting: Accessibility for All. Equality step by step

June 20 2017 · Tabakalera (Donostia)


Nestor Garay took part in the round table that is going to happen on the meeting organized by Elkartu on June the 20th at the Tabakalera building in Donostia. For more information (in Basque):

Lecture of the PhD "A Web Transcoding Framework Based on User Behaviour Evaluation" by Xabier Valencia

May 17 2017 · Ada lovelace conference room. Inforamtika School. University of the Basque Country/EHU

Xabier Valencia presented his doctoral thesis entitled "A Web Transcoding Framework Based on User Behaviour Evaluation", supervised by Dr. Myriam Arrue (Egokituz, UPV/EHU) and Dr. Julio Abascal (Egokituz, UPV/EHU). The PhD committee was made up of Drs. Fabio Paternò (C.N.R.-ISTI, Pisa), Carlos Duarte (Universidade de Lisboa), Antón Civit (Universidad de Sevilla), Nestor Graray (UPV/EHU)and Arantza Diaz de Ilarraza (UPV / EHU). This thesis received a "Sobresaliente" score with "cum Laude" mention.

Second Seminar on Advanced Techniques in Human-Computer Interaction

Second Seminar on Advanced Techniques in Human-Computer Interaction

May 17 2017 · Ada Lovelace conference room. Faculty of Informatics (UPV/EHU). Manuel Lardizabal 1, 20018 Donostia


Second Seminar on Advanced Techniques in Human-Computer Interaction

Organized by the ADIAN research group[1] with the collaboration of BaiLab and Egokituz

Date:     May 17, 2017

Time:     From 10:00 to 13:00

Place:    Ada Lovelace Conference Room. Faculty of Informatics. University of the Basque Country. Manuel Lardizabal 1, 20018 Donostia

Attendance: free until completing the capacity of the conference room


10:00 Presentation. Dr. Julio Abascal. Head of the ADIAN research group.

10:15   Adapting Social Networks for the Aged Population. Dr. Carlos Duarte Department of Informatics, Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon and a researcher at LaSIGE /HCIM group.

           Older adults still face challenges when interacting with ICT. This contributes to increase their feelings of isolation, since it prevents them from taking an active part in the online lives of their younger family members. In this talk I will present our work on the interface design and adaptation of the largest online social network - Facebook - in order to make it accessible for the senior population.

11:00  Coffee break

11:30 Activity Trackers in Elderly with Reduced Mobility.  Dr. Antón Civit  Catedrático de Arquitectura y Tecnología de Computadores. Universidad de Sevilla

         The accuracy and usefulness of current commercially available activity trackers in rollator dependent elderly with reduced mobility, compared with elderly with normal mobility and healthy adults show that slow walking speed and gait disorders hamper the utility of pedometers for physical activity measurement in rollator dependent elderly. Commercially available activity trackers are better suited for use by ostensibly healthy elderly or adult populations.

12:15 Towards End Users Personalization of Context-dependent Applications in the Wild. Dr. Fabio Paternò. Research Director at C.N.R.-ISTI (Pisa) and of the Laboratory on Human Interfaces in Information Systems.

           The advent of mobile technologies and the Internet of Things have made extremely variable and dynamic the contexts of use in which we access our applications. This talk describes how to support end users in specifying how their applications and environments should adapt to the various types of contextual events and/or conditions. A platform developed at the HIIS Laboratory of CNR- ISTI for this purpose is illustrated, as well as how it can be customized for various domains,  applications, and contexts of use. The context-dependent personalization is modelled through trigger / action rules, which can be specified by people without programming experience, and can be applied to Web applications that were not originally designed to be context-aware in order to create versions customized for specific contexts of use and needs. I will discuss how this approach enables the dynamic creation and execution of personalized application versions more suitable for specific contexts of use, and report on first example applications in real world contexts.

13:00 Conclusions and final remarks


[1] ADIAN is supported by the Department of Education, Universities and Research of the Basque Government (Grant IT980-16).

Seminar on Advanced Techniques in Human-Computer Interaction and Web Accessibility Evaluation

Seminar on Advanced Techniques in Human-Computer Interaction and Web Accessibility Evaluation

April 26 2017 · Ada Lovelace Conference Room. Faculty of Informatics. University of the Basque Country. Manuel Lardizabal 1, 20018 Donostia



9:15     Presentation. Dr. Julio Abascal. Head of the ADIAN research group.

9:30     Formulating and testing hypotheses about human-computer interaction on the Web. Dr. Markel Vigo. Bio-Health Informatics Group & Interaction Analysis and Modelling Lab. School of Computer Science. University of Manchester

Naturalistic usability evaluation maximises the external validity of usability tests. It makes the findings generalisable across the majority of users and settings. However, compared to traditional usability testing, which is typically task driven and controlled, naturalistic evaluations require sophisticated approaches to run user studies and collect data. We will discuss two different approaches (and their respective tooling) to formulate and test hypotheses about user behaviour: real-time detection vs. post-hoc testing.

10:15   Eye tracking scanpath analysis on web pages. Dr. Yeliz Yesilada.  Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Campus (METU NCC) in the Computer Engineering programme. Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester .

Eye tracking has been used in improving the design and usability of web pages, and in the research of understanding how users navigate them. However, there is limited research in eye tracking data analysis, especially in eye movement sequences (i.e., scanpaths). Our latest work looks into how scanpaths can be clustered to identify a path that is trending among a group of users. In this talk, I will present our research that can help you better analyse user behaviour and experience, the overall validity of our approach, some important applications of our research and future directions.

11:00   Coffee break

11:30   Understanding Behaviour using Smart Phones. Dr. Simon Harper. School of Computer Science. The University of Manchester.

Commercial Smart Phones - and the array of sensors included with them - make unobtrusive sensing a very real possibility. By sensing a user in the wild, longitudinally, and in anecologically valid way, we can infer behaviour from a set of predefined proxy indicators. Here I'll discuss our work in using mobile phones to track Parkinson's disease progression, forunderstanding building wellbeing and energy consumption, and for understanding the health of Bee hives. I'll also explain where we will go in the future, and how our methods can helpyour work.

12:15 Conclusions and final remarks

Attendance is free until completing the capacity of the conference room.

Lecture of the PhD "Contributions to Web Accessibility: Device-tailored Evaluation, User-tailored Interface Generation and the Interplay with User Experience" by Amaia Aizpurua

April 25 2017 · Ada Lovelace conference room


Amaia Aizpurua presented her doctoral thesis entitled "Contributions to Web Accessibility: Device-tailored Evaluation, User-tailored Interface Generation and the Interplay with User Experience", supervised by Dr. Myriam Arrue (Egokituz, UPV / EHU) and Dr. Markel Vigo (Bio-Health Informatics Group & Interaction Analysis And Modeling Lab. U. of Manchester). The thesis received the provisional qualification of Outstanding (pending the outcome of the vote for "cum Lude"). The PhD committee consisted of Drs. J. Abascal (UPV / EHU), S. Harper (U. Manchester), Y. Yesilada (Middle East Technical U.), C. Manresa (U. de les Illes Balears) and A. Diaz de Ilarraza (UPV / EHU).

Diffusion of the Cultural heritage through the web. A practical course

March 29 2017 · Informatika Fakultatea (Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea). Manuel Lardizabal 1, 20018 Donostia.


Lecturer: Professor Gerrit van deer Veer (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Open University Netherlands [

Title: "Diffusion of cultural heritage through the web. A practical course "

Language: English, with simultaneous English-Spanish translation of lectures.

Dates: March 29-31, 2017

Schedule: 15:30 to 19:30

Place: Faculty of Informatics (UPV / EHU)

Materials: A week before the curse the a ttendees will receive information on how to prepare it, including a short intro and a request: they should find some instance of cultural heritage in their own family or culture or environment and bring details and possible pictures ordescriptions to the course on the first day.

Registaration: Attendance is free, but the capacity of the laboratory is limited. Registration will be accepted until the capacity is completed. To register you must send a message with the personal data to Julio Abascal:

Collaboration with Orixe BHI and Samaniego within pilot project JolasmATIKA

December 22 2016 ·


Several member of the research group take part within JolasmATIKA pilot project, with the aim of transmitting certain computing concepts to students in non-universitary centers. It will be made by using games and by means of students of different grades. For more information see the video (in Basque language):