July 25 2020 ·
Between 2010 and 2012, Egokituz participated in a European project coordinated by Patrick Roe, professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne. I was a member of the project steering committee. For unknown reasons the project was not liked by the Comission officer and the reviews were quite unpleasant. Sometimes reviewers even became rude to us. In some occasions, I found myself in the need to defend the project with energy. Despite all, the project was a success.
Patrick Roe, who besides being an excellent project coordinator is a very gifted musician, did me the honor of composing a song titled “Brussels Bruises”, where he told my troubles in the meetings. He sang it to us with his guitar at the closing dinner of the project. 20 years later Patrick has recorded an album entitled “Never never party”, where he has included my song. If you are curious you can find it on Spotify. Thanks Patrick!
April 21 2020 ·
Abstract: Online public services may alleviate many of the inconveniences citizens have to face when accessing public services in the real world. People with low vision may be one of the collectives who could benefit from electronic services (short as e-services) the most, as they can be accessed anytime, anywhere and with the help of their usual assistive technology. Many public e-services are provided by means of accessing, completing and submitting an online-form. However, they are not always accessible for people with low vision and completing them often becomes a complex task. This paper aims to provide mechanisms for measuring the complexity of public e-services forms for people with low vision. Five public e-services have been evaluated according to accessibility guidelines and complexity measuring metrics. In addition, an exploratory study was conducted including five people with low vision and five without visual impairments. The preliminary analysis of the data collected leads us to identify some of the key aspects to be included in online-forms complexity metrics for people with low vision.
The full paper is published in W4A '20: Proceedings of the 17th International Web for All Conference April 2020 Article No.: 21 Pages 1–5 and can be dounloaded from https://doi.org/10.1145/3371300.3383350
January 10 2020 ·
Luis Gardeazabal is one of the pioneers of digital accessibility in Spain. In the Egokituz laboratory (which he directed in his first stage) he has developed hardware and software for innovative communication systems for people with disabilities. Likewise, it has developed, through mobile robotics techniques, intelligent wheelchairs. He has directed projects such as Lamia, Intxisu, Jal I and Jal II, CAAP, etc., in which he has collaborated with institutions of great relevance in the field of disability support, such as CEAPAT / IMSERSO, ASPACE, GUREAK, ELKARTU, and has been funded by the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa, the Basque Government and the Ministry of Social Affairs / IMSERSO.Luis Gardeazabal is the author of numerous publications in prestigious international magazines, books and conferences.
October 31 2019 ·
At the proposal of its president, Professor Philippe Palanque, the TC13 Human-Computer Interaction Technical Committee of the Federation for Information Processing appointed Julio Abascal Vice President for Development and Equality [http://ifip-tc13.org/membersofficers/]. Since 2003 Professor Abascal has been developing the tasks of coordinating the grants for students and young researchers from developing countries to access the INTERACT conferences organized by TC13.
October 12 2019 ·
The General Assembly of the International Federation for Information Processing, held in Kiev on Ocober 12 and 13 2019, elected Professor Julio Abascal to IFIP Fellow. IFIP felowship is a recognition not only for the professional standing and expertise but also for the contributions to IFIP. The presentation of certificates and Fellow pins will be made at the IFIP 60th anniversary celebrations to be held at Maison de l'UNESCO, Paris, on 28 September 2020.
In that session, the IFIP AG also named "Fellow" to Joelle Coutaz, Michael Franz, Erol Gelenbe, Gerhard Goss, Jan Gullksen, Tony Hoare, Bertrand Meyer, John Mylopoulos, Fabio Paterno, Grzegorz Rozenberg, Roman Slowinski, Lothar Thiele, Frank Tip Fellow , Gene Tsudik, Leslie Valiant, Wil van der Aalst and Andreas Zeller.
October 01 2019 ·
The book "Personalized Human-Computer Interaction" has now been published: see https://www.degruyter.com/viewbooktoc/product/490503, after the presentatoion of several book chapters at the workshop ABIS 2019 in Hof (Germany).
Abascal J, Arbelaitz O., Gardeazabal X., Muguerza J., Pérez J. E., Valencia X. and Yera A. are the authors of Chapter 10. Personalizing the user interface for people with disabilities (pages 253-282). https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110552485-010
September 17 2019 · Institute of Information Systems, Hof Universit. Hof, Germany
The chapter entitled "Personalizing the User Interface for People with Disabilities", written by J. Abascal, O. Arbelaitz, X. Gardeazabal, J. Muguerza, J. E. Pérez, A. Yera and X. Valencia, was presented in the workshop ABIS'19
More information about this workshop can be found in: https://fg-abis.gi.de/en/events/details/abis-2019/
July 19 2019 · Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones de la Facultad de Ingeniería. Universidad de Quindío, Armenia (Colombia)
The Center for Studies and Research of the Faculty of Engineering (CEIFI) and the SINFOCI research group, held a seminar last July aiming to address the areas of Industry 4.0 and the design of accessible systems, with the participation of international researchers who arrived at the Universidad del Quindío to share their expertise in these fields. During the meeting, Professor Philippe Aniorté of the University of Pau and the Countries of Adour (UPPA), France, spoke on the most relevant features of the Industry 4.0 concept, socialized the avant-garde issues that have been working at UPPA and shared details of the double master's degree that is currently being signed with the University of Quindío. Likewise, Professor Julio Abascal of the University of the Basque Country (UPV / EHU), Spain, shared the experiences of his “Egokituz” laboratory, related to the design of accessible systems, considering the challenges for different types of population, especially for those with physical, sensory or cognitive needs or limitations. During his presentation, Professor Abascal presented aspects of the most recent advances in his research in that area, and a space was established to crystallize cooperation ties between both universities.
June 25 2019 · Miramar Palace, Donostia-San Sebastián
The main objective of Interaction 2019 is to bring together researchers, students and professionals of Human-Computer Interaction, coming from both academy and industry, to promote the presentation of innovative proposals, the exchange of ideas and technical discussion.
In this edition, emphasis will be placed on the multidisciplinary approach of Human-Computer Interaction, attracting those who work in related areas: Psychology, Cognitive Ergonomics, Sociology, Design, Human-Robot Interaction, Interaction Hardware, etc.
More information in the conference website: https://interaccion2019.ehu.eus
June 19 2019 · Valencia, Spain
Julio Abascal will give an invited talk entitled "Engineering Inaccessible Computing Systems" in the congress eics 2019 (The 11th ACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems)
Accessibility is usually the last feature taken into account when designing interactive systems (in case that it is considered at all). The most important barriers to accessibility are frequently embedded in the own structure of the system and cannot be removed without a painful reengineering process. Too frequently designers decide to skip deep changes arguing that accessibility is expensive, time consuming, and only sporadically necessary.If the objective is to produce accessible interactive systems, using design methods that take into account the accessibility from the conceptualization of the system can save time and money. In this talk I will present arguments to embrace accessibility as an important feature of the design, illustrated with examples of good and bad practices of the design for accessibility.