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"WhatWENeed" - Unmet Need of Assistive Technology Devices by Adults with Mobility Impairments for Home and Community Participation

April 14 2021 ·

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Are you 18 years old or older? Do you consider yourself a person with physical impairments and have a certificate that accredits that your level of disability is equal to or greater than 33%? Do you live in the Basque Country? Do you want researchers, developers, and politicians to know what you really need?

If your answers are yes and you would like to participate in our study, you can do so through this link https://redcap.link/EGOKITUZ_WhatWEneed_Euskadi or scanning the QR code you will find at the end to fill out the online questionnaires, or if you prefer, we will later give you the option to answer the questionnaires by phone or video call with a member of our group.  To let us know about your interest and to request us to call you when this option is available, you can send us an email to info@egokituz.org or call us at +34 943 01 50 83. As a thank you for your time, each person who complete all the questionnaires will receive a gift card loaded with 20€.

Egokituz Laboratory. Faculty of Computer Science

Universidad del País Vasco / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / University of the Basque Country

*The Principal Investigator of this study, Dr. Sandra M. Espín Tello, considers herself a person with a physical disability, with a level of disability higher than 65%.

* All data provided by participants is private and will not be related to any identifying information. In addition, the study has been favorably informed by the UPV/EHU Human Research Ethics Committee."

Ainara Garzo Manzanares has presented her PhD dissertation

Ainara Garzo Manzanares has presented her PhD dissertation

February 24 2021 ·

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This PhD "Implicación de usuarios en proyectos de investigación tecnológica (ImUPITec): análisis de procedimientos éticos, metodologías y herramientas y propuesta de mejora orientada a personas mayores" has been directed by the member of Egokituz Dr. Nestor Garay.

The tribunal was formed by Dr. Lourdes Moreno (U. Carlos III de Madrid), Dr. Víctor M. López Jaquero (U. Castilla La Mancha) and Dr. Myriam Arrue (U. Basque Country / Euskal Herriko U.)

The dissertation was on February 24, 2021 at 10:00 am.

Juan Eduardo Pérez López presented his PhD on "Assisted Interaction for Improving Web Accessibility: An Approach Driven and Tested by Users with Disabilities"

Juan Eduardo Pérez López presented his PhD on "Assisted Interaction for Improving Web Accessibility: An Approach Driven and Tested by Users with Disabilities"

November 06 2020 ·

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This PhD has been co-directed by two members of Egokituz, Dr. Myriam Arrue and Dr. Julio Abascal.

The tribunal was formed by Dr. Markel Vigo (U. Manchester), Dr. Chieko Askawa (IBM Reserach Tokyo), Dr. Yeliz Ye┼čilada (Middle East Technical U. Northern Cyprus Campus), Dr. Cristina Suemay Manresa Yee (U. Illes Balears) and Dr. Nestor Garay Vitoria (U. Basque Country / Euskal Herriko U.)

The dissertation was held on November 6, 2020 at 11:30 am. The audience followed it through  Blackboard Collaborate (BBC).

Brussels bruises

Brussels bruises

July 25 2020 ·

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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!

Julio Abascal

BRUSSELS BRUISES

There is a new disease, in the heart of power

And it’s called the Brussels bruises

The symptoms are clear, it deafens the ear

And blocks the mind to any new idea

So if you want to know what makes Julio blow his fuses

It’s got to be the Brussels bruises

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And there is no roadmap to your heart

No knowing just where to startNo telling how far we can grow apart

So if you want to know what makes Julio blow his fuses

It’s got to be the Brussels bruises

It’s got to be the Brussels bruises

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The battle is drawing nearboth sides can smell the fear

Of being left with the Brussels bruises

There must be a cure to this disease that’s so obscure

That leaves us all with the Brussels bruises

So if you want to know who Julio’s muse is

It’s got to be the Brussels bruises

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And there is a roadmap to your heart

Now I know just where to start

There’s no way we can ever grow apart

Now I know my dear Julio what your secret ruse is

To get rid of these Brussels bruises

To get rid of these Brussels bruises

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And there is a roadmap to your heart

Now I know just where to start

There’s no way we can ever grow apart

Now I know my dear Julio what your secret ruse is

To get rid of these Brussels bruises

To get rid of these Brussels bruises

...

Lyrics & music by Patrick Roe

Best Communication Paper Award for Aritz Sala, Myriam Arrue, J. Eduardo Perez, and Sandra M. Espín-Tello in the 17th International Web for All Conference: Automation for Accessibility

Best Communication Paper Award for Aritz Sala, Myriam Arrue, J. Eduardo Perez, and Sandra M. Espín-Tello in the  17th International Web for All Conference: Automation for Accessibility

April 21 2020 ·

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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 Article No.: 21 Pages 1–5 and can be dounloaded from https://doi.org/10.1145/3371300.3383350

Luis Gardezabal, co-founder of Egokituz, retires after 38 years of work in the UPV/EHU

Luis Gardezabal, co-founder of Egokituz, retires after 38 years of work in the UPV/EHU

January 10 2020 ·

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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.

On October 31 2019 IFIP TC13 on HCI appointed Julio Abascal as Vice-Chair for Development and Equity

October 31 2019 ·

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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.

Julio Abascal elected to IFIP Fellow

Julio Abascal elected to IFIP Fellow

October 12 2019 ·

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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, that have been postponed to September 2021.

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.

https://www.ifipnews.org/ifip-names-first-cohort-fellows-2/