AEGIS update: Newsletter, User Forum, and Pan-European Workshop

Since I first blogged about the AEGIS project last October, we have been busy: with user studies, putting together engineering teams, and generally getting going on the work of the project. So I wanted to provide a brief update, as well as let folks know about our upcoming events next month in the UK.

Highlights of recent AEGIS activity

  • The AEGIS website is being populated with content
  • We have published the AEGIS Factsheet which summarizes the project
  • We have published our first newsletter (including a report on the talk we gave at CSUN)
  • We have been conducting a series of end-user studies in several European countries (reported on at CSUN), which we will be discussing at our upcoming User Forum
  • The University of Cambridge has hired an engineer for their AEGIS-funded Opengazer work (and we will be demonstrating early results at the upcoming AEGIS User Forum)

AEGIS User Forum

On June 4th at the offices of Research in Motion Ltd. in Slough, Berkshire, UK, we will host an afternoon AEGIS User Forum. AEGIS is placing users and their needs at the center of all its ICT developments, focusing particularly on users with visual, hearing, motion, speech, language and cognitive impairments. At this event, we plan to have fruitful discussions between both end-users and application developers, to better understanding their needs when wanting to use accessible desktop, mobile and Internet applications. This will help ensure that future technologies and services will meet the needs of the end-users, and both mainstream and assistive technology developers.

The agenda includes an introduction to AEGIS, a technical presentation about AEGIS and the Open Accessibility Framework, and fairly lengthy series of demonstrations showing both some of our early AEGIS results, as well as mock-ups of the work we are developing. With that as background, the bulk of the afternoon will be taken up in an interactive discussion of the various AEGIS use cases we have developed around the AEGIS technical work.

AEGIS Pan-European Workshop

On June 5th (at the same RIM offices as the User Forum) we will host our first AEGIS Pan-European Workshop. At this workshop we will present the preliminary findings of the project related to the Use Cases selection and preliminary user requirements. We will also look at some of the more challenging and sophisticated aspects of the AEGIS work as it relates to some of the future mainstream ICT being developed. Several invited guests and a roundtable discussion round out the day.

We plan to publish the results after the workshop ends, including links to the technologies which we will be demonstrating.

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