VERITAS on Futuris (Euronews channel)
On November 2012, the Futuris Science and Technology programme of Euronews channel included
VERITASin the 13-20 November episode.
Futuris showcases bleeding edge of research and technology throughout Europe and Euronews is one of the most prominent globally accessed news channels
with viewers in 155 countries in Euronews' eleven broadcasting languages.
A filming crew from Euronews visited the CERTH/ITI facilities in Thessaloniki, where interviews were conducted involving Dr Dimitrios Tzovaras, Technival Manager of the Veritas project, as well as demonstration of several Veritas tools and outcomes from SP1 and SP2, including the Multisensorial Platform, The Core Simulation Platform and the Immersive Simulation Platform. The report, produced in cooperation with European Commission, aired for a whole week on Euronews. Click here to watch the video from the begining, or visit the Futuris segment on the Euronews website.
Save the Date for the Final VERITAS User Forum!
The VERITAS project will hold its Final User Forum in Brussels on the 16th May 2013 in parallel with AGE Platform Europe’s annual Conference on “Towards an age-friendly EU by 2020”. The event "Accessibility design at the service of age-friendly environments - The VERITAS approach to Design-for-all", will focus on how the VERITAS tools can levy obstacles to independent living of older people and people with disabilities and be at the service of age-friendly environments. It will share the project outcomes, evaluate the usability and impact of the VERITAS technology, discuss exploitation plans and business opportunities, as well as make the necessary links with relevant EU policies and initiatives. The VERITASvision of design-for-all and accessibility engineering will also be presented. The agenda of the event will soon be available. Registration is open through the following link: http://www.age-platform.eu/CRM/index.php/veritas-user-forum.html For more information you may contact Nena Georgantzi.
VERITAS Generic Virtual User Models now available!
The VERITAS Generic Virtual User Models Repository is now available. There are cognitive, physical, psychological and behavioural Virtual User Models available for download. For more information, please click here.
VERITAS videos now available
VERITAS released its first 2 videos. The first video addresses the project as a whole.
The second video that was produced demonstrates the usage of the platform during the measurement campaigns at various sites.
6th Newsletter available
The sixth Newsletter is available in accessible PDF format. As VERITAS reaches its final phases, the sixth newsletter presents some of its main outputs, in particular the VERITAS tools and the training platform. It also offers the opportunity to reflect on the added value of accessible design in the long-term and consider exploitation plans. Last, links to relevant developments in research, policy and practice find their place in our bi-annual newsletter.
VUMS white paper
The VUMS position paper aims to provide input to the standardisation of user models. Finally it targets at helping designers and developers to maximize the level of usability and accessibility of products and services by providing appropriate user models. Moreover they are intended to be used for the generation and adaptation of user interfaces during runtime.
It presents general term definitions and a concept of generic interoperable user models that describe the relevant characteristics of users, who will interact with products and user interfaces. These include physical, cognitive, and sensory attributes, habits, preferences and accessibility capabilities.
The produced tables with user characteristics are being provided for other research groups and standardization bodies to advance the discussions in this area.
Download paper (pdf) and presentation (pdf).
News update: Forthcoming events
The Final VERITAS User Forum will take place in Brussels on the 16th May 2013 in parallel with AGE Platform Europe’s annual Conference on “Age-friendly environments: Promoting Equality for Growth”. This event will attract mainly beneficiaries and policymakers in order to share the project outcomes, evaluate the usability and impact of the VERITAS technology, discuss exploitation plans and business opportunities, as well as make the necessary links with relevant EU policies and initiatives. The VERITAS vision of design for all and accessibility engineering will also be presented. More information will soon be available at this site.
The 13th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special needs (ICCHP 2012)
The 13th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP 2012), hosted by the University of Linz, Austria, was organized on July 11-13, 2012.
- VUMS STS: This STS call was for papers and presentations of research and development work; prototypes and products; concepts and; evaluation of usability and applicability of generic interoperable user models that describe the relevant characteristics of users, who will interact with products and user interfaces. These include physical cognitive, and sensory attributes, habits, preferences and accessibility capabilities.
- VUMS workshop: This workshop presented prototypes and discussed concepts of generic interoperable user models that describe the relevant characteristics of users, who will interact with products and user interfaces. These include physical cognitive, and sensory attributes, habits, preferences and accessibility capabilities. With such a model designers can define as many user interaction profiles as needed to address the whole range of requirements from a target population. It will also help designers and developers to maximize the level of accessibility of products and services by providing a comprehensive set of Human Factors design guidelines, which could be used in virtual spaces to visualize accessibility and usability issues.
2nd VERITAS User Form
The 2nd VERITAS User Forum was successfully organised on 20th September 2011 in Nottingham, UK, in the afternoon. The User forum entitled “Virtual and Augmented Environments and Realistic User Interactions To achieve Embedded Accessibility DesignS” brought together developers, designers and beneficiaries from around Europe. The presentations, interviews with stakeholders and simulation videos are now available.
JVRC 2011 workshop on “Accessibility Engineering with User Models, Simulation and VR”
The workshop “Accessibility Engineering with User Models, Simulation and VR” was successfully organized in the context of the 2011 Joint Virtual Reality Conference on 21 September 2011, Nottingham UK. The workshop chaired by Manfred Dangelmaier (Fraunhofer IAO, Stuttgart, Germany), and which took place on Wednesday afternoon 21 September 2011, gathered a wide array of experts and users in the area of Simulation and Virtual Reality, and showcased relevant projects and initiatives in the area of accessible design and simulation in the areas of automotive, home, working environment, infotainment and ehealth design.
VERITAS project presentation
VERITAS aims to develop, validate and assess tools for built-in accessibility support at all stages of ICT and non-ICT product development, including specification, design, development and testing. The goal is to introduce simulationbased and virtual reality testing at all stages of assistive technologies product design and development into the automotive, smart living spaces (buildings & construction, domotics), workplace, ehealth and infotainment applications areas. The goal is to ensure that future products and services are being systematically designed for all people including those with disabilities and functional limitations as well as older people. Furthermore, VERITAS plans to promote its results to the appropriate standards organisations for consideration and potential adoption and also to make them available through an open framework.
Project number: 247765
Project acronym: VERITAS
Project full title: Virtual and Augmented Environments and Realistic User Interactions To achieve Embedded Accessibility DesignS
Starting date: 1 January 2010
Duration: 48 Months
VERITAS is an Integrated Project (IP) within the 7th Framework Programme, Theme FP7-ICT-2009.7.2, Accessible and Assistive ICT