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Dec
20

The last Newsletter is available in accessible PDF format. This last newsletter focuses on the VERITAS achievements and forward looking plans. With this last issue we hope to improve awareness of what has been done so far and to provide a basis to build on and create synergies with other stakeholders and initiatives in the future. We also bring news in the area of accessibility, which all contribute to creating more inclusive societies. We are happy to share the outcomes and exploitation plans of our project, which aim to ensure that future products and services are being systematically designed for everyone.

Jul
15

The seventh Newsletter is available in accessible PDF format. The seventh VERITAS newsletter focuses on the contributions of beneficiaries to the project: the VERITAS User Forum as well as the pilot sites with older people and persons with disabilities are presented. In addition, latest dissemination activities and exploitation strategies find their place in this issue which looks beyond the lifetime of the project. As always, news from research, policy and practice find can be found in the last part of our bi-annual newsletter.

Mar
11

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.

Mar
9

Veritas User Forum

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.

Aug
01

The fifth VERITAS Newsletter is available in accessible PDF format. This issue of the VERITAS newsletter focuses on pilots, explaining how the testing with beneficiaries and designers and developers takes place. Additionally, it informs readers about future events and VERITAS deliverables, including two videos. External news and policy developments are also presented to complete the picture of current discussions around accessibility in Europe. You can download it now via:

Mar
13

One of the main innovations in VERITAS in respect to virtual user modelling is the introduction and use of a multisensorial platform for the training of parameterized user models based on real user measurements in real testing conditions. The multisensorial platform is fully parameterized and adapted to the VERITAS application areas and will be used to capture user feedback while executing a number of tasks that will be mapped in the VERITAS virtual user models. VERITAS aims to analyze and to create detailed virtual user models for some selected disability categories extracted by the International Classification of Functioning (ICF). Virtual user models are created taking into account:

  • The physical, cognitive, behavioural and psychological models.
  • The analysis of real user needs and wants.
  • The incorporation of guidelines, standards and methodologies.
  • The training with real users and the relative feedback through the multisensorial platform).

The video that was produced demonstrates the usage of the platform during the measurement campaigns at various sites.

Mar
11

VERITAS released its first of 2 videos. The first video addresses the project as a whole, while the next video will focus on the multisensorial platform which has been used in the project for measurements.

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Nov
07

VUMS workshop at the 13th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs, organised on July 11-13, 2012 (Pre-Conference July 09-10, 2012) at the University of Linz, Altenbergerstraße 69, 4040 Linz, Austria

This workshop at ICCHP 2012, organised by four EU-funded projects VICON, VERITAS, GUIDE and MyUI building the VUMS cluster VUMS (Virtual User Modelling and Simulation Cluster), presents prototypes and discusses 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.

All user models depend heavily on their specific use cases. There are a number of reasons for this:

  • A complete model of the user, meaning a model that includes facets according to the state of the art would be rather complex and inefficient in use for both simulation purposes and even more for implementation in a product’s user interface.
  • Existing devices might not be able to handle complicated user models.
  • Not all facets are needed for the specific use case. E.g. modelling some severe visual impairment is not relevant when designing a car.
  • Specific requirements might require modifications in existing user models.
  • Ways of measuring variables might differ among use cases.

New findings may result in changes and updates of models.

Workshop Chairs: Dr. Dimitris Tzovaras, Dr. Konstantinos Moustakas, CERTH/ITI
Background, Experiences:
Dr. Dimitrios Tzovaras is a Senior Researcher A’ (Full Professor) at CERTH/ITI. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Imperial College London. His research activity has led to the coauthoring of more than 250 papers in refereed journals and international conferences. He has been very active in the field of accessibility serving as the coordinator of the ACCESSIBLE project and the Technical Coordinator of VERITAS, while being also the Principal Investigator in AEGIS, OASIS, APSIS4ALL, ATIS4ALL, CLOUD4ALL.
Dr. Konstantinos Moustakas is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at CERTH/ITI. During the latest years, he has been the (co)author of more than 75 papers in refereed journals, edited books, and international conferences, many of them in the field of accessibility. He has been also involved in ten research projects funded by the EC and the Greek secretariat of Research and Technology, among them VERITAS, AEGIS, OASIS.

Co-Chairs: Fraunhofer FIT: Manfred Dangelmaier, Matthias Peissner, Carlos Velasco; Pradipta Biswas

Participation: open

Duration: 3 hours

Time: to be announced

Room: to be announced

Link to ICCHP workshop page: http://www.icchp.org/node/348

Nov
07

VUMS STS at the 13th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs, organised on July 11-13, 2012 (Pre-Conference July 09-10, 2012) at the University of Linz, Altenbergerstraße 69, 4040 Linz, Austria.

This STS, organised by four EU-funded projects VICON, VERITAS, GUIDE and MyUI building the VUMS cluster VUMS (Virtual User Modelling and Simulation Cluster) , calls 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.

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. All user models depend heavily on their specific use cases. There are a number of reasons for this:

  • A complete model of the user, meaning a model that includes facets according to the state of the art would be rather complex and inefficient in use for both simulation purposes and even more for implementation in a product’s user interface.
  • Existing devices might not be able to handle complicated user models.
  • Not all facets are needed for the specific use case. E.g. modelling some severe visual impairment is not relevant when designing a car.
  • Specific requirements might require modifications in existing user models.
  • Ways of measuring variables might differ among use cases.

New findings may result in changes and updates of models.

STS Chair: Fraunhofer FIT: Yehya Mohamad, Manfred Dangelmaier, Matthias Peissner, Carlos Velasco;
Pradipta Biswas

Submission: Contributions to a STS have to be submitted using the standard submission procedures of ICCHP. When submitting your contribution please make sure to select this STS under “STS/Session”.
Contributions to a STS are evaluated by the Programme Commitee of ICCHP and by the chair(s) of the STS.
Please get in contact with the STS chairs for discussing your involvement and pre-evaluation of your contribution.

Submission Deadline: February 1, 2012

Link to STS page: http://www.icchp.org/node/349

Sep
28

VERITAS released following demonstration videos of the simulations it is working on in the different application areas:

Video: Automotive – Pull Handbrake (dynamic, hard handbrake and easy handbrake)
Subjects: Normal & Elderly


This video describes a scenario where the designer performs accessibility evaluation of a car’s handbrake prototype for a fully capable user and an elderly user with limited force exertion capabilities. The designed prototype is evaluated via the framework by following step by step the a scenario containing four subtasks: a) locate the handbrake, b) reach it, c) grab it and d) pull it. Two different handbrake models were tested: the first had a resistance torque of 17Nm, which loosely speaking can be translated into lifting a weight of about 4.8kgr, while in the second the resistance was 6Nm (~1.7kgr).
The results of the simulation process showed that the normal user was able to perform the requested tasks in both prototypes. However, it was clearly revealed that were accessibility issues for the elderly user regarding the first handbrake: the user failed to complete the task because of his limited strength capabilities. However, when the resistance torque was reduced, the elderly user managed to complete the task.

Video: Workplace – Open Drawer (kinematic, drawer above desk and drawer below desk)
Subjects: Normal & User having Rheumatoid Arthritis on the left arm.

In these 2 videos, two different desk prototypes were evaluated: one having its drawers above the desk and one having them below. Two virtual user models were tested: normal user and user having rheumatoid arthritis on his left arm. The users asked to perform four tasks: a) locate the bottom drawer, b) reach its handle, c) grab it and d) pull the drawer.
The results of the simulation process clearly revealed accessibility issues of the rheumatoid arthritis user. More specifically, while the normal user performed successfully in both designs, the reumatoid arthritis user could not reach the drawer above the desk, because of his left arm’s limited range of motion. As it is shown, the impaired user managed to open the drawer when it was placed below the desk.

Video: Infotainment – Navigate to a visible location, Navigate to audio source. (Vision, Hearing)
Subjects: Normal & various Vision and Hearing impairments among which (colour blindess (3 kinds), Macular Degeneratio, Autitis, Otosclerosis, etc.)


This video demonstrates the scenario where the user wants to enter a 3D metaverse environment, in this case Second Life. The user must be able to acces both the 2D elements of the GUI but also to navigate the avatar inside the 3D space both towards visible locations but also to locations defined by distinct audio sources. The virtual user models that correspond to visual impairments demonstrated include Macular Degeneration, Protanopia, Deuteranopia, Tritanopia, Cataract etc. and the virtual user models that correspond to hearing impairments Otosclerosis, Otitis, Presbycusis etc. while some virtual user models combining both types of impaiments are also used. The simulation of the effects of these impairments help the designer/developer of such an application to identify directly any accessibility problems in an interactive manner.

Jul
06

The next VERITAS User Forum entitled “Defining simulation task models for everyday solutions, designed for all”, takes place on Tuesday 20th September from 13h00 till 17h00, hosted at Crown Plaza in Nottingham.

This workshop is intended to attract:

  • End-users (people with disabilities, older people);
  • Designers from the automotive, home and working environment, ehealth, and infotainment area;
  • Representatives from end-user organizations;
  • Policy makers.

During this highly participative workshop you will be introduced to the VERITAS project, followed by a first demonstration of how accessible design can be simulated in the automotive, working and home environment. You will as such co-influence the project development and, through your input, expertise and feedback as users and designers of accessible solutions, ensure that the developed applications respond to real user needs

Main issues that will be addressed:

  • The VERITAS project at a glance
  • Outcomes of the 1st User Forum
  • Introducing to the VERITAS task models – Demonstration users/task models simulation environment.
  • Discussion in groups per application area on the task models
  • Presentations in plenary on outcome of group discussions

The full agenda can be downloaded here (accessible pdf).

You are kindly invited to take part in this event. While access is free, places are limited. We therefore kindly ask you to register, using the below form.

Registration is now closed.

Jul
04

VERITAS’ 2nd workshop “Accessibility Engineering with User Models, Simulation and VR” is organized in the context of the 2011 Joint Virtual Reality Conference on 20-21 September 2011, Nottingham UK.

The workshop chaired by Manfred Dangelmaier (Fraunhofer IAO, Stuttgart, Germany), and which is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon 21 September 2011, will gather a wide array of experts and users in the area of Simulation and Virtual Reality, and showcase relevant projects and initiatives in the area of accessible design and simulation in the areas of automotive, home, working environment, infotainment and ehealth design.

Oct
22

Ve dnech 29.-30. listopadu se na Fakultě elektrotechnické Českého vysokého učení technického v Praze bude konat První celoevropský workshop a Uživatelské fórum projektu VERITAS.
Cílem projektu VERITAS je podpora vývoje uživatelsky přístupných produktů z různých aplikačních oblastí pomocí virtuálních modelů uživatelů a využití těchto modelů pro testování vyvíjených produktů pomocí simulací ve virtuálním prostředí. Za použití nástrojů vytvářených v projektu VERITAS bude možné odhalit v počátečních fázích vývoje různé překážky, které snižují přístupnost produktů pro různé skupiny uživatelů (zejména postižené a seniory), což dovoluje návrhářům vylepšit a upravit jejich původní návrh tak, aby žádné skupiny uživatelů nevylučoval. Konkrétní aplikační oblasti, na které se projekt zaměřuje, zahrnují automobilový průmysl, inteligentní domácnost, zdravotní péči a oblast elektronické zábavy. Projekt VERITAS je podporován ze 7. rámcového programu Evropské unie a sdružuje 34 univerzit, výzkumných institucí a firem z různých zemí Evropské unie.
Uživatelské fórum projektu má za cíl umožnit setkání vývojářů a návrhářů na straně jedné a budoucích uživatelů na straně druhé. Workshop poskytne podněty zejména vývojářům a výkonným pracovníkům ze zmíněných aplikačních oblastí. Obě události představí již vyvinuté modely virtuálních uživatelů a první funkční prototyp.
Program obou událostí je dostupný na webové stránce projektu VERITAS. Již nyní je možné se bezplatně zaregistrovat na níže uvedené adrese. Termín pro registraci je 22. listopad 2010.
Potenciální návrháři, výrobci a uživatelé aplikací VERITAS se také mohou připojit k online uživatelskému fóru, kde se mohou zúčastnit diskuse. V případě potřeby dalších informací nebo dotazů prosím kontaktujte: info@www.veritas-project.eu (komunikace v anglickém jazyce).
Stránka pro online registraci.

Oct
13

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – October 13 20, 2010: VERITAS (Virtual and Augmented Environments and Realistic User Interactions To achieve Embedded Accessibility DesignS) announced today its first Pan-European VERITAS User Forum and Workshop which will take place on 29-30 November 2010. The events will be hosted at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague (Czech Republic).
Ensuring that all products developed in the car, home, work, healthcare and entertainment industry are accessible and designed for all, lies at the core of the VERITAS project. Through the development of virtual user models that can be inserted in simulation environments, any design elements that cause barriers for the beneficiaries (people with disabilities and older people) can be detected at the very beginning, thus allowing the designers to improve their initial design and make it inclusive.
The User Forum aims to bring together on the one hand the developers and designers, and on the other hand the beneficiaries of the developed products and services. The Workshop aims to gain momentum among all affected stakeholders from the aforementioned industries, while offering equally a stage for all involved designers and beneficiaries to discuss their needs with the industry.
These events will also introduce already developed virtual user models, and demonstrate a first working prototype.
The agenda of the two events are available on the VERITAS website. Free registration is already possible using the online registration form. The deadline for registration is 22 November 2010.
Designers, developers and beneficiaries of the VERITAS applications are also welcome to join the project’s online User forum where they can engage in relevant discussions.
For further information or queries please contact info@www.veritas-project.eu.

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

www.www.veritas-project.eu
twitter.com/VeritasProj

You can also download the VERITAS press release – for immediate release (pdf file).