A Look Back - AAATE Conference 2015

Zoe Leonard, 1 Dec 2015

A Look Back - AAATE Conference 2015

Mark Moseley , CDE Research Engineer and member of the winning team for the Times Higher Education Award for 'Outstanding Digital Innovation in teaching or research, 2015', was lucky enough to attend the 13th AAATE (Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe) conference.  The conference was held at the Budapest Congress Centre, Hungary.  Here, he reflects on his experience. 

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The AAATE conference focusses upon all forms of Assistive Technology (AT) and Accessibility.  It covers research, development as well as service provision.

On the first day there was a full-day workshop delivered by the Paciello group.  This focussed on working in teams to develop a new software/hardware AT product, considering the stages involved in getting it to market and, most importantly, ensuring that it includes and satisfies the needs of the target audience, as well as meeting regulatory standards.

Over the days that followed, papers were presented on subject areas as diverse as smart homes, augmented reality, robotics, tactile graphics, haptic feedback, wearable technology and computer gaming.  One of my favourite presentations was a demonstration where a drone was flown using a ‘4D’ mouth controller.  The audience watched as the drone swooped over their heads and then returned back to the pilot in his wheelchair!

 

It was a very friendly conference and it was very easy to network with other academics and practitioners working within this field.

Although I didn’t get much chance to see Budapest, it looks like a beautiful city and I would encourage people to visit.

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