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e-Inclusion Newsletter - 29/08/2011

29 August 2011

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REMINDER: Innovation Convention 2011 - call for exhibitors

(28 July 2011) On 5-6 December 2011, the European Commission is holding its first Innovation Convention following the adoption of the Innovation Union Flagship initiative in October 2010. This major event will gather more than 1200 participants involved in the innovation chain, including high-level policy makers, leading CEOs, deans of universities and research centres, bankers, venture capitalists, top researchers and innovators. This call for exhibition proposals is open to any organisation involved in a project funded by the EU's Framework programmes for Research (FP) or the EU's Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP). The project should have attained a certain level of maturity (for example be in a phase where it can be developed further thanks to patenting, venture capital etc). More importantly, it should be able to demonstrate some results with concrete examples. The NEW deadline for submission of exhibition proposals is 7 September 2011

See also: More on the Innovation Convention 2011

Meeting the challenge of an ageing Europe

(22 August 2011) The headline findings of the 'European Demography Report 2010' reveal a population that is larger, older and more diverse than ever. A version of the report is published every two years by the European Commission. The aim is to provide data that can be used by EU Member States and the EU to develop policies and initiatives that address demographic change.

See also: European Demography Report 2010

AAATE (European Conference for the Advancement of Assistive Technology) 2011 conference

31 August 2011 - 2 September 2011 Maastricht, The Netherlands

The theme of the conference is "Everyday Technology for Independence and Care". The event is the opportunity for the AAATE community to share their expertise, what has been achieved and what is further needed to advance the position of AT in Europe.

European Congress on E-Inclusion 'Transforming Access to Digital Europe in Public Libraries' (ECEI11)

6 September 2011 - 7 September 2011 Brussels

The ECEI11 agenda will focus particularly on the transformative role that libraries can play by acting as key institutions for change and providing access to the many new digital opportunities across Europe. A key aim will be to shine a spotlight on the links between EU policies on e-inclusion and public libraries highlighting where and how libraries can contribute to wider EU policy, strategy and outcomes as well as being linked to investment.

Master Class: Improving the Health Sector Performance with Innovative Utilization of Structural Funds

6 September 2011 - 8 September 2011 Lyon, France

More information on the newsletter at

See also: ICT for Health activities

Hands on Developer Workshop: Using the HaptiMap toolkit

16 September 2011 Getxo/Bilbao, Spain

The HaptiMap toolkit is a set of software tools developed to make it easier for developers to add more multimodal and accessible interaction in their services. The HaptiMap Toolkit simplifies the development of mobile location and mapping-based applications that make use of haptic, audio and visual input and output. It aims to achieve this by presenting a simple cross-platform API that abstracts the complexities of dealing with haptic/audio/visual input and output on these devices, on a cross-platform basis, and retrieving, storing and manipulating geographical data, behind a simple interface, leaving the user interface developers free to concentrate on maximising the usability and accessibility of their applications. The aim of this workshop is to give everyone interested in using the HaptiMap toolkit a chance to get valuable inside information as well as providing a hands on experience getting started using the toolkit software. HaptiMap is a European Commission-funded project (FP7-ICT-224675).

See also: HaptiMap project

Joint ITU/EBU workshop "How Can We Reach the Media Have-Nots of the Developed and Developing Worlds?", at the Internet Governance Forum

29 September 2011 Internet Governance Forum, Kenya

In 2011, ITU-T established a Focus Group on media accessibility, open to all interested parties, to bring together the requirements and systems across all the different media platforms – Internet, IPTV, and Broadcasting. The bold aim is to unify access system technologies across the world and across all media. The group will face many challenges to achieving its objectives. One will be to understand the different priorities of developed and developing nations. The focus group will also need to hear and act on the voices of those who will really use the access services, rather than the politicians. The session will bring together panellists from across the world and across the different media to help the dream of the Focus group a reality.

FUTURAGE Road Map Launch Conference: Meeting the Grand Challenge of Ageing: the New European Research Agenda

18 October 2011 Brussels

This conference will launch the FUTURAGE Road Map, which will provide a European research agenda for ageing research for the next 10 years. The Road Map will be presented in the European Parliament at this conference hosted by the STOA Panel of MEPs. Drawing on two years of work, eight stages of consultation with over 700 contributors the Road Map will shape the ageing research agenda in Horizon 2020 - the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The Road Map is one of the major strategic European initiatives addressing the grand challenge of the ageing population. Parallel initiatives including the Active and Healthy Ageing Innovation Partnership, European Research Area in Ageing, Joint Programme Initiative and the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012 will also be participating. The event is aimed at European, Member State and regional ageing research stakeholders.


Belgian Federal Science Policy Office call for proposals on "Demographic challenge and social cohesion"

(Deadline: 14/09/2011) The Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO) has launched a collaborative opportunity between its "Society and Future" research programme and the ERA-AGE 2 "Active and Healthy Ageing Across the Life Course" joint call. This will enable Belgian researchers to participate in the ERA-AGE 2 joint call, financed by BELSPO. Belgian applicants to the "Demographic challenge and social cohesion" strand of the BELSPO call are also eligible to submit their research proposal as part of a consortium applying to the ERA-AGE 2 joint call. If both applications are successful additional funding of €30000 Euros will be provided to the Belgian partner to cover the networking costs of participation in the ERA-AGE 2 project (including travel and functioning costs). This funding is available to a single project. Please take note of the deadlines for the "Society and Future" call: Expressions of interest must be made by 29 August 2011, 3pm Brussels time. Research proposals should be submitted by 14 September 2011, 3pm Brussels time.

New in the Library

Meet Kompai, your robot friend

22 August 2011

Kompai is a robot companion to humans who need one. Born in a workshop near Biarritz, France, Kompai is the fruit of the FP7 project MOBISERV to explore how machines can help the elderly and disabled. The result is a blend of watchdog, care assistant, and everyday computer. Vincent Dupourqué, the president of Robosoft, the company behind the venture, explained the idea: "A robot is certainly one of the best answers, the best technological answer to help people who are housebound." One of Robosoft's robotics engineer, Arnaud Lago, gave more details: "It's a mobile robotic platform which is able to move around an apartment automatically. It is equipped with a laser and distance sensors for navigation and security. There's a tablet PC with a tactile interface that allows it to interact with the person who'll be using it, two directional microphones in order to speak to it, and a camera to allow the person to speak to others." Kompai should be able to go where you tell him, help with the shopping list and even play games. Kompai's creators argue that the growing number of elderly people in Europe means there is an emerging market for robotic home help. Not just practical help either, but as Vincent said, also companionship: "Most people find they're really, really comfortable with the robot. We saw with the first tests with real patients that after a few minutes they forgot it was a machine and talked to him as if he was a person."

See also: Mobiserv project

New brochure on EU funding possibilities to promote active ageing, EU support to local and regional actors

22 August 2011

The Committee of the Regions, AGE Platform Europe and the European Commission have issued a brochure presenting EU funding possibilities for regional and local initiatives to promote active ageing and solidarity between generations. The brochure aims to make a particular contribution to the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012. The majority of initiatives to promote active ageing – throughout 2012 and onwards – will be taken without financial support from the EU, but in some cases EU funding will play a role. The brochure shows what resources are available and invites regional and local stakeholders to make the best possible use of them, preferably working in partnerships involving several countries. The brochure presents numerous examples of projects which have received EU funding. It also includes short presentations of the most relevant EU funding programmes to support new active ageing projects.

Interview with Ilias Iakovidis, Acting Head of the ICT for Inclusion unit, European Commission, in the VPH NoE July Newsletter

The virtual physiological human network of excellence is a FP7 funded project which aims to help support and progress European research in biomedical modelling and simulation of the human body. Its latest newsletter features an interview with Ilias Iakovidis, Acting Head of the ICT for Inclusion unit, European Commission.

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