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10th European e-Accessibility Forum
e-Accessibility in a connected world

30 May 2016, 9am-6pm
Cité des sciences et de l'industrie, Paris

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Programme committee


The conference at a glance
The 10th European e-Accessibility Forum was held on the 30 May 2016 at the Cité des Sciences in Paris. It was held under the high patronage of President François Hollande, and under the patronage of Axelle Lemaire, Secretary of State for Digital Affairs, and Ségolène Neuville, Secretary of State for People with disabilities.
BrailleNet was delighted to welcome around 200 participants to its 2016 forum on the topic of e-Accessibility in a connected world.
To see photos of the event, please visit the EAF2016 Photo Album (credits Romain Gresillon)

The conference at a glance

The 10th European e-Accessibility Forum was held on the 30 May 2016 at the Cité des Sciences in Paris. It was held under the high patronage of President François Hollande, and under the patronage of Axelle Lemaire, Secretary of State for Digital Affairs, and Ségolène Neuville, Secretary of State for People with disabilities.

BrailleNet was delighted to welcome around 200 participants to its 2016 forum on the topic of e-Accessibility in a connected world.

To see photos of the event, please visit the EAF2016 Photo Album (credits Romain Gresillon).

General Description

Each day our social and economic lives becomes increasingly connected as the boundaries between physical and digital spaces fall away. The scale of this expanding infrastructure, commonly known as the Internet of Things (IoT), is unprecedented and forecast to grow at an astonishing rate. Embedded in devices from streetlights to household appliances, networks of sensors will gather data which can be leveraged in real time through cloud technologies to provide specialised and contextualised services when and where they are needed. Access to an intuitive and affordable "smart" network of objects and services will reduce the need for direct human actioning and decision making and aim to overcome boundaries that presently condition our interaction with the world around us.

Still very much in its infancy, it is hoped that this web of intelligent and connected objects will make life a great deal easier for people with disabilities and the elderly. Seamlessly integrated into the home, the transport network and the workplace, sensors will have the capacity to capture very specific needs and adapt services and applications accordingly. Real-life examples of the comfort and convenience offered by smart objects are emerging, and there is a great deal of research and development underway which explores and builds on the capabilities of this new technology to bridge gaps in the digital divide.

Without the necessary cooperation and control, however, the Internet of Things may in fact introduce further barriers to users with physical, sensory, or cognitive impairments. With increased connectivity comes increased complexity, and with this exposure to new threats and vulnerabilities. Standard and interoperable communication protocols that integrate accessibility alongside technology, semantics and security and privacy requirements are paramount in order to create a robust and safe ecosystem. Accessibility professionals need to work together with ICT stakeholders, device manufactures, service providers, research institutes and universities to ensure that the needs of disabled users are integrated into the incremental development of the Internet of Things.

This 10th European e-Accessibility Forum explored such topics as:



i-stay@home or enabling seniors to stay at home through the Internet of Things

Imad Abdallah, Aareon

photo of Imad Abdallah

Imad Abdallah is Aareon's project lead on the European i-stay@home project. Launched in 2012, i-stay@home aims to use new technologies to limit the impact of aging and help seniors to overcome issues around isolation, safety, and disability. European leader in digital solutions for real estate, Aareon is a project partner and has designed and implemented a digital platform to allow older people to prolong their autonomy within their own homes. This add-on provides health monitoring services at home through connected devices such as smart scales, blood pressure monitors and a watch which measures heartbeat.


Accessible Open Web Platform

By Shadi Abou-Zahra, W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)

photo Shadi Abou-Zahra

Shadi Abou-Zahra works with the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) as Activity Lead of the WAI International Program Office, which includes groups that are responsible for education and outreach, coordination with research, general discussion on web accessibility, coordination with the WAI Technical Activity, and WAI liaisons with other organizations including standards organizations and disability groups. Shadi coordinates WAI outreach in Europe, accessibility evaluation techniques, and international standards promotion and harmonization activities. He is the scientific coordinator of the WAI-DEV Project (IST 611612), and is an editor and staff contact for the Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG). Shadi previously also led developments of the WAI-ACT Project (IST 287725), WAI-AGE Project (IST 035015), and WAI-TIES Project (IST 038471).


How to build accessible smart cities without frightening people

By Ross Atkin, Ross Atkin Associates

photo Ross Atkin

Ross Atkin holds masters degrees in both Industrial Design and Mechanical Engineering from the Royal College of Art and University of Nottingham respectively. He has worked on technological development in industry at major UK manufacturers like Dyson and on academic research at the Royal College of Art. He maintains a design and development practice concentrating on the interfaces between disability, technology and the city, working for world-leading manufacturers like Stannah and Marshalls, major disability charities like Scope and municipal authorities. Ross has been working with pervasive computing since 2007 and actively developing Internet of Things products since 2011. He is currently working on a series of connected products in the smart city and assisted living spaces including Responsive Street Furniture which was nominated for the Design Museum's Designs of the Year award 2015.

How the Internet of Things has the potential to make the world accessible to everyone

Jean-Christophe Coiffier, Head of Device IOT Excellence Centers, Nokia

photo de Jean-Christophe Coiffier

Jean-Christophe Coiffier is Head of a business entity dedicated to InterOperability Testing (IOT) for mobiles, chipsets & smart devices with wireless networks for worldwide needs. At the centre of an ecosystem which is now welcoming actors from the Internet of Things (IoT), Jean-Christophe has a strong belief in the impact of smart devices on our world and their potential to help people manage their lives and in particular their health and disabilities. The connected environment will tell us more about people and their needs, but like security and privacy, these needs need to be factored in from the outset.


Pocket informers: Privacy problems with portable communication objects

By Mathieu Cunche, Associate Professor, INSA-Lyon

photo Mathieu Cunche

Mathieu Cunche is an Associate Professor for undergraduate programmes at INSA-Lyon. He is a member of the CITI laboratory and the INRIA Privatics project team. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Grenoble and an engineering degree from ENSIMAG. His research focuses on issues around privacy protection and security related to new information and communications technology. He is particularly interested in the implications of the use of radio technologies in mobile devices on privacy. Anonymous communication systems and issues around Internet censorship are also central interests.

IoT applications in e-Health

By Marie-Christine Jaulent, Director of Research, INSERM (French Institute of Health and Medical Research)

photo of Marie-Christine Jaulent

Marie-Christine Jaulent studied computer engineering and completed a doctorate in Artificial Intelligence in 1986. She is now Director of Research at the Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (French Institute of Health and Medical Research). She directs the LIMICS research laboratory (UMRS 1142, Inserm, UPMC, UP13) which specialises in Medical Informatics and Knowledge Engineering for e-Health. In April 2016 the LIMICS is organising an international conference in Paris called STC 2016 : "Transforming Healthcare with the Internet of Things". Marie-Christine Jaulent has written over 100 articles in scientific journals and is involved in international standardisation work (IHTSDO). In 2012 she was appointed co-editor of the International Medical Informatics Association's Yearbook of medical informatics.


EU-funded research and innovation of ICT for people with disabilities: ongoing action and future opportunities

By Marco Marsella, Acting Head of the Unit Inclusion, Skills and Youth (G4), CONNECT Directorate-General, European Commission

photo Marco Marsella

Marco Marsella is Acting Head of the Unit Inclusion, Skills and Youth (G4), at CONNECT Directorate-General. The Unit contributes to policy development, innovation and research implementation in the areas of Inclusion, Learning and Better Internet for Kids (safer internet). Previously, Marco has worked in the Unit dealing with Safer Internet and eContent. He has also served as project and policy officer in the Unit "Cultural Heritage & Technology Enhanced Learning".

The Internet of Things: Technologies which enable objects to connect and communicate with one another

Nathalie Mitton, iNRIA Researcher

photo de Nathalie Mitton

Nathalie Mitton graduated in engineering in 2003 and earned her doctorate at the INSA in Lyon in 2006. She was appointed a director of studies at the University of Lille 1 in 2011. She has been an INRIA researcher since 2006 and became director of the INRIA FUN research team in 2012. Her research focuses on the mechanisms of communication and self-organising wireless technologies of the Internet of Things, in particular, sensor networks, wireless robots and RFID systems. Among other things, she is responsible for implementing the Equipex FIT platform. She is active on numerous program committees and involved in the organisation of scientific events.


How the Internet of Things is changing healthcare

Alexis Normand, Director of Research & Development in Healthcare, Withings

photo d'Alexis Normand

Alexis Normand is Director of Research & Development in Healthcare at Withings, leader of IoT Healthcare. A graduate of HEC Business School and the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences-Po), he has a background in industry and strategy consultancy, notably assisting public healthcare policy reform for government agencies in the Gulf. He also serves on a French Think Tank.


Connected objects and privacy issues

By Stéphane Petitcolas, Head of R&D Laboratory, Commission nationale de l'informatique et des libertés (CNIL)

photo Stephane Petitcolas

A computer engineer by training, Stéphane Petitcolas joined the Commission nationale de l'informatique et des libertés (CNIL) in 2012. The CNIL is France's regulatory body whose mission is to ensure that data privacy law is applied to the collection, storage, and use of personal data. As head of the CNIL's Research and Development laboratory, Stéphane Petitcolas has worked with connected objects, smart metres and smartphones. He is also responsible for overseeing the technical application of data privacy law by the big Internet firms (Google, Apple and Facebook).


Changing the World - Strategies, Partnerships and Business Propositions for the IoT

Steve Tyler, Head of Strategy, Solutions and Planning, RNIB

photo de Steve Tyler

Steve Tyler has worked in the sight loss sector for over twenty years commencing in the role of Transcription Manager in 1992 and progressing to his current role of Head of Solutions, Strategy and Planning. Steve has been successful in leading the strategy for new services and products for blind and partially sighted people globally. Through multi disciplinary teams and external partners, he has been directly involved in the creation of many life changing technology based products and is particularly motivated by leading and working with teams to achieve their goals. Some of his key achievements have been bringing about access to mobile devices, access to TV, creating partnerships that delivered the highest quality synthetic speech in the world, and delivering specialist products for blind and partially sighted people.

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