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Press conference and publicity material related to the R&D activities of the HCI Lab.

Press releases

Access to the web for people with disabilities, PATRIS, 28/08/2010.
The accessibility of the greek Web, ELEFTHEROTYPIA, 21/12/2009.
The Institute of Social Protection & Solidarity and the Institute of Computer Science-FORTH organised two workshops on "Web accessibity in Greece and equal access to e-government services". The first workshop took place in Athens, Amphitheatre of the Ministry of Development, 4 December 2008, and the second in Heraklion, Municipality of Heraklion, "Androgew Room", 9 December 2008.
Mobile navigation system for the Natural History Museum of Crete, Kosmodromio, NEA KRITI, 07/2008.
Electronic educational textbooks for visually disabled students, The Economist (KATHIMERINI, Special Edition, 12/2007).


Universally Accessible eServices for Disabled People (Panhellenic Assiociation of the Blind) A national project entitled "Universally Accessible eServices for Disabled People" has just been completed. It is a National funded project that aims to promote the equal participation of people with disabilities in e-government services, and supports independent living by enabling the provision of personalised and informative fully accessible e-services available through mobile devices as well as traditional desktop PCs equipped with assistive technology.

Brochure about the "Universally Accessible eServices for Disabled People" project (in Greek, Adobe PDF, 1Mb)

Access for the disabled to e-government services. Development of the Greek eGovernment portal, in the context of the Operational Programme "Information Society", Measure 2.2 "Government online". The website as well as additional information about this initiative is available at:

Brochure about the "eGovernment Services for Disabled" project (in Greek, Adobe PDF, 1Mb)

The ARGO system for accessible Web navigation The ARGO System is an appropriately designed application for navigating in the World Wide Web, which addresses all users, including people with disabilities. ARGO supports visual and non-visual interaction in order to satisfy the special needs of blind, people with vision problems, and people with mobility impairments.

Brochure about the ARGO system (in English, Adobe PDF, 287Kb)

Brochure about the ARGO system (in Greek, Adobe PDF, 210Kb)

The AVANTI Web Browser: Supporting User-Adapted Interaction The AVANTI Web Browser (acting as a front-end to the AVANTI system) aims to provide accessibility and high quality interaction to all potential users. Following the Unified User Interface Design methodology (U2ID), a unified browser layer has been developed, which addresses the different abilities and skills, and diverse requirements and preferences of a wide range of users, including disabled and elderly people. Lexical and syntactic adaptability and adaptivity techniques are applied to the unified browser, in order to provide accessibility and high quality interaction to able-bodied, motor-impaired and blind users.

Brochure about the AVANTI Browser (in English, Adobe PDF, 131Kb)

NAYTILOS: A unified Web navigation system for people with disability The NAYTILOS browser is a unified web navigation system appropriate for users with different disability types. To this direction, NAYTILOS integrates two different user interfaces: one that supports non-visual interaction for the blind, and one for people with severe mobility impairments who find it hard or impossible to use conventional input/output devices; in this interface, in terms of interaction, the user is only required to handle a special dual switch with any part of his or her body.

Brochure about the NAYTILOS Browser (in Greek, Adobe PDF, 664Kb)

CanteenManager: A vocational training application for Disabled People CanteenManager is a specifically designed application for users with learning difficulties and intellectual disabilities. It has been developed in order to provide cognitive impaired users with support for overcoming specific problems as well as for developing and enhancing the vocational skills required for the management of a refectory.

Brochure about the CanteenManager (in English, Adobe PDF, 112Kb)

FORTH Editor: An Accessible Word Processor for Disabled People FORTHEditor is a word processing application specifically designed for disabled users with motor impairments of upper limbs and users with learning difficulties.

Brochure about the FORTHEditor (in English, Adobe PDF, 94Kb)

SEWTrain: A vocational training application for Disabled People SEWTrain has been developed in order to provide cognitive impaired users with support for developing and enhancing the vocational skills required for table and bed linen production.

Brochure about the SEWTrain (in English, Adobe PDF, 94Kb)

Designing user-adapted interaction: The USE-IT system USE-IT is a design sup-port environment dedicated to aiding the design of user-adapted interaction at the lexical level. In the current implementation, USE-IT automates the specification of user-adapted interaction facilities accessible by disabled and elderly people.

Brochure about the USE-IT system (in English, Adobe PDF, 159Kb)

Unified Interface Implementation in A 4GL Framework: The I-GET UIMS tool The I-GET tool is a language-based UIMS for dialogue control implementation. It requires that interface developers write explicitly interface code in the I-GET dialogue specification language. Interactive construction facilities are not provided, since this would require a specific toolkit to be considered, an approach conflicting with one of the main objectives of the I-GET tool: openness with respect to underlying utilised toolkits. I-GET supports integration and utilisation of multiple toolkits in parallel through its powerful toolkit interfacing method.

Brochure about the I-GET UIMS tool (in English, Adobe PDF, 41Kb)

UA-Chess: A Universally Accessible Chess Game UA-Chess is a web-based chess game that can be concurrently played by people with different abilities and preferences, including people with disability (e.g., low-vision, blind and hand-motor impaired).

Brochure about the UA-Chess (in English, Adobe PDF, 4.836Kb)

Brochure about the UA-Chess (in Greek, Adobe PDF, 4.809Kb)

Virtual Prints (ViPs): A novel Interaction Concept for Virtual Environments ViPs is a novel concept for Virtual Environments (VEs) introduced mainly to support orientation, navigation and way finding in VEs. Nonetheless, the ViPs concept can also be used for other purposes, such as for supporting social navigation, training and creating tutorial sessions, developing virtual tours and visualising and tracking the path of users or moving objects. Furthermore, the user-tracking and visualisation mechanism can be employed to support user-based evaluation of VEs (e.g., path analysis, re-playing user actions, providing statistics related to distance traveled or least / most visited areas and common interactions).

Brochure about ViPs (in English, Adobe PDF, 487Kb)

Brochure about ViPs (in Greek, Adobe PDF, 410Kb)

ERCIM Working Group: User Interfaces for All (UI4All) The ERCIM Working Group "User Interfaces for All" (UI4ALL) was initiated in 1995 against the background of European R&D activities which had analysed the requirements, identified the viability, and demonstrated the feasibility of constructing 'user interfaces for all', i.e., interfaces which can automatically adapt to address the individual user requirements of potentially all users.

Brochure about the UI4ALL ERCIM Working Group

The European Design for All e-Accessibility Network (EDeAN) The European Design for All e-Accessibility Network (EDeAN) was established in July 2002 and aims to raise the profile of Design for All (DfA) and emphasize its importance in achieving greater accessibility to the Information Society for as many people as possible (eAccessibility).

Brochure about EDeAN

National Network GR-DeAN: Universal Access in the Information Society The Greek node of the EDeAN Network is GR-DeAN, coordinated by the Centre for Universal Access and Assistive Technologies of ICS-FORTH, which is the National Contact Centre of EDeAN in Greece, acting in cooperation with the Greek National Confederation of Disabled People (ESAEA).

Brochure about GR-DeAN (in English, Adobe PDF, 433Kb)

Brochure about GR-DeAN (in Greek, Adobe PDF, 579Kb)

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