Throughout the last decades we have observed a paradigmatic change on the use of information and communication technologies, which has powered the creation of an information and knowledge society, covering and influencing almost every domain of society. Traditional collaboration and cooperation as an aid to the execution of professional activities, in a restrictive man-machine interaction, has given way to social interaction empowering the growth of new areas as social networks, virtual communities and geo-collaboration. In the construction of this new information society, a particular care should be taken to universal access, ensuring people with disabilities and elderly people access ICTs on an equal basis with others.
In this talk we will explore the contributions of collaboration, more specifically, collaboration technologies to promote the e-Inclusion. We will focus on several research projects that are been conducted in UTAD in this field, regarding the navigation of blind people, universal access to emergency services and usage of accessible collaborative tools in educational collaborative environments.
Hugo Paredes received B.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Minho, Braga, Portugal, in 2000 and 2008. Since 2003, he has been with the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, where he is currently Assistant Professor lecturing on systems integration and distributed systems. His research interests are mainly in the field of Human Computer Interaction, including the areas of interaction in virtual environments and the development of collaborative tools, more specific models for regulation of interaction in virtual environments, interaction environments self-adaptation techniques, and methods for planning and development of collaborative applications. Recently, his main research interests have been Collaboration and Universal Access. He has authored or coauthored more than 50 refereed journal and conference papers and participated in several national and international research projects.
This talk is organized by the Human Computer Interaction Group at the Institute for Design and Assessment of Technology.