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Research seminar: Asakawa and Takagi, 22 May, 2015

When: Friday, 22 May 2015; 10:00-12:00

Where: Dipartimento di Matematica e Informatica, Università di Udine, aula multimediale On Google maps

Evolution of Accessibility from Web to Real World

Chieko Asakawa

Biosketch of Chieko


Accessibility technologies have been empowering people with disabilities every day by providing access to massive information resources and various online services. IBM Research has played an important role in this evolution since the early days of personal computers. These days, information technologies are reaching the point of smart machines called “cognitive systems”, which can see, listen, and think in ways machines never approached. These systems will emerge as next-generation accessibility technologies can enhance the sensory and cognitive abilities of persons with disabilities to recognize and live in our “real world”. In this presentation, she will first review the history and technologies for information accessibility, then foresee the role of accessibility in the era of cognitive systems and real-world accessibility.

Aula multimediale, 10:00-11:00

Technologies for Active Aging Society

Hironobu Takagi

Biosketch of Hironobu


The accessibility technologies enabled persons with disabilities to actively study, work and live in our society. The approach is now expanding toward senior citizens. They were previous viewed as passive recipients of support, but now the role is dramatically changing to be active member of our society. IBM Research - Tokyo team has been working with University of Tokyo since 2010, to seek new active life models with latest technologies such as tele-presense technologies, crowd sourcing, and skill matching technologies. The work became the basis of the recept IBM-Apple-Japan Post announcement to provide new services for active seniors. In the presentation, we will first introduce activities at the joint project, introduce the new industrial project, and then finally discuss the possibility we can tackle ageing society by cognitive computing technologies.

Aula multimediale, 11:00-12:00

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