Programme

Haptic Communication – Breaking the Barriers for Inclusion and Participation

22 August, 2019

09:00 – 09:15 Registration

09:15 – 09:25 Kim Bolton (Prorektor, HB) - Welcome and Symposium Opening

09:25 – 09:40 Nasrine Olson (Project Coordinator, HB) - SUITCEYES Project Overview 

09:40 – 10:00 Malin Ekman Aldén (Director-General, Swedish Agency for Participation) - "National Policies on Participation, Accessibility and Inclusion"

10:00 – 10:20 Klas Nelfelt (Vice President, World Federation of the Deafblind) - “Deafblindness and WFDB”

10:20 – 10:40 Break

10:40 – 11:20 Carlo Geraci (Director of the IJN Sign language group - Institut Jean-Nicod, Switzerland) - “From Visual to Tactile Sign Languages: What Goes and What Stays”

11:20 – 12:00 Riitta Lahtinen and Russ Palmer (Riitta is the leader of the Social Haptic Communication research group. Russ is deafblind, and conducts research in the area. Both are active at the Intensive Special Education research group at the University of Helsinki, Finland) - “Haptic vs. Social-haptic Communication”

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch  

13:00 – 13:30 Cathrine Timm Sundin (Communication adviser, also Ann Britt Johansson and Rolf Lund - Eikholt, Norway) - “Experiences of Using Haptic Communication”

13:30 – 14:00 Sophia Alexandersson (CEO and artistic director at ShareMusic) - “Unlocking Doors in the Performing Arts – Technology as a Tool for Inclusion”

14:00 – 14:10 Jan Nolin (Professor, HB) – “Introduction to Presentations by SUITCEYES Members”

14:10 – 14:30 Sarah Woodin (Senior researcher at the University of Leeds, UK) - “Engaging People with Deafblindness in SUITCEYES’ Research”

14:30 – 14:50 Sándor Darányi and Stratos Kontopoulos (Professor, HB; Senior Researcher at CERTH, Greece) - “Dynamic Haptograms to Communicate Semantic Content”

14:50 – 15:10 Break 

15:10 – 15:30 Ray Holt, Panos Petrantonakis (Lecturer at the University of Leeds, UK; Senior Researcher at CERTH, Greece) - “Technological developments in SUITCEYES” 

15:30 – 15:50 Astrid Kappers (Professor, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands) - “Haptic Perception”

15:50 – 16:10 Nils-Krister Persson and Li Guo (Associate Professor, HB; Researcher, HB) - “Smart Textiles as an Interface”

16:10 – 16:45 Pawel Dobosz (Programme Manager at European Commission, Brussels) - “EU funding and research for inclusion”

16:45 – 17:00 Concluding remarks

17:00 – 17:40 Cultural engagement

17:50 – 18:30 Reception and a tour of the Smart textiles showroom and labs