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Thursday, March 7 • 9:00am - 12:00pm
Global Challenges and Global Collaboration in Assistive Technologies LIMITED

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The Assistive Technologies Events at ES:GC2  will engage participants in discussing new strategies and global opportunities for influencing disability research that will benefit individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities in developed countries and low-resourced communities. The presentations will highlight the potential for positive global impact that is envisioned by the DOCTRID International Research Institute and its international partners in the EU, USA, Canada and Japan.

Three key areas will be explored in the course of the Symposium and Workshop:

1. Establishing and utilizing internationally-based collaborations to conduct Assistive Technology research using EU Horizon 2020 Funding instruments.

2. Creating a global Assistive Technologies consortium that will access and utilize new European Union research and development funding to partner in collaborative research.

3. Maximizing the role of international Assistive Technologies R&D structures including DOCTRID and AAATE, the private sector, advocacy groups and charities that can expand access to diverse networks, assess research initiatives for broader impact and advise on policy and new directions.


Meeting: Early-bird AT Workshop for Speakers (by invitation only)
Date: Tuesday 5th March
Time: 9.30am-1.00pm
Venue: Enterprise Ireland Office Brussels 
Meeting: AT Symposium Speakers pre-symposium Workshop (by invitation only)
Date: Wednesday 6th March
Time: 2.00pm-4.00pm
Venue: ISC Offices

Meeting: AT Symposium (open to people registered to the Conference)
Date: Thursday 7th March
Time: 9.00am-12.00pm
Venue: EU Parliament
Meeting: AT Workshop (open to all)
Date: Thursday 7th March
Time: 2.00pm-6.00pm
Venue: Radisson BLU EU Hotel – Schuman Meeting Room




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Prof. Ian Gray

Symposium Co-Chair
Ian Gray currently develops interdisciplinary research initiatives for Michigan State University in global food safety and security, food processing, and autism and intellectual disabilities. A native of Northern Ireland, Ian received his doctoral degree from Queen’s University in Belfast. He joined Michigan State University in 1978 in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. In his previous role as vice president for Research... Read More →
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Prof. Brian Harvey

Director of Research, DOCTRID International Programme in Research and Technology for Intellectual Disability
Brian Harvey was the first and longest-serving Vice-President for Research appointed in an Irish University from 1998-2010. Through this role, he co-ordinated large-scale national and EU research programmes bringing in over €300million in funding which has contributed to the building of research institutes and the recruitment of hundreds of researchers.  Brian’s role in promoting EU research collaborations has been recognized at... Read More →
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Lynnae Ruttledge

International disability rights policy advisor, DOCTRID
Lynnae M. Ruttledge is a member of the US National Council on Disability, appointed by President Obama in 2013. In addition, she serves as a disability policy advisor to the international research institute, DOCTRID. Ms. Ruttledge served as Commissioner of the US Rehabilitation Services Administration from December 2009 to January 2012; a role that provided national level leadership for the public vocational rehabilitation and independent... Read More →

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Alixe Bonardi

Director, Center for Developmental Disabilities Evaluation and Research (CDDER)
Presentation Title: Assistive Technology Programs at the UMMS Shriver Center: An Overview and Perspectives Summary: Ms. Bonardi will provide a brief overview of programs at the Shriver Center of the University of Massachusetts Medical School that bear on assistive technology development and other technological supports for persons with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Within this context, she will discuss clinical perspectives in the design... Read More →
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Dr. Peter Cudd

Member of the board, Association for the Advancement for Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE)
Peter Cudd BSc PhD is a Senior Research Associate in the School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield, UK. He is a Member of the Board, Treasurer, and the UK national contact person of the Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe. Starting from working in Electrical Engineering  he has hopped disciplines working in research and development in medical engineering and then in user... Read More →
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Dr. Mick Donegan

Associate Senior Research Fellow, University College, Dublin; CEO & Founder ‘SpecialEffect’
Dr. Mick Donegan, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Design, OCAD University, Toronto. Associate Senior Research Fellow, University College, Dublin, CEO & Founder ‘SpecialEffect’, a UK-based Assistive Technology Charity www.specialeffect.org.uk which uses specialised technology to enhance access to videogames and creative self-expression for people with a wide range of disabilities.  Mick’s research draws on his many years... Read More →
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Mark Harniss, Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington
Presentation Title: Cognitive Support Technologies across Resource Settings Summary: This presentation describes the development of cognitive support technologies (based on sensor technology, activity recognition, and machine-based learning) designed for implementation in high-resourced settings in the United States.  A feasibility study in which these types of technologies were implemented in a lower-resourced setting in the U.S... Read More →
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Takenobu Inoue

Director, Department of Assistive Technology, Research Institute
Takenobu Inoue, MSE, Director, Department of Assistive Technology, Research Institute, The National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities, Japan. Advisor, RESJA (Rehabilitation Engineering Society of Japan).Takenobu Inoue carries out research related to assistive technology that helps people, based on a broad view encompassing the people who use assistive technology and the environments and situations in which it is... Read More →
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Cian O’Mathuna

Head of Microsystems Centre, Tyndall National Institute, UCC Ireland
Prof. Ó Mathúna is Head of the Microsystems Centre at the Tyndall National Institute in Cork, Ireland. With a compliment of over 80 researchers, led by 12 Principal Investigators and an annual budget of €5M, the Centre incorporates two Research Groups - Microelectronics Applications Integration (MAI) and Life Science Interface (LSI). Prof. Ó Mathúna leads the MAI Group with research activities in Ambient... Read More →
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Prof. Paul Whelan

Professor of Computer Vision, Director of Centre for Image Processing & Analysis, Dublin City University, Ireland
Prof Paul Whelan, Professor of Computer Vision, Director of Centre for Image Processing & Analysis, Dublin City University, Ireland. Prof. Paul F Whelan his Ph.D. (Computer Vision) from the Cardiff University (UK). During the period 1985-1990 he was employed by Industrial and Scientific Imaging Ltd and later Westinghouse (WESL), where he was involved in the research and development of high speed computer vision systems. He was appointed to... Read More →

Thursday March 7, 2013 9:00am - 12:00pm
European Parliament P5B001