Members of the SiDE team presented at this year’s International Conference on Ageing, Disability and Independence (ICADI) which was held at the Sage Gateshead on September 8-10, 2010. Organised by Newcastle University and the University of Florida, this was the first time the event has been held outside the USA, providing an excellent opportunity for the project to showcase some of the latest technology being developed and the research taking place in the UK.
Prof Paul Watson delivered a talk outlining the overall aims of the SiDE project and various aspects of the research agenda were showcased in the exhibitor area throughout the duration of the conference (including a demonstration of utensils from the Ambient Kitchen (link to case study) and a film of Dr Jayne Wallace’s work on personhood in dementia (link to case study) .
Dr Gary Moulton, Product Manager in Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Group and a member of SiDE’s Steering Committee delivered one of the keynote presentations – “If it is Easier to See, Hear and Use a Computer, why isn’t it…?”
Microsoft is focused on making computers easier to see, hear and use by individuals-independent of their age, difficulties or impairments and is closely engaged with the ongoing work within SiDE.