Software Development for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-exclusion
Software Development for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-exclusion

3-4-5 June, 2009 - MSFT - Software para Microcomputadores, Lda. - Av. Professor Doutor Aníbal Cavaco Silva - Edifício C1, C2
TAGUSPARK 2744-010 Porto Salvo - Lisboa - PORTUGAL

Keynote Speaker

   Giving the tools for shortening the gap: Technology against exclusion
By Prof. Christos Antonopoulos, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Prof. Christos Antonopoulos
After an effort to give some models of disability, to explain the main elements of accessibility and the guiding principle of Inclusive Design, the talk is going to be directed to some practical efforts made by various laboratories of the school of Engineering of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, to increase the quality of life, giving the necessary tools to people with special needs. The knowledge of the different needs of such group of people plays a key role to design cities with no limitations to everyone, in every aspect of the human activities.
Taking into account that “information” is a common need, serious efforts have been made to offer this knowlegde to everyone, by designing tools which offer an easy access to every days activieties. Methods and instruments that allow everyone to use safely and comfortably all transportation modes is one of the tasks that have to be solved and some new products have been designed.
The lecture will be conclude with some remarks about a joint effort with the medecine school to reduce the recovery and healing time after a bones break. The time is a critical parameter in serious injuries, influence the quality of life, causing income problems and efforts of decreasing it to achieve a full come back to normal activities plays a significant role to Inclusion strategy.

Christos Antonopoulos was born in Alexandroupolis, Greece on July 20, 1958. He received the Diploma and the Dr. Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. His scientific interests include problems dealing with the Electromagnetic Field Theory, Wave Propagation, Analytical and Numerical Methods in Electromagnetism, Electromagnetic Compatibility, Acoustic Propagation and Bioengineering. The last one is focused in two areas. The influence of electromagnetic radiation in human bodies and in bone trauma healing using electromagnetic fields. He is currently associate professor with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Faculty of Technology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Dr. Antonopoulos is a senior member of IEEE, and the Technical Chamber of Greece. He was the director of Telecommunications Division during the years 2005-2008 and he is currently the vice-director of the Telecommunications Laboratory.


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