Public lecture

Inclusive Design of Digital Technology in Brazil for People with Disabilities and Older People

  • 11 January 2023
  • 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
  • International House & Virtual IAS

IAS Open Programme Fellow Dr Andre Pimenta Freire delivers a seminar on their research.

Digital technologies play a vital role in the lives of people with disabilities and older people. Designing such technologies from inclusive principles has significant challenges in countries in the Global South, such as Brazil. This talk will present the research conducted at the ALCANCE – Research Group on Accessibility, Usability and Computational Linguistics at the Federal University of Lavras (UFLA) in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Dr André Freire will discuss his research, developed from an interdisciplinary perspective involving Computer Science, Design, Health and Public Administration. The talk will provide insights into research on the accessibility of digital services (including education, public services, farming, health and others) for people with visual disabilities and older people in Brazil, including new projects to promote civic engagement in the surveillance of digital accessibility and policy improvement in Brazil.

The presentation will also cover interdisciplinary research on the development and evaluation of smart home technologies for people with disabilities and older people in Brazil, including sociocultural aspects and the implications for the design of these technologies. This topic also deals with challenges to promote the integration of smart home technologies for health monitoring and ongoing developments of a prototype smart house on campus. The presentation will present ongoing collaborations with Loughborough University and research collaboration opportunities.

This event is hybrid format, please use the required booking button at the bottom of the page for either in-person or online.
(Please note that in-person spaces are limited and booking is required, so we can manage numbers for catering and also the space inside International House)

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