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Canada-Europe e-Inclusion Symposium


15 March 2007
Focus: e-Accessibility for blind and deaf communities
Centre de recherche informatique de Montréal (CRIM)
550 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite 100
Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3A 1B9

Centre de recherche informatique de Montréal and Canadian and European Partners of the IST-EC 2 project are proud to announce the first Canada-Europe eInclusion Symposium to take place on March 15, 2007. This inaugural summit will bring researchers from Europe and Canada together who are focused on e-Accessibility: the right of the disabled to benefit from the information society; a key focus of the global eInclusion thrust. In conjunction with the eInclusion Symposium, a FP7 Information Day will occur the following day, on March 16, which will enable researchers to network and learn all about ICT’s, especially eInclusion as it relates to international cooperation FP7.

eAccessibility research presentations will be the main focus of this event. Broadcasters, multi-media content providers, deaf and blind associations, and industry regulators, will present their future eAccessibility aspirations, visions, and goals. Industry regulators will also present the current legislative requirements for the disabled, and how these requirements could influence broadcasting and telecommunication research. These presentations will provide insight and inspiration to Canadian and European researchers to channel their efforts towards common research goals and outcomes.

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Challenge 7: Independent Living and Inclusion (of the European Union’s FP7 program) is calling on researchers to improve the accessibility and usability of new ICT solutions for people with disabilities, and to innovate assistive technologies for access to ICT by building on progress in emerging technologies. With a deadline of May 8, 2007 for research proposal Call 1, the e-Inclusion Symposium will be an opportune time to initiate partnerships. IST-EC 2 partners from both Europe and Canada will be available during this Symposium to provide information and general assistance to any researcher requiring information on participating in FP7.

Reasons to attend the event:

- Networking: Spend a day interacting with like-minded peers.
- Learning: Who does what in research in Canada and Europe?
- Opportunity: See what the needs of the deaf and blind communities are.
- Team building: Be part of new consortium initiatives.
Who should attend the event:

- eAccessibility researchers.
- Broadcasters.
- Telecommunication and Internet service providers.
- Telecommunication and Internet industry regulators.

Authors should first submit a PowerPoint snap-shot presentation of a maximum of 3 slides describing their research work. Upon acceptance, the candidate will be asked to submit a full presentation.

Pierre Dumouchel
Debbie Kemp

Canada-Europe eInclusion Secretariat
c/o CRIM
550 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite 100
Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3A 1B9
Telephone: +1-514-840-7992
Fax: +1-514-840-1244

Registration here free of charge to attend this event.

Symposium Steering Committee
Chair: Dr. Pierre Dumouchel, Scientific Vice-President CRIM / Professor ÉTS
Jacques Ouellet, Vice-President R&D, CRIM
François Lanctôt, President, Silex Créations inc.
Debbie Kemp, Canadian National Contact Point-IST, CRC
Mary Frances Laughton, Chief, Industry Canada
Morris Krymalowski, Lead Advisor, Industry Canada

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