Video: Aladin at iMinds the Conference ’13

Posted by Jonathan Huyghe on Wednesday February 12th 2014 at 14:59

On december 5, 2013, Mobilab and CUO | Social Spaces presented a demo of the ALADIN project at iMinds the Conference, showing off the vocal interface for domotics in both standard Dutch and West-Flemish. iMinds The Conference is a yearly conference bringing together the best and brightest in academia, policy making, business and venture capital in Belgium, with keynote speeches from thought leaders and breakout sessions on collaborative research and entrepreneurship. This year’s theme was “digital innovation in Europe”, and besides presentations there were over 40 demos from fields such as smart cities, media, future internet, or health.

Our demo was the first public demonstration of the ALADIN vocal interface engine in action, making use of the 3D environment used in our user tests, a playstation controller for movement and as a start/stop button for speech commands, the companion iPad application and a home automation box with three connected lamps.

Because the online learning is not yet operation-ready, we trained the system beforehand, repeating each command 6 times (3 times in a noisy environment, 3 times in a quiet environment) using a close talk microphone, which was also used during the conference. During the set-up and plenary meetings at the conference, when things were relatively quiet, we achieved an almost perfect accuracy in recognition, but more surprisingly, the system managed to maintain a high accuracy (80%) during the noisy break periods. Only during the live performance of a pumkin orchestra on the demo floor did the accuracy drop below 50%.

If you missed the conference, you can find a video of our demo on top.

Call for Papers: The 13th biennial Participatory Design Conference (PDC) in Windhoek, Namibia. (6. – 10. October 2014)

Posted by Katrien Dreessen on Thursday January 16th 2014 at 14:07

The conference theme of the 13th Participatory Design Conference  2014 is “Reflecting connectedness”. We are currently experiencing a  technologically pushed trend in ‘being always connected’.  This is  manifested in a number of designed artifacts, such as smart-phones,  social networks, computer supported cooperative work and distributed  working tools. By ‘reflecting connectedness’ in PD, we acknowledge  influential relations across continents, societies, people,  disciplines and time, beyond the direct involvement of stakeholders.   While PD has evolved as a discipline on its own, we should  continuously reflect on interrelations of theories and practices  within and across the field and thereby enriching PD within a wider context. We must further engage in critical debates of what it means  to design within and for a multilayered network, such as the on-line  world versus off-line interactions, the blurring distinction of  designers and users, researchers and artists, design and research ‘in  the wild’, designing for social justice, inclusiveness, and  sustainability. We invite authors to deliberate on these relations within and beyond the field of PD, which affect its conceptualization  and practices all over.
The 2014 PDC seeks to attract submissions from different disciplines,  academics, practitioners and artists in form of tutorials, workshops,  doctorial consortiums, participatory art encounters, papers, and  industry cases.


Demos of AToM and ALADIN at iMinds The Conference

Posted by Karin Slegers on Friday November 29th 2013 at 17:49

At the annual conference of iMinds, iMinds The Conference, the results of two of our health-related projects will be demonstrated.

AToMThe demo of the AToM project consists of a smartphone app and a tablet app for dementia caregivers. These apps give caregivers access to dynamic meal information (e.g. diets, medication, need for assistance, but also personal preferences and recommendations) and to evaluate the meal experience, generating feedback for future meals.

ALADINThe ALADIN demo is a 3D, interactive home environment that is operated with an assistive voice control system. It shows how people with physical disabilities can use speech to open doors and window blinds, or rely on a customized touch screen interface that offers maximal efficiency and ease-of-use.

In total, more than 40 demos will be showcased and the conference program includes several interesting international speakers. Please check out the full program at the conference’s website, where you can also register to attend.

PDC 2014

Posted by Selina Schepers on Monday June 3rd 2013 at 15:10

In 2014, another ‘Participatory Design Conference’ will take place. This 13th PD conference will be in Windhoek, Namibia.

According to its website: “The 2014 PDC will be a platform to connect ‘in person’ with designers, researchers, artists, practitioners and other related people, to engage in fruitful dialogues, to participate in numerous activities such as tutorials, workshops, doctorial consortiums, participatory art encounters, paper presentations as well as game viewing and exquisite dinning.
All in all you are looking forward to an unforgettable conference experience with many new insights and connections.”

The submission deadlines are on the conference website:

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SHARE conference

Posted by Katrien Dreessen on Thursday March 21st 2013 at 12:11

shareOn the 24th and 25th of May, the third and closing conference of SHARE will take place at LUCA – campus Sint-Lukas Brussel. SHARE is a European project that focuses on Phd and research in the arts.  SHARE is an international networking project, comprising 39 partners working together on enhancing the ‘3rd cycle’ of arts research and education, creating a Europe-wide exchange framework for the widely different experiences, practices and ideas that make up the lively domain of artistic and cultural research.

More information and the full program can be found here