Dr John Gill OBE DSc FIET has worked for over 40 years in the area of scientific and technological research for people with disabilities. His research has included the design of fonts, public access terminals, tactile communication, orientation systems, automated production of braille and large print, and access to telecommunication systems and services. He has visited 40 countries and written 250 publications.
Prof Patrick Roe worked as a senior researcher on several European projects including the three COST219 Actions, where he acted as Chairman for five years of the COST 219ter Action “Accessibility for All to Services and Terminals for Next Generation Networks”. Within the framework of these COST Actions, he has been the main editor of several publications and books.
Dr Mike Short CBE FREng CEng FIET is the immediate-past President The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Vice President Telefonica Europe. He has been working in the electronics and telecommunications industry for 38 years, with the last 25 years in mobile communications. He was appointed as Director of Cellnet (now part of Telefónica and branded O2 UK) in 1989. Following elected roles as Chairman GSM ASSOCIATION and MDA (Mobile Data Association) , Mike has served as a member of the UK Home Office Internet Task Force, UK Government Trade and Investment ICT sector advisory board and its advisory committee on London 2012. He has been board member of UK Council for Child Internet Safety and an IET Trustee since 2008, and is currently a Board member of ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) . Mike is currently a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Leeds, Lancaster and Surrey.
Graham Worsley joined the then Department of Trade and Industry in 1978 with a focus on the ICT area. From around 1990 he ran collaborative R&D programmes in the telecommunications area and was asked to work on the development of the Assisted Living Innovation Platform in 2006 He is a member of the Advisory Board of InfoLab21 at University of Newcastle. He was responsible for pulling together various existing networks to build the Digital Communications Knowledge Transfer Network (DCKTN) and represents the UK on the European COST domain committee in ICT.
Gunela Astbrink is based in Australia and is the Principal of GSA
InfoComm. She holds the adjunct position of Senior Research Fellow at
the Institute for Integrated and Intelligent Systems at Griffith
University. She has 20 years of international experience in research and policy with
a focus on regulatory processes to benefit people with disabilities.
Gunela has represented disability organisations in advocating to improve
the accessibility of technology products and services. Gunela is a Director on the Board of the Internet Society of Australia
and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).
Peter Ball is
Strategic Research Director at Building Research Establishment.
Since graduating with a degree in Construction Technology and Management in 1984, Peter has spent a considerable amount of his time working outside the construction sector developing new and innovative technologies in smart, wireless, mobile and emerging technologies and is the winner of two International Innovation Awards for mobile solutions.
As Strategic Research Director, he now plays an important part of the shaping the research strategy of BRE and works with the Modern Built Environment Knowledge Transfer Network on new and emerging technologies and innovative technologies. Peter works closely with the UK Government’s Technology Strategy Board and EPSRC as a mentor, assessor and industry stakeholder and helps to shape the funding roadmap to support Research and Development for the built environment.
Peter also sits on the UK Management Board of Construct IT, is an advisor to the Design in Mental Health Network and leads BRE’s Health and Wellbeing strategy.
In 2011, Peter helped develop and launch the NHS Sustainability Portal with a number of key healthcare estates stakeholders which is looking to address the challenges faced by the NHS Estate. He is currently working with the Welsh Government on an innovative demonstration of tele-health and assisted living. The CEFALT project has created a living lab for highlighting addressing the issues and challenges of elderly people living alone and is fuelling research into new replacement technologies for assisted living as well as technologies, processes and opportunities for the built environment to deliver preventative healthcare interventions to address the issues of chronic illness and disease.
Professor Alan Newell MBE, FRSE is an Emeritus Professor at the School of Computing at Dundee University. This contains one of the largest academic groups in the world researching into computer and communication systems for older and disabled people. He has published widely in this field, including his recent book: “Design and the Digital Divide: insights from 40 years in Computer Support for Older and Disabled People” (Morgan & Claypool 2011). His current interest is the use of professional theatre to raise awareness and facilitate discussion on these issues. He was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2000 for contributions to computer-based systems for people with disabilities. In 2011 was presented with the (US) Association for Computing Machinery SIGCHI Social Impact Award, and in 2012 elected a member of the ACM SIGCHI Academy. A former Deputy Principal of the University, Alan is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Association for Computing Machinery and the British Computer Society, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.
Guido Gybels is aniInformation and communication technology expert and senior managerconcerned with innovation, research and development activities, software and hardware projects, standardisation and policy and regulatory strategy.
Over the last two decades of his career, Guido Gybels has been involved in digital technologies for desktop and mobile, with a special interest in Internet applications, usability and user-focused design. He acts as an expert advisor to both the UK government and the European Commission. He has studied and published in such diverse fields as history, linguistics, geography, didactics, docimology and psychology.
Professor Brian Collins CB FREng is Professor of Engineering Policy at University College London. Previously he was Chief Scientific Adviser at BIS as well as being the Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department for Transport and Professor of Information Systems at Cranfield University. His previous roles include International Director of Information Technology at Clifford Chance; Head of Information Systems at the Wellcome Trust; and Director of Science and Technology and Chief Scientist at GCHQ. Collins' university research was in the field of astrophysics, specifically solar and laboratory spectroscopy. He has a special interest in information exploitation in modernising national infrastructure, particularly in transport and energy, and in the design and engineering of structured, secure and dependable knowledge and information management processes and systems.
Prof Gregg Vanderheiden is Director of the Trace R&D Center and a Professor in both the Industrial & Systems Engineering and Biomedical Engineering Departments at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Vanderheiden has been working on technology and disability for just under 40 years. He was a pioneer in the field of Augmentative Communication before moving to computer access in the 1980s. Many of the accessibility features that are now built into every Macintosh, Windows and Linux computer were created by his group in the 1980s. He has worked with over 50 companies, served on numerous governmental advisory and study committees on both sides of the ocean, and has chaired and/or edited many of the early accessibility standards. He is co-founder of "Raising the Floor" and initiated the international efforts to build National and Global Public Inclusive Infrastructures.