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ICCHP 2012

ICCHP 2012

13th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs

  • Date: July 11 – 13, 2012
  • Location: University of Linz, Austria
  • Pre-Conference
  • July 9 – 10, 2012
  • Website: (
  • Organised in co-operation with:Austrian Computer Society
  • Institut Integriert Studieren, University of Linz, Austria

Introduction by Art Karshmer the general Chair

This year marks to 13th biennial International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP). From the inception of the conference, ICCHP has been a vibrant forum for the discussion of serious physical and societal issues related to the quality of life of people with special needs. From educational issues, to mobility problems, to disability rights to issues associated with the aging of our society, and beyond, ICCHP has supplied a venue for open discussion on complex issues, and the exchange of cutting edge scientific breakthroughs to make the life of people with special needs more fulfilling.
Starting as a conference concerning people with disabilities, the ICCHP meeting has become a voice for discussion and potential adoption of new science and public policy analysis to a world of increasingly longer lifespans and the difficulties inherent in that phenomenon. Given longer life expectancy and the decline of national birth rates, the community of the disabled is growing at a faster rate than expected.
As a result of changes in the demographics in our world, the ICCHP meeting has maintained its position as an important voice in the quality of life for people with disabilities from birth to old age. The meeting annually hosts high-quality, well reviewed submissions from scientists and policy makers from around the world. In addition to the traditional paer sessions, the meeting also includes industry representatives showing their new products and looking for new ideas. Additionally, the conference affords spaces and times for less formal discussions – an important factor supporting the transfer of knowledge so needed in our endeavors.
My name is Art Karshmer and I have been attending ICCHP meeting since their early days. I have served on the program and organizing committees and this year I will serve as General Chair of the meeting. While I attend numerous such meetings every year, ICCHP has always been my favorite. From excellent management to super sessions and special events, I recommend this conference to you. Please examine our current call for papers and plan on joining us in July for the actual meeting. I look forward to meeting you in Linz and am certain you will find the conference helpful to your scientific endeavors and discussion of public policy that will have a meaningful impact on your career.
Come and get involved!
Art Karshmer, General Chair of ICCHP’12 on behalf of the International Programme Committee

ICCHP Topics

ICCHP focuses on Assistive Technology (AT) and accessible ICT for people with disabilities and older adults enabling a more independent life, participation and inclusion and improved services and support. By its nature, ICCHP has a wide area of topics and a future oriented mission.
The following non exhaustive list of topics should outline the scope ICCHP addresses. In
- (e)Accessibility addresses overcoming or proactive avoiding barriers for people with disabilities in the information society, e.g. Web, Software, Document, Communication and Conversation, Consumer Electronic (e.g. iDTV
- (e)Ageing and Gerontechnology discusses systems and tools helping to maintain autonomy and independence when ageing. How such systems can be designed for persons who are not familiar with technologies is part of this topic, too.
- Ambient and Assisted Living outlines the potential, accessibility and usability of e.g. embedded systems, smart homes, mobile computing for people with disabilities and older adults.
- Assessment and Profiling calls for research on methodologies, concepts and techniques for evaluating capabilities and needs of individuals and how to translate them into computable profiles.
- Assistive Technology (AT) focuses on innovation and advancing the quality and availability of assistive devices aiming at overcoming or compensating functional limitations and its impact. This includes contributions of mainstream technology showing potential for supporting people with disabilities, special Rehabilitation Technology and Biomedical Engineering.
- Augmented and Alternative Communication (AAC) intends to progress methods and tools for people with problems in spoken and written communication.
- Cloud Computing will analyse the potential of shared and configurable Internet based resources for enhanced AT and services as well as the challenges for eAccessibility.
- Design for All highlights the proactive application of principles, methods and tools to meet the requirements of a broad diversity of users including those with disabilities in fields like e.g. architecture, traffic, housing, public buildings, work place, information, education.
- eGovernment and eDemocracy discusses eAccessibility of ICT and Internet based public services for all citizens.

Key Dates
  • Deadline for submissions to the Young Researchers Consortium April 20, 2012
  • Notification of Acceptance for the Young Researchers Consortium May 15, 2012
  • Deadline for Workshops, Tutorials and Seminars June 1, 2012
  • Deadline Nomination for ICCHP Award June 15, 2012
  • Deadline for announcing Meetings, Presentations and Posters July 1, 2012
Workshops tutorials and seminars

The pre-conference will offer introductory workshops, seminars and tutorials. For conference participants, ICCHP provides all necessary facilities for free. Workshops, tutorials and seminars should be announced till June 1, 2012 to: (

Meetings, Presentations and Posters

ICCHP provides facilities for meetings of project consortia, associations and other organisations. Possibilities for presenting project results will be made available (e.g. exhibition space, seminars). Meetings and Project Presentations should be announced till July 1, 2012 to: (

ICCHP Summer University 2012: Math, Science and Statistics for Visually Impaired Users

  • Blind and partially sighted students (school and higher education)
  • Teachers and educational experts
  • Developers and researchers
  • Companies
    are invited to take part in a two days summer university during ICCHP to train, present, discuss and learn about possibilities to overcome problems in math, science and statistics. More information at:(

The Austrian Computer Society announces the biannual ICCHP Roland Wagner award in the range of 3000 € which will be handed over at the occasion of ICCHP conferences.
Who/What can be nominated
- Individuals
- Organisations (associations, consortia, companies, ...)
- Projects
- Services
- Products

Nominations are to be submitted until
June 15, 2012.
Details can be found at:


An online registration form will be made available at:

Conference Location & Accommodation

The conference takes place on the campus of Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria. The university has a unique campus close to the inner city. As a rather young campus, all buildings and rooms are accessible for people with disabilities. For conference participants special arrangements have been made with the Hotel “Sommerhaus” which is close to the university. Rooms are available for conference participants from 32€. More information, also regarding other accessible hotels, can be found at:

Travel In the charming city of Linz, ICCHP will provide agreeable and enjoyable moments to foster the international exchange. Linz can be best reached via airports Vienna, Munich and Frankfurt. Information on travelling option will be provided at( and (
The conference language is English.