TRON Enableware Symposium 2OO9

TEPS2OO9
“Ubiquitous Computing meets Universal Design”

December 13 (Sat), 2008
Tokyo Midtown Conference (Midtown Tower 4F)

  • Organized by
    T-Engine Forum, TRON Association, and TRON Enableware Research Group
  • Cosponsored by
    The University of Tokyo 21st Century COE Program “Center for the Study of Ubiquitous Computing Infrastructure”
Program
13:00 Reception
13:30-14:30 Keynote Speech
“Ubiquitous Computing meets Universal Design”

Ken Sakamura
Chair, TRON Enableware Research Group / Chair, T-Engine Forum
Professor, Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, the University of Tokyo

14:30-14:50 Intermission
14:50-16:30 Panel Session
“Universal Design Guidelines in Ubiquitous Information Society”

Panelists:
Tetsuo Akiyama
Professor, Graduate School of Urban Environmental Sciences, Tokyo Metropolitan University
Hiroshi Kawamura
President, DAISY Consortium
Fellow, National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities (NRCD)
Mitsuji Matsumoto
Director, Wireless Communication Application Laboratory (WCAL), Waseda University
Professor, Graduate School of Global Information and Telecommunication Studies, Waseda University
Akiyoshi Takamura
Special Needs Education School for the Visually Impaired
Hiroshi Hasegawa
Advisor, Japanese Computer Association of the Deaf (JCAD)

Coordinator:
Ken Sakamura

16:30 Closing

Keynote Speech

“Ubiquitous Computing meets Universal Design”

Ken Sakamura

Chair, TRON Enableware Research Group
Professor, Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, the University of Tokyo

TRON Enableware Research Group has devoted the past twenty years to realize Universal Design in a computing everywhere environment or a ubiquitous computing society. In 1988 we released the BTRON Enableware specification [1] and suggested including an accessibility function as standard equipment to a personal computer that had been already popularized at that time. In 1993 we established a standard human-interface guideline for electronic equipment that comprises a ubiquitous computing environment as the TRON Human Interface Standard Handbook [2]. We suggest the standardization of human interface standard based on the standpoint of universal design in the Handbook. IEC International Standard, IEC TR 61997, “Guidelines for the user interface in multimedia equipment for general purpose use,” 2001 [3] was approved based on this guideline.

A ubiquitous computing environment is already in the disseminating stage as social infrastructure after the initial research stage. Among activities aiming at the establishment of ubiquitous computing environment, there are the “Free Mobility Assistance Project since FY2004 by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and the “Tokyo Ubiquitous Technology Project” by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Furthermore, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has promoted R&D on the “Ubiquitous Space-Information Infrastructure” Project, and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has developed “e-Space” service. In other countries, Korea has worked harder on the realization of ideas of ubiquitous computing proposed by the TRON Project as u-City, “ubiquitous City” than Japan in some way or other.

In a ubiquitous information society, one of our aims is that anyone can enjoy detailed information services anytime and anywhere which are provided by the context-awareness of the real-world. Thus, it is essential to realize Universal Design in all aspects such as electronic human-machine interface equipment and information services themselves provided by such equipment. We are now poised to realize Universal Design on which we have worked in the TRON Enableware Research Group over twenty years.

We have invited specialists who have created specifications of universal design guidelines and have promoted the international standardization and international development in TEPS2009. They will introduce a variety of their activities performed at home and abroad and discuss how they can apply their knowledges and experiences to future ubiquitous computing societies. Furthermore, TRON Project and Ubiquitous ID Project, we will discuss our experience in TRON Project and Ubiquitous ID Project to deepen our understanding of methodology of realization of Universal Design in a future ubiquitous computing society at hand.


[References]
[1] Ken Sakamura: “Concept of TRON Enableware”, In Proceedings of the TRON Enableware Symposium ’88, pp. 1-3., 1988, in Japanese.
[2] Ken Sakamura eds.: “TRON Human Interface Standard Handbook”, Personal Media Corp., 1996, in Japanese.
[3] Technical Report IEC TR 61997, “Guidelines for the user interface in multimedia equipment for general purpose use”, 2001.

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