Time to get 'Smart' about inclusive design

Wednesday 18th September, PROTO, Gateshead

Smart Homes’, ‘Digital Cities’, Internet of Things (IoT) are terms relating to monitoring and data collection used to control how we access facilities, locations and environments, or manage resources.

This Free Seminar aims to consider how new and emerging technologies may influence inclusive design, for environments and services to be more inclusive for all to use, and will provide attendees an opportunity to update on current emerging technologies as well as networking with other construction, design and technology professionals and exhibitors.

Our speakers are:

  • Professor Jonathan Hassell, Hassell Inclusion, Chief Executive‘ISO 30071-1: Announcing a new international accessibility standard to help organisations embed inclusive design.’

    Jonathan is one of the top digital usability & accessibility thought leaders in the world, with over 16 years’ experience in identifying new directions and challenges in digital accessibility. Jonathan led the creation of ISO 30071-1 as part of Hassell Inclusion’s commitment to share years of accessibility experience with the widest audience they can reach, to have the greatest impact on accessibility internationally.

  • Steph Clish, Head of Operations at Wordnerds‘Using Artificial Intelligence to improve the Inclusive Design process.’

    Since studying Law and Business Management in Newcastle, Steph has successfully worked in digital marketing since 2012. After having been Daykin and Storey’s Studio Manager since 2015, providing business support for digital transformation and marketing, she now heads the operations at Wordnerds. This is a software company using artificial intelligence and linguistics to automate text understanding, providing management software, data analysis and linguistics consultancy.

  • Dr Lesley McIntyre, Senior Lecturer, Architecture and Built Environment, University of NorthumbriaSmart technologies in buildings - exploring the conflicts and opportunities for health and wellbeing.’ 

    Lesley’s main teaching responsibilities include being module Tutor across the undergraduate years for Design and Communications, contributing to the Technology and Environmental Applications module, and supporting students at Masters and PhD Level. Lesley was awarded a RIBA Research Trust Award to write the monograph, ‘Selwyn Goldsmith (1932-2011) and the Architectural Model of Disability: A Retrospective of the Man and the Model’. She currently holds his archive and is the author of the entry of Selwyn Goldsmith in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

  • Simon Edwards, Senior Researcher in Inclusive Mobility, Newcastle University:‘What needs to change to enable greater numbers of older and disabled travellers to access transport technologies?’

    Simon has extensive experience in all aspects of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). His involvement in Europe-facing research, and participation in many successful European funded research applications, has given him a network of research contacts across the continent, and an excellent working relationship with key ITS collaborators. He is experienced and knowledgeable in many different areas of ITS, including cooperative ITS, urban mobility and electro-mobility. His specialist field is Inclusive Mobility, in particular accessibility for disabled and older people, an area in which he has international recognition.

Date: Wednesday, 18th  September
Time: 13.00  - 16:30 
Cost: free, but registration required


The Access Association

Email: web@accessassociation.co.uk
Website: www.accessassociation.co.uk



PROTO - the Emerging Technology Centre

Baltic Business Quarter, Gateshead. NE8 3DF