assistid-logoASSISTID is an EU Marie Curie research programme coordinated by the DOCTRID Research Institute (www.doctrid.ie). The DRI brings together researchers from all of the universities and 3 Institutes of Technology on the island of Ireland in addition to partners in the UK and USA. Our research network is multidisciplinary and offers a critical mass of researchers including psychologists, social scientists, occupational therapists, engineers, computer scientists and people with ID or ASD and their families and carers, all who are dedicated to improving the lives of people with ID or ASD.

The ASSISTID programme offers a unique opportunity for researchers from a variety of disciplines  to submit an original research project in their area of interest around ID or ASD. Proposals should examine the role of Assistive Technology in improving social inclusion, independence, mobility, education and employment for people with ID or ASD. Applicants should have a PhD OR relevant research/professional experience.

View the ASSISTID Flyer here and visit www.assistid.eu for more information. The deadline is 30th September 2015.  For applications to work with SMARTlab or the Inclusive Design Research Centre of Ireland at UCD, please contact Professor Lizbeth Goodman (ASSISTID Academic Chair) in advance of application for knowledge matching and coordination of supervisors and associated supports.

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Screen Shot 2015-05-12 at 19.46.51Professor Lizbeth Goodman joins an international panel of media and literacy experts from industry, academia and the private sector to consider real and impactful research. Lizbeth will present on ‘Living Again with Assistive Technologies’ in the Time For Inspiration: Best Practices workshop on the 21st, and will host a collaborative table on the topic of Hippocratic Education and Innovation on the 22nd.

Sponsored by the Evens Foundation, Creative Media Europe (European Commission) et al.

To register: http://mediameetsliteracy.eu/presentations/
Click here to see the programme.

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Professor Brian Harvey, Professor Mike Leahy, Professor Lizbeth Goodman, and Professor Karola Dillenberger were among the PIS and Researchers who attended this important event to mark the forthcoming launch of a programme of 40 fully funded Post-Doctoral Research Posts in the area of Assistive Technology for People with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities.
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Extra-Ability WorkshopFollowing on from the significant community interest we have received in the SMARTlab’s technologies, since the airing of the Science Squad programme on RTÉ 1: A Sense of Things to Come, we are hosting a special community engagement workshop on Extra Ability on Friday 13 July.

The Extra Ability open workshop, Directed by Dr Mick Donegan (European eye control expert/Director of SpecialEffect charity) and Professor Lizbeth Goodman (Chair of Creative Technology Innovation at UCD and SMARTlab Director), will feature an eye-control technology demonstration and show innovative methods and tools for communication with and by people with learning and physical disabilities.

RSVP to: Ms Ricki Schoen: email /+353 1 716 7970

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Stay tuned for SMARTlab’s debut on RTÉ 1, as The Science Squad takes an entertaining look at some of the exciting and important scientific research that is currently underway in Ireland.

Programme 1 – A Sense of Things to Come (click to view The SMARTlab segment) , airs at 7pm, 14 June:

The Science Squad investigates innovative sensing technology being developed by Irish scientists, from the heavy hitters on the international rugby pitch to the fragile brains of newborn babies, and meets people with severe physical disabilities who are using sensors to create and play music with their eyes. Featuring Prof. Lizbeth Goodman, Dr Mick Donegan, Sapna Ramnani (SMARTlab PhD candidate), Amy Kelly, Daniel O’Haire, Steve Cooney and Kíla.

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The Sunday Times ran a half-page feature (click image for larger view) in April on Dr Mick Donegan’s work with the Tobii eye-gaze system, as part of the SMARTlab’s InterFACES project (putting a human face on new technologies for learning and communication). Much of Dr Donegan’s work is targeted at raising awareness of the possibilities that this technology offers, as a means of communication for people with serious disabilities who otherwise could not communicate, and as a computer interface for those who otherwise couldn’t interact with a computer. Having transformed lives through his charity SpecialEffect and his work as co-PI on InterFACES, Dr Donegan’s main aim now is to bring this technology into the mainstream, making it more affordable and widely available. Dr Donegan is the Leader of the SMARTlab’s Multimodal and Assistive Technologies Research Group.

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On 1 March 2012, G1 publishers released the series ‘Transformers – people who change the world‘, which tells stories of people who changed their own lives in order to make significant contributions to the lives of others.

Dr Mick Donegan is the founder and director of SpecialEffect,  a UK charity that adapts free video game controls and computer games for people with physical disabilities. Read more… (The article is in Portuguese so you may want to use a translation browser plugin).

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Gaze Interaction book coverDr Mick Donegan, SMARTlab’s Adjunct Professor of Multimodal Interfaces and Assistive Technologies, and Co-PI of the SMARTlab InterFACES research project, has co-written a new book, Gaze Interaction and Application of Eye Tracking: Advances in Assistive Technologies, recently published by IGI Global.

Recent advances in eye-tracking technology will allow for a proliferation of new applications. Improvements in interactive methods using eye movement and gaze control could result in faster and more efficient human–computer interfaces, benefiting users with and without disabilities.

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