University of Pisa – Scuola Superiore Sant’anna – University of Florence and Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Andrea Bocelli Foundation has organized a workshop focused on the application of technology in search of innovative solutions to help people overcome the limits imposed by their disabilites. The workshop was developed in five parts: 1) A group of international and Italian scientists has discussed on several topics, among which autonomous navigation, the use of musical scores accessible for the visually impaired, the access to social networks, the new technologies of computerized vision and the artificial eye. 2) A panel session, a group discussion with the participation of Italian and international scientists who have tackled the importance of technology for greater integration of people with disabilities. 3) A session where blind people have witnessed how technology has indeed contributed to the improvement of their life and to their social integration. 4) A demo session where many scientists and local laboratories have presented examples of application of technologies to disabilities. 5) Presentation of the results achieved with the Project Fifth sense.
The opening has been entrusted to Maestro Bocelli the creator and the heart and soul of the Foundation, who has proposed some possible directions towards which technology, research, and then, production should be channeled to help solve common problems.
Start activities in Italy by organizing a day of work on the technological issues supporting visual disabilities, showing at the same time the results achieved with the project Fifth Sense.
Italian Universities, Research Institutions, Nonprofit Organizations, public opinion.
There seem to be less and less opportunities to create profitable exchanges and meetings among professors and researchers of common intervention areas. Besides the territory should be sensitized on research topics related to technical aids for the blind.