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ICT-based Assistive Technologies to improve education for student with disabilities (ASTECH)


Luca Fanucci, University of Pisa, Italy, luca.fanucci@unipi.it


Simone Marinai – University of Florence, Italy, simone.marinai@unifi.it


Education is a fundamental human right for each citizen in the world. Education is a fundamental instrument to develop and growth each person’s talents. People with disabilities might have several barriers to experience an efficient education to develop and growth their talents and therefore to increase the likelihood to access a job and to develop their professional career. This is becoming nowadays even more difficult with the “digitalization” of the industrial world which requires higher level of education, especially in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

In this scenario it is fundamental to exploit the potential of modern ICT technologies in order to develop assistive technologies solutions to improve STEM education (and job) accessibility for people with disabilities, especially the ones with motor and sensory impairments.

The Special Session targets all professionals involved at different levels in STEM education (researchers, PhD students, teachers, educators, experts from industry, etc.) to share their experience and ideas on ICT-based Assistive Technologies for students with disabilities: from the design through the implementation up to the application in practical educational environments.


Authors are solicited to submit original, previously unpublished papers in the following, but not limited to, topic areas:

* STEM-based assistive technology
* Simulation Environment for STEM learning
* Augmented Reality for STEM learning
* Human-Computer-Interaction
* Reading, Listening and Writing STEM contents (Graphics, Formula, Graphs, etc.)
* Image Processing
* Sound Processing
* Machine Learning
* Tactile Representation (3D-printing, etc.)
* Text-to-Speech in STEM
* Digital Recording in STEM
* User’s experience using STEM-based assistive technology
* Teacher’s experience using STEM-based assistive technology


Accepted papers will be included in the Conference Proceedings. Proceedings will be submitted for inclusion in leading indexing services, Ei Compendex, ISI Web of Science, Scopus, CrossRef, Google Scholar, DBLP, as well as EAI’s own EU Digital Library (EUDL).
Authors of selected best accepted and presented papers of the whole conference will be invited to submit an extended version to:

Paper submission

Papers should be submitted through EAI ‘Confy‘ system, and have to comply with the Springer format (see Author’s kit section).

Important dates:

Full Paper Submission deadline: 21 August 2018
Notification deadline: 1 October 2018
Camera-ready deadline: 1 November 2018
Conference: November 28-30, 2018

We will be grateful to you for advertising this special session, for contributing and for inviting your colleagues and/or research students to submit their work. We hope to meet you in Bologna in November.

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