Dr. Charalampos Saitis and Dr. Kyriaki Kalimeri received the Best Paper Award at the 18th International Conference of Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction 2016 (HCI 2016), held in Toronto, Canada, for their paper “Identifying Urban mobility challenges for the visually impaired with mobile monitoring of multimodal biosignals”. The selection process has been performed by a review committee coordinated by the Chairs of the 10th International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction.
The research leading to these results was conducted as part of the Sound of Vision Project is the first of a series of outdoor and indoor experimentation tasks aiming to better understand the challenges faced by the visually impaired as they navigate unknown urban environments. Brain (EEG) and body physiological signals (such as EDA, heart rate and others) were recorded from the participants as they walked around the city by means of state-of-the-art non-invasive wearable devices, in an attempt to identify cognitive and emotional biomarkers related to stress or confusion. The study was carried out in collaboration with experienced orientation and mobility instructors from the National Institute for the Blind, Visually Impaired, and Deafblind of Iceland.
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