Wednesday, 27 April 2016

University of Sheffield to host prestigious European conference on Assistive Technology in 2017

Researchers in Assistive Technology from across the world will visit Sheffield in 2017 for the bi-annual conference of the Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE).

We are proud to announce that the collaboration between the University of Sheffield and the AAATE now is signed and sealed. With past host cities including Vilamoura (Portugal), Maastricht (The Netherlands) and Florence (Italy), in 2017 the AAATE congress will be held in the UK in Sheffield. For the first time, there will not only be a 2-day conference, but also various satellite events like Alzheimers, Dementia and Robotics Workshops as well as a Student Hackathon in the run-up. Further, a public exhibition will give the opportunity to our collaborators to engage with the wider public.

Dr Peter Cudd (left) & Prof Mark Hawley (right)
Dr. Peter Cudd the President (left in the picture) is excited about the collaboration.

"The University of Sheffield, with its strong international reputation, is the perfect place to host our bi-annual conference and the Diamond building is a fantastic venue to talk about innovation and excellence."

Speaking about the event, Mark Hawley, Centre Director at the Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH) said:

“We are delighted to be hosting the conference in 2017. CATCH is leading the way in assistive technology research and we are keen to facilitate discussions, create networking opportunities and share research in this area.”

The congress, which aims to attract 400-600 delegates from a range of academic disciplines, health and social care professionals, policy makers,  and from industry will be held from 11-15 September 2017 in the new Diamond building on the University campus and at St. Mary's conference centre.

The Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE) is the inter-disciplinary pan-European membership association devoted to all aspects of assistive technology including research, development, manufacture, supply provision and policy. The Association also collaborates with the World Health Organisation on the Global Assistive Technology Initiative – GATE; and sister AT organisations from the USA, Japan, Korea and Australia.

The Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH) is a multi-disciplinary research centre at the University of Sheffield, which brings together over 70 academics from 16 departments and five faculties to research, develop, evaluate and implement new technologies to enable people to live well and age well.

We now invite researchers, businesses and organisations wishing to focus on a specific topic to contact us about proposing special sessions or a satellite event before 1st June 2016.

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