VERITAS (Virtual and Augmented Environments and Realistic User Interactions To achieve Embedded Accessibility DesignS) aims to develop, validate and assess tools for built-in accessibility support at all stages of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and non-ICT product development, including specification, design, development and testing.The goal is to ensure that future products and services are being systematically designed for all people including those with disabilities and functional limitations as well as older people. Furthermore, VERITAS plans to promote its results to the appropriate standards organisations for consideration and potential adoption and also make them available through an open framework.
VERITAS recently released its first 2 videos. The first video addresses the project as a whole.The second video that was produced demonstrates the usage of the platform during the measurement campaigns at various sites. One of the main innovations in VERITAS in respect to virtual user modeling is the introduction and use of a multi-sensorial platform for the training of parameterised user models based on real user measurements in real testing conditions. The multi-sensorial platform is fully parameterised and adapted to the VERITAS application areas and will be used to capture user feedback while executing a number of tasks that will be mapped in the VERITAS virtual user models. VERITAS aims to analyse and to create detailed virtual user models for some selected disability categories extracted by the International Classification of Functioning (ICF).
Virtual user models are created taking into account:
- The physical, cognitive, behavioural and psychological models.
- The analysis of real user needs and wants.
- The incorporation of guidelines, standards and methodologies.
- The training with real users and the relative feedback through the multisensorial platform).
VERITAS is an Integrated Project (IP) within the 7th Framework Programme, Theme FP7-ICT-2009.7.2, Accessible and Assistive ICT.