Research Seminar: Professor Luc de Witte

Date: 15 February 2017

Time: 12:00 - 13:00

Location: Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Computing, Queen Mother Building

Host: Professor Annalu Waller

We are very pleased to announce this forthcoming seminar with Professor Luc de Witte who is invited as a guest of the Dundee AAC Research Group.

Title: Global challenges for AT related research


About 1 billion people in the world would benefit from assistive technology (AT) and this number is expected to grow up to 2 billion as a result of ageing of the population and increasing prevalence of chronic health condition. According to the WHO only about 5-10% of these people actually have access to the technologies they need. This gap between need and availability of solutions creates an enormous challenge and opportunity for researchers and professionals who work with AT. In this talk I will discuss these challenges. The talk will be based on a project done with the WHO, in which the global research agenda regarding AT was developed. I will also try to relate these global challenges to the daily work of researchers and professionals in the UK.


I am trained as a medical doctor, but have never practiced medicine. I have always worked on practice oriented research in the field of rehabilitation and long term care, including elderly care, care for people with mental or physical disabilities and care for people with chronic diseases. Before moving to Sheffield in October 2016 I was professor of technology in care at Zuyd university of applied sciences and Maastricht University in the Netherlands, and director of an innovation centre (EIZT: connecting about 35 partner in healthcare, industry and academia. Assistive Technology and AT service delivery has always been a part of my work. Currently I am a board member (president-elect) of the AAATE (Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe) and editor of the journal Technology and Disability.


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