INSENSION on Na Tak conference in Poznań

Na Tak meetings are a series of international conferences organized by the Na Tak Association and the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. From 2015, the strategic partner of the conference is Harpo. This edition of the International Conference “(Nie)zależność” (Eng. “(In)dependence”) was held on November 9-10, 2018 in Poznań, Poland. On the first lecture day when speakers from Poland and abroad visited and where the issues of supporting the independence of people with different disabilities were discussed, a number of exhibitors also presented their products and technologies. Harpo, PSNC and Na Tak also presented the INSENSION project.

There was the opportunity to hear four different lectures and participation in eight workshop blocks during the conference. In total, twenty-three outstanding lecturers, both from Poland and abroad, shared with the audience their knowledge, experience and working methods.
The conference was accompanied by an exhibition of technologies supporting the education and therapy of people with disabilities from all over Europe. Nine exhibitors presented specialized supporting electronic devices, and we as the only exhibitors, presented also not yet finished product or technology, but our INSENSION project, which aroused curiosity among the visitors of the exhibition. We have heard many warm words about the fact that solutions we propose are needed by people with intellectual disabilities to feel more independent. We were supported to present the finished product during the next editions of the conference.

Three hundred sixty five people attended the conference. In the lecture hall and during the exhibition, as every year, scientists, social workers, therapists, physiotherapists, carers and assistants of people with disabilities were hosted, as well as parents, students or volunteers. Therefore the spectrum of people visiting us was very wide. At our design stand, we presented the INSENSION poster and distributed promotional materials. We hope that at least some of the visitors will be interested enough to come back to us.

 

 

 

INSENSION at ATAAC conference in Zagreb

The INSENSION project concept and activities were presented at the Conference on the Advanced Technology for People with Disabilities in Zagreb. The conference was held on 17th-19th of October 2018. The poster was presented by our colleague, Wojciech Nowak of Harpo.

INSENSION on ENPAIR Conference

The INSENSION project presented its concept during the poster session of the ENPAIR’s First Network Meeting and Conference “From Assessment to Rehablitation” that was held on 4-5th of July in Leiden, Netherlands. ENPAIR – the European Network on Psychoeducational Assessment, Intervention and Rehabilitation, is a platform for exchanging ideas, insights …

Plenary meeting in Heidelberg

13.06.2018

The second face-to-face meeting of the project consortium was held on 4-6th of June 2018 in Heidelberg, hosted by Pädagogische Hochschule Heidelberg (The Heidelberg University of Education). We used that opportunity to summarize our work so far and plan for the next few months. The primary focus of the meeting was to review findings concerning non-symbolic behavioral signals and early technological analysis of the extensive material collected from our end users. This allowed us to attempt drawing the logical picture of the Insension system.

 

Target end-users helping us to build the system

Over the past few months we worked with 6 representatives of our target end-user group to collect information necessary for defining detailed requirements for the Insension system. Today we completed the last piece of data recording. Together with the assessment of the skills of the participants, these data will allow to verify the usefulness of known face expression, gesture, vocalization and physiological response technologies. The next step is the annotation of the recorded data in a way that enables the system to begin to ‘understand’ our end users. The participants of the study recruited from the Na Tak care centres: kindergarten “Orzeszek”, school “Zakątek” and adult care centre “Kamyk” (2 persons from each of the considered life stages).

 

INSENSION on IEC TC 100 Workshop in Brussel

28.05.2018 On 22nd of May 2018 INSENSION was part of the International Eletrotechnical Commission’s Technical Committee 100 workshop. The workshop was part of the strategic meeting of TC100 and featured four selected Horizon 2020 projects. The workshop was a great opportunity to present the main ideas of our project to …

Kick-off meeting

2018-01-12

On 10-11 January the INSENSION Consortium met for the first time in Poznań, Poland for the project kick-off. The meeting, which was organized by PSNC – the Project Coordinator, started with a study visit to three centres providing care for project’s end-users: kindergarten “Orzeszek”, primary and secondary school “Zakątek” and adult care center “Kamyk”. Thanks to “Na Tak” Association, that manages these centres, we were able to learn many vital facts on the INSENSION end-users’ non-symbolic behaviours, which led to fruitful discussions during the second day. The meeting was a great opportunity for partners to come together and to define in detail plans for the next months within all Work Packages. Let the work begin!

INSENSION has started!

2018-01-01 With the start of the new year, we have officially launched the INSENSION project. In mid-January the members of the project will meet in Poznań, Poland for the kick-off. We are looking forward to start working together to bring new solutions for persons with PMLD!