Online Seminar Series on Emerging Assistive Technology

The Association for the Advancements of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), with the support of the Global Alliance of Assistive Technology Organizations (GAATO), invite users and professionals, as well as researchers, innovators and developers around the world to explore how emerging technologies are shaping the landscape of the assistive technology field. 

A series of three online seminars will be held online with each seminar focusing on a specific area of assistive technology application, including communication, cognition, and self-care. The seminars will start with an overview of the assistive technology trends observed in the area, followed by short presentations of recent technology examples, and a final discussion with the audience.  

Participation in these seminars is free of charge. Please register to receive the link(s) to the online meeting(s). 

[1] Online Seminar on Emerging AT for Communication
Date: 16 April 2021
Time: 13.00-14.30 CEST


13.00 – 13.10: Introduction (Irene Kitsara; WIPO)

13.10 – 13.30: Focus on WIPO AT trends for communication (David Banes; AAATE)

13.30 – 14.15: Confirmed examples of emerging products:

Example 1: ALTER EGO (Arnav Kapur; MIT Media Lab)

Example 2: ASSISTIVE AUGMENTATION (Suranga Nanayakkara; Auckland University)

Example 3: OTTAA Project (Hector Costa; OTTAA)

14.15 – 14.30: Discussion with the audience & conclusion

Registration link:

On the day of the event, you can access the seminar via this link by indicating the email address you registered with:

[2] Online Seminar on Emerging AT for Cognition
Date: 23 April 2021
Time: 13.00-14.30 CEST
Expected Content (TBD): smart assistants; companion robots; content clarification systems; tools for spatial navigation/orientation

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[3] Online Seminar on Emerging AT for Self-care
Date: 30 April 2021
Time: 13.00-14.30 CEST
Expected Content (TBD): smart toilets; emotion/health monitoring; feeding assistants

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For any further information, please contact:

Link to “WIPO Technology Trends 2021: Assistive technology”:

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#WIPOtechTrends / #AssistiveTech / #AssistiveTechnology / #accessibility

And connect with us: @WIPO and @AAATE_net

About AAATE:

The AAATE is the interdisciplinary pan-European association devoted to all aspects of assistive technology, such as use, research, development, manufacture, supply, provision and policy. Over 250 members from all over Europe and throughout the world currently take part in the AAATE.

About WIPO:

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialized and self-funding agency of the United Nations with 193 member states. Its mission is to lead the development of a balanced and effective international intellectual property (IP) system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all.

About GAATO:

GAATO is an Alliance of Assistive Technology associations worldwide. It is based in Geneva.