Today, we replicate and repair various organs and other body parts or replace them with prostheses. Robots helping children in hospital to participate in class, making a person with visual loss see again or a paraplegic person bicycle again, all this is possible. The speakers will share their views, experience and expertise on how new technologies using artificial intelligence, robotics and bionics influence the life of everyone and especially of persons using them to overcome certain impairments or even limits of the normal body function. Are these technologies a cure, maybe the golden way to achieve accessibility? Which are its risks? Is the human body repaired or even bettered by these matters? Who should them and for which purpose? What is a reimbursed auxiliary aid and when do transhumanism or fashion start? What is disability and the role of persons with impairments for innovations in AI, bionics and robotics? The ResearchAbility project was founded in 2018 to achieve a society ensuring equal opportunities in higher education and research for everyone by starting with increasing inclusiveness and accessibility for persons with disabilities by the matters of individual support, policy making, fostering research and innovation on related topics with its growing network.
Parallel Session 4 - How artificial intelligence, robotics and bionics influence accessibility and inclusion
Sunday, 29 March, 2020 - 09:00 - 10:30
Gian Maria Greco
Gian Maria Greco is Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellow at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain), where he directs the MSCA project "Understanding Media Accessibility Quality". He is also Research Associate at the GALMA research group of the University of Vigo (Spain). His research focuses on foundational and applied issues in accessibility studies. He held university positions as post-doc, research fellow, and honorary research fellow, and has extensive experience as an accessibility consultant for public institutions and private organisations. From 2009 to 2014, he was president of POIESIS, an Italian not-for-profit organisation specialized in cultural and media accessibility. Former president and current coordinator of the Media Accessibility Platform, he has directed and participated in many European projects. He is editor-in-chief of the Newsletter of the Marie Curie Alumni Association.
Since 2017 I am the scientific advisor of ApiTech (www.api-tech.it), an italian startup supporting innovation in SMEs. In September 2018 I joined the Department of Materials Science at the University of Bicocca-Milano (Italy), as tenure-track senior researcher, with support of a Rita Levi Montalcini Fellowship.