About the Conference

The EMPOWER 2018 conference is being organized to bring together all stakeholders in the space of Assistive Technologies for people with disabilities. This includes users, user organizations, industries, special educators, inclusive designers, healthcare professionals, entrepreneurs, policy makers and researchers engaged in different ways with the issues involved in the creation, production, and dissemination of assistive technology solutions. This three-day event will see the active participation of all stakeholders not only to discuss current solutions but also to seed ideas to work on future solutions.

Apart from an exhibition the event would consist of keynote talks, invited presentations, panel discussions, posters, tutorials, user forums and design challenges. Registrations are now open for individuals and organizations to participate. Participants can submit their paper for review and exhibit their products and innovations and also participate in design challenges.

The venue is I-TEC Technopark, a conference and incubation center of IIT Delhi located in the Rajiv Gandhi Education City in Sonipat.

October 25-27

IITD Technopark

Engage, Exhibit
and Experience


Keynote Speakers

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Dr. T.V.Raman

Google Research

Dr. T. V. Raman is an accomplished Computer Scientist with over 25 years of leadership experience in advanced technology development. During this time, he has authored 3 books and filed over 75 patents; his work on eyes-free interaction has been profiled in mainstream publications including the New York Times and Scientific American. Dr. Raman now works on user-aware interfaces in the context of the Google Assistant. During his 12+ years as a Google Research Scientist, he has worked on Google Search, Android and ChromeOS to build the underpinnings of Accessibility on Google's core platforms. Know More about Dr. T.V. Raman

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Dr. Katsuhito Yamaguchi

Nihon University, Japan

Dr. Katsuhito Yamaguchi (Nihon University, Japan) specialises in the development of assistive tools for print disabled people to access scientific and mathematical content. He has been working at Nihon University since April 1990; he is now Professor at Nihon University and COO of NPO: Science Accessibility Net. Dr Yamaguchi is a member of several professional bodies, including the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication and the Physical Society of Japan

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Saqib Shaikh (To be confirmed)

Microsoft, Seeing AI

Saqib Shaikh (Microsoft) is the Tech Lead of the Seeing AI project which explores how Artificial Intelligence can be leveraged to empower the blind and low vision community to do more. The app gives its user the ability to see what is happening around the user in real-time. His current interest focuses at the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and Inclusive Design to create intelligent machines that level the playing field, and enable us all to do more.

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Dr. Masakazu Suzuki

Kyushu University

Masakazu Suzuki is Professor Emeritus, Kyushu University. He undertook academic counseling of a blind student in 1995 and keenly realized how difficult accessing math was for visually disabled people. To remove that impediment, he started studies on math accessibility and organized a research group: "Infty Project" in the end 1990s. He has over 50 publications in areas of Complex Analysis, Affine Algebraic Geometry and Mathematical document information processing. His hobbies include fishing, playing GO and not surprisingly mathematical formulae recognition.

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Dr. Volker Sorge

University of Birmingham, UK

Dr. Volker Sorge is an Associate Professor at the School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham, UK. His research interests span a wide range of topics from computational mathematics, classical Artificial Intelligence to image recognition and accessibility. He has been actively working in the field of accessibility to improve access to chemical formulas, diagrams as well as online mathematics.

Invited Speakers

Prof. Ajish Abraham
Electronics & Acoustics
Sri. Gopan George
Principal Engineer
CDAC, Thiruvananthapuram
Prof. Tirthankar Das Gupta
IIT Kharagpur
Divya Jalan
President, Founder & Trustee
Breaking through Dyslexia,Dyslexia Trust of Kolkata
Dr. Ramaa S.
Dean of Instruction,
Professor of Special Education
Regional Institute of Education (NCERT), Mysuru
Swati Chakraborty
Dr. Charudatta Jadhav
Sumeet Agrawal
Pradip Sinha
Society for the Empowerment of the Deafblind
Dr. Akila S.
Bhavna Botta
Editor in Chief
Connect Special
Dr. Jacob Roy
THFI, Kerala
S G Akhil
ICFOSS, Kerala
Prof. Anupam Basu
IIT Kharagpur
IIT Chennai
Dr. Sudha Kaul
Vice Chairperson
Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy
Namita Jacob
Chetana Charitable Trust
S Kanagaraj
Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Guwahati

Tentative Program

Thursday, 25th October 2018
10:00 AM Session 1A Innauguration & Keynote: Dr. T.V. Raman (Google, USA)
11:15 AM Tea Break
11:45 AM Session 2A: Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Chair: Dr. Sudha Kaul
Organizer: S. Akila (NISH)
Session 2B: User Interfaces
Organizer: Aman Parnami
Session 2C: Antarchakshu - Grp 1
Organizer: Krishna Warrier (XRCVC)
1:15 PM Lunch Break
2:15 PM Session 3A: AT for speech and hearing impairment
Chair: Dr. Ajish Abraham
Organizer: S. Akila (NISH)
Session 3B: TV Raman with STEM students
Coordinator: Himanshu Garg
Session 3C: Antarchakshu - Grp 2
Organizer: Krishna Warrier (XRCVC)
3:45 PM Tea Break
4:15 PM Session 4A Keynote: TBD
Friday, 26th October 2018
10:00 AM Session 5A Keynote: Prof. Katsuhita Yamaguchi (Nihon University, Japan), Prof. Masakazu Suzuki (Kyushu University)
11:15 AM Tea Break
11:45 AM Session 6A: Affordable Assistive Technology Solutions
Organizer: Anil Prabhakar/S. Akila
Session 6B: Cognitive Disability related - P1
Organizer: Anupam Basu
Session 6C: Diagram and Maths accessibility for VI
Organizer:Akashdeep Bansal
1:15 PM Lunch Break
2:15 PM Session 7A: Affordable Assistive Technology Solutions
Organizer:Anil Prabhakar/S. Akila
Session 7B: Cerebral Palsy and Neuro Motor Disabilities
Organizer: Anupam Basu
Session 7C: Infty Reader Workshop
Organizer: Dr. Kanahori
Coordinator: Akashdeep Bansal
3:45 PM Tea Break
4:15 PM Session 8A Keynote: Prof. Volker Sorge
6:00 PM Banquet Dinner @ Choki Dhani (Return by 10:00 PM)
Saturday, 27th October 2018
10:00 AM Session 9A Keynote: Mr. Saqib Shaikh (Microsoft, USA)
(To be confirmed)
11:15 AM Tea Break
11:45 AM Session 10A: Assistive Technology for Mobility: Principles and Practices in India - P1
Organizer: Nekram
Session 10B: Digital world accessibility
Organizer: Dipendra Manocha
Coordinator: Neha Jadhav
Session 10C: Users engage with Design + Engineering Students
Organizer: PVM Rao + Supradip Das
1:15 PM Lunch Break
2:15 PM Session 11A: Assistive Technology for Mobility: Principles and Practices in India - P2
Organizer: Nekram
Session 11B: AI in Assistive Technology
Organizer: Anupam Sobti
Session 11C: Users engage with Design + Engineering Students
Organizer: PVM Rao + Supradip Das
3:45 PM Tea Break
4:15 PM Session 12A: Panel Discussion & Closing Ceremony


Important Dates

  • Registrations Open Click Here
  • Room Bookings Open Click Here
  • Early bird registration ends: October 07, 2018


The Empower 2018 conference will be held at
I-TEC IIT Delhi Technopark, Sonipat.
Campus Plot #4-B
Rajiv Gandhi Education City, Kundli,
Sonipat Haryana- 131028

Registration Charges

Delegate Type Early bird Registration
(ends 7 th October)
Regular Registration Early One Day Registration
(ends 7 th October)
One Day Registration
General *
INR 5900 INR 7080 INR 2360 INR 2950
Student **
INR 3540 INR 4130 INR 1180 INR 1770
Differently Abled**
INR 3540 INR 4130 INR 1180 INR 1770
Accompanying Person #
INR 1770 INR 1770 INR 590 INR 590

All charges are inclusive of GST.
* Participation in all keynotes and 1 of each ongoing parallel tracks | Registration Kit | 1 Banquet Dinner | Lunch & Tea during conference
** Participation in all keynotes and 1 of each ongoing parallel tracks | Registration Kit | Lunch & Tea during conference
# Lunch & Tea during conference


Accommodation is available at the venue itself.
Room Charges :
INR 2950 (single occupancy)* per person per day. Room Details Here
INR 1593 (double occupancy)* per person per day Room Details Here
* including breakfast and 18% GST

Book Rooms

Submit Abstract

Important Dates

  • Submission start date: August 24, 2018
  • Submission deadline: September 22, 2018
  • Acceptance notification: September 30, 2018

Call For Extended Abstracts

Submission Guidelines:
The abstract should be of 2 pages (excluding references). Please use the below format for submission.
Word | LateX | View Sample Extended Abstract

Poster Submission:

Your PDF file must be accessible. PDFs created with LaTex are very difficult to make accessible unless you edit the output directly in Acrobat; we strongly suggest using Microsoft Word due to the easier accessibility workflow. It may take you about an hour to make your file accessible (adding alt tags, etc.), so be sure to leave time before the submission deadline to do so. Please refer to the instructions on Creating an Accessible ACM Conference Paper for information on how to accomplish this.

Note that making an accessible PDF is not well-supported by any standard LaTex editors that we are aware of. If you use LaTex you will need to manually edit your PDF using Adobe Acrobat in order to make it accessible.

The submitted abstracts will be reviewed by Program Committee and shortlisted ones will be invited for poster presentation in the conference. Exceptional submissions may be considered for oral presentation in the relevant technical session.

Submit Your Abstract Here



  • image depicting 6 feet X 12 feet exhibition panel dimensionsExhibit Booth (12ft x 6ft):
    Early Bird Price :75,000 + 18% GST = INR 88,500*
    Regular Price: INR 1,00,000 + 18% GST = 1,18,000
    Includes 3 Complimentary Registrations

  • image depicting 6 feet X 6 feet exhibition panel dimensionsExhibit Booth (6ft x 6ft)
    Early Bird Price :37,500 + 18% GST = INR 44,250*
    Regular Price: INR 50,000 + 18% GST = INR 59,000
    Includes 2 Complimentary Registrations

  • image depicting 6 feet X 6 feet exhibition panel dimensionsExhibit Booth (6ft x 3ft)
    Early Bird Price :18,750 + 18% GST = INR 22,125*
    Regular Price: INR 25,000 + 18% GST = INR 29,500
    Includes 1 Complimentary Registration

*Avail 25% Discount on Early Bird Registrations before 25th September 2018

Exhibit Registration Here
(Last Date: 3rd Oct 2018)

View Exhibitor's guide here


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Digital India Logo
Enability Foundation For Rehabilitation Logo

Sponsorship Details

  • platinum colored reounded rectangle with text platinum sponsorship in betweenPlatinum Sponsorship
    INR 500,000 + 18% GST = INR 5,90,000
    Supports 10 Fellowships
    Includes 3 Complimentary Registrations

  • Gold Sponsorship
    INR 300,000 + 18% GST = INR 3,54,000
    Supports 5 Fellowships
    Includes 2 Complimentary Registrations

  • Silver Sponsorship
    INR 100,000 + 18% GST = INR 1,18,000
    Supports 1 Fellowship
    Includes 1 Complimentary Registration

Fellowship includes full conference registration + 4 days shared accomodation. Programme committee would give these fellowships to deserving participants and they would be named as Sponsor's fellows.
Complimentary Registration includes full conference registration