The 2nd Indo-US Workshop on Emerging Accessibility Technologies for the Blind and Visually Impaired (BVI) concluded successfully !


For people with visual disabilities, the world of digital information can be difficult or nearly impossible to access, navigate and use constructively. As educational and professional knowledge management processes in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) become predominantly or even exclusively digital, there is an urgent need to develop technologies that facilitate seamless and intuitively responsive use of this knowledge for the BVI.

This Workshop seeks to bring together educators, researchers and industry partners devoted to innovative solutions for digital knowledge accessibility and management for the BVI. The goal is to develop future collaborations with organizations globally.

The 1st Indo-US Workshop on Emerging Accessibility Technologies for the Blind and Visually Impaired (BVI) was organized by Indiana University. Link to webpage



Schedule for 11th February 2016 (Thursday)

Pre-Workshop Tutorial

09:30 am – 10:00 am Registration
10:00 am – 01:00 pm Tutorial on "Introduction & Design of Tactile Graphics" - Prof. Boguslaw Marek
01:00 pm – 02:00 pm Lunch
02:00 pm – 05:00 pm Tutorial on "Introduction & Design of Tactile Graphics" - Prof. Boguslaw Marek Download PDF

Schedule for 12th February 2016 (Friday)

Session 1 - General Challenges

09:00 am – 09:30 am Registration
09:30 am – 09:45 am Opening ceremony
- Welcome by Prof. M.Balakrishnan (IIT Delhi)
- Introduction by Prof. Steven Mannheimer (Indiana University)
- Opening remarks by Mr. Matthew K.Asada (US Embassy)
09:45 am – 10:30 am Keynote Talk : Mr. Dipendra Manocha (DAISY Forum/Saksham Trust) - "Potential of Digital Enablement of VI"
10:30 am – 10:45 am Tea Break
10:45 am – 11:15 am Invited Talk : Dr. Anil K Aneja (Delhi University) - "Dimensions of Print Accessibility for the Visually Impaired"
11:15 am – 11:45 am Invited Talk: Ms. M.Muthu Selvi (AICB) - "Accessibility challenges in certain employment avenues"
11:45 am – 12:15 pm Invited Talk : Mr. Satveer Singh (AICB) - "Turning towards independence, a new phase of Braille"
12:15 pm – 01:00 pm Assistech Lab Demo
01:00 pm – 02:00 pm Lunch

Session 2 - ICT Solutions

02:00 pm – 02:45 pm Keynote Talk : Prof. Davide Bolchini (IUPUI) - "Navigating the Aural Web" Download PDF
02:45 pm – 03:00 pm Technical Talk : Prathik Gadde + Joe Abhishek (PHD Students, IUPUI) - " IUPUI Projects" Download PDF
03:00 pm – 03:30 pm Invited Talk : Mr. Sathyaseelan and Mr. Nalin Sathyan (AICB) - " Free and open source initiative on print reading"
03:30 pm – 03:45 pm Tea Break
03:45 pm – 04:00 pm Invited Talk : Mr. H.P. Kotian (AICB) - "ICT tools and technologies for accessibility"
04:00 pm – 04:15 pm Technical Talk : Akash Kakkar (AICB) - "Introducing Braille Spark"
04:15 pm – 04:30 pm Technical Talk : Siddarth Gupta (Assistech Lab, IIT D) - "Improving NVDA"
04:30 pm – 05:00 pm To be Decided

Schedule for 13th February 2016 (Saturday)

Session 3 - Education & Employment

09:30 am – 10:15 am Keynote Talk : Prof. Boguslaw Marek (University of Lublin, Poland) -"Tactile Audiographics for Leisure, Education and Employment"
10:15 am – 11:15 am Invited Talk : Mr. Moses Chaudhary (Enable India) + Dr. Homiyar Mobedji (Benetech) - "Integrated solutions for the skill development of person with vision impairment"
11:15 am – 11:30 am Tea Break
11:30 am – 12:15 pm Keynote Talk:  Dr. George Abraham (Score Foundation) - "Investing in a Human Resource"
12:15 pm – 12:30 pm Technical Talk : Richa Gupta (IIT Delhi) - "Tactile Graphics & Inclusive Education" Download PDF
12:30 pm – 01:00 pm Invited Talk : Mr. Uday M.Mehta (Sunrise Computer Software Pvt.Ltd.) -"Skill Development with ICT"
01:00 pm – 02:00 pm Group Picture followed by Lunch

Session 4 - Interaction with Special Educators

02:00 pm – 02:30 pm Invited Talk : Dr. Erin Brady (IUPUI) - "Person-to-Person Communication"
02:30 pm – 03:00 pm Invited Talk : Dr. Mathew J. Palakal (IUPUI) -"Correlating Natural Language Processing and Non-Speech Sound (Audemes) in Educatinal Applications for the VI" Download PDF
03:00 pm – 03:45 pm Panel Discussion - Prof. Boguslaw Marek (University of Lublin), Mr. A. K. Mittal (AICB), Mr. Charudatta Jhadhav (TCS) , Prof. Steven Mannheimer (IUPUI) + Prof. P V M Rao (IIT Delhi) (Moderator)
03:45 pm – 04:00 pm Tea Break
04:00 pm – 05:00 pm Discussion on Future Collaborations and Way forward
05:00 pm – 05:15 pm Note of Thanks
06:00 pm – 08:00 pm High Tea - Faculty Guest House


AmarNath & Shashi Khosla School of IT,
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
Hauz Khas, New Delhi – 110016, India

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Prof. Boguslaw Marek, John Paul II Catholic Univerity of Lublin, Poland

Boguslaw (Bob) Marek is a professor of English at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland and founder of "Hungry Fingers" - an organization specializing in designing educational tools which help totally blind learners understand difficult concepts based on visual experience and spatial relations. (

Mr. Dipendra Manocha, Saksham Trust, India

Mr. Dipendra Manocha is presently working as the developing countries coordinator and Lead of Training and Tech Support with the DAISY Consortium. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the World Blind Union and also the managing trustee of the Saksham Trust. Read more about Mr. Dipendra Manocha

Dr. George Abraham, Score Foundation, India

Dr. George Abraham, a post graduate in Operations Research and graduate in Mathematics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, George started his career in advertising and was involved with two leading advertising agencies till 1989. After which he began working with the blind and launched national cricket programmes for the blind and established the World Cricket Council for the Blind in 1996. Later he launched a mobile training program in personality development as well as co-authored a book on Inclusive Education. In 2002 George founded Score Foundation and launched its flagship Project Eyeway in 2003. Recently George joined Magiktuch Talent Management Private Limited as a Director.

Prof. Davide Bolchini, Department of Human Centered Computing, Indiana University, USA

Dr. Bolchini is known for his important contribution to the areas of requirements engineering models for content-intensive interactive applications, user experience design methodologies for the web and interactive accessibility for the blind and visually-impaired. His research has been supported by over $1.5M of competitive funding grants obtained from the Swiss National Science Foundation, the U.S. National Science Foundation, and a Google Faculty Research Award. Dr. Bolchini has disseminated his research through more than 100 peer-reviewed publications in major international conferences and journals, and he actively serves as reviewer and programme committee member on several international venues and funding agencies.


Prof. M. Balakrishnan
Professor, Computer Science & Engineering Department, IIT Delhi

Prof. P. V. Madhusudhan Rao
Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department , IIT Delhi

Mr. Dipendra Manocha
President & Founder Managing Trustee, Saksham Trust, New Delhi

Prof. Steven Mannheimer
Indiana University School of Informatics & Computing, USA

Prof. Mathew Palakal
Indiana University School of Informatics & Computing, USA

Dr. Abhay Jere
Associate Vice-President, Persistent Systems, Pune, India


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