Access to Artworks and its Mediation by and for Visually Impaired People

Many artworks such as paintings or sculptures are accessible mainly through vision; visually impaired people therefore cannot benefit from the beauty, emotion or information inspired by these objects. Very elementary trials at tactile presentation of artworks exist in research laboratories and some museums.
In research laboratories such approaches are related to several synergetic components such as through the design of new multi-touch stimulation devices, the models of percepts’ emergence from perceptions (stimulation), object simplification with “conservation of meaning”, multimodal data fusion, etc.
Museums are not only interested in multimodal (audio-tactile) presentations of artworks, but also in the physical accessibility of exhibition halls and self-guidance through collection. Specific wearable technologies and specific adaptable guides are necessary.

Therefore, the objective of this session is to provide a state-of-the-art of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) based solutions for accessible artworks and possible progress beyond.
Contributions are invited on the following topics including but not limited to: 

  • State-of-the art advances in tactile representations of artworks.
  • Mobile assistance for self-indoor navigation.
  • Touch stimulation technics and supportive technologies.
  • Methods for segmentation of images of paintings.
  • New multimodal representations of artworks.
  • From stimulations to an abstract concept (percept) : models and their experimental validation.
  • Rehabilitation of the percept emergence from perceptions.
  • Models of interactions for man-machine wearable platform.
  • Emergence of qualia and their sharing.
  • Technologies for the assistance of visually impaired people/subjects in museums.

Contributions to the STS have to be submitted using the standard submission procedures of ICCHP.


Contributions to a STS have to be submitted using the standard submission procedures of ICCHP.
When submitting your contribution please make sure to select the right STS under the category "STS/Session".
Contributions to a STS are evaluated by the Programme Committee of ICCHP and by the chair(s) of the STS.
Please get in contact with the STS chairs for discussing your involvement and pre-evaluation of your contribution.
Submission Deadline for Contributions to STSs: February 1, 2018