During the dates 8th-9th October 2018 the 9th edition of AMADIS Conference was held in Madrid organized by the Royal Board on Disability (Real Patronato sobre Discapacidad), Carlos III University of Madrid and the National Commission on Markets and Competition (CNMC: Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia). The event took place at the Headquartes of CNMC in the Madrid street of Alcalá. The main theme of the Conference is the accessibility services in broadcasting and audiovisual media and the innovation in accessibility technologies applies to cultural, formative and accessible media environments for people with sensory disabilities.
Within the programme of the Conference, the group GATV of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid actively participated with the presentation of the advances in the H2020 European Project EasyTV: Easing the access of Europeans with disabilities to converging media and content, coordinated by the spanish university. The presentation was the responsibility of the researcher Silvia Uribe where she highlighted the technologies and main innovations implemented in the context of the project, included the advances in the new standard for Connected TV HbbTV 2.0.1, which allows the interconnection and synchronization of broadcasted contents with second screen devices for the consumption of accessible contents to improve the Quality of Experience (QoE) of people with dissabilities.
The lecture was transmitted by streaming through the internet, and simultaneously translated into sign language and subtitles. We invite the readers to check the transmission in Spanish through the following link .
The review of trends in research and technological development in the context of audiovisual accessibility for people with dissabilities took place in the conference, with special attention to the tools and processes for quality assessment in the application of captioning, subtitling and audiodescription.