ITU Workshop“Making Television Accessible – from Idea to Reality”(Hosted and supported by NHK)


To ensure that anyone can receive the information in television broadcasts, it is necessary to realize barrier-free services for all, whether aged, disabled, or speaking a different language. This workshop with some talks explores ways toward realizing media accessibility.

On May 28th, ITU Workshop came to an end.
Thank you very much for visiting us at ITU Workshop 2012.

 

Program

9:00

Registration

9:30-9:40

Welcome Address: Shuichi Fujisawa, NHK STRL, Director General
Welcome Opening Address (video message): Malcolm Johnson, Director, ITU-TSB

Keynotes

9:40-10:10

How was Disaster Information Distributed through Broadcasting in the Great East Japan Earthquake?
Taikichi Sakai, NHK News Department, Head of Disaster and Safety Information Center

Biog
Slide

10:10-10:40

What is Required by a Society with an Aging Population?
Tohru Ifukube, The Institute of Gerontology, The University of Tokyo, Professor Emeritus

Biog
Slide

10:40-11:00

Coffee Break

Session 1: Expectations of visually and hearing-impaired persons regarding media accessibility.

11:00-11:20

 Proposal for Barrier-Free TV Broadcasting from the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing
Tadashi Takaoka, All Japan Association of Hard Hearing People, President

Biog
Slide

11:20-11:40

Hopes  for Media Accessibility from the Blind and Low-vision
Kazuhiko Iwai, National Association of Institutions of Information Service for Visually Impaired Persons, Adviser

Biog
Slide

11:40-13:00

Lunch Break

Session 2: Activities toward international standardization in ITU.

13:00-13:30

Objectives and Overview
Peter O. Looms, ITU Focus Group on Audiovisual Media Accessibility (FG AVA), Chairman

Biog
Slide

13:30-13:50

Captioning Service Issues and Standardization
Gion Linder, SWISS TXT, National Coordinator Subtitling

Biog
Slide

13:50-14:10

Descriptive Access Service Issues and Standardization
Pilar Orero, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Professor

Biog
Slide

14:10-14:30

Sign Language Service Issues and Standardization
Takayuki Ito, NHK STRL, Executive Research Engineer

Biog
Slide

14:30-14:50

Initiatives in Other Working Groups
Alexandra Gaspari, ITU FG AVA, Coordinator

Biog
Slide

14:50-15:10

Coffee Break

Session 3: The latest advancements in international and domestic broadcast services and technical development.

15:10-15:50

Research on Universal Broadcasting at NHK STRL
Masahiro Shibata, NHK STRL, Director

Biog
Slide

15:50-16:20

Television Receiver Accessibility and International Standardization Activities at IEC
Hiroshi Sonoe, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Kyoto Works,  Group Manager

Biog
Slide

16:20-16:50

Universal Design in Information-Communication
Masahiro Watanabe, NTT Cyber Solutions Laboratories, Senior Research Engineer

Biog
Slide

16:50-17:30

Media Accessibility R&D in Europe  
Nick Tanton, BBC Switchover Help Scheme, Head of Technology

Biog
Slide

17:30-17:40

Closing Greeting: Peter O. Looms, ITU FG AVA, Chairman
Closing  Remarks: Alexandra Gaspari, ITU, FG AVA Coordinator

Talks are given in English or Japanese with simultaneous interpretation and live text transcript.

ITU2012PDFAbstract【1.2MB】

 

Content


 Television broadcasting is probably the form of information media that takes the central role in everyday life. The major earthquake and tsunami that occurred in East Japan on March 11, 2011 provided a reminder of the importance of accurate and prompt information, provided by television broadcasts, in ensuring the safety and security of the population. Television broadcasting is also playing an increasingly important role for the elderly in Japan and other aging societies in Asia. To ensure that anyone can receive the information in television broadcasts, it is necessary to realize barrier-free services for all, whether aged, disabled, or speaking a different language.

These broadcast services include closed-captioning and sign-language broadcasts for deaf persons, audio description broadcasts for blind persons, and emergency warning broadcasts bringing immediate notification of disasters. R&D on technologies supporting these services is advancing around the world. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has established a focus group to discuss improvements in accessibility to broadcasts and other audio-visual media for those with disabilities, based on the Universal Design concept, according to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Television for everyone is now making steady progress from idea to reality.

In this workshop, we first look at how disaster information was distributed through broadcasting in the Great East Japan Earthquake, and what is required by a society with an aging population in the keynote speeches.  We also hear about the hopes of visually and hearing-impaired persons regarding media accessibility. We also report on activities toward international standardization in the ITU's "Audio-visual Media Accessibility" focus group, and on the latest advancements in various fields toward realizing media accessibility in broadcasting and communications, in international and domestic broadcast services, technical development and product commercialization.

 

Schedule


Date May 28, 2012 (Monday) 9:30 am to 5:40 pm (The registration will start at 9 am. )

Venue NHK Science and Technology Research Laboratories Auditorium (1-10-11 Kinuta, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan)Access

Participation Free of charge (Pre-registration required. Please click the button below.)
How to participate remotely given on [ITU's website]. *Leaving NHK's website.
Organized by ITU(International Telecommunication Union)

Hosted and supported by NHK

Supported by Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

Cosponsored by ITU Association of Japan, National Association of Commercial Broadcasters in Japan, Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association, Institute of Image Information and Television Engineers, Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers Technical Committee on Well-being Information Technology, Human Interface Society
STRL open house
technical tour
An English tour of exhibitions related to accessibility will be held May 27 (Sunday) 2:00 pm. A person interested in signing up is required to check the box in the pre-registration form through the button below.
This workshop is assisted by Hoso Bunka Foundation and Support Center for Advanced Telecommunications Technology Research, Foundation.

 


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