ICCHP Keynote and Panel Sessions

ICCHP will feature keynotes related to but also going beyond AT, Accessibility and Inclusion - "Brainfood for R&D and application in our domain." (Information will be updated.)

Opening Session and Opening Keynote:

Wednesday, July 10, 9am - 10.30am

  • Welcome Message: Stefan Koch, Rector Johannes Kepler University Linz
  • Opening Words: Makoto Kobayashi, Tsukuba University of Technology, General Chair ICCHP 2024
  • Opening Words (tbc): Klaus Luger, Mayor of the City of Linz
  • Opening Words (video): Federal Minister Johannes Rauch, Federal Minister of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection
  • Opening keynote: I. Placencia-Porrero: The European Accessibility Act - Challenges for R&D

W3C Digital Accessibility Keynote and Panel Discussion

Thursday, July 11, 10.15am - 12pm

  • Keynote: Kevin White, W3C/WAI: The Success Story of Digital Accessibility (tbc)
  • Panel Discussion (invited)
    • Klaus Hoeckner, Access Austria/HGBS (moderator)
    • S. Abou-Zahra, Amazon
    • S. Herrlinger, Apple (tbc)
    • N. Milliken, ATOS (tbc)
    • C. Patnoe, Google

Springer Keynote on AI for Accessibility and AT; Closing Session

Friday, July 12, 11.30am-12.30pm

  • Keynote: DI Dr. Johannes Kofler: Making AI Really Useful in R&D and Practice (for AT, Accessibility and Inclusion)
  • Presenation of ICCHP 2026


Opening Keynote

Keynote Speaker: I. Placencia-Porrero

Inmaculada Placencia Porrero is a Senior Expert in Disability and Inclusion at Directorate-General Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion at the European Commission. Her unit is responsible for the coordination of European policies for persons with disabilities. She works on European disability policies including the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020, and the EU implementation of the UNCRPD. Inmaculada holds a degree in Physics and Computer Science and worked in research and development before joining The European Commission in 1991. She has worked on research programmes addressing accessibility as well as assistive technologies and was Deputy Head of Unit for various disability-related units in the Commission. Her work in the "e-Inclusion" unit of the Directorate-General for Information Society and Media addressed accessibility policy. While at the Directorate-General for Justice she contributed to disability-related antidiscrimination legislation. She was responsible for the Task Force for the preparation of the European Accessibility Act and remains responsible since its adoption in 2015. Currently, under the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs, and Inclusion, she is also leading the team working on the Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2021-2030.

Titel: The European Accessibility Act - Challenges for R&D (tbc)

Outline will follow, soon!


Digital Accessibility Keynote and Panel Discussion

Organised in cooperation with the AccessibleEU CenterLogo Accessible EU centre

Keynote Speaker: Kevin White

Kevin is the Accessibility Technical Lead for the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). In this role Kevin supports WAI to deliver internationally recognized standards that support accessibility. He manages W3C accessibility operations, including projects, such as WAI-CooP, co-funded by the European Commission. Kevin has been involved with W3C WAI since 2016 in different capacities. He contributes to resources that support understanding and implementing web accessibility. Kevin was the lead editor of Planning and Managing for Web Accessibility, Tips for Getting Started with Web Accessibility, and Developing Organizational Policies on Web Accessibility.

Kevin was the Head of Digital Accessibility and User Research in the Scottish Government. He also worked as a digital design consultant supporting a wide range of public and private sector organizations to implement high quality, accessible and usable products and services. Kevin holds degrees in Psychology and in Mathematics and Computer Science.

Title: The Success Story of Digital Accessibility (tbc)

Outline: "Accessibility has failed: Try Generative UI = Individualized UX” has been the deflating summary on accessibility by Jacob Nielsen. But the accessibility community disagrees. The keynote and the following panel discussion will outline achievements, progress, challenges and opportunities of digital accessibility.

Much has been achieved to support more accessible digital products in terms of guidelines, standards, legislation, techniques and tools. All major browsers support assistive technologies. It is an indispensable aspect for reaching all customers and clients and to leave nobody behind. A broad and growing set of assistive technologies (AT) exist to support people with disabilities. Many AT functionalities have entered mainstream use creating accessible user experiences and supporting usability for many beyond disabled and older people.

Much has been achieved, often not visible or recognized as an outcome of accessibility R&D!
But, yes, the sector takes the critical remarks seriously. We need more and faster uptake. The keynote and the panel will discuss and try to outline:
  • Examples of technical accessibility progress and challenges
  • How to continue to improve accessible user experiences
  • The potential offered by AI and the risk of overpromising
  • Demands for academia, R&D and other all other stakeholder groups aiming at digital accessibility to facilitate a more open, democratic and inclusive society

Keynote Panel (invited):

  • Klaus Hoeckner, Access Austria/HGBS (moderator)
  • S. Abou-Zahra, Amazon
  • S. Herrlinger, Apple (tbc)
  • N. Milliken, ATOS (tbc)
  • H. Minto, Microsoft (tbc)
  • C. Patnoe, Google


Springer Keynote on AI for Accessibility and AT and Closing Session

Keynote Speaker: DI Dr. Johannes Kofler, Institute for Integrated Circuits, Quantum Information and Computation Group, Johannes Kepler University Linz 

Johannes KoflerSince 10/2023: Senior Lecturer in “Quantum Information & Learning” Quantum Information and Computation Group, Institute for Integrated Circuits, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
10/2018 – 09/2023: University Assistant (Group of Sepp Hochreiter) Institute for Machine Learning & LIT AI Lab, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
Parental leaves: 08–09/2020, 10/2022–09/2023
05/2017 – 09/2018: Senior Researcher AKKT Forschungsgesellschaft, Cooperation Partner of Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
11/2011 – 04/2017: Postdoctoral Researcher (Group of Ignacio Cirac). Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Garching, Germany
08/2008 – 10/2011: Postdoctoral Researcher (Group of Anton Zeilinger, 2022 Nobel Laureate in Physics) Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria
01/2005 – 07/2008: Research Assistant / PhD Student (Group of Časlav Brukner) & DOC Fellow, Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna & Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria
03/2004 – 06/2004: Scientific Co-worker (Groups of Eckhard Krotscheck & Dieter Bäuerle) Institute for Theoretical Physics & Institute for Applied Physics, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

Title: Making AI Really Useful in R&D and Practice (for AT, Accessibility and Inclusion) (tbc)

Outline: AI has an enormous potential and this holds also true for people with disabilities, accessibility and AT. This keynote, given by a leading expert and pioneer in AI, will answer questions as:
What is needed for good R&D based on and using AI? What makes AI really work in practice? What are key quality criteria to avoid risks and biases. The talk will outline issues as

  • the technical foundations
  • processing power and robust infrastructure
  • data quality and quantity requirements
  • competences and training (data scientist and expert)
  • goal definition, feasibility and right method/tools selection (is AI the right tool?)
  • seamless integrating of AI solution in day to day practice, scalability
  • data protection, legislation and ethics; contractual issues when using external AI services
  • costs, resources
  • (change) management, acceptance, performance/impact monitoring

Closing Session: ICCHP 2026

Chair: Petr Penaz, Teiresias Center, Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic