NCDA PARTICIPATES IN HUMAN CENTERED ROBOTICS AND TECHNOLOGY FORA
The National Council on Disability Affairs participated in fora featuring human-centered robotics and technology. Hosted by the American Center Manila and SM Cares, the Fora entitled “Forum on Human Centered Robotics” and “Robots for Helping the Human World” were held at the US Embassy in the Philippines and SM Mall of Asia on September 6 and 7, 2018, respectively Both fora have Prof. Ayanna Howard of the School of Inter-Active Computing in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology as the Keynote Speaker. The events which were participated by students, professionals, teachers, researchers, disabled people’s organizations and leaders with disabilities, provided venues to discuss how technology can increase the quality of lives of persons with disabilities and facilitated the exchange of ideas about ways to promote technological innovations that can improve accessibility and inclusiveness for persons with disabilities and other similar needs.
NCDA Officer-in-Charge Carmen R. Zubiaga in her message during the Fora challenged students and professionals who are already developing assistive technology to do robots which could do sign language, and assist persons with disabilities such as deaf and people with autism. She said that persons with disabilities who also live diversity also need quality life. Director Zubiaga pointed out that coordination with the government including professionals who develop assistive devices could bridge the gap between the technology and the market to make robots commercially
Relevantly, the SM Management committed to support the undertaking by making the technology available in SM malls once it is fully developed.