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Workshop – Assistive technology for persons with deafblindness

Location: Leiden
Date: September 6th, 2020 (afternoon)

This workshop is organised as part of the Eurohaptics 2020 conference in Leiden.

With this workshop we want to encourage knowledge transfer and collaborations between scientists, expertise centers and persons with deafblindness. This workshop will be a place where researchers, developers and end-users can meet. Persons with deafblindness will have the opportunity to try out recently developed technology.

This workshop explores how assistive technology can facilitate day-to-day life of persons with deafblindness. Deafblindness means that the visual and auditory systems are deteriorated to such a degree that one cannot substitute for the other. Haptic solutions can be very helpful in this situation. The main topics covered will be communication and navigation.

Confirmed contributors

  • Vincent Hayward (Sorbonne Université – UPMC)
  • Sven Topp (University of Sydney)
  • Eric van Heuvelen and Dick Lunenborg (Fablab, Bartiméus)
  • Hong Tan (Purdue)
  • Matteo Bianchi (University of Pisa)
  • Raymond Holt (University of Leeds)
  • Lea Buchweitz and James Gay (Offenburg University of Applied Sciences)
  • Myrthe Plaisier and Astrid Kappers (Eindhoven University of Technology)
  • Nils-Krister Persson (University of Borås)


Astrid Kappers and Myrthe Plaisier (Eindhoven University of Technology)


Regular registration can be done through the Eurohaptics 2020 website: Scientists who wish to demonstrate their technology can contact Myrthe Plaisier ( If you are not affiliated with an institute or company and want to attend the workshop as a private person you can directly contact Myrthe Plaisier ( and attend free of charge. We will do our very best to make this workshop as accessible as possible.