Julian Jones is convenor of CEN TC224 WG6 on User Interfaces. He has participated in writing many standards including ones relating to smart cards, biometric systems and electronic signatures.
Mick Davies is Chairman of LASSeO (Local Authority Smartcard Standards e-Organisation). He is a member of the Smartcard Networking Forum Core Group, the senior public sector smart media organisation with 600 members from over 300 organisations. He is also a consultant on smart card matters.
Jose Martinez is the Director of International Projects and Relations at Technosite - ONCE Foundation. He has a PhD in Information Science (Hons) from Madrid’s Universidad Carlos III. He holds an MSc in Corporate Networks and Systems and a Postgraduate Course in Information Science. At present, José Angel Martínez is the Director of international projects and relations at Technosite-ONCE Foundation (Spain). He is the project coordinator of two major European studies, “Monitoring eAccessibility in Europe” and “Economic Assessment for Improving eAccessibility Services and Products”; and two major ICT-PSP projects in the field of eInclusion APSIS4all European pilot on Accessible and Personalised Public Digital Terminals for all and ATIS4all, Thematic Network on Assistive Technologies.
Julio Abascal is Professor of the Computer Architecture and Technology Department. at University of the Basque Country. He co-founded the Laboratory of Human-Computer Interaction for Special Needs that has participated in several R&D projects at national and international level. His research activity is focussed on the application of human-computer interaction methods and techniques to assistive technology, including the design of ubiquitous, adaptive and accessible user interfaces and the development of smart homes for people with disability under the ambience intelligence philosophy. Currently he also leads a research group aiming to develop methods and tools to enhance physical and cognitive accessibility to the web.
Dr Mike Short FREng BEng CEng FIET is Vice President of Public Affairs at Telefonica Europe. He is also President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Mike’s career spans 37 years in Electronics and Telecommunications, with the last 24 years in Mobile Communications. After working for Philips, Landis and Gyr, and BT, he was appointed in 1989 as Director of Cellnet (now part of Telefonica and branded O2 UK) dealing with major infra-structure investments and commercial agreements. In 1992 the focus moved to launching Cellnet’s GSM service and establishing Roaming Agreements. He also handled international business development and helped to win overseas mobile licenses and undertook some of the first mobile training in India.
Mike has also been appointed Visiting Professor at Surrey University, De Montfort, Lancaster, and Leeds Universities and to the Boards of Coventry University and Ravensbourne College. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate in 2008 for services to the Mobile Communications industry. He is a Fellow of IET/BCS/RGS/ Royal Academy and a Member of the Royal Television Society.
Dr Martin Maguire is a member of the research and lecturing staff at the Loughborough Design School within Loughborough University. He has a background in both computer studies and ergonomics and is a member of the Ergonomics Society and the Usability Professionals Association. His main interests are in the design of interactive systems and products to be usable by people (professionals or consumers) and including the needs of inexperienced users and people who are older or with disabilities. He has a particular interest in user interface aspects of ATMs, Digital TV and mobile phones.
Martin has been involved in several EU projects to develop human factors tools, methods and guidelines to produce usable systems. He was the lead author for the RESPECT User-centred requirements handbook for telematics systems that was widely distributed.
He has been involved in many research and consultancy projects in the design and evaluation of office systems, digital TV services, home products, smart homes, web-based services and educational tools for learners with communication disabilities. He has contributed two 2 reports for ANEC (The European consumer voice in standardisation):
- Requirements needed in European household appliance performance standards to improve ease of use by older and disabled people, January 2011
- Review of state of knowledge regarding the safety, access and usability needs of children with disabilities, January 2007
He has conducted ergonomic appraisals of IT systems for public sector organisations including the National Probation Service, the National Offender Management Service and Metropolitan Police. At the University he carries out teaching in ergonomics methods and human-computer interaction.