Inaugural lecture Eric Velleman

358709 beeld uitnodiging installatie Eric Velleman

On Wednesday 25 May 2022, Eric Velleman will be installed as professor of Inclusive Digital Design & Engineering. The title of his inaugural lecture is: Accessibility Agents and the future of Inclusive Digital Design and Engineering

In his inaugural lecture, Eric will address trends with an important influence on digital accessibility and the related impact of government measures, business decisions, education, and research. What if your support robot has a disability? 

Inclusive digital design and engineering seems simple, but is actually a complex and sometimes disruptive multidimensional challenge with many dependencies, competitors, stakeholders and technologies. Also, most of today’s best digital accessibility solutions are limited to yesterday’s technology. By letting developers, researchers and education work together, they can (from the start) develop and share good practices and off-the-shelf solutions for the accessibility of next generation technologies. This information could then be used by intelligent accessibility agents to assist the (disabled) (human) user.

The meeting will be held at HAN Campus Arnhem, but there is also the possiblity to attend online. The meeting will be subtitled in English and a sign language interpreter will be present.

Quick info

Date and time

HAN Campus Arnhem
Ruitenberglaan 26

Free of charge

Dutch Time Preliminary program

  • Welcome by Astrid Hoge, Dean of the School of IT and Media Design
  • Installation Eric Velleman by Yvonne de Haan, Member Executive Board HAN
  • Eric Velleman: Inaugural lecture “Accessibility Agents and the future of Inclusive Digital Design and Engineering”
  • Besides the inaugural lecture, the meeting will also host related presentations by industry, government and the disability community.

Professor of Applied Sciences Eric Velleman

Eric Velleman (1960) is a passionate researcher and has built up a large international network in the field of inclusive digital design & engineering over the past 20 years. He obtained his doctorate in 2018 on research into the implementation of digital accessibility within Dutch municipalities and obtained his doctorate on this subject at the University of Twente. Velleman has conducted several studies into digital accessibility of, among others, the Dutch government, the business community and healthcare. These projects, commissioned by the Ministry of the Interior, the Institute of Human Rights and interest groups, among others, were discussed in the House of Representatives and in national media.

In addition to his position as a professor, Eric Velleman is scientific advisor at the Accessibility Foundation and innovation expert at Bartiméus, a nationwide expertise organisation that supports blind and partially sighted people. 

Research group Inclusive Digital Design & Engineering

With practice-oriented research, the research group wants to contribute to knowledge development and innovation in the field of digital accessibility, both nationally and internationally. At the IDD&E Research Group, we are developing and sharing knowledge about accessibility of new media and technology applications. We do this together with lecturers, students, innovative partners (national and international) and with people with disabilities themselves.

Our mission:

  • Support public and private sector organizations.
  • Reduce social inequality of people with disabilities.
  • Strengthen self-management for people with a (visual) disability.

The IDD&E Research Group is made possible by expertise organisation Bartiméus and the Bartiméus Foundation.