School of Engineering


VERITAS: Virtual and augmented Environments and Realistic user Interactions To achieve embedded Accessibility designS

VERITAS aims to develop, validate and access an open framework for built-in accessibility support at all stages of ICT and non-ICT product development, including specification, design, development and testing.

Project leader: Professor Phil Blythe
Lead researcher: Dr Amy Guo
Sponsors: European Commission (7th Framework Programme, ICT for Independent Living, Inclusion and Governance - Grant Agreement No: 247765)
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Forderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (Germany, Coordinator), Centre for Research & Technology Hellas / Informatics & Telematics Institute (Greece); Centre for Research & Technology Hellas / Hellenic Institute of Transport (Greece), Instituto de Aplicaciones de las Tecnologias de la Informacion y de las Comunicaciones Avanzadas (Spain), Centro Ricerche Fiat Societa Consortile per Azioni (Italy), Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (Greece), Continental Automotive France SAS (France), Scuola Superiore Di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento Sant Anna (Italy), AGE Platform Europe (Belgium), BYTE COMPUTER S.A. (Greece), RE:Lab (Italy), Universita degli studi di Trento (Italy), Virtual Reality & Multi Media Park S.p.A. (Italy), Marie Curie Association (Bulgaria), Ceske Vysoke Uceni Technicke v Praze (Czech Republic), Universitat Basel (Switzerland), Indesit Company S.p.A (Italy), DOMOLOGIC Home Automation GmbH (Germany), LMS International NV (Belgium), ATOS Origin Sociedad Anonima Espanola (Spain), Asociacion de Investigacion de la Industria de juguete, conexas y afines (Spain), Piaggio & C. S.p.A. (Italy), Smartex s.r.l. (Italy), Human Solutions GmbH (Germany), Bauunion 1905 GmbH (Germany), Hypertech S.A. (Greece), I+ srl (Italy), University of Salzburg (Austria), Brunel University (UK), Universidad Politecnica de Madrid / Life Supporting Technologies (Spain) 30. Universitat Stuttgart (Germany)
Start/end dates: 2010-2013

Project details

The goal is to ensure that future products and services are being systematically designed for all people including those with disabilities and functional limitations.

VERITAS will introduce accessibility support tools at all the stages of iterative planning and development for five applications areas: automotive, smart living spaces, workplace, infotainment and ehealth.

VERITAS have reached two years of activities. More than 70% of the functionality of the Simulation Viewer and simulation Model Editor is ready. The multisensorial platform has been tested in Bulgaria, Greece, Italy and the UK.

The planning and framework for pilot with designers/developers and pilot with beneficiaries have been developed. Demos involving all application areas are in development and will complete in 2012. The pilot will be carried out in 2013.


  • Mr Dan Brennan
  • Mr Simon Edwards
  • Dr Amy Guo