Development of Electronic Aids for the Visually Impaired

Proceedings of a workshop on the Rehabilitation of the Visually Impaired, held at the Institute for Research on Electromagnetic Waves of the National Research Council, Florence, Italy. Sponsored by the Commission of the European Communities as advised by the Committee on Medical and Public Health Research

  • P. L. Emiliani

Part of the Documenta Ophthalmologica Proceedings Series book series (DOPS, volume 47)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Concise Report of the Workshop

    1. P. L. Emiliani
      Pages 1-7
  3. Braille Production

  4. Aids for Reading and for the Interaction with Coded Information Sources

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. J. M. Lagarde, P. Lirou
      Pages 75-82
    3. J. A. Sørensen
      Pages 97-106
    4. A. Da Ronch, R. Spinabelli, A. Braggiotti
      Pages 107-116
    5. J. Conter, S. Alet, P. Puech, A. Bruel
      Pages 117-125
    6. P. L. Emiliani
      Pages 127-136
    7. P. L. Emiliani
      Pages 148-165
  5. Low-Vision (Clinical, Social, Psychological and Technological Aspects)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. J. Levett, J. Yfantopoulos, J. Tsamparlakis
      Pages 201-211
    3. P. L. Emiliani
      Pages 223-231
  6. Transduction of Visual Information and Displays for the Blind

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 233-233
    2. C. Veraart, G. A. Orban, M. C. Wanet, I. Richard
      Pages 248-255
    3. P. L. Emiliani
      Pages 257-261
  7. Mobility

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 312-312

About this book


This book is based on the papers presented at the Workshop on "Rehabilitation of the Visually Impaired" held in Flo­ rence at the Institute for the Research on Electromagnetic Waves of the Italian Research Council on April 4-6, 1984. The Workshop, sponsored by the Committee for Medical and Public Health Research of the Commission of the European Communities, was meant to exchange ideas about the need, importance and feasibility of a European cooperation in the field of visual impairment and to identify promising research areas, where current national activities could take advantage of such a collaboration in order to increase their efficiency. In particular, it dealt with the develop­ ment and use of technical aids (mainly based on computers and signal processing techniques) and with the elaboration, evaluation and standardization of new methods and tests. The attendance was multidisciplinary, including researchers from the fields of technology, medicine and psychology and representatives from organizations involved in the rehabi­ litation of the visually impaired. Five technical sessions were organized, dealing with the following topics: automatic production of Braille and systems for paperless Braille, aids for reading and for the interaction with coded informa­ tion sources, low vision aids, transduction of visual infor­ mation into a tactile representation, mobility aids. Three different application sectors were mainly considered: education and culture, vocational training, mobility. A final session was devoted to a discussion in working groups. The results are briefly outlined in the following concise report of the Workshop.


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Editors and affiliations

  • P. L. Emiliani
    • 1
  1. 1.Istituto di Ricerca sulle Onde Ellettromagnetiche (I.R.O.E.)Consiglio Nazionale delle RicercheFirenzeItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8402-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-4281-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0303-6405
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