(eng)agingproject is run by Active Aging Center (AAC), a non-governmental organizationwhich develops 
projects focused on improving life of elderly - “Happy Senior” and “Good Investment”, in cooperation 
with KEYNOTEwellestablished consultancy. 

The program can be also browsed on the Sched phone appsearch for engaging2021.  

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Thursday, February 11 • 14:45 - 15:15
Ergonomic Products Design to Increase Accessibility for Older People: Japanese Experiences and International Standardisation

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It has been well known that Japan is one of the most aging countries in the world, and this has affected social, economic and political affairs in various ways to cope with this demographic change.
Industrial products design also had to change their policies of making products from technology-oriented to human-oriented design. Accessible design was one of these movements which positively took into account the needs of older people and people with disabilities to make products, in particular consumer products, easy and comfort in use by those people.
Good collaborations between government, academy and industry were formed and started to develop the concept and methods of accessible design being based on ergonomics and to disseminate them in the form of industrial standards.
Now more than 40 accessible design standards have been developed in Japan, and the activities have been extended into the international level such as ISO. Accessible design is one of crucially important fields in ISO too and a number of ISO standards have already been developed being based on Japanese experiences.
In this talk, the concept and methods, some examples, and history of Japanese and ISO standardization of accessible design are to be presented.

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Thomas Linner

R&D Director Technology for Ageing Societies I Convenor ISO/TC 314 WG2, Technical University of Munich (TUM) I ISO/TC 314 Ageing Societies

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Ken Sagawa

Emeritus Researcher, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
Ken Sagawa is emeritus researcher of National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)  in Japan. He specializes in visual science with special interests on aging and ergonomic design for older people and people with visual disabilities, the outcomes of which... Read More →

Thursday February 11, 2021 14:45 - 15:15 CET