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Julio Abascal, BSc in Physics (U. de Navarra, 1978) and PhD in Informatics (U. del País Vasco-Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, 1987), is a Professor at the Computer Architecture and Technology Department of the UPV/EHU (Spain), where he has been working since 1981. He leads Egokituz: Laboratory of Human-Computer Interaction for Special Needs, founded in 1985.
His research activity is focussed on the application of Human-Computer Interaction methods to Assistive Technology, including the design of ubiquitous, adaptive and accessible user interfaces, and assistive human-robot interfaces. In addition, he is interested in methods and tools to enhance sensory, physical and cognitive accessibility to the Web.
He was the Spanish representative in the IFIP TC13 Committee on HCI, and the former and founder chairperson (in 1993) of the IFIP WG 13.3 “HCI and Disability” from 1991 to 2018. He has served as an advisor, reviewer and evaluator for diverse EU research frameworks (TIDE, TAP, IST, etc.) since 1990.