Towards a code of practice to support the use of AI (Artificial Intelligence) in AAC

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


As generative AI tools such as ChatGPT become more widely available, the debate around their impact (good and bad) is very much in the public consciousness. There exists some exploratory research into how AI might support the development of AAC systems, including the Standup (Waller A. , et al., 2009) ACE-LP projects (University of Dundee, 2023) led by Prof. Annalu Waller (Waller A. , Scottish AI Summit 2022, 2022) and several projects which look to integrate generative AI into word and sentence prediction functionality (Shen et al.,
2022; Valencia et al., 2023). User involvement in design and development of such systems is still at an early stage. The UoD team would like to work with members of the Communication Matters community, including professionals, AAC users and their families to consider the potential benefits of the use of AI in AAC systems, as well as discussing what safeguards may be needed. We wish to understand specific concerns members of the CM community may have. It is acknowledged that there is both great potential for AI to improve communication speed, and there are also real concerns such as user agency, and privacy to
address, we hope there will be much to discuss. At this interactive workshop, the UoD team propose to “chair” the session, starting with a brief presentation to support structured discussion through which we can capture the views of those present. Delegates should be aware that the session will be recorded, and a summary of the discussion and its themes will be written up by the UoD team for publication in the Communication Matters journal. We would be particularly keen to hear the views of delegates on whether a code of practice or code of ethics might be needed for those looking to make use of AI in AAC systems.
Period11 Sept 2023
Event titleCommunication Matters: International Conference 2023
Event typeConference
LocationLeeds, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Assistive Technology
  • AI
  • AAC