A communication aid which models conversational patterns

N. Alm, A. Newell, J. Arnott

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    We have developed a prototype communication system that helps non-speakers to perform communication acts competently, rather than concentrating on improving the production efficiency for specific letters, words or phrases. The system, called CHAT, is based on patterns which are found in normal unconstrained dialogue. It contains information about the present conversational move, the next likely move, the person being addressed, and the mood of the interaction. The system can move automatically through a dialogue, or can offer the user a selection of conversational moves on the basis of single keystrokes. The increased communication speed which is thus offered can significantly improve both the flow of the conversation and the disabled person's control of the dialogue.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th Annual Conference on Rehabilitation Technology
    EditorsRichard D. Steele, Gerrey William
    Place of PublicationWashington, D.C.
    PublisherRESNA-Association for the Advancement of Rehabilitation Technology
    Number of pages3
    Publication statusPublished - 1987
    Event10th Annual Conference on Rehabilitation Technology - San Jose, Calif., United States
    Duration: 19 Jun 198723 Jun 1987


    Conference10th Annual Conference on Rehabilitation Technology
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CitySan Jose, Calif.


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