A rapid multi-lingual communicator for non-speaking people and others

N. Alm, M. Iwabuchi, J.L. Arnott, P.N. Andreasen, Kenryu Nakamura

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    Abstract

    Computer-based systems that are developed to assist people with severe disabilities can often have interesting wider applications. A computer-based communication system has been developed to give non-speaking people a multi-lingual capability. It is based on developments in this field in conversational modelling and utterance prediction, making use of pre-stored material. The system could also be used by people whose only communication disadvantage is not being able to speak a foreign language. The system consists of a large store of re-usable conversational material duplicated in several languages and a model of conversation which allows the system to link the items together into appropriate sequences. A unique feature of the system is that both the non-speaking person and the communication partner use the communicator in their dialogue. In comparison with a multi-lingual phrase book, the system helped users to have more natural conversation, and to take more control of the interaction.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2001 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics
    PublisherIEEE
    Pages238-243
    Number of pages6
    Volume1
    ISBN (Print)0780370872
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2001
    Event2001 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics - Tucson, United States
    Duration: 7 Oct 200110 Oct 2001

    Conference

    Conference2001 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
    CountryUnited States
    CityTucson
    Period7/10/0110/10/01

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