Techniques for improving computer-assisted communication for physically impaired non-vocal people through using prestored extended texts

N ALM, J. L. Arnott, A. F. Newell

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    Abstract

    The problems faced by people whose physical impairments include the inability to communicate through speech are demonstrated by the fact that, even with current technology, speech rates achievable using speech output devices typically vary between 2-10 words per minute. We have been investigating ways in which the communication system itself could take on many of the cognitive and manipulative tasks required to locate and produce suitable prestored texts for the user. The storage and retrieval methods we have investigated include a text database with items indexed semantically and pragmatically, logging conversational paths for reuse, hypertext, and fuzzy information retrieval. The ultimate goal of this work is a communication system which will allow a severely impaired nonvocal person to make a significantly better conversational impact than is possible with present systems
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication1994 IEEE international conference on systems, man, and cybernetics -
    Subtitle of host publicationhumans, information and technology
    Place of PublicationNew york
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
    Pages1446-1451
    Number of pages6
    Volume2
    ISBN (Print)0780321294
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1994
    Event1994 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Humans, Information and Technology - Gonzales Convention Center and the Marriott Riverwalk Hotel, San Antonio, Texas, United States
    Duration: 2 Oct 19945 Oct 1994

    Conference

    Conference1994 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Humans, Information and Technology
    Abbreviated titleSMC 1994
    CountryUnited States
    CitySan Antonio, Texas
    Period2/10/945/10/94

    Cite this

    ALM, N., Arnott, J. L., & Newell, A. F. (1994). Techniques for improving computer-assisted communication for physically impaired non-vocal people through using prestored extended texts. In 1994 IEEE international conference on systems, man, and cybernetics - : humans, information and technology (Vol. 2, pp. 1446-1451). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICSMC.1994.400049