Edesix is proudly aiding Dundee University in a £1million project designed to help those with complex disabilities converse.
The multi-faceted project aims to build upon Computer-based systems – called Voice Output Communication Aids (VOCAs) that use word prediction to speed up typing.
It is estimated that more than a quarter of a million people in the UK alone are at risk of isolation because they are unable to speak and are in need of some form of augmentative or alternative communication (AAC) to support them with a severe communication difficulty.
The team want to produce the first VOCA system which will not only predict words and phrases but will provide access to extended conversation by predicting narrative text elements tailored to an ongoing conversation.
The project is named ‘Augmenting Communication using Environmental Data to drive Language Prediction – ACE-LP’ and brings together research expertise in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Computer Vision & Image Processing at the University of Dundee with Intelligent Interactive Systems at the University of Cambridge.