"How was School today…?" in the Wild
RCUK Digital Economy Programme: The main partners in this Digital Economy Project are Dundee University's
School of Computing, Aberdeen University's Department of Computing Science and Capability Scotland.
We will work closely with Dr Nicola Grove, the director of OpenStoryTellers and Communication Matters (ISAAC UK)
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Being able to tell stories about ourselves is a central part
of the human experience and of social interaction. Most people
do this naturally, for example while chatting with family members over
the dinner table. But telling stories about
oneself can be a real struggle for people with complex communication
needs (CCN); they find it very difficult to create
and articulate such stories. People with CCN (i.e. individuals with
severe physical and communication impairments and
possibly varying degrees of intellectual disability, e.g. due to
cerebral palsy) rely on computer-generated synthetic
speech. Speech generating devices are currently limited to short,
pre-stored utterances or tedious preparation of text
files which are output, word for word, via a speech synthesiser.
Restrictions in speed and vocabulary can be a
frustrating experience and are an impediment to spontaneous social
This project is a follow on to the feasibility study "How was School Today...?" where we wanted to see if we can help children with
CCN create stories about what they did in a day
by developing a computer tool which produces a draft story based on
knowledge of the user’s planned daily activities
(e.g. from a diary) and automatically-acquired sensor data; and also an
editing and narration tool which lets the user edit
the story into something which is his/hers and not just a computer
Please contact Rolf Black (email: firstname.lastname@example.org or see other contact details on the people page) for more information.