All seminars held at 12:00-1:00 in the Wolfson Research Theatre, School of Computing, unless otherwise stated.
- 11/12/2013: Paul Andres - A different way to look at pictures
According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) glossary of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) terms, there are three widely used methods of language representation for communication devices: spelling, single meaning pictures and semantic compaction. From its early days as a successful rate enhancement method semantic compaction or Minspeak™ has provided valuable insights into a series of questions raised within the field of AAC.
In this presentation we will examine some of the fundamental issues arising in creating a language based AAC system and the processes that are followed to deal with them. By comparing the different ways that pictures are used for a single meaning picture system and a semantic compaction system participants will gain an insight into paths to independent communication.
Paul Andres is an occupational therapist with more than 30 years experience in the field of AAC. He works as a consultant in support of families and therapy teams who provide AAC services to children and adults with complex communication needs. As part on the international Prentke Romich team he has been involved authoring communication systems in seven languages. He is a past executive vice-president of the International Society of AAC (ISAAC).
Host: Rolf Black
- 12/03/2014: Prof Ebroul Izquierdo
Host: Prof Emanuele Trucco
- 19/03/2014: Dr. Lewis Griffin
Host: Professor Stephen McKenna
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