7 November 2017
Professor Annalu Waller, Discipline Lead for Computing@Dundee, has been invited to give the International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders' Winter Lecture, which is entitled "Telling Tales: Unlocking the Potential of AAC Technologies". The lecture will be given at the University of Manchester (Theatre A, University Place) on Tuesday 5th December at 1730.
Professor Waller has worked in the development of innovative AAC technologies for over 30 years. She was awarded an OBE in 2016, and was recently awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, which was presented to her by Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
The full abstract of the lecture is as follows: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) has been transformed by the social media revolution made possible by the emergence of mobile technology. The cumbersome dedicated devices of the seventies have evolved into a burgeoning AAC app industry. But the limited use and abandonment of AAC technologies remains high. Unlocking the untapped potential of technology requires a paradigm shift in the design of AAC technologies by building systems which minimise the cognitive load placed on users, adapting to their individual physical and language needs. Telling Tales will share insights and stories of how the combination of user-centred design, interdisciplinary research and the application of intelligent computing is providing a vision of future generations of AAC.