Archives (2014-2020)

The materials below are archived from the RERC on AAC funded from 2014-2020 by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

The Research  projects of the RERC on AAC (2014-2020) were designed to advance knowledge and produce innovative engineering solutions under three themes:

  1. Access – Investigation and development of new access techniques (i.e., brain computer interface and multimodal techniques) to achieve more efficient and effective access for individuals with CCN who have severe motor impairments;
  2. Language support technologies (LanguageTech) – Investigation and invention of AAC technologies to support language use and communication for individuals with CCN who have significant language, cognitive, and /or motor limitations (i.e., technologies that support the transition to literacy for preliterate individuals with CCN, technologies that provide smart prediction to enhance the accuracy, efficiency and independence of communication, and technologies that incorporate video-based visual scene displays (VSDs) to provide dynamic visual supports for communication for those with significant language /cognitive limitations); and
  3. Human computer interfaces (HCI) – Investigation of techniques to decrease the cognitive processing demands of AAC human computer interfaces and development of tools to improve the person-technology match to enhance communication performance of individuals with CCN.

Access.R1: Investigating use of a brain-computer interface (BCI) with enhanced language modeling
Team Leaders: Fried-Oken, Peters, Mooney, Gorman, Bedrick, Erdogmus
Consumer Team: Bieker, Simpson

LangTech R2Investigating AAC technologies to support the transition from graphic symbols to literacy
Team Leaders: Light, McNaughton, Jakobs /InvoTek team, Hershberger/ Saltillo
Consumer Team: Miller, Rogers

 HCI.R3: Investigating the visual cognitive processing demands of AAC interfaces
Team Leaders: Light, Wilkinson, Beukelman, Fager, Roman, Jakobs/ Invotek, Hershberger/ Saltillo
Consumer Team: Schultz, Gibson

Development

The Development projects of the RERC on AAC (2014-2020) were designed to advance knowledge and produce innovative engineering solutions under three themes:

  1. Access – Investigation and development of new access techniques (i.e., brain computer interface and multimodal techniques) to achieve more efficient and effective access for individuals with CCN who have severe motor impairments;
  2. Language support technologies (LanguageTech) – Investigation and invention of AAC technologies to support language use and communication for individuals with CCN who have significant language, cognitive, and /or motor limitations (i.e., technologies that support the transition to literacy for preliterate individuals with CCN, technologies that provide smart prediction to enhance the accuracy, efficiency and independence of communication, and technologies that incorporate video-based visual scene displays (VSDs) to provide dynamic visual supports for communication for those with significant language /cognitive limitations); and
  3. Human computer interfaces (HCI) – Investigation of techniques to decrease the cognitive processing demands of AAC human computer interfaces and development of tools to improve the person-technology match to enhance communication performance of individuals with CCN.

Access.D1Developing multimodal technologies to improve access
Project Leaders: Jakobs (InvoTek), Hershberger (Saltillo), Fager, Light, Beukelman, Erdogmus
Consumer Team: Baker, Durfee, Wilson, Cuttlers, Arnold

 LangTech.D2Developing AAC technology to support interactive video visual scene displays
Project Leaders: Jakobs (InvoTek), Light, Drager, McNaughton
Consumer Team: Rogers, Murray

 LangTech.D3Developing a Smart Predictor app for AAC conversation
Team Leaders: Jakobs (InvoTek), Fried-Oken,
Consumer Team: Staehely, Kolden

 HCI.D4A cognitive demands checklist for AAC technologies and apps
Team Leader: Fried-Oken, Mooney & Bedrick
Consumer Team: Kolden, Staehely

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