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Aims. Assistive technologies (AT) enable individuals with disabilities to do things that would otherwise be difficult or impossible for them to do. Especially in cases where a disability affects some mode of communication, speech and language processing techniques could greatly enhance AT. At the same time, researchers in speech and language processing could benefit from investigating techniques appropriate for AT and/or using AT as a testbed. The purpose of this SIG is to promote the application of speech and language technologies to the field of assistive technologies, especially for people whose impairments may affect their abilities to communicate. The group is also affiliated to the Association for Computational Linguistics.
Motivation. Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies is an inherently interdisciplinary endeavor that attracts researchers from such diverse fields as natural language processing (NLP), speech processing, speech pathology, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), human-computer interaction (HCI), and accessibility. SIG-SLPAT works to bring all of these disciplines and researchers together toward a common goal. Together, we can be more effective than the sum of our parts.
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