Context-Aware Communicator for All

  • Paola GarcíaEmail author
  • Eduardo Lleida
  • Diego Castán
  • José Manuel Marcos
  • David Romero
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9175)


We describe the design of a communicator for people with speech impairments of several ages, but that can also be used by everybody. The design is based on the accurate definition of user models and profiles from which we extracted technical goals and requirements. The current design shows the factors to consider to provide a successful communication between users. The system is prepared to be used with children and elderly people with some kind of speech impairment. Moreover, the communicator is able to spontaneously adapt to each user profile and be aware of the situation, summarized in: location, time of the day and interlocutor. Therefore, the vocabulary to be used relates to a particular situation with the possibility to be broadened by the user if needed. This “vocabulary” is not restricted only to the word or syntactic domain but to pictograms and concepts. Several machine learning tools are employed for this purpose, such as word prediction, context-aware communication and non-syntactic modeling. We present a prototype scenario that includes examples of the usage of our target users.


Communicator Augmentative and alternative communication Pictograms Word prediction Context-aware communication Non-syntactic modeling Speech impairment 



– This research is supported by the Iris project that received funding from European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 610986.

– We would like to thank the people from Alborada Special School for all the information given for this research


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paola García
    • 1
    Email author
  • Eduardo Lleida
    • 1
  • Diego Castán
    • 1
  • José Manuel Marcos
    • 2
  • David Romero
    • 3
  1. 1.ViVoLab I3AUniversity of ZaragozaZaragozaSpain
  2. 2.CPEE AlboradaZaragozaSpain
  3. 3.IES Damian FormentTeruelSpain

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