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      Virtual Home Assistants for People with Dysarthria

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      Proceedings of the 33rd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (BCS HCI 2020)
      Human Computer Interaction
      6 July 2020
      Accessibility, Virtual home assistants, Nonverbal interaction, Speech impairment, Dysarthria, Digital home assistant
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            Abstract

            Many individuals with disabilities use virtual home assistants (VHAs) to communicate and execute daily tasks (Pradhan, Mehta & Findlater 2018). Because VHAs are controlled by verbal communication, some groups of users, including people with speech impairments, face barriers to effective interaction with VHAs. My research addresses the problems that individuals with speech impairments, specifically those with dysarthria, experience in interacting with these devices. I propose an alternate technique for interaction using nonverbal voice cues, such as humming, hissing and vowel sounds. The technique requires from the user only the ability to vocalise.

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            Conference
            July 2020
            July 2020
            : 62-63
            Affiliations
            [0001]Cardiff University

            School of Computer Science and Informatics

            Cardiff, UK
            Article
            10.14236/ewic/HCI20DC.15
            8c9ac274-f5f5-41e3-83a3-2903eb0a7b8a
            © Jaddoh. Published by BCS Learning & Development. Proceedings of the BCS HCI Doctoral Consortium 2020. Keele University, UK

            This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

            Proceedings of the 33rd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference
            BCS HCI 2020
            33
            Keele University, UK
            6 July 2020
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Human Computer Interaction
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            Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
            Self URI (article page): https://www.scienceopen.com/hosted-document?doi=10.14236/ewic/HCI20DC.15
            Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
            Categories
            Electronic Workshops in Computing

            Applied computer science,Computer science,Security & Cryptology,Graphics & Multimedia design,General computer science,Human-computer-interaction
            Speech impairment,Dysarthria,Virtual home assistants,Nonverbal interaction,Digital home assistant,Accessibility

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