ALADIN

Assistive Voice Control for
People with Physical Disabilities
Second brainstorm session for ALADIN
On may 27, 2014, We organised a second session with people from the healthcare field to get a better insight in how to help as many people as possible with the ALADIN technology. We gained some valuable insights in how different uses than we originally envisioned could be explored and where to go from here. Read more about the first session here.
Second brainstorm session for ALADIN
On may 27, 2014, We organised a second session with people from the healthcare field to get a better insight in how to help as many people as possible with the ALADIN technology. We gained some valuable insights in how different uses than we originally envisioned could be explored and where to go from here. Read more about the first session here.
ALADIN is a language independent vocal interface, aimed at people with motor impairments. Because of their disability, using traditional remote controls is difficult or impossible. Furthermore, a lot of conditions causing difficulties in using the upper limbs also cause speech impairments. This means normal natural language recognition systems are unsuitable for this target group.

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ALADIN is designed to be a modular framework, capable of interfacing with existing interfaces such as Z-Wave, X10, KNX or IR remotes in the future, as well as provide a native experience via a tablet interface. Currently we use KNX hardware for demonstration purposes, although we are working on a native television application and IR remote control integration.

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To cope with dysarthric speech patterns, ALADIN is able to learn vocabulary and induce grammar in a robust and adaptive manner. This means users do not have to adapt their speech to the system and can use their own words and sentences to control their home and devices. We distinguish two phases: a training phase and a usage phase...

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Recent Publications

Huyghe, J., Derboven, J., Geerts, D. and De Grooff, D. ALADIN: Adaptive Speech Interaction for People with Disabilities. Presented at Designing Speech and Language Interactions Workshop, CHI 2014, Toronto, Canada, 2014

Yang Sun, Jort F. Gemmeke, Bert Cranen, Louis ten Bosch and Lou Boves. Fusion of parametric and non-parametric approaches to noise-robust ASR. Speech Communication, volume 56, No. 0, pages 49-62, 2014. 

Bert Van Den Broeck, Lode Vuegen, Peter Karsmakers, Bart Vanrumste, Hugo Van hamme and Marc Moonen. Footstep localization based on in-home microphone-array signals. In Proc. 12th European AAATE Conference, 2013.

Bert Van Den Broeck, Lode Vuegen, Gert Dekkers, Hugo Van hamme, Marc Moonen, Bart Vanrumste and Peter Karsmakers. Footstep localization by ac ... more

Project
The ALADIN project is a currently running 4 year SBO project ('11 - '14). More information is available on the academic website.

The project is a cooperation between:
It is funded by the Flemish government (IWT SBO project).