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IJLCD Winter Lecture to be delivered this year by Professor Annalu Waller OBE, University of Dundee.

Followed by drinks reception.

Lecture Title - Telling Tales : Unlocking the Potential of AAC Technologies.

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Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) has been transformed by the social media revolution made possible by the emergence of mobile technology. The cumbersome dedicated devices of the seventies have evolved into a burgeoning AAC app industry. But the limited use and abandonment of AAC technologies remains high. Unlocking the untapped potential of technology requires a paradigm shift in the design of AAC technologies by building systems which minimise the cognitive load placed on users, adapting to their individual physical and language needs. Telling Tales will share insights and stories of how the combination of user-centred design, interdisciplinary research and the application of intelligent computing is providing a vision of future generations of AAC.

Professor Annalu Waller is Professor of Human Communication Technologies at the University of Dundee and is a chartered rehabilitation engineer. She has worked in the field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) since 1985, designing communication systems for and with nonspeaking individuals. Her primary research areas are human centred computing, natural language processing, personal narrative and assistive technology. In particular, she focuses on empowering end users, including disabled adults and children, by involving them in the design and use of technology. Annalu is head of Computing in the School of Science and Engineering and is director of the Dundee AAC Research Group (https://aac.dundee.ac.uk/). She manages a number of interdisciplinary research projects with industry and practitioners from rehabilitation engineering, special education, speech and language therapy, medicine, nursing and dentistry. She is a programme co-leader of the MSc in AAC with Psychology and delivers modules on Assistive Technology and AAC, Annalu was awarded an OBE for services to people with complex communication needs in the 2016 New Year’s Honours List and is an Honorary Fellow of the RCSLT.

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