The European IRIS project wants to provide a natural interaction communication platform accessible and adapted for all users, particularly for people with speech impairments and elderly in indoor scenarios.
Human-Computer interaction with this platform will adopt the principles of universal design and natural user interfaces such as speech, silent speech, gestures, tactile devices, pictograms, animated characters and personalized synthetic voices.
Turkey, Spain and Portugal are working on this project that has united three Universities: Middle East Technical University (Ankara), Saragossa University (Spain) and Aveiro University (Portugal) and two enterprises: Microsoft-Portugal and Face in Motion. Microsoft, the coordinator project, contributes with its experience in speech, silent speech, natural language interaction and computer vision techniques, adding to its overall goal of stimulating industry through co-operations with academia and its citizenship initiatives.
IRIS is part of the Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration. It started in 2014 and will finish in 2017.
Picture: Over 200 people attended the Seminar on Adapting Communications Tools for People with Special Needs celebrated in Saragossa on February 28th.