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Colloquium - Cole

ECCR 265

Inventing Virtual Humans that Teach and Conduct Therapy
Center for Spoken Language Research
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This talk will describe and demonstrate computer programs that use lifelike computer characters to teach children to read and learn from texts and to conduct speech and language therapies with individuals with neurological disorders. We will briefly review theory and research that informs the design of computer programs that use virtual humans, the unique challenges involved in developing these programs, the technologies that support interactions with virtual humans in our programs, and the status of five programs that are being used and evaluated in real world settings. The programs include Foundations to Literacy, for teaching children to read and comprehend text, and four programs that help individuals with Parkinson's disease and aphasia recover speech and language skills.

The Department holds colloquia throughout the Fall and Spring semesters. These colloquia, open to the public, are typically held on Thursday afternoons, but sometimes occur at other times as well. If you would like to receive email notification of upcoming colloquia, subscribe to our Colloquia Mailing List. If you would like to schedule a colloquium, see Colloquium Scheduling.

Sign language interpreters are available upon request. Please contact Stephanie Morris at least five days prior to the colloquium.

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Department of Computer Science
College of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0430 USA
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