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Colloquium - Cole

Inventing Virtual Humans that Teach and Conduct Therapy
Center for Spoken Language Research

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.

Department of Computer Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0430 USA
May 5, 2012 (14:13)