Dundee AAC Research Group

AAC Group LogoThe Dundee University‘s AAC Research Group at Computing in the School of Science and Engineering is the world leader in developing intelligent and multimodal technologies within the field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), working with the foremost companies in the field to support and enhance interaction for individuals with a variety of communication impairments across the lifespan. The Dundee AAC Research Group is at the heart of this work, involving the end users of software in the design and development. The group always welcome inquiries about new PhD projects, please get in touch with Professor Annalu Waller.

Current Topics

A selection taken from of our research, teaching and consultancy and other news.

Last year 2016/17: Scholarships available

Students and AAC users(DAAC Teaching) Psychology at the School of Social Sciences and Computing at the School of Science and Engineering at the University of Dundee have introduced this new MSc course in 2013. The aims of this interdisciplinary course are to provide individuals with a psychology, computing, industry or clinical care background with a better understanding of the latest developments in:

  • The psychology of the development of language and communication;
  • The design ethnography of AAC solutions;
  • The engineering of AAC solutions;
  • The effective evaluation of AAC solutions on an individual and group basis. However, the over-arching aim of the course is to provide individuals with sufficient research training to allow them to become effective scientist-practitioners.

Due to an initiative from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) designed to support key sectors in the Scottish economy, fully-fee funded part-time or full time places are currently available for Scottish or EU students starting this course in Sept 2016.

For more information on the AAC MSc please visit the Postgraduate Courses information website at Psychology, School of Social Sciences.

Featured Research Project

ACE-LP Logo(DAAC Research) ACE-LP, Augmenting Communication using Environmental Data to drive Language Prediction, brings together research expertise in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Computer Vision & Image Processing at the University of Dundee with Intelligent Interactive Systems at the University of Cambridge.

ACE-LP has a number of partners including Capability Scotland and Scope, the two leading charities for people with complex disabilities in the UK, and the ENT at Ninewells Hospital, NHS Tayside.

Industry partners include two of the world leading developers of VOCAs, Smartbox Assistive Technology and TobiiDynavox, as well as Arria NLG Ltd, the market leader in real-time data storytelling, and Edesix Ltd, a leading provider of advanced Body Worn Camera Solutions, based in Edinburgh.

The Universities will also work with National Museums Scotland and the leading UK charity Communication Matters to ensure that the results of the research are communicated beyond the science communities into clinical work and mainstream knowledge.

This research project is funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

More information on the project websiteACE-LP.ac.uk

Groups

There are a number of special user groups associated with the Dundee AAC Group. These user groups work with DAAC in research and teaching.

Aphasia iPad Group

Tap and Talk LogoThe Aphasia iPad Group was established by members of the local Speakeasy group together with the Speech and Language Therapy adult service of the NHS Tayside to help adults with aphasia in using an iPad to support their communication. Find out more on our project page: aac.dundee.ac.uk/tap-and-talk

Straight Talking Group (STG)

STG LogoThe Straight Talking Group is a user group of adults with complex disabilities who use a range of Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Learn more, and meet the team, on our STG  page: http://aac.dundee.ac.uk/stg/