The 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.
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MSc in Design for Healthcare & Assistive Technologies
This course teaches how biomedical engineering principles can be applied to ground-breaking assistive technology equipment, software and systems. It is delivered by Biomedical Engineering and the Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ACC) research group at the School of Science and Engineering. You will gain understanding of living systems and how to design computing-based devices and new technologies through learning about biomedical measurement systems, human anatomy, physiology and medical instrumentations. The course is underpinned by our international reputation in cutting-edge areas of research in the development of AAC devices. You will learn to design and build prototypes for user interfaces, interaction and experiences through practical tasks and be taught how to create a critical evaluation of research literature.
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MSc in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
(DAAC Teaching) Psychology at the School of Social Sciences and Computing at the School of Science and Engineering at the University of Dundee are leading this MSc course which was established 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.
Follow the link for more information on the AAC MSc: dundee.ac.uk/psychology/study/masters/mscaac/
In Our Own Words: A Film by our Aphasia iPad Group, shortlisted in Top 10 at ISAAC 2018
Tap and Talk, the Aphasia iPad Group within the User Centre at Computing has been creating a short animation film about their experiences with Aphasia. With funding and support from the Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust THAT and the local artist and animation film maker Andrew Low the group has been animating plasticine figures cardboard cutouts and even tomato alphabet soup.
The result is tow short films about aphasia: A one minute information clip that can be showed on an iPad, iPhone or similar tablet to inform conversation partners about aphasia. A longer 6 minute film presents portraits of the group members together with their animated films for a more in depth impression of aphasia. The project was document by film maker Steve Soave.
“I have Aphasia” can be download for free as an iOS app for iPad or iPhone as a handy tool to introduce yourself and your disability in 90 seconds to a new communication partner. Follow this link to the App Store: aphasia.dogfish.tech.
Featured Research Project
(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 website: ACE-LP.ac.uk
The User Centre
The Dundee AAC Research Group works closely with users so they can have a true impact on research and implementation. We are the proud host of the User Centre, where a number of user groups meet regularly here in Computing. Three special user groups are currently associated with the User Centre. These user groups work with DAAC in research and teaching.
Tap & Talk Aphasia iPad Group
The Tap and Talk 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
The 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 Straight Talking Group page: aac.dundee.ac.uk/stg
Bytes and Blether – Over 50’s Computer and Coffee Club
Bytes and Blether (formerly the User Group or the Drop-in Centre) was established in 2005 when Computing moved into its new home, the Queen Mother Building. A dedicated space on the ground floor was part of the design of our new building to enable user groups, like Bytes and Blether, to meet regular in a space that supports the collaboration of user groups, teaching and research in Computing at Dundee University.