Congratulations to our RA Conor McKillop!

Conor received a medal in the Student Research Competition (SRC) of the 20th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS 2018) on Wednesday 24th October. Presenting his paper ‘Designing a Context Aware AAC Solution’, Conor made it through two rounds of competition to come in second place.

Picture to follow…

Lost Voice Guy wins Britain’s Got Talent TV show

Lee Ridley, AKA Lost Voice Guy, and winner of this year Britain’s Got Talent programme (watch the revealing of the winner on Youtube) can’t talk but isn’t silent. One of the UK’s first stand-up comedians to use speech synthesis technology, for one night only Lee was performing his laugh out loud comedy during the Edinburgh International Science Festival (EISF) in the National Museum of Scotland (NMS) in Edinburgh.

Lee Ridley, aka Lost Voice Guy
Lost Voice Guy

The event was part of the EPSRC Telling Tales of Engagement project “More than just Computer Speech – giving People a Voice to tell their Story”, highlighting the impact of our research in AAC.

AAC at the Museum

The National Museum of Scotland featured a day of AAC at the beginning of the year with activities for all ages. The great hall in Edinburgh’s beautiful museum treasure was packed with opportunities to find out about how to create and use synthetic speech, how to paint using your eyes or even use your toes to chat like the famous Prof Stephen Hawking!

A girl tries switch scanning using her toe to access an iPad with a communication app.
Switch scanning with your toe.

Find out more in our article about the day in the April ’18 CSWN Newsletter. Free to download for the ISAAC website: isaac-online.org/english/news/cswn-newsletter/

Lee Ridley at the NMS

Lee Ridley is coming to Edinburgh’s National Museums Scotland as part of our EPSRC Telling Tales of Engagement project. Extremely funny, he uses an iPad communication aid to deliver his performance. Make sure you don’t miss it and take a look at all the other brilliant events during the Edinburgh International Science Festival!

“Join Lost Voice Guy, Lee Ridley stand-up comedian at the Edinburgh International Science Show at National Museum of Scotland on Thursday 12 April.

Lee Ridley, AKA Lost Voice Guy, can’t talk but isn’t silent. One of the UK’s first stand up comedians using speech synthesis technology, for one night only Lee will perform his laugh out loud comedy set as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Book now! https://www.nms.ac.uk/lostvoiceguy

We’ve lost a great physicist…

… and great ambassador for AAC. This morning, Stephen Hawking, the world renowned physicist died at the age of 76.

Listen to his interview on the BBC Desert Island Discs from 1992:

Sue Lawley with Stephen Hawking on DID
Stephen Hawking on Desert Island Discs, BBC, 1992

(might be only accessible when accessed from the UK)