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"Gesture Recognition in Aphasia Therapy"

Staff and funding

Collaborating Organisations: Centre for HCI Design, Dept of Language and Communication Science, The Stroke Association
Principal investigator: Stephanie Wilson
Co-Investigators: Julia Galliers , Jane Marshall (LCS), Naomi Cocks (LCS), Tim Pring (LCS)
Research Staff: Julia Galliers, Sam Muscroft, Abi Roper
Total funding: £297,280
Funding source: EPSRC
Duration: 18 months

Project Description

The GReAT project is exploiting exciting advances in interaction technologies to create and pilot an innovative gesture training tool for use in aphasia therapy. The project is funded by the EPSRC through the Digital Economy Programme and is a collaboration between the Centre for HCI Design, the Department of Language and Communication Science (City University London) and the Stroke Association.

Aphasia is a language disorder, usually caused by stroke. People with aphasia have difficulty with all aspects of communication: speaking, reading, writing and understanding. Communicating via gestures is one alternative, but the ability to produce and understand gestures can also be impaired due to neurological trauma. Members of the research team have previously investigated whether gesture production can be enhanced by therapy and the initial evidence from face-to-face therapy is encouraging. Building on this, the GReAT project is investigating computer-based gesture therapy and effective interaction design for people with aphasia.

The research involves exploring gesture and interaction technologies in collaboration with consultants who have aphasia, the design and development of the gesture therapy tool and a pilot study to investigate the efficacy of the approach.


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