Project

Theme | Assistive Technology

Utkarsh Sarawgi

Groups

Today’s assistive communication devices are far from perfect. Using state of the art small, wearable sensors and powerful machine learning technologies we have an opportunity to design radically different, highly personalized solutions for assistive communication. We are exploring this approach using an iterative, participatory design and experimentation process involving target users and their families.

We have two projects underway: AlterEgo and ECHOS. While these both use the same general approach of on-body sensors and personalized machine learning to create communication solutions, they are intended for use by two very different target user groups, namely people who have lost the ability to speak due to conditions such as ALS or MS, in the case of AlterEgo, and people with autism who are non-verbal or minimally verbal in the case of ECHOS.


We deeply value feedback from people who are interested in using assistive communication devices. If you are interested in helping us with our research or staying informed, you can do so by filling out this form: Link here. If you provide your contact information he… View full description

Today’s assistive communication devices are far from perfect. Using state of the art small, wearable sensors and powerful machine learning technologies we have an opportunity to design radically different, highly personalized solutions for assistive communication. We are exploring this approach using an iterative, participatory design and experimentation process involving target users and their families.

We have two projects underway: AlterEgo and ECHOS. While these both use the same general approach of on-body sensors and personalized machine learning to create communication solutions, they are intended for use by two very different target user groups, namely people who have lost the ability to speak due to conditions such as ALS or MS, in the case of AlterEgo, and people with autism who are non-verbal or minimally verbal in the case of ECHOS.


We deeply value feedback from people who are interested in using assistive communication devices. If you are interested in helping us with our research or staying informed, you can do so by filling out this form: Link here. If you provide your contact information here, we will reach out to you if we are recruiting for a study that might be of interest to you.


We are currently conducting a user needs survey on assistive and augmentative communication. The survey takes ~30 minutes to complete. If you or a loved one use or would consider using an assistive technology device, we would deeply appreciate your input here: Link here.