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Presentation 2020-03-15 15:20
Developing a communication system for an ALS patient with his voice. -- Towards the patient's and Caretakers' QOL improvement --
Akemi Ishii Iida, Daishi Miura, Yuko Yamashita (SIT), Satoshi Watanabe (HTS Tokyo), Chen Feng, Midori Sugaya (SIT) WIT2019-66
Abstract (in Japanese) (See Japanese page) 
(in English) This paper describes our ongoing work on developing a communication assistive system for an ALS patient who already had a tracheostomy. We developed a speech database from his recorded voice for “Voistar” a speech synthesizer developed by HST and connected to Tobii Communicator 5, an AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) software that the patient has been using. Since the database is smaller than the standard size for Voistar, heuristic approaches such as manual editing of the wave files are necessary. We also customized the interface of the Tobii Communicator 5 using the Sono Key feature, a page set provided by Tobbi to make it easier for the patient to select the phrases he uses often.
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(in English) ALS / Speech Synthesis / Own voice / AAC / / / /  
Reference Info. IEICE Tech. Rep., vol. 119, no. 478, WIT2019-66, pp. 171-176, March 2020.
Paper # WIT2019-66 
Date of Issue 2020-03-06 (WIT) 
ISSN Print edition: ISSN 0913-5685  Online edition: ISSN 2432-6380
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Conference Information
Committee WIT IPSJ-AAC  
Conference Date 2020-03-13 - 2020-03-15 
Place (in Japanese) (See Japanese page) 
Place (in English) Tsukuba University of Technology 
Topics (in Japanese) (See Japanese page) 
Topics (in English) Hearing / Visually impaired person support technology, etc. 
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Conference Code 2020-03-WIT-AAC 
Language Japanese 
Title (in Japanese) (See Japanese page) 
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Title (in English) Developing a communication system for an ALS patient with his voice. 
Sub Title (in English) Towards the patient's and Caretakers' QOL improvement 
Keyword(1) ALS  
Keyword(2) Speech Synthesis  
Keyword(3) Own voice  
Keyword(4) AAC  
1st Author's Name Akemi Ishii Iida  
1st Author's Affiliation Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT)
2nd Author's Name Daishi Miura  
2nd Author's Affiliation Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT)
3rd Author's Name Yuko Yamashita  
3rd Author's Affiliation Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT)
4th Author's Name Satoshi Watanabe  
4th Author's Affiliation Human Techno systems (HTS Tokyo)
5th Author's Name Chen Feng  
5th Author's Affiliation Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT)
6th Author's Name Midori Sugaya  
6th Author's Affiliation Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT)
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Date Time 2020-03-15 15:20:00 
Presentation Time 25 
Registration for WIT 
Paper # IEICE-WIT2019-66 
Volume (vol) IEICE-119 
Number (no) no.478 
Page pp.171-176 
#Pages IEICE-6 
Date of Issue IEICE-WIT-2020-03-06 

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