User Modelling for Error Recovery: A Spelling Checker for Dyslexic Users

Work Description

Most of this text was written quite a long time ago now. Probably the most up to date report on my work is my paper at UM97 which was in June 1997. I work in the University of York, where I am studying for a DPhil in Computer Science. Being part of the Human Computer Interaction group, and more partcularly the Alternative Interfaces Group, I work on improving computer use for disabled people. My chosen field is Dyslexia; working with people with high intelligence but poor reading and writing abilities. I hope to build a prosthesis which will identify and correct the mistakes made by an older dyslexic user in writing, and will therefore help them to write more correct text. That is to say, a spelling checker specially for dyslexic people.

I will naturally have to include information in forms not normally present in a word-processor, such as speech, and will crucially have to build a functional model of writing which can correctly predict their errors. I will also have to support their deficiencies in reading and memory with appropriate design, another key feature of Human Computer Interaction.

I went to the British Dyslexia Association's conference in Nottingham, Computers and Dyslexia. And I've got a paper in to a workshop at IJCAI95 in Montreal. (The workshop is Developing AI Applications for Disabled Persons)

Thesis (PDF)

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