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IRIS (Marie Curie IAPP)


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Title IRIS: Towards Natural Interaction and Communication
Reference 610986
PI António J. S. Teixeira
Participants Samuel Silva, Ana Isabel Martins
Funded by Marie Curie Actions— Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP)
Global funding (€) 1,220,895€1,684,835.1 USD
RU funding (€) 41,342€57,051.96 USD
Starts 2014/01/01
Ends 2017/12/31


The overall goal of IRIS is to provide a natural interaction communication platform accessible and adapted for all users, particularly for people with speech impairments and elderly in indoor scenarios.

Human-Computer interaction with this platform will adopt the principles of universal design and natural user interfaces such as speech, silent speech, gestures, tactile and haptic devices, pictograms, animated characters and personalized synthetic voices.

The platform will provide a set of services that allow easy access to social networks, friends and remote family members, fighting social-exclusion of people with special needs or impairments. Application of these features will be performed in the context of serious games, virtual reality environments and assisted living scenarios. We will also explore the use of personalized avatars (that resemble with the user) in asynchronous human-human and human-machine communications, in situations where the user has lost his/her voice and in scenarios where it is not possible to have a video signal transmission due to low bandwidth or privacy reasons.

Biometrics will complement the platform, in the sense that authentication and authorization are fundamental aspects for assuring access security to personal information in a natural way.