Seminare from Laurianne Sitbon


Date: 12/06/2023
Time: 11h00
Localization: IC2, Boardroom
Speaker: Laurianne Sitbon

Co-designing intelligent systems that can enrich inclusive pictorial communication


Summary:Bridging the gap between advances in artificial intelligence and assistive technologies, I will discuss why and how we can co-design pictorial visual communication applications with people with intellectual disability or autism and community members. There is little research that explores the opportunities that multi-modal conversational systems present for people who are not most comfortable communicating linguistically, such as people with intellectual disability. Yet, access to online materials offers unlimited resources to support communication and connection with others. I will present my team’s research on how computers can facilitate rich pictorial communication environments, thereby supporting self-expression and inclusion.

Bio: Laurianne is a Future Fellow of the Australian Research Council (ARC), and Associate Professor in the school of Computer Science at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane.Her research expertise now spans human computer interactions (with a focus on co-design and cognitive accessibility), natural language processing (with a focus on semantics), and information retrieval.

Her current projects include the requirements of multi-modal conversational systems that can best support the needs of people with intellectual disability, and more generally how people, such as experts, can “converse” with systems, which analyse data and make predictions, to assist them in making decisions.