Video: Aladin at iMinds the Conference ’13

Posted by Jonathan Huyghe on Wednesday February 12th 2014 at 14:59

On december 5, 2013, Mobilab and CUO | Social Spaces presented a demo of the ALADIN project at iMinds the Conference, showing off the vocal interface for domotics in both standard Dutch and West-Flemish. iMinds The Conference is a yearly conference bringing together the best and brightest in academia, policy making, business and venture capital in Belgium, with keynote speeches from thought leaders and breakout sessions on collaborative research and entrepreneurship. This year’s theme was “digital innovation in Europe”, and besides presentations there were over 40 demos from fields such as smart cities, media, future internet, or health.

Our demo was the first public demonstration of the ALADIN vocal interface engine in action, making use of the 3D environment used in our user tests, a playstation controller for movement and as a start/stop button for speech commands, the companion iPad application and a home automation box with three connected lamps.

Because the online learning is not yet operation-ready, we trained the system beforehand, repeating each command 6 times (3 times in a noisy environment, 3 times in a quiet environment) using a close talk microphone, which was also used during the conference. During the set-up and plenary meetings at the conference, when things were relatively quiet, we achieved an almost perfect accuracy in recognition, but more surprisingly, the system managed to maintain a high accuracy (80%) during the noisy break periods. Only during the live performance of a pumkin orchestra on the demo floor did the accuracy drop below 50%.

If you missed the conference, you can find a video of our demo on top.

Demos of AToM and ALADIN at iMinds The Conference

Posted by Karin Slegers on Friday November 29th 2013 at 17:49

At the annual conference of iMinds, iMinds The Conference, the results of two of our health-related projects will be demonstrated.

AToMThe demo of the AToM project consists of a smartphone app and a tablet app for dementia caregivers. These apps give caregivers access to dynamic meal information (e.g. diets, medication, need for assistance, but also personal preferences and recommendations) and to evaluate the meal experience, generating feedback for future meals.

ALADINThe ALADIN demo is a 3D, interactive home environment that is operated with an assistive voice control system. It shows how people with physical disabilities can use speech to open doors and window blinds, or rely on a customized touch screen interface that offers maximal efficiency and ease-of-use.

In total, more than 40 demos will be showcased and the conference program includes several interesting international speakers. Please check out the full program at the conference’s website, where you can also register to attend.