Research Advances in Interactive Technology
This session focuses on how research advances in interactive technology are addressing issues in various domains such as health, education and more. The first talk is “Interactive Technology for Children with Autism: Is India Ready?” Research shows that technology provides several benefits to children with autism. We present guidelines to overcome current challenges in introducing technology to special schools in India and successfully design and deploy interactive application for children with autism. The next talk is “Designing a Multilingual Virtual Agent for interacting with Uneducated People” Collecting data, for surveying, from people among low income groups, has been done using pen-and-paper, by field agents. This activity is difficult when the audience is uneducated. We propose an AI based solution that uses speech recognition and text-to-speech techniques to power an interactive virtual agent that can speak and understand the local language to assist an uneducated person in filling up a survey.