Forschungsinstitut Technologie und Behinderung Project FASTY

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Project FASTY

Faster Typing for Disabled Persons

Short description

The objective of FASTY is the creation of a system for increasing the text generation speed of disabled people by predictive typing and advanced input devices. The system will be developed for German, French, Dutch and Swedish. The general principles of FASTY will be applicable to most European languages. FASTY will assist motor, speech, learning and language impaired people to produce texts faster, with less effort and with improved spelling and grammar. FASTY will be configurable for different types of disabilities, different communication settings and different European languages. It will allow easier access to PC based office systems and to modern forms of IT communication including voice communication. Thus FASTY will contribute to ensure equal access to the Information Society for all Citizens.

Description of work

FASTY takes a generic approach to multilinguality. The feasibility and portability of this approach is demonstrated by the parallel implementation of systems for four different languages: German, Dutch, French and Swedish. A language independent prediction software makes a clear distinction between the predictor, the linguistic resources, and the user interface. This will result in a product with potential application to many European languages without sacrificing performance.

Innovative prediction methods directed towards the prediction problems caused by highly inflecting and compounding languages are developed. The predictions are filtered by a grammar before they are presented to the user. Hereby only grammatically well-formed predictions are proposed. Further, new methods for predicting compounds are introduced. The success of the predictions are measured in terms of key-stroke-savings rate.

A user panel ensures strong user involvement. The panel includes primary users as well as secondary users such as pedagogues, therapists, carers and technical advisors. The user needs have been analysed in intensive interaction with the user panel, and by means of a User Ability Assessment Tool that was developed in the project. The user panel will also play an important role in the verification and validation of the systems.

The user interface design aims at a wide coverage of users. Self adapting parameters and flexible configuration tools ensure a high degree of usability, user friendliness and accessibility. Innovative and ergonomic user interfaces for different input methods are developed in close connection with the predictor. Hereby time and effort for selecting a prediction suggested by the system is minimised. In addition, a special pressure sensitive switch/keyboard will be developed to improve the user interface further. Strategies for optimal exploitation of residual functions will be implemented.

Dissemination and exploitation play a central role in the project. A Technological Implementation Plan (TIP) is being developed as a basis for an exploitation plan. Also, a FASTY Interest Group will be founded to support exploitation and further development of the project results after the project is completed.

A more detailled description can be found in the General project presentation.

Focus of FTB

  • User involvement (user group, user requirements analysis, evaluation)
  • Development of the user interface of the software

Project partners

Project data

Duration: 1.1.2001 – 31.12.2003

Funding: co-funded by the European Commission within the IST-Programme of the 5. Framework Programme.

Contact persons at FTB

Last Updated at Tuesday, 16 July 2013