Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Emerald Awards for Excellence: Journal of Assistive Technologies

Simon Judge, Zoe Robertson and Mark Hawley of the RAT group and Barnsley Hospital Assistive Technology team have been awarded 'Highly Commended' status in journal publishers Emerald's annual Outstanding Papers Award. The paper, The limitations of speech control: perceptions of provision of speech-driven environmental controls was published in the Journal of Assistive Technologies, and outlined the provision of speech-driven environmental control systems, looking at the perspective of assistive technology professionals.

The analysis suggested that professionals have a ‘mental model’ of a successful user of a speech-driven system and that in general they consider such systems either as a ‘last resort’ or to work in parallel with another system as a back-up. Assistive technology professionals think that speech has potential as an access method but are cautious about using speech-driven environmental control systems predominantly due to concerns about reliability.

An open-access copy of the full paper is available via the University of Sheffield's White Rose Repository.

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