In the framework of the AI for SEND students project, Sony CSL Language Team met with members of CRC, a high specialisation center in the rehabilitation of developmental disorders located in Rome and with Biancoenero, a high readability publisher located in Rome. The two days meeting was an extraordinary occasion to advance the collaboration between CSL and CRC on the AI for the SEND students project and especially on the ARTIS interface, an adaptive tutoring systems that wants to help students to make sense of written text no matter of their origin or abilities.
The goals of the meeting were:
The first day was held at CSL Rome. After a welcome word by Luciano Pietronero, the president of CREF, Vittorio Loreto gave an overview of CSL two labs, In Paris and in Rome, and of the different activities. Later on, Martina Galletti gave an overview of the different activities of the language team and later she focused on presenting the work that has already been achieved together with the CRC members and, particularly with Eleonora Pasqua, Manuela Calanca, Francesca Bianchi and Diletta Vedovelli.
To conclude the morning’s presentations, Francesca Del Gado, Lecturer at La Sapienza in speech therapy, Operations Director and Key Account of CRC, gave a presentation about the different activities of CRC. These high level presentations ensured that all people involved in the meeting knew about the different activities and projects.
The afternoon was dedicated to continue working on the collaboration already started with CRC and on the ARTIS interface. First, Martina Galletti and Eleonora Pasqua presented the work to Biancoenero: they put a particular focus on how it was born and what has been done so far. Secondly, they kept on working on the existing tool together with Biancoenero and the involvement of the publisher was discussed. Particularly, the input texts provided by Biancoenero and the insertion of the high readability font created by Biancoenero was discussed.
Finally, the batteries of tests to be used as first assessment were defined. Moreover, current problems and difficulties were also discussed.
The second day was held at CRC. In the morning, different CRC members gave an overview of the different technological tools used by the center for rehabilitation and the different research projects done in the center.
In the afternoon, the working group formed by CRC and CSL members continued working on the existing tool and case study. Particularly, they wrapped up the discussions of the day before, they defined a roadmap for users studies and defined a strategy for communicating about the project to the general public and conferences to target for publications.
CRC is a Center of high specialisation in the rehabilitation of developmental disorders where the quality of the services provided is closely linked to the dimension of welcoming the person. Established in 2002 as the first center operating under a system of accreditation with the National Health System for the treatment of stuttering, over time it employed its resources in the field of Neurodevelopmental Disorders of language and learning, operating under a system of accreditation with the National Health System. The Center employs a staff of over 50 professionals, who, coordinated in multidisciplinary teams, daily make available to our customers’ competence and passion. The Center is engaged in a regular research activity, which supports scientifically the rehabilitation activity, guaranteeing its quality. The progress achieved is disseminated through participation in conferences training courses and publications
Biancoenero is an independent publishing house born in Rome in 2005. It has always worked on the High Readability project, to bring books closer to all children, even those who have reading difficulties. With the collaboration of therapists and experts, Biancoenero has identified precise linguistic and typographical criteria, including the Biancoenero® printing font, which make reading more accessible to all, without sacrificing the quality and style of the narrative.