A Prototype Of Skimcast: Automatic Text Skimming

A Prototype Of Skimcast: Automatic Text Skimming

By 2005, I was conducting experiments with human readers for the purpose of trying to mimic the intelligence that they used when reading. Through my experiments, I was developing and testing the linguistic framework for enabling a machine to understand the discourse of the text that it read, By the Summer, I had developed some …

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Making A Synthesized Voice

Making A Synthesized Voice

During the first two years of my work on my Ph.D. at Cambridge, I continued to work on Cynthia (my own speech synthesizer). I had just finished a productive year in theoretical linguistics where I specialized in acoustic phonetics and speech synthesis, and I had a lot of momentum for adding new features to Cynthia …

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Cynthia And The Beginnings Of An Intelligent Reading Machine

Cynthia And The Beginnings Of An Intelligent Reading Machine

During my first year as a graduate student in computer science at UGA, I experimented with different software and hardware for reading text. While using various products, I made notes of their limitations and how far they were from solving my reading problems. Over the Summer of 2000, I wrote an outline of features for …

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Seeing Things Differently: Seeking An Accessible Reading Technology

Seeing Things Differently: Seeking An Accessible Reading Technology

I am sight-impaired. I cannot read standard print without heavy magnification. This has always made reading and studying difficult. I was born with optic nerve damage, and so glasses cannot offer any correction beyond some magnification. Because of the optic nerve damage, even magnified text is blurry. As a result, I cannot read an entire …

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