The LetsRead Project - Automatic assessment of reading ability of children.

IT Internal project (2014-2016)
This project aims to develop a technological module for Portuguese children, able to detect mispronunciations, hesitations and other disfluency indicators, in order to compute an overall reading ability index. The main problem consists in the detection of mispronunciations, which requires detailed acoustic models and new detection techniques dealing with speech variability using models of allowable pronunciations. The developed methods can be put to use in a prototype application, useful not only for the children, but also for the teachers and tutors that are involved in their education. The proposed system could be used in the near future in primary schools as a complimentary way of assessment of students or as a speech therapy tool.
Partners: IT - Coimbra, IT - Leiria, Microsoft - MLDC
The LetsRead Database : 20 hours of reading speech of 284 children.
Child Evaluation : platform for obtaining evaluations of reading performance by teachers (in Portuguese, closed). "Toca-A-Ler" : platform for children evaluation of reading performance (in Portuguese).

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