Free Software: Artificial Intelligence helps dyslexics read

Free software from the University of Copenhagen simplifies difficult texts for people with dyslexia and other reading difficulties. The system is the first of its kind worldwide and has the potential to help roughly 400,000 Danes with dyslexia and other reading difficulties.

Personalized text simplification – that’s the gist of a recently completed PhD project from the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Computer Science. Postdoc Joachim Bingel’s system makes it easier for dyslexics and others with reading difficulties to read texts online.

The artificial intelligence-based software replaces difficult words in sentences with simpler alternatives, while learning which words, endings, etc. a user is having particular difficulty with.

“We live in a knowledge-based society where anyone without access to knowledge and information due to reading or language difficulties is quickly sidelined,” according to head researcher, Postdoc Joachim Bingel.

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