iTalk2Learn is funded under the EU Framework Project 7 and involves four universities and three companies from four European countries. The project tries to find a better way of using technology to improve the way young students (5-11yo) learn mathematics. At this age, students are still developing their reading and writing skills, and this can be an obstacle when they try to learn using computers. Therefore, the main three tenets of the project are:
1. The use of innovative human-computer interaction modalities and in particular speech recognition especially designed to be used with children.
2. The combination of structured practice and exploratory activities to achieve more robust and long-term learning.
3. The use of machine learning to analyse the history of students and recommend future activities that are optimal for them.
Prof. Alex Poulovassilis and Dr. Sergio Gutierrez-Santos are leading the effort at Birkbeck, and Mr. Jose-Luis Fernandez-Gomez has recently joined the team. Another postdoctoral research assistant will join the project soon.