TalkMaths Speech Interface for Accessing Mathematics

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Oct 16, 2009, 6:00:16 AM10/16/09
to UK Mathematics Content Workshop - 9th September 2009
Dear all

I have recently subscribed to this group and would like to briefly
introduce myself and some work I am carrying out together with my
colleagues which might be of interest to you.

We are currently developing TalkMaths (http://, a Speech User Interface that extends the
commercial speech recognition software Dragon NaturallySpeaking in
order to allow mathematical equations and formulae to be dictated by
voice and converted into various formats, such as LaTeX and MathML.

The aim of this project is to support people who have difficulties
typing/using the mouse and wish to produce mathematical documents for
teaching/learning and/or research purposes (I’ve been a user of Dragon
for several years now myself and the initial idea for this project was
motivated by my need for creating mathematical research papers and
lecture notes with Dragon).

We have been working on this project for quite some time now and
learned a lot of things, in particular that our task is quite an
ambitious one! We have learned that similar systems are currently
developed in other countries (for example, Italy) and there is a
commercial product (MathTalk), but they seem to suffer from teething
problems. Our ultimate goal is the creation of a powerful and yet easy-
to-use speech application, free for anyone to use, that is of equal
(or even superior) quality than commercially available products.

In order to ensure a successful outcome of this project, we need
resources and users that are willing to evaluate our system and give

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss this
further with me.

Best wishes



Faculty of Computing, Information Systems and Mathematics
Kingston University
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Kingston upon Thames KT1 2EE
United Kingdom

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Tel: +44 (0)20 8547 8048 (Ext. 61048)
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