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On October 22, 2018, Luigi De Russis presented the paper "Assessing Virtual Assistant Capabilities with Italian Dysarthric Speech" at the audience of ACM ASSETS 2018 (International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility), held in Galway (Ireland).

The paper investigates to which extent people with ALS-induced dysarthria can be understood and get consistent answers by three widely used smartphone-based assistants, namely Siri, Google Assistant, and Cortana. In particular, the paper focuses on the recognition of Italian dysarthric speech, to study the behavior of the virtual assistants with this specific population for which there are no relevant studies available. Results see Google Assistant to outperform the other two virtual assistants, for what concerns both the accuracy in transcription and the coherence of the provided answers.

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Assessing Virtual Assistant Capabilities with Italian Dysarthric Speech from Luigi De Russis