Paula D. Paro Costa

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In Brazil, there are approximately 9.7 million inhabitants who are deaf or hard of hearing. Moreover, about 30% of the Brazilian deaf community is illiterate in Brazilian Portuguese due to difficulties to offer deaf children an inclusive environment based on bilingual education. Currently, the prevailing teaching practice depends heavily on verbal language(More)
Expressive speech animation is a key aspect of the implementation of embodied conversational agents (ECA) capable of inspiring user thrust and empathy. Categorical models of emotions, like the "Big Six" emotions of Ekman, provide a small and clear vocabulary of emotions which have been adopted in many initiatives to model the speech accompanied by the(More)
This work is part of the long term project of the Department of Computer Engineering and Industrial Automation (DCA) of University of Campinas of developing videorealistic interactive conversational agents to provide more intuitive and efficient human-computer communication. The projects from this group include the development of a compact image-based(More)
Vila na Rede is an Inclusive Social Network (ISN) system developed as a product of e-Cidadania's Project, with the objective of being accessible to a broad variety of users, including those less familiar with technology or with low literacy skills. Different features were incorporated into Vila na Rede in order to provide its users with scaffolding learning(More)
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