Reading Comprehension on Mobile Devices


Rafael Veras, Erik Paluka, Daniel Chang, Vivian Tsang, Fraser Shein, Christopher Collins


This project introduces a touch-based reading interface for tablets designed to support vocabulary acquisition, text comprehension, and reduction of reading anxiety. Touch interaction is leveraged to allow direct replacement of words with synonyms, easy access to word definitions and seamless dialogue with a personalized model of the reader’s vocabulary. We discuss how fluid interaction and direct manipulation coupled with natural language processing can help address the reading needs of audiences such as school-age children and English as Second Language learners.


  • R. Veras, E. Paluka, M. Chang, V. Tsang, F. Shein, and C. Collins, “Interaction for Reading Comprehension on Mobile Devices,” in Proc. of the 16th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI ’14), 2014, pp. 157-161.
    [Bibtex] [PDF] [DOI]
      author = {Rafael Veras and Erik Paluka and Meng-Wei Chang and Vivian Tsang and Fraser Shein and Christopher Collins},
      title = {Interaction for Reading Comprehension on Mobile Devices},
      booktitle = {Proc. of the 16th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI '14)},
      series = {MobileHCI '14},
      year = {2014},
      isbn = {978-1-4503-3004-6},
      location = {Toronto, ON, Canada},
      pages = {157 - 161},
      numpages = {5},
      doi = {10.1145/2628363.2628387},
      acmid = {2628387},
      publisher = {ACM},





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