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Medialexie: a mélange of expertise, passion and user experience.

Veritable vanguard in the field of assistive technology for people with learning and communication differences, Medialexie has been designing, developing, and perfecting their solutions since 2003. Their solutions are the result of collaboration between Natural Language Processing experts, health and education professionals from all over the world, and the very people who use Medialexie software.

Mr Vessiere with Mr Joël Bachelerie, Engineer in Chief
Founded by Mr. Gilles Vessiere, with a team of recent graduates from the ISIMA School of Engineering in Clermont-Ferrand, Medialexie has a whole range of patented and innovative accommodation solutions specifically designed for Specific Language Impairments.

The early days

The early 2000s marked a turning point in Mr. Vessiere's professional activities. During the 90s he consecrated his work to the realization of avant-garde yet practical applications made with linguistic engineering technology (the conjunction of IT and linguistics).

With his pioneering team of engineers and linguists in France, he developed the very first industrial versions of the automatic switchboard, information and transaction servers, and personal assistants; all of which work with voice recognition and voice synthesis within communication networks. These innovations were recognized by numerous awards and trophies.

It was a real source of motivation for him to participate in the creation of new modes of communication, but he became discouraged to see that the solutions he was being asked to create were voluntarily ignoring the members of the public that were most in need of them: people with handicaps.

A watershed moment awarded

This was a watershed moment that marked radical change in direction. From then on his goal would be to use Natural Language Processing technology to help people with communication difficulties.

So, in January 2000 Mr. Vessier entered an annual competition held by the French Ministry of Industry and Research in order to find the funds necessary to start up his project (ANVAR/OSEO). He won the competition, and spent the next year studying specific language impairments, with the help of his wife, who is a special needs teacher for the French National Education Department. Disregarding expert opinion that it is impossible to use Natural Language Processing to help people with dyslexia, Mr. Vessiere founded Medialexie on the university technological platform within an engineering school, in January 2003. Within very little time, the young company deposed two patents.

Highly ethical foundations

Medialexie has three goals: firstly, to call upon the most advanced technology in the field of computational linguistics, secondly, to offer the most powerful solutions in the most user friendly form, and thirdly and most importantly, adapt technology and ergonomics to the needs of users with handicaps.

Medialexie rests on one fundamental idea: it is the users themselves who define the company’s research and development direction. All the actors in the field are involved: students, their parents, their teachers and their health professionals; without forgetting specialists, researchers and associations.

The users of our technology are the best testers, and Medialexie makes every effort to take into account their requests and feedback.

The innovations continue

No other company of a comparable size to Medialexie invests as much into research and the improvement of their products. For example, at the moment, Medialexie is host to two young researchers who are doing doctoral theses.

All of Medialexie’s updates are free, and users with older versions of the software also receive all the latest tools for that version for free. For example, in the last two years, updates have included the Agenda, the Predictor, the Imaginer (mind mapping application) and the Calame (note organization application).

The Medialexie Predictor

The Medialexie Ecriver

The company offers real support to users: training (free for certain versions), onsite or video conference presentations or training, the Cloud, telephone or email help desk, etc.

Medialexie has opened the door to the use of computational linguistics in aid of communication handicaps. Even if the company has often been copied, it has yet to be equaled!

In conclusion, for Medialexie, a user of their technology in not just a ‘consumer’ but an individual, and their mission is to help that individual’s talents blossom.

Medialexie: Wings for language!