The ARCSLab laboratory is based at the Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria at Politecnico di Milano.

At ARCSLab, students and researchers design models and tools related to voice and speech analysis, language and text processing (NLP), and clinics and assistive technologies.

Their interdisciplinary research activities mainly deal with the following applicative domains: clinics and bioengineering, cognitive sciences, forensic psychology, assistive technologies, psychotherapy, and music psychology.

Currently, the following research fields are active and based on original models and techniques supporting the analysis of critical linguistic interactions:

  • PITCH-lab: clinics and bioengineering - voice, language, and music analysis.
  • DIKE-lab: forensic psychology - analysing examinations in a court of law.
  • CATS-lab: assistive technologies for learning - assistive solutions; support to learning activities.

Latest News

Jul 27 2020

WorkingAge video

Vincenzo Scotti

The following video shows the main goals of the WorkingAge project:

Jul 26 2019

New hardware


We got a shining new NVidia Titan RTX! The old Titan XP is waiting for a new home.

Jul 22 2019

WorkingAge kick-off meeting


We attended the WorkingAge kick-off meeting in Burgos (Spain). More on this at the WorkingAge blog.

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Research Activities

PITCH-lab: clinics and bioengineering - voice, language, and music analysis
The PITCH (Prosodic Interaction, Talking, Care, and Harmony) laboratory supports the diagnoses and the evaluation of rehabilitation pathways involving persons with different pathologies and disabilities. Cognitive, linguistic, prosodic, relational, and artistic competences and behaviours are considered and supported as fundamental and integrated components of Self. Models and strategies are based and integrate stochastic and probabilistic models coming from computational linguistic and electronic signal processing, neuroimaging and bio-signal processing coming from bioengineering, psycho-dynamique and cognitive models.

PITCH-lab aims at integrating different module typologies, for evaluating several independent aspects of the verbal behavior:

  • Basic linguistic skills (for spoken and written language)
  • Discourse skills
  • Dialogue skills
  • Crisis and discontinuity
  • Profiles, co-occurrences and correlations

DIKE-lab: forensic psychology - analysing examinations in a court of law
The DIKE (Description of Interrogations by Knowledge Extraction) laboratory aims at analysing examinations in a court of law by extracting relevant information. Under DIKE-lab, ARCSLab designs and implements technologies, relying on the PITCH-lab model, able to describe relevant information, and useful to understand how forensic examinations develop. DIKE-lab generates, in a novel way, a rich description of examinations, used to define a profile for the examination and a profile for each of those partaking in the examination dialogue.

CATS-lab: assistive technologies for learning - assistive solutions; support to learning activities
The CATS (Campus Tools for Students) laboratory deals with models and technologies related to the adaptive, cognitive, and relational systems. A particular attention is given to applications for weakness, distress, and disability supporting their learning activities and their autonomous adult life. Between others, the following topics are addressed:

  • Multi-channel access to online information and services.
  • Multi-modal communication and storytelling.
  • Virtual environments for rehabilitation and training.
  • Innovative ICT solutions based on Natural Language Processing, speech and text analysis.

Interested in the ARCSLab research topics? Have a look at the Projects and Theses sections. In sections Documents and Software you find downloadable materials: documentation about our research activities and open-source applications. Finally, the Links section lists a collection of links to NLP- and accessibility-related resources. The Biblio section contains bibliographic references on NLP, Information Retrieval, linguistics, HCI, and accessibility.