KIMALAYA Project Receives €179,000 for AI-Powered School Entrance Exams

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The ANKI lab (Artificial Intelligence in Communication Disorders) at AIBE, lead by Prof. Dr. Andreas Kist, has secured a substantial €179,000 in funding for the KIMALAYA project. The initiative, funded by the Bavarian State Ministry for Health, Care and Prevention (StMGP), aims to bring objectivity to school entrance exams using AI.

The 19-month project is set to start in early 2024, with a focus on analyzing children’s drawings through an AI-supported program. The goal is to reduce subjectivity in assessments, especially when it comes to analyzing social-emotional skills. The project will integrate this system into a smartphone app for on-site evaluations, enhancing the accuracy of developmental assessments. However, the drawings will still be made on paper. In this regard, Prof. Kist clarifies: “Digitalization does not mean that the children have to do everything on the computer or tablet but rather that the results are recorded digitally.”

Unlike digital drawing programs, this approach allows for a comprehensive evaluation of motor skills and hand-eye coordination, reflecting children’s creativity, cognitive abilities, and personality.

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