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This short TED presentation gives a nice introduction into constructed languages (ConLang). I agree that making a ConLang messy makes it more like natural languages, but that does not make it easier to learn. Creating an artificial mess is worse than the natural mess most spoken languages have. Simply because it was done with intend. There is no good reason why an artificial language, or constructed language, should be irregular.

We are looking for participants in the Western Sydney area to partake in a study with the NAO robot and ROILA. Details are in the ad below.

Seeking participants willing to spend time learning a novel artificial language designed to interact with robots. This is part of an honours project studying languages in human-robot interaction. For more information about the language being used, ROILA, see

The study will involve repeating various phrases to a robot in ROILA and English. You won’t have to learn ROILA fluently; you will be able to listen to pre-recorded phrases and repeat it. These will also be made available to you before the date of the study if you wish to review it beforehand.

Participation in this research is completely voluntary and you have the right to withdraw at any time, without pressure or penalty. This research is completely anonymous. Participants will be rewarded with a $ 20 iTunes gift card. The study will involve 3 visits to one of the participating campus (Bankstown or Kingswood.)

As the research involves languages, you need to have been born in Australia and you must be 18 years or above.

If you are interested in participating, please email Joshua at

This research is being carried out by Joshua Henderson, Computer Science Honours Student.

Development versions of the Automated Installer and Java Library are currently available on GitHub. Please report any issues to Josh at The automated installer and java library are designed to help make it easier to work with ROILA. They are still a work in progress, so there are some features that won’t work fully (especially in the library.) GitHub will be updated with improved copies in the coming months.

It will be changed shortly to update a bug with the downloading of the pre-compiled library. There are more planned features for this to come, so keep an eye out on GitHub.

As apart of the UWS Summer Student Research program, an automated installer for Linux to setup and configure ROILA is being developed. This system is designed to automate much of the manual labour for setting up and configuring Sphinx and Festival on a Linux system.

Also being developed is a Java Library, which will allow you to make calls to Sphinx and Festival within your own Java program. This will allow much more flexibility with developing software that uses ROILA.

Keep an eye out on this website for more information towards the end of February.

The national news show “Close Up” reported on ROILA:

Here is a nice usage of the ROILA language with Arduino:

Geek Dad at posted an article about our work.

Learning ROILA

We are proud to announce that our book Learning ROILA has been published and is now available as a paperback from In addition, you can purchase a Kindle Edition and an ePub Edition. This book has been made possible with the support of NZILBB and HIT Lab NZ.

The RObot Interaction Language (ROILA) is a new spoken language that is optimized for the communication between machines and humans. It is extremely easy to learn for humans and it is simple for machines to recognize. The goal of this book is to support humans learning ROILA.

Good news! We received a small research grant from NZILBB to create full course book about ROILA. This book is intended to help students to learn ROILA. Dean Sutherland will help with supervising a student that can create this course book.

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Media Hype

It is interesting to observe how the media hype works. We originally gave a hint to one blog and from there on many blogs and news web sites took notice of our project. Within 2-3 days we received a massive number of visits, but as quickly as it started, it also faded. The traditional media is a bit slower and a television interview will be broadcast next Thursday.

Statistics of our website of the last days.

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