RESEARCH AREA: ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES
The aim of this project is to develop a fully automated translation and communication tool which acts as a framework for accessible communication among deaf and hearing individuals and enables them to interact using sign language. Term of the project: 2021 to 2023.
Individuals who have been completely deaf since birth primarily communicate using sign language. They find reading and writing difficult – it is a foreign language for them.
With “SILAS (Sign Language as a Service)”, SWISS TXT has already developed a tool for companies which enables individuals to communicate using sign language.
The EASIER research project is a further development of SILAS. The idea is for fully automated “avatars” to take over the role of human sign language interpreters.
Aim and implementation of the EASIER project
- The aim of this project is to develop a fully automated, smart tool to enable deaf and hearing individuals to communicate and interact using sign language.
- The tool creates an accessible connection between companies/organisations and deaf individuals, for example when they access a company’s website.
- The tool’s workflow, for example, translates a video enquiry in sign language into text format so that the text response from hearing individuals can then in turn be automatically translated into sign language and conveyed by an avatar.
- The research analyses the emotions and gender-specific aspects of 7 sign languages and 6 spoken languages and takes them into account in the language technology.
EASIER is a Horizon 2020 project.
02 May 2023
Interview with Dr Giacomo Inches
about the ‘Easier’ research project
A fully-automated translation and communication tool is being developed in the ‘Easier’ research project to enable deaf and hearing individuals to communicate and interact using sign language. We interviewed project manager Dr Giacomo Inches in a video on the technical setup.
15 September 2022
new product video
The aim of this EU research project is to develop a fully automated translation and communication tool to enable deaf and hearing individuals to communicate and interact using sign language. The Communication & PR department has produced a first product video under its communication mandate.
19 May 2022
innovation and research projects on swisstxt.ch
For several years, SWISS TXT has been deeply involved in European research and development projects in the areas of our core competencies, DMO (Digital Media Operation) and accessibility. Our current projects are available on swisstxt.ch.