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Learning to Generate Understandable Animations of American Sign Language Discussion
Start Date: 3/9/2013Start Time: 11:00 AM
End Date: 3/9/2013End Time: 12:00 PM

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International Linguistic Association Co-Sponsored by the Department of English
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Matt Huenerfauth
City University of New York (CUNY)

Learning to Generate Understandable Animations of American Sign Language

A majority of deaf high school graduates in the U.S. have a fourth-grade English reading level or below, and so computer-generated animations of American Sign Language (ASL) could make more information and services accessible to these individuals.  Instead of presenting English text on websites or computer software, information could be conveyed in the form of animations of virtual human characters performing ASL (produced by a computer through automatic translation software or by an ASL-knowledgable human scripting the animation).  Unfortunately, getting the details of such animations accurate enough linguistically so that they are clear and understandable is difficult, and methods are needed for automating the creation of high-quality ASL animations.
 
This talk will discuss Huenerfauth lab's research, which is at the intersection of the fields of assistive technology for people with disabilities, computational linguistics, and the linguistics of ASL. Read attached document for more information. 

Contact: Dr. Effie Cochran
ecochran@jjay.cuny.edu
www.ilaword.org

 

Location Information:
New Building - New Building  (View Map)
524 West 59th Street
New York, NY
Room: L2.82
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