Short resume of the project
Dicta-Sign : Sign Language Recognition, Generation and Modelling with Application in Deaf Communication
Dicta-Sign is a three-year EU-funded research project that aims to make online communications more accessible to sign language users.
The development of Web 2.0 technologies has made the WWW a place where people constantly interact with each other, by posting information (e.g. blogs, discussion forums), modifying and enhancing other people's contributions (e.g. Wikipedia), and sharing information (e.g., Facebook, social news sites). Unfortunately, all these technologies are not friendly to sign language users, because they require the use of written language.
Dicta-Sign's goal is to develop the necessary technologies that make Web 2.0 interactions in sign language possible: Users sign to a webcam using a dictation style. The computer recognizes the signed phrases, converts them into an internal representation of sign language, and then has an animated avatar sign them back to the users. Content on the Web is then contributed and disseminated via the signing avatars. Moreover, the internal representation also allows us to develop sign language-to-sign language translation services, analogous to the Google translator. This way, Dicta-Sign aims to solve both problems that sign language videos have. The avatar is anonymous, and its uniform signing style guarantees that contributions can be easily altered and expanded upon by any sign language user.
December 2011: Survey on SignWiki
Please, fill in the survey dedicated to Sign Wiki evaluation. It is yet available in French sign Language, written French and written English (click on the corresponding flag)
October 2010: Questionnaire for linguists
The purpose of this questionnaire is to evaluate the interest of the annotation software part of the project for research work of linguists in sign language.