Review for Fabrizio's PhD thesis

Valerie Sutton signwriting at MAC.COM
Wed Aug 27 13:59:40 UTC 2014

SignWriting List
August 27, 2014

Hello Maria, Fabrizio and Erika -

Erika would be great if there is a linguistic element to Fabrizio’s work...

I would also suggest Dr. Antonio Carlos da Rocha Costa, Professor of Computer Sciences, from Brazil. It is because of Antonio Carlos, that SignWriting is in Brazil today. He contacted me in 1996, after finding SignWriting on the internet, and came to visit me here in my home in 1996. Dr. Rocha Costa was instrumental in spreading SignWriting in Brazil because his computer sciences students developed software related to writing sign languages, and he himself was the original developer of SWML and the SWEdit Program, which was and is used widely in Brazil and also influential in the world of software. Antonio Carlos was the advisor to Dr. Marianne Stumpf’s dissertation in Deaf Education research, which through Dr. Stumpf, spread SignWriting in the Deaf Community in Brazil. The SignWriting Symposium, with its 16 presenters from Brazil, is a testament to Dr. Rocha Costa’s work…I hope he can be of help to your computer science work, Fabrizio and Maria...

Antônio Carlos da Rocha Costa
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande - FURG

Web site:

ac.rocha.costa at

Antônio Carlos da Rocha Costa - C3/PPGMC/FURG
Centro de Ciências Computacionais
Prog. Pós-grad. Modelagem Computacional
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande
96.201-900 Rio Grande, RS, Brasil.

Antônio Carlos da Rocha Costa
Centro de Ciências Computacionais
(Anexo do Prédio 4, Sala C-03)
Av. Itália km 8 - Campus Carreiros
96.203-900  Rio Grande, RS, Brasil.

Fone: (53) 3293-6685


Sign Language Processing Workshop Lisbon 2004

Dr. Rocha Costa has a long list of papers on his web site..

Hope this helps ;-)

Val ;-)

On Aug 27, 2014, at 4:48 AM, Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway <erhoffma at OBERLIN.EDU> wrote:

> Ah. I am a linguistic anthropologist, so may not be who you are looking for. 
> Best,
> Erika
> On Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 7:46 AM, Maria De Marsico <demarsico at> wrote:
> Dear Erika,
> Thank you very much for your prompt offer.
> Italian is not an issue since the dissertation is written in English. However,  knowledge of image processing/optical character recognition is necessary ...
> Maria
> Il mercoledì 27 agosto 2014, Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway <erhoffma at> ha scritto:
> I am an academic (I'm an associate professor of anthropology at Oberlin College)  and would be happy to help - but I don't have Italian competency, which I assume may be needed.
> Best,
> Erika
> On Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 6:10 AM, Maria De Marsico <demarsico at> wrote:
> Dear all,
> I write you again for a different iuuse.
> Fabrizio has to discuss his PhD thesis which dealt with recognition of handwritten SignWriting glyphs. Before the final version, we need some reviewers from academy to commnt his work in some depth.
> Is there any person in the list who is in the position to do that? In that case, I would signal this person to out PhD head.
> Thank you
> Maria
> -- 
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Maria De Marsico
> Assistant professor
> Sapienza University of Rome
> Department of Computer Science 
> Via Salaria 113 - 00198 Rome - Italy
> email: demarsico at
> tel: +39 06 49918312
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