[Sw-l] SignWriting used in software in India
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June 3, 2019
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The software will help convert any English video into sign language ... The ISL sentence will then be converted to equivalent sign writing notation.
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Research centre to develop technologies for the differently abled
Researchers are working on software that will help convert any video in English into sign language animations and can be deployed as a teaching and learning aid for the hearing and speech impaired
Punjabi University has recently set up a research centre to develop technologies for the differently-abled under the aegis of its Computer Science (CS) Department.
The centre will help give impetus to technology projects that aim to solve the problems faced by the differently abled, whose needs often remain unrecognised, says Vishal Goyal, professor and coordinator for the research centre.
Goyal, who first became interested in developing such technologies after visiting a school for the differently abled in Saifdipur near the university, has already been working on Indian Sign Language (ISL) machine translation projects for hearing impaired at the university.
He along with Lalit Goyal, associate professor, DAV College, Jalandhar, have developed machine translation system to translate simple English text to ISL synthetic animations and will now work on translating complex and compound sentences, as well as multiword expressions.
The software will help convert any English video into sign language animations and can be deployed as a teaching and learning aid for the hearing and speech impaired.
“The project will become an effective tool to communicate in terms of academics, for teaching hearing impaired people, making public announcements in ISL and preparing course contents in ISL to assist differently abled students in academics," says Goyal.
Under the umbrella of the centre, several other projects will also be initiated for dyslexic and visually impaired people. These projects will be undertaken in collaboration with several national and international industry and academia partners.
The centre has already received a project for preparing a public announcement system for the hearing impaired people at airports. The university has received a grant of Rs 10 lakh from a private agency.
The professors will create a bilingual dictionary of synthetic animations, an input text processing module that will convert the announcement text to ISL sentence. The ISL sentence will then be converted to equivalent sign writing notation.
The technology is still at a nascent stage and there are plans to scale it in other regional languages as well.
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