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The signspeak project-bridging the gap between signers and speakers

RWTH, Aachen, Germany; CRIC, Barcelona, Spain; RUN, Nijmegen, The Netherlands; ULg, Liege, Belgium; TID, Granada, Spain; EUD, Brussels, Belgium
Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research - J SPEECH LANG HEAR RES 01/2010;
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ABSTRACT The SignSpeak project will be the first step to approach sign language recognition and translation at a scientific level already reached in similar research fields such as automatic speech recognition or statistical machine translation of spoken languages. Deaf communities revolve around sign languages as they are their natural means of communication. Although deaf, hard of hearing and hearing signers can communicate without problems amongst themselves, there is a serious challenge for the deaf community in trying to integrate into educational, social and work environments. The overall goal of SignSpeak is to develop a new vision-based technology for recognizing and translating continuous sign language to text. New knowledge about the nature of sign language structure from the perspective of machine recognition of continuous sign language will allow a subsequent breakthrough in the development of a new vision-based technology for continuous sign language recognition and translation. Existing and new publicly available corpora will be used to evaluate the research progress throughout the whole project.

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