Matjaž Debevc

Matjaž Debevc
University of Maribor | UM · Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (FERI)

PhD, Associated Professor

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Introduction
Dr. Matjaž Debevc, Associate Professor work at the University of Maribor, Slovenia, at the Institute for Media Communication. His research interests include human-computer interaction, usability, e-learning, visual communication and accessibility. This expertise is principally at the technical level as well as at contributing to the development of policies and qualification frameworks for such activities. He participated as leader and partner in more than 70 EU and national projects.
Additional affiliations
May 2011 - December 2011
ETH Zurich
Position
  • Captioning for sign language users
January 2010 - December 2011
Phonak
Position
  • Usability testing
January 2007 - present
University of Tuzla

Publications

Publications (169)
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One important theme in captioning is whether the implementation of captions in individual sign language interpreter videos can positively affect viewers’ comprehension when compared with sign language interpreter videos without captions. In our study, an experiment was conducted using four video clips with information about everyday events. Fifty-o...
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In this paper, we introduce a new approach to the integration of sign language on the Web. Written information is presented by a Sign Language Interpreter Module (SLI Module). The improvement in comparison to state-of-the-art solutions on the Web is that our sign language video has a transparent background and is shown over the existing web page. T...
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The purpose of this paper is to determine the effectiveness of web-based video lectures on demand for the deaf in comparison to the traditional method of teaching using a sign language interpreter. The web-based lectures presented are specifically designed for the deaf in education and in rehabilitation. Sixty-three deaf students and adults were di...
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Many enterprises experience difficulty in training people to work with expensive equipment, which is needed for carrying out profitable work tasks (e.g., production line robots). Similar problems are found when work is of a complex and safety-critical nature (e.g., nuclear environments, explosive placement, surgery). This paper describes a method o...
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Numerous students participate in and reap the documented benefits of the Erasmus+ European exchange programme. However, one of the main issues regarding the mobility is the incoming Erasmus students’ lack of social integration with host university students. This research explores the reasons behind Erasmus students’ low social integration at two sm...
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The Special Thematic Session on Language Accessibility for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing focuses on two separate groups of individuals – the hard-of-hearing and the deaf. Both groups have faced barriers to language access, but they have different perspectives and priorities. Those who are hard-of-hearing still use a spoken language as their preferre...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought several challenges to students with hearing loss in Higher Education. Accordingly, assistive, mobile and other contemporary accessible technologies have become more important than ever before. This study provides an overview of the needs and requirements of students with hearing loss in Higher Education. The findin...
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Because of the effective development of contemporary technologies, also during the recent COVID-19 pandemic, students with disabilities have been increasingly integrated into the society, work, and academic environment. Accordingly, the question of how to provide accessible graphical design of e-learning materials for various categories of students...
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Hearing aids can be effective devices to compensate for age- or non-age-related hearing losses. Their overall adoption in the affected population is still low, especially in underdeveloped countries in the subpopulation experiencing milder hearing loss. One of the major reasons for low adoption is the need for repeated complex fitting by profession...
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Dostopnost produktov v okviru informacijske in komunikacijske tehnologije postaja s širjenjem kroga uporabnikov tudi na osebe z različnimi oblikami oviranosti pomemben dejavnik pri analizi, izdelavi in ocenjevanju računalniških aplikacij, spletnih strani in mobilnih aplikacij. Monografija predstavlja pomemben korak v osveščanju, izobraževanju in us...
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The collection contains contributions by authors who were presented at a workshop within the Erasmus + project MARDS in Maribor, at the University of Maribor.
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The Special Thematic Session on hearing systems and accessories is made up of a wide range of papers that illustrate different aspects of using such technologies in different environments. Studies shows the possibilities for improvements in higher education, captioning, sign language interpretation, communication for deaf-blind people and in museum...
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Due to the ubiquitous use of social media, our aim was to examine how social media communities are being accessed, created and maintained by D/deaf and hard of hearing users. We examined 133 social media communities of the D/deaf and hard of hearing from three main aspects: relational, substantive and technical aspects. The analysis included the si...
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Independent living of the elderly has its risks that can be decreased with the use of telecare systems. Smartphone telecare applications such as TeleStiki, are intended primarily for informal carers of independently living elders. The application is aimed at improving quality of life of both the elderly and their caregivers by reducing the caregive...
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Traditional methods of learning solfeggio (music theory) generally do not take advantage of computer‐based support, meaning that, when learning individually, students cannot receive instantaneous feedback on their activities. The aim of this study is to examine the effectiveness of an interactive mobile application, mySolfeggio, for learning solfeg...
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Background The use of eCare technologies could address some of the challenges related to demographic changes and decreased care potential. However, little is known about eCare technologies’ potential in relation to the psychological outcomes for informal carers. Research aim This study aims to provide an overview of the psychological outcomes of e...
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Problem Solving (PS) skills allow students to handle problems within an educational context. PS is a core competence of Computer Science education and affects programming success. In this vein, this paper aims to investigate PS ability performance in primary school pupils of a computer course, implemented according to the Neo-Piagetian theory of co...
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Due to the exponential growth of the elderly population, there is an urgent need for development of telecare solutions supporting informal caregiving which allow the elderly to remain independent and age at home. As usability of such solutions is crucial for effective use, we employed heuristic evaluation to assess the user interface of the newly d...
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The use of social media has grown considerably in recent years, spreading to diverse areas of life, such as education. It attracted researchers to examine users with hearing loss due to their challenges in use. Even though the literature is recent and provides valuable recommendations towards overcoming these challenges, due to the rapid developmen...
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This paper presents a method for shortening the computation time and reducing the number of math operations required in complex calculations for the analysis, simulation, and design of processes and systems. The method is suitable for education and engineering applications. The efficacy of the method is illustrated with a case study of a complex wi...
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The conducted research offers the findings of a comparative analysis of a questionnaire completed by incoming Erasmus+ students at two Slovenian and two Croatian universities. Based on the SERVQUAL model, the expectation and perception of Erasmus + incoming students was analysed through the following five dimensions: tangibility, reliability, respo...
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As the segment of the population aged 65 years and over continues to grow, solutions/interventions are needed to ensure quality ageing. Although several solutions have been developed, there is a lack of sufficient tools designed intentionally for informal caregivers which would allow elderly people to remain independent in their own homes as long a...
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Throughout the years disabled people have been facing barriers when watching movies in theaters or at home due to the lack of tools providing sufficient level of accessibility. Accordingly, when it comes to improving accessibility of movies for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, as well as for the blind and the visually-impaired, there has been an impor...
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Face recognition describes the automated computer managed human face recognition on digital media, image or video. Even though started in the 1960’s, the hype surrounding face recognition nowadays is more increasing, partially because of security applications it could provide and reduce possible security oriented threats. This paper is going to sho...
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The scientific paper presents the development, use and current state of the bimodal-bilingual education in schools in Slovenia compared with other European countries. The usefulness of the current state of bimodal-bilingual education in Slovenia is backed up and compared to 39 European Countries. Data were obtained and compaired from recent Europea...
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Since D/deaf and hard-of-hearing users of social networking sites (SNSs) may have communication specificities in comparison to hearing people, we proposed a model for understanding what factors affect building online communities. The model includes written language skills, the frequency of written communication, online Deaf and hearing identity, an...
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In this paper, we present the results of a content analysis of online communities for d/Deaf and hard of hearing people. Twelve publicly accessible Facebook communities were examined operating in German. We analyzed the content published within a six-week period with the instrument, comprising relational, substantive and technical aspects of commun...
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The results of the survey that was conducted in the framework of the Trans2Work project will be the basis (a) for six e learning seminars that will be organized during the project life time in order to reach as many stakeholders as possible and (b) for the training of the teaching staff, mentors, employers, students with disabilities and mentors. T...
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This study examined the predictions regarding the frequencies of activities on social networking sites among D/deaf and hard of hearing people in Germany. Regression analysis revealed that gender, level of education, frequencies of attending social networking sites using smartphones and tablets, as well as purposes of using social networking sites...
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In this paper, we presented an innovative way for a quick and comprehensive evaluation of different online educational websites by following and combining the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, the standard ISO/IEC 24751 and heuristic evaluation approach. Five presentative web pages of the Learning Management System eCampus were evaluated by...
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In this study we examined whether the success rate regarding accuracies of signing particular words differs when the signs for the words are acquired either from (a) a picture symbolizing a sign, (b) an Augmented Reality mobile application, or (c) a physically present sign language interpreter. We analyzed whether any differences would appear betwe...
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Social networking sites (SNSs) have become extremely popular among deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) people. As these users can have particular communication needs when compared with other users, it is important to know their characteristics like language skills, ways of communicating and using SNSs, as well as technology use skills that may affect th...
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Deaf and hard of hearing sign language users are increasingly using sign language interpreter videos when obtaining information from television programs, films and web sites. These videos serve as a tool for interpreting spoken and/or written words. While previous studies have mainly emphasized the benefits of using captions in videos with non-sign...
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With the increased use of social media there is a growing interest in using social interaction and social presence in education. Despite this phenomenon, no appropriate methodology was found on effective integrating of both concepts into online learning. In this study, we propose integrating two different kinds of learning tools to provide social i...
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The use of mobile computing is expanding dramatically in recent years and trends indicate that “the future is mobile”. Nowadays, mobile computing plays an increasingly important role in the biomedical domain, and particularly in hospitals. The benefits of using mobile devices in hospitals are no longer disputed and many applications for medical car...
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In this study we examined whether the level of hearing loss is related to the frequency of communication within different situations and performance activities on social networking sites. It was also investigated as to how the frequency of activities were related to the perceived accessibility of these sites. Firstly, the findings revealed that use...
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Use of ICT in education brings new opportunities for people with special needs. Web based learning and adapted e-learning materials provide an alternative way of learning comparing to traditional classroom learning. In this study deaf and hard of hearing persons were using an accessible and adapted e-learning environment for improving computer lite...
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Excessive venipunctures are both time- and resource-consuming events, which cause anxiety, pain, and distress in patients, or can lead to severe harmful injuries. We propose a low-cost mobile health solution for subcutaneous vein detection using near-infrared spectroscopy, along with an assessment of the current state of the art in this field. The...
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Despite numerous studies into the online activities of deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) users, there has been limited research into their experiences on social networking sites (SNSs), a domain where psychology and computer science intersects. The purpose of this study is to illustrate how one can enhance universal access for D/HH users on the examp...
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eCampus is a web application designed for learning, learning management and multimedia learning content creation which can be used regardless of the type of the device (PC, tablet, smartphone) and platform (Android, IOS, Windows). In the following article technical solutions as well as the usability and accessibility goals are presented. Meeting th...
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The emergence of information and communication technologies has increased opportunities for successful integration of students with disabilities in education. These students can thus gain new knowledge and skills during their studies regardless of the type of disability. However, it requires good knowledge of the requirements and needs of students...
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In this paper we present an application called Med-reminder, which extends the functionality of existing devices providing interactive TV and helps to increase the quality of life for the elderly. The Med-reminder application is used to remind people to take their medicines correctly and on time or to call a relative or a medical person in an emerg...
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This paper demonstrates the use of smartphone in processing and analysis of ECG signal. The signal is acquired through the standard microphone input and processed by Android application. In addition to acquisition and visualization, the proposed system performs QRS detection and heart rate calculation, all in real time, behind a low occupation of o...
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Recent studies have shown an increase in the number of elderly smartphone users with hearing aids. The question arises as to how to optimize smartphone use for elderly people who have hearing aids, and in particular how to allow remote control and streaming audio from different audio devices. In our usability requirements analysis, which included 2...
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Hearing instruments (HIs) have become context-aware devices that analyze the acoustic environment in order to automatically adapt sound processing to the user's current hearing wish. However, in the same acoustic environment an HI user can have different hearing wishes requiring different behaviors from the hearing instrument. In these cases, the a...
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Despite the widespread popularity of social networking sites (SNSs) among the deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH), relatively little has been published about how to examine their experiences on SNSs in terms of creating online communities to support non-formal education, such as e-learning. With this regard, this paper sets forth a new approach and pro...
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This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the First International Conference on Human Factors in Computing and Informatics, SouthCHI 2013, held in Maribor, Slovenia, in July 2013. SouthCHI is the successor of the USAB Conference series and promotes all aspects of human-computer interaction. The 38 revised full papers presented together with...