Floris Roelofsen (UvA): Automatic text-to-sign translation
Language technology has taken an enormous flight over the last 20 years. Search engines, automatic translation, and speech recognition have become part of our everyday lives. But the focus has been, almost exclusively, on spoken languages. Sign languages have received much less attention. For instance, Google Translate already works for more than a 100 spoken languages, but not for a single sign language.
It’s very important to fill this gap, because almost 500 million people in the world have disabling hearing loss, and therefore limited or no accessto spoken language at all. Developing sign language technologies is a huge challenge. But now is the time to address this challenge!
Our mission at SignLab Amsterdam is to bring together some of the world’s leading experts in sign linguistics, machine translation, and artificial intelligence, to develop pioneering sign language technology and applications that truly help to break language barriers.
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