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HCI for the deaf community: developing human-like avatars for sign language synthesis

Smith, Robert and Morrissey, Sara and Somers, Harold (2010) HCI for the deaf community: developing human-like avatars for sign language synthesis. In: iHCI 2010 - 4th Irish Human Computer Interaction Conference, 2-3 September 2010, Dublin, Ireland. ISBN 1872327885

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With ever increasing computing power and advances in 3D animation technologies it is no surprise that 3D avatars for sign language (SL) generation are advancing too. Traditionally these avatars have been driven by somewhat expensive and inflexible motion capture technologies and perhaps this is the reason avatars do not feature in all but a few user interfaces (UIs). SL synthesis is a competing technology that is less costly, more versatile and may prove to be the answer to the current lack of access for the Deaf in HCI. This paper outlines the current state of the art in SL synthesis for HCI and how we propose to advance this by improving avatar quality and realism with a view to ameliorating communication and computer interaction for the Deaf community as part of a wider localisation project.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Type:Conference
Subjects:Computer Science > Machine translating
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > Centre for Next Generation Localisation (CNGL)
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Computing
Published in:Proceedings of the Fourth Irish Human Computer Interaction Conference (iHCI 2010). . Dublin City University. ISBN 1872327885
Publisher:Dublin City University
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Copyright Information:© 2010 the authors
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
Funders:Science Foundation Ireland
ID Code:15861
Deposited On:22 Nov 2010 10:54 by Shane Harper. Last Modified 22 Nov 2010 10:55

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