As we approach the end of 2021, the SignON Project has almost completed its first year of three. In the video above, discover what the SignON consortium has achieved over the last 12 months.
The European Union of the Deaf (EUD) ensures that the SignON project is closely connected to deaf communities all over Europe. Using surveys to reach out to these communities, they collect responses and reactions to the idea of using machine translation in spoken and signed languages to drive the generation of sign language avatars. In the video above, the Executive Director of EUD, Mark Wheatley, is interviewed about the results from the distribution of these surveys during the last year.
On the 16th of December, Maartje De Meulder, deaf scholar and currently a lecturer/senior researcher at HU - University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, who specialises in Deaf Studies, gave an internal seminar to our consortium. She spoke about Deaf Studies, how it has evolved over the years, and how it can help to provide insights now. She is the author of a paper on sign language technologies (such as machine translation systems and sign language avatars): Is "good enough" good enough? Ethical and responsible development of sign language technologies.
On November 20, VGTC organised a lecture and workshop about "language police or not?". Hundreds of Flemish signers gathered for this. Our communication team also took this opportunity to inform the public about the SignON project. Then we did a small survey among the deaf Flemish signers to find out what they think about the project. Curious about their opinions? Watch our video report!