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  • Multimedia contents sync demo in HbbTV devices at IRT headquarters in Munich, 24th – 25th May 2018 (26th May 2018)

    Category: events on May 28th, 2018

    IRT headquarters in Munich hosted SubTech: Symposium on Subtitling Technology , an event convening content broadcasters and representatives of different audiovisual companies all over Europe centered in subtitles presentation. During this event, held from 24 to 25 May 2018, GATV presented a demo of the HbbTV application developed for Easy TV project. This application offers custom accessibility tools such as subtitles, audiodescriptions and  sign languages for companion screens synced with the main device (TV) taking all the advantages and funcionalities of the new HbbTV standard 2.0.1.

    Kind of event:  industry 

    Summary of the participation: 

    Frances Mas, from CCMA (Corporació Catalana de Mitjans Audiovisuals) presented the demo with contents supplied by this catalan broadcaster, showing the attendees the capabilities of the connected TV.

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  • Global Accessibility Awareness Day

    Category: events on May 21st, 2018

    Place: Campus of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra.

    Kind of event : Academic

    Outreach : the information about the event was sent to UAB’s press centre and it was also spread through:

    -TransMedia Catalonia (TMC) research group’s community manager.

    -UAB Department of Translation and Interpreting and East Asian Studies’ community manager.

    The details were also sent to:

    -Different associations of citizens with functional diversity TMC has been working with.

    -Translation and Interpreting Faculty’s web manager.

    -Ramon Lamiel (Barcelona’s Institute of Persons with Disabilities)

    -UAB’s Research Vice-rectorate (to make the information circulate among all the campus).

    -Ricard Fernández Ontiveros (Barcelona City Council Department of Social Rights’ manager) 

    Link to the main event:

    Summary of the participation: May 17 is the Global Accessibility Awareness Day ( Organisations and Institutions around the world organise simple meeting to raise awareness on accessibility, mainly web/digital. Events are organised by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, universities, associations etc.

    The TransMedia Catalonia research group celebrated the Global Accessibility Awareness Day launching the first TransMedia Catalonia Open Day. The group’s researchers presented research projects they are currently working on (including EasyTV) and discover accessibility progresses in the areas of immersive technologies, audio description, subtitling, electrophysiological research, quality models, and development of an app for media accessibility.

    The event was organised in collaboration with the EU funded projects UMAQ (project n. 752659.), ACT (project n. 2015-1-ES01-KA203-015734), ImAc (project n. 761974), EasyTV (project n. 761999), ADLAB PRO (2016-1-IT02-K203-024311), the Spanish-funded project NEA (project FFI2015-64038-P), and the Polish-funded project ADDit! (1311/MOB/IV/2015/0).


  • Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (Improving Social Inclusion Using NLP: Tool, Methods and Platforms), 7-12 May, Miyazaki, Japan

    Category: events on May 1st, 2018

    LREC provides a unique forum for researchers, industrials and funding agencies from across a wide spectrum of areas to discuss problems and opportunities, find new synergies and promote initiatives for international cooperation, in support to investigations in language sciences, progress and innovation in language technologies and development of corresponding products, services and applications, and standards.

    Summary of the participation: 

    Presentation of a paper that examines the best practices for the design of a user-centric approach in accessibility research projects, taking two European projects as an example: ImAc (Immersive Accessibility) and EasyTV (Easing the access of Europeans with disabilities to converging media and content). Both H2020 projects aim to investigate access services such as audio description, audio subtitling, subtitling/captioning or sign language interpreting in media content. The paper explains the many and varied documentation required to comply with existing ethical issues in Europe. Designing alternative means of obtaining information will be explained, since interaction with participants had to cater for the needs of diverse users. The second part of the article presents an overview of user profiling in previous accessibility projects in the field of media accessibility, and shows good practices based on the two ongoing projects. Finally, the article presents an example of how users have been defined and how they have been involved in the initial stages of both ImAc and EasyTV, by summarizing the methodology developed for a series of focus groups with end users. The article concludes with some recommendations when involving users in accessibility research

    Reference of the paper presented:

    Matamala, Anna; Orero, Pilar; Rovira-Esteva, Sara; Casas-Tost, Helena; Morales, Luis Fernando; Soler-Vilageliu, Olga; Agulló, Belén; Fidyka, Anita; Segura, Daniel; Tor-Carroggio, Irene (2018) "User-centric approaches in access services evaluation: profiling the end user". Ineke Schuurman, Leen Sevens, Victoria Yaneva and John O'Flaherty (eds) ISI-NLP2 (Improving Social Inclusion using NLP: Tools, Methods, Resources) 2018 Workshop Proceedings. Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Language Resources Evaluation (LREC 2018). París: ELRA, 1-7. ISBN: 979-10-95546-12-2.

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  • Project 1st Plenary Meeting Rome (7th – 8th Feb. 2018)

    Category: meeting on Feb 1st, 2018

    Day 1


    Start time


    Planned duration


    Item description








    Working groups (if needed) for:


    -          User information gathering

    -          Specific issues about technical architecture

    -          Automatic subtitle translation, etc.



    1st day: 7th Febrary 2018




    15 min








    45 min


    WP8: Project management and impact creation


    -          Administrative Issues, management

    -          Key issues to be addressed

    -          Action points review





    75 min


    WP1: Requirements, specification and technical architecture


    -          T1.1: End users’ requirements gathering: overview of work done; problems encountered and proposed solutions; deliverables and milestones.

    -          Presentation of the results from the Focus Groups with superusers.





    15 min


    Coffee break






    90 min


    WP1: Requirements, specification and technical architecture (cont.)


    -          T1.2 and T1.3: discussion about the technical architecture: technologies and devices to be considered, etc.



    Day 2



    45 min


    WP2: Improved access services for improved multimedia viewing, hearing and description


    -          T2.1, T2.2, T2.4: planning, overview of the work to be done/done, deliverables and milestones





    45 min


    WP3: Novel technologies for interaction with content and users and break the language barrier for people with disabilities


    -          T3.1, T3.2, T3.4: planning, overview of the work done/to be done, deliverables and milestones





    15 min


    Coffee break






    30 min


    WP4: Improved personalization


    -          T4.1: planning, overview of the work to be done, deliverables and milestones





    90 min


    WP5: EasyTV component-based system:


    -          T5.1, T5.2, T5.3, T5.4: planning, overview of the work to be done, deliverables and milestones





    60 min








    30 min


    WP6: Testing with users and feedback


    -          Comments and update





    45 min


    WP7: Dissemination and exploitation


    -          T7.1 and T7.3: planning, overview of the work done/to be done, deliverables and milestones

    Open issue: normal dissemination of the project: press, web page, material, etc.





    45 min


    Time for additional discussion and review of actions






    30 min


    Recap and next steps






  • Focus group about future trends in accessibility (17th January 2018)

    Category: events on Jan 20th, 2018

    Event Summary: 

    Fundación CNSE held a Focus Group to gather requirements and opinions about technologies to be developed within the scope of Easy TV: Easing the access of Europeans with disabilities to converging media and content (Grant Agreement: 761999) European Project.

    Emilio Ferreiro, FCNSE manager, chaired the session and Juan Pedro López attended the meeting to clarify any technological doubts of the attendees. GATV wants to thank all the attendees for their cooperation and their contributions to the development of the project.