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  • IX Conference Congress on audiovisual media accessibility for people with disabilities, AMADIS 2018

    Category: events on Oct 12th, 2018

    Event's Date: 8th  and 9th  Oct. 2018

    PlaceNational Comission on Markets and Competition, Madrid, Spain

    Kind of event: Academic, industry, administration and final users

    Outreach: professionals and final users’ associations from accessibility environment. Among 100-150 people

    Link to the main event:  http://www.cesya.es/amadis2018/

    Summary of the participation: During the dates 8th-9th October 2018 the 9th edition of AMADIS Conference was held in Madrid organized by the Royal Board on Disability (Real Patronato sobre Discapacidad), Carlos III University of Madrid and the National Commission on Markets and Competition (CNMC: Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia). The event took place at the Headquartes of CNMC in the Madrid street of Alcalá. The main theme of the Conference is the accessibility services in broadcasting and audiovisual media and the innovation in accessibility technologies applies to cultural, formative and accessible media environments for people with sensitive dissabilities.

    Within the programme of the Conference, the group GATV of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid actively participated with the presentation of the advances in the H2020 European Project EasyTV: Easing the access of Europeans with disabilities to converging media and content, coordinated by the Spanish University. The presentation was the responsibility of the researcher Silvia Uribe where she highlighted the technologies and main innovations implemented in the context of the project, included the advances in the new standard for Connected TV HbbTV 2.0.1, which allows the interconnection and synchronization of broadcasted contents with second screen devices for the consumption of accessible contents to improve the Quality of Experience (QoE) of people with dissabilities.

    The lecture was transmitted by streaming through the internet, and simultaneously translated into sign language and subtitles.

    The review of trends in research and technological development in the context of audiovisual accessibility for people with dissabilities took place in the conference, with special attention to the tools and processes for quality assessment in the application of captioning, subtitling and audiodescription.

     

    Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARu97TpBJB4&list=PLQ4j2gLJ022KS777TKO9P6QAQGJDmIbn0&index=4

     

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  • EasyTV in the Languages and the Media round table on QUALITY IN MEDIA ACCESSIBILITY - CURRENT ISSUES AND FUTURE CHALLENGES

    Category: events on Oct 3rd, 2018

    Event: The EC has been increasingly funding media projects on accessiblity. In the H2020 Framework ICT19 Call from 2017 three projects were funded: ImAc, EasyTV, and Content4ALL, with an additional project funded last year MEMAD. The project UMAQ lead by Gian Maria Greco and Pilar Orero at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona organised a round table with representatives from the H2020 accessibility funded projects and Gion Linder Head of the EBU Accessibility Expert Group.

    Place: The round table will take place in Berlin on Friday 5th October.

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  • Presentation in Terpsichore summer school in ICL 2018 conference

    Category: events on Oct 2nd, 2018

    A presentation was delivered in Terpsichore summer school including results from human motion analysis research carried out in the context of EasyTV. 

    Title of presentation: " An introduction to human motion analysis: From capturing to recognition" 

    Event: Terpsichore summer school in ICL 2018 conference

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    Place: Kos, Greece

    Date: 25 September 2018

    Presenter: Dr. Kosmas Dimitropoulos

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  • IEEE International Conference on Imaging Systems and Techniques 2018

    Category: events on Sep 12th, 2018

    The 2018 IEEE International Conference on Imaging Systems and Techniques is the premier forum for the presentation of technological advances and research results and will take place jointly with the IEEE International School of Imaging in Kraków, Poland, October 16-18, 2018.

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    Summary of the participation: 

    Presentation of a paper about a novel deep Learning approach for analyzing video and skeletal features in Sign Language Recognition.

    Reference of the paper presented:

    D. Konstantinidis, K. Dimitropoulos, P. Daras, "A Deep Learning Approach for Analyzing Video and Skeletal Features in Sign Language RecognitionIEEE International Conference on Imaging Systems and Techniques, Krakow, Poland, 16-18 October, 2018

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  • EasyTV presentation in ISO meeting 27-31 August 2018 in Okayama (Japan)

    Category: events on Sep 3rd, 2018

    ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies (ISO member bodies). The work of preparing International Standards is normally carried out through ISO technical committees. Each member body interested in a subject for which a technical committee has been established has the right to be represented on that committee. International organizations, governmental and non-governmental, in liaison with ISO, also take part in the work. ISO collaborates closely with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) on all matters of electrotechnical standardization. 

    Event Summary: 

    Twice a year there is a meeting of the ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 35. This stands for Joint Technical Committee (JTC)1 dealing with Information technology, and its Subcommittee (SC) 35, User interfaces. This SC has the groups listed in the picture below where it is highlighted the Work Group (WG) 06 User interfaces accessibility.

     

    Participation: 

    It is to this group where EasyTV was presented. The project was presented by Pilar Orero (UAB), as members of the Spanish National Standardisation Agency UNE (www.une.org). EasyTV was presented to the WG who is revising the ISO/IEC 24786 Ed.2 - Information technology — User interfaces — Accessible user interface for accessibility settings on information devices.

    Standards need to be updated from time to time, and this second edition cancels and replaces the first edition (ISO/IEC 24786:2009), which had been technically revised, and needs updating.

    The PPT presented can be found here.

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