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  • 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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  • Transmedia Catalonia International Meeting 6, 21 March, Faculty of Translation and Interpreting, Autonomous University of Barcelona

    Category: events on Mar 1st, 2018

    The 6th TransMedia Catalonia International Meeting (TIM) will be held on 21 March 2018.

    Kind of event: Academic

    Outreach: 12 participants, among university’s PhD students, researchers from the Transmedia Catalonia Research Group and invited researchers.

    Summary of the participation: Daniel Segura Giménez delivered a presentation on his PhD dissertation, called “Reception Study on the Users of a Crowdsourcing Platform for Catalan Sign Language Interpretation Videos”. During this presentation, he explained the sign language related technologies being developed by the EasyTV project.

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  • 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.

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  • H2020 Media Projects Workshop: Collaboration towards the future of media in Brussels, 17th October 2017 (18th October 2017)

    Category: events on Oct 20th, 2017

    Summary of the participation:  Last 17th. October, Federico Álvarez (UPM) took part, together Pilar Orero (UAB) and Chrysostomos Bourlis (ARX.NET), both of them part of the EasyTV project Consortium, in the event H2020 Media Projects Workshop: Collaboration Towards the Future of Media in Brussels (Belgium), to present the initial poster of the project and to foster synergies with other relevant projects as ImAc (Immersive Accessibility, Grant Agreement nº 761974), coordinated by i2CAT.

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