Universal Access in the Information Society

, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 321–322 | Cite as

Special issue: “Emerging Technologies for Deaf Accessibility in the Information Society”

  • Eleni Efthimiou
  • Evita Fotinea
  • John Glauert

The definition of Universal Access and Design for All, as established in the framework of the Information Society, requires cross-disciplinary collaboration for both research and implementation activities in order to support advanced human–computer interaction. The current special issue brings together indicative leading research work on those emerging technologies that allow for development of novel solutions to support accessibility to products and services by the deaf. The technologies discussed here address crucial aspects of communication and information exchange among the deaf, as well as between deaf and hearing individuals, in the context of human–computer interaction.

Leading technologies for these purposes include sign recognition, sign synthesis, and natural language processing applied to sign languages. Sign recognition basically exploits knowledge from the domains of image and video processing and computer vision, supported by sign language resources and natural language...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Language and Speech Processing/“Athena” R.C.AthensGreece
  2. 2.School of Computing SciencesUniversity of East AngliaNorwichUK

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