Sign Language Recognition, Generation, and Modelling: A Research Effort with Applications in Deaf Communication

  • Eleni Efthimiou
  • Stavroula-Evita Fotinea
  • Christian Vogler
  • Thomas Hanke
  • John Glauert
  • Richard Bowden
  • Annelies Braffort
  • Christophe Collet
  • Petros Maragos
  • Jérémie Segouat
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5614)


Sign language and Web 2.0 applications are currently incompatible, because of the lack of anonymisation and easy editing of online sign language contributions. This paper describes Dicta-Sign, a project aimed at developing the technologies required for making sign language-based Web contributions possible, by providing an integrated framework for sign language recognition, animation, and language modelling. It targets four different European sign languages: Greek, British, German, and French. Expected outcomes are three showcase applications for a search-by-example sign language dictionary, a sign language-to-sign language translator, and a sign language-based Wiki.


Sign Language Deaf communication HCI Web accessibility 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eleni Efthimiou
    • 1
  • Stavroula-Evita Fotinea
    • 1
  • Christian Vogler
    • 1
  • Thomas Hanke
    • 2
  • John Glauert
    • 3
  • Richard Bowden
    • 4
  • Annelies Braffort
    • 5
  • Christophe Collet
    • 6
  • Petros Maragos
    • 7
  • Jérémie Segouat
    • 8
  1. 1.Institute for Language and Speech ProcessingGreece
  2. 2.Universität HamburgGermany
  3. 3.University of East AngliaUK
  4. 4.University of SurreyUK
  5. 5.LIMSI/CNRSFrance
  6. 6.Université Paul SabatierFrance
  7. 7.National Technical University of AthensGreece
  8. 8.WebSourdUK

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