The development and evaluation of a speech to sign translation system to assist transactions

Cox, Stephen, Lincoln, Michael, Tryggvason, Judy, Nakisa, Melanie, Wells, Mark, Tutt, Marcus and Abbott, Sanja (2003) The development and evaluation of a speech to sign translation system to assist transactions. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 16 (2). pp. 141-161. ISSN 1044-7318

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The design, development, and evaluation of an experimental translation system that aims to aid transactions between a deaf person and a clerk in a post office (PO) is described. The system uses a speech recognizer to recognize speech from a PO clerk and then synthesizes recognized phrases in British Sign language (BSL) using a specially developed avatar. The main objective in developing this prototype system was to determine how useful it would be to a customer whose first language was BSL, and to discover what areas of the system required more research and development to make it more effective. The system was evaluated by 6 prelingually profoundly deaf people and 3 PO clerks. Deaf users and PO clerks were supportive of the system, but the former group required a higher quality of signing from the avatar and the latter a system that was less constrained in the phrases it could recognize; both these areas are being addressed in the next phase of development.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Computing Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Interactive Graphics and Audio
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Smart Emerging Technologies
Depositing User: Vishal Gautam
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2011 11:34
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2023 00:40
DOI: 10.1207/S15327590IJHC1602_02

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