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Outcomes and outlooks of Research on Sign Language Technology in Europe

November 29, 2023 @ 9:30 am 5:15 pm

After 3 years of intensive collaborative research and joint efforts, the research and innovation projects EASIER (Intelligent Automatic Sign Language Translation) and SignON (Sign Language Translation Mobile Application and Open Communications Framework), and the LEAD-ME (COST) Action are organising the Concertation event ‘’Outcomes and outlooks of Research on Sign Language Technology in Europe’’ with the support of the European Commission, on Wednesday 29 November 2023 in Brussels.

The event will showcase the results achieved by the EU-funded initiatives and provide a platform for forward-looking interactions among project representatives, policymakers, end-users and relevant stakeholders. The event will bring together experts and professionals in policy-making, research and industry sectors to discuss the outcomes and future prospects of research related to Sign Language Technology in Europe.

The event will feature insightful presentations, discussions, a panel session and an exhibition as well as opportunities for networking with fellow experts in related fields.


9:30 – 10:00Welcome coffee and registration
10:00 – 12:00Keynote addresses and Panel session:
Way Forward of Research on Sign Language in the EU
10:00 – 10:10Welcome from EUD, EASIER, SignON
10:10 – 10:20Opening Address
Brando Benifei, Member of European Parliament
10:20 – 10:30Keynote
European Commission
10:30 – 10:40Keynote
Sofia Isari, President, European Union of the Deaf
10:40 – 10:50‘SignON’ & ‘EASIER’ projects presentation
Dimitar Shterionov, SignON Scientific Coordinator, Eleni Efthimiou, EASIER Scientific Coordinator
10:50 – 11:00‘LEAD-ME’ European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action
Krishna Chandramouli (WG3 Leader)
11:00 – 11:15Coffee Break
11:15 – 12:00Panel session with keynote speakers:
Way Forward of Research on Sign Language in the EU

Moderator, Humberto Insolera, European Disability Forum, Executive Committee Member
12:00 – 14:00Lunch + Posters / Demo
14:00 – 15:55Technical presentations
14:00 – 14:25Sign Language and Sign Language processing technologies
Eleni Efthimiou, EASIER Scientific Coordinator
14:25 – 14:50The SL MT pipeline
Dimitar Shterionov, SignON Scientific Coordinator
14:50 – 15:05Networking Break
15:05 – 15:30Data and other challenges
Caro Brosens, SignON Project Member
15:30 – 15:55User engagement
Davy Van Landuyt, Project Officer, European Union of the Deaf
15:55 – 16:10Coffee break
16:10 – 16:35Web Accessibility for Deaf Users: Current Status and Future Perspectives
Carlos Duarte, WG1 Leader, LEAD-ME Action
16:35 – 17:00The role of AI in promoting digital accessibility
Krishna Chandramouli, WG3 Leader, LEAD-ME Action
17:00 – 17:15Concluding remarks
Frankie Picron, European Union of the Deaf