September 11, 2011

Researcher Uses Grants To Help Create Online Sign Language Dictionary


Vassilis Athitsos, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, has won two new National Science Foundation grants to further his work in developing a computer recognition system that eventually will yield a visual, online American Sign Language dictionary.

One of the new grants will fund collaborative work among faculty from Boston, Rutgers, and Gallaudet universities to organize large collections of sign language video and make them easy to search and download from the web.

The second grant is a cooperative agreement with ClopiNet, a California consulting company that specializes in pattern recognition, machine learning, statistical data analysis and data mining.

Athitsos said this collaborative project with Isabelle Guyon, the ClopiNet owner, would organize a gesture recognition challenge.

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