AT4SSL 2021

First International Workshop on Automatic Translation for Sign and Spoken Languages


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9:00 Opening notes
9:10 Constructing a Road Map for Sign Language Machine Translation**_
Prof Lorraine Leeson
9:55 🕑
10:00 Presentations
Session 1 - Long papers 1
Data Augmentation for Sign Language Gloss Translation
Amit Moryossef, Kayo Yin, Graham Neubig and Yoav Goldberg
Approaching Sign Language Gloss Translation as a Low-Resource Machine Translation Task
Xuan Zhang and Kevin Duh
Frozen Pretrained Transformers for Neural Sign Language Translation
Mathieu De Coster, Karel D’Oosterlinck, Marija Pizurica, Paloma Rabaey, Severine Verlinden, Mieke Van Herreweghe and Joni Dambre
11:00 ☕️
11:05 Presentations
Session 2 - Long papers 2
Automatic generation of a 3D sign language avatar on AR glasses given 2D videos of human signers
Lan Thao Nguyen, Florian Schicktanz, Aeneas Stankowski and Eleftherios Avramidis
Sign and Search: Sign Search Functionality for Sign Language Lexica
Manolis Fragkiadakis and Peter van der Putten
Using Computer Vision to Analyze Non-manual Marking of Questions in KRSL
Anna Kuznetsova, Alfarabi Imashev, Medet Mukushev, Anara Sandygulova and Vadim Kimmelman
12:00 🍴
13:00 Presentations
Session 3 - Short papers
Online Evaluation of Text-to-sign Translation by Deaf End Users: Some Methodological Recommendations
Floris Roelofsen, Lyke Esselink, Shani Mende-Gillings, Maartje de Meulder, Nienke Sijm and Anika Smeijers
Defining meaningful units. Challenges in sign segmentation and segment-meaning mapping
Mirella De Sisto, Dimitar Shterionov, Irene Murtagh, Myriam Vermeerbergen and Lorraine Leeson
AVASAG: A German Sign Language Translation System for Public Services
Fabrizio Nunnari, Judith Bauerdiek, Lucas Bernhard, Cristina España-Bonet, Corinna Jäger, Amelie Unger, Kristoffer Waldow, Sonja Wecker, Elisabeth André, Stephan Busemann, Christian Dold, Arnulph Fuhrmann, Patrick Gebhard, Yasser Hamidullah, Marcel Hauck, Yvonne Kossel, Martin Misiak, Dieter Wallach and Alexander Stricker
13:45 ☕️
13:50 Presentations
Session 4 - Long papers 3
The Myth of Signing Avatars
Rosalee Wolfe, John C. McDonald, Eleni Efthimiou, Evita Fontinea, Frankie Picron, Davy Van Landuyt, Tina Sioen, Annelies Braffort, Michael Filhol, Sarah Ebling, Thomas Hanke and Verena Krausneker
Is “good enough” good enough? Ethical and responsible development of sign language technologies
Maartje De Meulder
14:35 Panel discussion
- Mr Mark Wheatley, Executive Director of EUD, Belgium
- Prof Christian Rathmann, Professor in Deaf Studies Interpreting at Humboldt University, Germany
- Prof Gorka Labaka, Assistant professor at the Engineering School of the University ofthe Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Spain
- Dr Sarah Ebling, Lecturer and research associate at the University of Zurich and theUniversity of Applied Sciences of Special Needs Education Zurich (HfH), Switzerland
- Prof Myriam Vermeerbergen, Associate Professor at KU Leuven, Belgium
- Thomas Hanke, Research Associate at the University of Hamburg, Germany
- Prof Richard Bowden, Professor of Computer Vision and Machine Learning at the University of Surrey, the UK
15:50 Closing remarks

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