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E-Inclusion Through Pictographs

October 10th 2017 15:00 - 15:15
Room C

In order to be included in today’s society, it is becoming increasingly important to be able to use the current available technological tools. The number of apps is growing exponentially, but very few are really accessible to people with Intellectual Disabilities (ID). However, users indicated very clearly their desire to interact with their friends and family on social media. We seek to improve the lives of people with ID by developing pictograph translation technologies that can improve the daily tasks of people with ID and help them interact with the Information Society.

The Text-to-Pictograph translation tool translates Dutch, English, and Spanish text into a series of Sclera or Beta pictographs. Additional to a shallow source language analysis, we use WordNets to link pictographs to groups of synonyms and retrieve appropriate or semantically related pictographs in the translation process. The system allows social media text to be converted into pictographs with a single tap. Further improvements of the Text-to-Pictograph translation technology concern automated spelling correction for people with ID, and a module for automated syntactic simplification.

The Pictograph-to-Text translation system provides help in constructing Dutch, English, and Spanish textual messages by allowing the user to introduce a series of pictographs and translates these messages into natural language using WordNet synsets and a trigram language model. So far, we have developed two different input methods. When using social media websites, users have access to the Accessibility Layer to construct pictograph messages using a pictograph hierarchy and a pictograph predictor. Their messages will be converted to text, which can be posted on the website.

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Leen Sevens


PhD student at KU Leuven: https://www.kuleuven.be/kuleuven/ (Centre for Computational Linguistics) working on the development and further refinement of the Dutch, English, and Spanish Text-to-Pictograph and Pictograph-for-Text technologies. She is currently doing research on pictograph languages,...

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