[Corpora-List] PR: ELRA signed its first Language Resources distribution agreement for Sign Language processing with the University of West Bohemia

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/Press Release - Immediate //Paris//, //France//, November//, 18^th 2008///

*Distribution Agreement*

/ELRA signed its first Language Resources distribution agreement for Sign Language processing with the //University of West Bohemia./

ELRA and the University of West Bohemia (Department of Cybernetics) signed a Language Resources distribution agreement to announce the first sign-language databases made available in the ELRA catalogue. On behalf of ELRA, ELDA will act as the distribution agency for the University of West Bohemia, by incorporating to the ELRA Language Resources catalogue four audio-visual speech databases designed and collected for the training and testing of Czech audio-visual continuous speech recognition systems. The resources were built on covering the Czech sign-language, including one resource aiming to be used for training lip-/head-tracking systems under various illumination conditions independently of the language.

State-of-the-art R&D work is currently taking place at the University of West Bohemia in areas such as audio-visual speech recognition, audi-visual speech synthesis, sign-language translation and sign-language synthesis, with efforts devoted to the deaf community.

With these resources, ELRA is willing to extend the current catalogue, by offering a new type of resources: audio-visual resources for sign-language. With this agreement, the Department of Cybernetics will contribute further to the research and technology progress on audio-visual speech recognition systems.

List of Resources:

ELRA-S0283 Laboratory Conditions Czech Audio-Visual Speech Corpus (UWB-05-LCAVC) <http://catalog.elra.info/product_info.php?products_id=1081> ELRA-S0284 Czech Audio-Visual Speech Corpus for Recognition with Impaired Conditions (UWB-07-ICAVR I) <http://catalog.elra.info/product_info.php?products_id=1082> ELRA-S0285 Czech Sign Language Corpus for Recognition – Amateur Signer (UWB-06-SLR-A) <http://catalog.elra.info/product_info.php?products_id=1083> ELRA-S0286 Czech Sign Language Corpus for Recognition – Professional Signer (UWB-07-SLR-P) <http://catalog.elra.info/product_info.php?products_id=1084> <http://catalog.elra.info/search_result.php?keywords=w0045>

For more information on the ELRA catalogue, please contact:

Valérie Mapelli, mapelli at elda.org <mailto:mapelli at elda.org>

For more information on ELRA & ELDA, please contact:

Khalid Choukri, choukri at elda.org <mailto:choukri at elda.org> Hélène Mazo, mazo at elda.org <mailto:mazo at elda.org>

<mailto:mazo at elda.org>

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Tel.: +33 1 43 13 33 33 Fax: +33 1 43 13 33 30

*** About ELRA *** The European Language Resources Association (ELRA) is a non-profit making organisation founded by the European Commission in 1995, with the mission of providing a clearing house for language resources and promoting Human Language Technologies (HLT).

To find out more about ELRA, please visit our web site: www.elra.info <http://www.elra.info/>

*** About ELDA *** The Evaluation and Language resources Distribution Agency (ELDA) is ELRA operational body. ELDA identifies, collects, markets, and distributes language resources, along with the dissemination of general information in the field of HLT. ELDA also participates in some evaluation projects and campaigns, has considerable knowledge and skills in HLT applications and has participated in many French, European and international projects.

To find out more about ELDA, please visit our web site: www.elda.org <http://www.elda.org/>

*** About the Department of Cybernetics, University of West Bohemia *** The aim of the Department of Cybernetics' research activity is the building and development of systems theory and its application in the area of objectively and subjectively uncertain systems as well as in the planning of information and control systems. The basic activity of artificial intelligence is the research into sophisticated computer algorithms and methods of intelligent machine decision-making and classification. The reseach is mostly focused on the area of man-machine voice communication in natural language - automatic speech recognition (ASR).

To find out more about the Department of Cybernetics, at the University of West Bohemia, please visit our web site: http://www.kky.zcu.cz/en

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