AppTek Partners with Gallaudet on Captioning Project

AppTek is partnering with Gallaudet University's Technology Access Program (TAP) and its School of Science, Technology, Accessibility, Mathematics, and Public Health (STAMP) to develop a transcription and captioning application for web browsers and videoconferencing platforms.

Gallaudet is the world's only university in which all programs and services are specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

The new application aims to provide videoconference participants with live closed captions and more control of the user interface (UI)

Dr. Christian Vogler, director of Gallaudet's Technology Access Program, emphasized the importance of allowing users to personalize the accessibility feature. "Deaf and hard-of-hearing people need to have control over their access options. This partnership is all about giving us that kind of control, and we are excited to make it happen," he said.

Integrating AppTek's automatic speech recognition (ASR) platform, the application will incorporate artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). Over time, Gallaudet also intends to incorporate multilingual capabilities using AppTek's Multilingual Automatic Speech Recognition and Neural Machine Translation technologies.

"While much of the world is relying heavily on videoconferencing applications to communicate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, commonly used applications unfortunately do not provide reliable, real-time capabilities that allow deaf and hard-of-hearing participants to engage fully. We are passionate about and humbled at the opportunity to collaborate with Gallaudet on bridging that gap by developing new tools to give the deaf community greater freedom, control, and access to virtual communication," said Mike Veronis, AppTek's chief revenue officer and program manager for the 21st Century Closed Captioning Project, in a statement.

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