Features

XXI.3 May-June 2014
Page: 50
Digital Citation

Real-time captioning with the crowd


Authors:
Jeffrey Bigham, Walter Lasecki

Automatically providing access to information for people with disabilities when and where they need it requires solving some of the most difficult problems in computing. A characteristic example that we have been looking at is the real-time conversion of speech to text. Real-time captioning allows deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) people to access the aural speech around them at interactive speeds (less than five seconds from spoken word to text caption). This is a vital accommodation in classrooms where deaf people need access to mainstream education. Despite tremendous progress, automatic speech recognition (ASR) still cannot be used in classrooms…




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